Equals

With a wealth of sci-fi movies about the future, the trope of a society which suppresses the emotions of its citizens has become so frequent that watching them is like playing a game of spot-the-differences. In this sea of similarities, there are a few that stand out for their excellence (and some for their failures)….

The Sins of Professor X (Part Two)

Hey, did you miss me? Well I missed you! Welcome back to: The Sins of Charles Xavier! (Part Two) Let us jump in right where I left off on the good Professor, with… 4. Danger! So the X-Men’s training room is pretty cool, right? For some reason Xavier saw fit to build a work-out chamber…

VA-11 Hall-A: Through the Broken Glass

Playing the bar-tending simulator VA-11 Hall-A was like looking into a shattered mirror. Every time I booted up the game I noticed the way its setting—the cyberpunk dystopia of Glitch City—reflected my own. Although the issues Glitch citizens face are greatly exaggerated in comparison to our own (we don’t have to deal with alcoholic talking…

10 Strange Facts for Stranger Things

I love Stranger Things. And apparently, so does everyone else. Despite its popularity, the rampant critical acclaim of Netflix’s Stranger Things was unprecedented upon its release. The initial script produced by the series’ creators, the Duffer brothers, had been repeatedly rejected by a string of cable networks. It was simply uncategorizable. The ensemble of children…

Bowie Fiction

There was a time during the twentieth century when the position of the greatest science fiction author was officially split into three. The greatest authors were considered to be Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, and Isaac Asimov. Of the three, the latter two came to an official accord on how to respond to questions…

Lonesome no More!

Different writers speak to different people. There can be lots of writers that you like, and lots that you don’t. But I think for each of us, there are a few writers who speak to us in a way that most do not. For me, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is one of those writers. Slapstick, or Lonesome…

No Ghost, Just Shell

The speculative community has been nurturing a climate of social equity in the past few years. From the removal of statuettes depicting the openly racist H.P. Lovecraft from the World Fantasy Awards, to Cixin Liu winning the Best Novel Award at the 2015 Hugo Awards (the first Asian novelist to do so),  it is clear…

I Aim to Misbehave – The Confusing Gender Politics of Firefly

Warning: Spoilers ahead, potentially offensive language, and mention of sexual violence. Let me be upfront about this: I think the space western Firefly might be the greatest television show to ever be axed before its time, and its sequel Serenity is a damn fine movie. Yes, I’m willing to die for these beliefs, though that…

4 Webcomics with which to Coldly Murder Your Productivity

Plume (Fantasy/Supernatural) One of the very first webcomics I read, Plume is the story of Vesper Grey, a young woman living in the early 1800s “West.” Her life, according to her, is “boring,” consisting of an endless parade of activities “suitable for young ladies.” This suddenly changes when her adventurer father is murdered in front…

Review of Wychman Road by Ben Berman Ghan

It’s an age-old question, one that has embedded itself in the consciousness of humanity for as long as we can perceive, and that dares us to consider the impossible: What would we do with god-like powers? What if we could enter the minds of our peers; if we could be faster than they are, stronger;…