The Audacity of Hope (Redux): Or What’s Your Vision of a Good Society?

For this post, I had planned to talk about solar punk, an emerging sub-genre of science fiction focused on worlds that use green technology. To educate myself, I picked up one of its earliest exemplars, the Brazilian anthology Solar Punk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World edited by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (2012, English translation 2018). Yet in this volume, which advertises itself as “envision[ing] hopeful futures and alternate histories,” I found utopian desires thwarted. As a result, this is a more downbeat feature than I had intended but one with a positive call to action.

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Being Asexual on Planet Perdita: How My First Novel Fails at Representation Except for (Maybe) Asexuality

I had the privilege the other day of attending C. M. Spivey‘s fascinating workshop Fundamentals of Queering through the Willamette Writers Conference. The workshop covered best practice for representing queer characters in narrative, and it led me to reflect on representation in my first novel, Perdita, an eco-science fiction story about a violent clash over how/if to use a dangerous technology. As far as queer (and racial) representation goes, Perdita contains a lot of fail. This is not new news to me. But one thing came as a revelation: both of my main characters are asexual and much of their personal struggles hinges on their asexuality (who knew?).

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Revisiting William Morris & What Makes Good Work

Nineteenth century activist and author William Morris’ thoughts on how society should approach work remain well worth reading today.

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Workable Utopias: Le Guin & Utopia

Ursula Le Guin’s impact on my utopian perspective

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The Last Jedi: Spoiler-Lite Initial Thoughts

Spoiler Free: It’s a very good movie. It avoids a lot of cliché while remaining “Star Wars” and having a number of subtler call-backs to previous themes and arcs. All the major characters are developed pretty well, including nice doses …

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New Blog Address Here

My blog is moving from Goodreads to Wordpress.

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Logan Review: X-Men back on Form

Logan does what big, established franchise films should: it uses its built-in budget and audience to do high quality, authentic storytelling rather than safe-bet replication of the usual action-hero(es) formula. Imagine: the entire movie—employing 15,000 people, the end credits tell …

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Ways to Help, Especially the Climate

To keep it positive, here’s a small linkspam of ways to fight climate change and generally promote positive social action: How to search for a socially responsible credit card. (Note: Credo/Working Assets are served by Bank of America.) CarbonNeutralNow.org: the …

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Favorite Fictional Couples

Goodreads has just asked author’s to weigh in on their favorite fictional couples. I love the question, so here’s my answer on the blog… Naoe and Kagetora from Mizuna Kuwabara’s boys love light novel series Mirage of Blaze, which is …

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Rogue One: The Les Misérables of Star Wars

And having led off with that title, I’m going to try to stay pretty spoiler free and offer some general impressions. Overall, I really liked the film, but I’m still processing how I responded to it. I came out of …

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