All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

‘When we shed the disguises that are Georgia and Eliza, and then the skins that are Lola and Tallulah, we are monsters. Fabulous beasts.’ (‘Fabulous Beasts’, 283) All The Fabulous Beasts, published by Undertow Publications (2018), is the much-anticipated debut short...
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

In an introduction to the 1976 edition of The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin wrote that the genre of science fiction was descriptive, not predictive. A novelist, knowingly or unknowingly, invents elaborate circumstantial lies to describe certain aspects of...

Under the Radar: Sultana’s Dream

There are a few texts that come up again and again in discussions of early feminist utopian fiction — Man’s Rights by Annie Denton Cridge from 1870, Mizora, by Mary E Bradley Lane from 1880-81, Arqtiq by Anna Adolph from 1899 and...
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

In his book The Great Derangement, Amitav Ghosh writes that we’re suffering from a crisis of imagination. In their attachment to the Cartesian worldview that arrogates all intelligence to humans and denies agency to the non-human, artists and writers have failed to...
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti: Home is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Hugo and Nebula-award winning Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. In Binti, Okorafor does a brilliant job of creating a fascinating new universe with its own creatures and conflicts, and establishing a pretty badass lead in the...