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Why am I so turned off by cli-fi?

I used to love the Maximum Rider book series. It had everything: a strong female lead, genetic engineering, romance based on companionship, and humans with wings. On the long car rides from Florida to Mobile in the summer, my dad would play the audio b… Continue reading

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Context, context, context?

Too often, we dismiss the sexist depiction of women in many groundbreaking, popular science fiction stories as a “side effect” of the context in which it was written. Such stories are hallmarks of the canon of science fiction due to their r… Continue reading

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The end of time(scape)

Benford’s Timescape ends on a bit of a dreary note–the characters who have so valiantly striven to save their world are doomed to suffer the rest of their lives in Benford’s bleak version of 1998. Yet at the same time, the characters have man… Continue reading

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The end of time(scape)

Benford’s Timescape ends on a bit of a dreary note–the characters who have so valiantly striven to save their world are doomed to suffer the rest of their lives in Benford’s bleak version of 1998. Yet at the same time, the characters have man… Continue reading

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TimeEscape

A line of characters flooded the screen, alternating as my friend shifted her position in my keyboard. My book report was pulled up in Microsoft Word, the cursor blinking frantically as it tried to keep up with my friend’s sabotage. I just laughe… Continue reading

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On Physics Tests and Roses

I was miffed. “The names of the scientists are going to be on the test?” My honors physics teacher, who I regarded as a generally reasonable man, had lost touch with reality and was resorting to the lowest of low testing methods: rote memorization without purpose. Memorizing formulas was one thing–those were tools, mental shortcuts […] Continue reading

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Gray-tinted humans

At its essence, a human is human. A soft, malleable layer of flesh stretched over imperfectly constructed bones that act as a sort of rudimentary cage to guard the spongy organs we depend on to pulse life through us. Our flesh can be punctured. Our bones can be broken. Our organs can rupture. We are […] Continue reading

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