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How to Dream the World You Want: Nnedi Okorafor and Jeff VanderMeer on Resistance and Transformation

Forget the new normal. What we need right now is literature that turns the whole concept of “normal” on its head, building worlds that put the status quo in the rearview mirror. Fantasy and sci-fi, once relegated to “niche” status in…
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True Stories, Told Exceedingly Well

What do we mean when we demand that a story be “truthful”? Are we concerned more with factual accuracy, or do we crave a deeper, more figurative truth grounded in sensations perhaps exaggerated? Consider Exhibit A: Two titles, one about…
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Creating Fantasy: Making Geographies, Myths, Languages, and Customs of Fictional Worlds

Creating a whole imagined geography, mythology, or language isn't easy; it demands a thoroughly engaged and daring sort of writer. We've managed to gather six of them here to discuss the challenges and thrills of creating entire new worlds in…
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Utopian Futures: Science Fiction and Social Justice

What do the literary arenas of science fiction and speculative fiction reveal about contemporary society’s hopes, fears, inequalities, missteps and desires? A lively discussion with a vibrant group of PM Press's Outspoken Authors promises…
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John Scalzi: The Whatever

One of the most popular and acclaimed science fiction authors to emerge in the last decade, John Scalzi is becoming known far beyond the genre for his accessible and thoroughly entertaining books. Hilarious and creative both on and off the page,…
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The Many Faces of Fantasy

Epic or urban, contemporary or historical, fantasy fiction now attracts a diverse audience of enthusiastic readers around the world. How do writers mix myth, magic, and popular culture to address eternal truths and new possibilities? &nb…
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Daniel Clowes: Patience

Daniel Clowes is a celebrated graphic novelist (Ghost World, Wilson, David Boring), Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, and frequent cover artist for The New Yorker. He has won Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards, the laurels of the graphic…
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The Art of Language Invention

Who says linguistics isn't fun? Ever heard of "conlang"? Join this insiders' tour through the construction of invented languages. David Peterson created languages for the HBO series Game of Thrones and the Syfy series Defiance. Nick Farmer created…
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Subversive Speculative Fiction

Science fiction and fantasy have always upset the status quo by presenting alternative visions of the past, present, and future. Meet five fabulous (literally) and subversive writers who deploy stories of science, technology, and magic to turn…
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Futurism, Fatalism and Climate Change

Call it “cli-fi,” “eco-fiction” or even “eco-fabulism,” there’s a movement afoot to address climate change through storytelling. What can literature reveal about how we will cope with dramatic alterations to the environment? A…