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September 6, 2019

Gender and Environment in Science Fiction

Edited by Christy Tidwell and Bridgitte Barclay. Lexington Books, 2019.

This collection, edited by co-leaders of ASLE’s Ecomedia SIG, features chapters by several ASLE members. Gender and Environment in Science Fiction focuses on the variety of ways that gender and “nature” interact in science fiction films and fictions, exploring questions of different realities and posing new ones. Science fiction asks questions to propose other ways of living; it asks what if, and that question is the basis for alternative narratives of ourselves and the ...

Great American Desert

By Terese Svoboda. Mad Creek Books, March 12, 2019.

Water, its use and abuse, trickles through Great American Desert, spanning the misadventures of the prehistoric Clovis people to the wanderings of a forlorn couple around a pink pyramid in a sci-fi prairie. In “Dutch Joe,” the eponymous hero sees the future from the bottom of a well in the Sandhills, while a woman tries to drag her sister back from insanity in “Dirty Thirties.” In “Bomb Jockey,” a local Romeo disposes of leaky bombs ...