In this essay, I argue that Atwood's speculative fiction
, specifically Oryx and Crake (2003) and the last chapter of Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008), can be seen to echo political and economic speculative narratives that were being produced around the same time.
Marek Oziewicz's Justice in Young Adult Speculative Fiction
and the collection Supernatural Youth: The Rise and Fall of the Teen Hero in Literature and Popular Culture, edited by Jes Battis, both explore works of speculative fiction
for and about young people, and both are concerned with often marginalized groups.
Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future writing contest in 1983, which was meant to provide a venue for aspiring writers of speculative fiction
to get that much-needed break.
The time capsules, then, might be seen as ways of inoculating the present from the future; they become a form of archival speculative fiction
. They indicate a catastrophic future threat, one that would wipe out human existence, yet they are unable to imagine a world without people.
The attention of speculative fiction
critics such as John Clute (in his magisterial Encyclopedia of Science Diction) has tended, to date, to focus on Joseph's more technically experimental text The Hole in the Zero (1967), largely overlooking Achamoth.
is not about prophecy--it is about carefully considering the world we live in today, right now."
Over the last twenty years, women of color have been creating speculative fiction
that not only explores personal, interior worlds, but also questions or reexamines society itself.
CHRISTINA ANDERSON: I'd never thought of my work that way; I feel more comfortable with the idea of speculative fiction
Critique: An impressively compiled roster of female science fiction fantasy authors whose work is comparable (and often superior) to that of their male counterparts, "Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction
Anthology" is a terrifically entertaining read and highly recommended for both community and academic library Literary Fiction collections in general, and Speculative Fiction
collections in particular.
I envision that subscribers would choose one of the subject areas you always review (Literary, Speculative Fiction
, History, Biography, etc.) and every month, subscribers receive one new reviewed book (from the month's New Books Guide) and one previously reviewed book in paperback (from the Department "Now in Paperback").
Science fiction and speculative fiction
; challenging genres.
Thanks to publishers at Simon and Schuster, who have a new imprint dedicated to speculative fiction
called Simon451, the actress is returning to the genre that made her famous.