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Lincoln Michel’s The Body Scout by Seth Fried
Cover Art The Body Scout Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel’s debut novel is a surreal sci-fi noir investigating a scandalous death in a futuristic, pharmaceutical-fueled baseball league.

Lincoln Michel’s The Body Scout by Seth Fried
Cover Art The Body Scout Lincoln Michel

Lincoln Michel’s debut novel is a surreal sci-fi noir investigating a scandalous death in a futuristic, pharmaceutical-fueled baseball league.

Unresolved Futures: Nadim Choufi Interviewed by MK Harb
A digital image of domed cities in a desert titled, The Sky Oscillates Between Eternity and Its Immediate Consequences, by Nadim Choufi

A digital film speculates colonies in the desert.

Caroline Catz’s Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes by Max Pearl
A black-and-white overlaid image of Caroline Catz playin Delia Derbyshire leaning over her sound machines.

TV shows and films about alternate dimensions or alien planets are only convincing when paired with sounds that also seem otherworldly.

Radical Collectivity: Ephraim Asili Interviewed by Chrissie Iles
A black man writes "Long Live John Africa!" on a chalk board in a red-colored room. Other people and a painting with red faces can be seen behind him.

On his debut film, The Inheritance, which weaves together histories of the MOVE organization, the Black Arts Movement, and his own time in a Black Marxist collective.

Lafawndah’s The Fifth Season by Lily Sperry
Lafawndah The Fifth Season Artwork By Marguerite Humeau

Lafawndah extends outward, drawing on the emotionally charged myths of N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy to guide her.

Growth Potential: Lisa Harris Interviewed by IONE​
black and white photo of Lisa Harris performing with theremin

On her new album with Nicole Mitchell, EarthSeed, inspired by Octavia Butler’s prescient series of Afrofuturist Parables.

The End of White Supremacy, An American Romance by Saidiya Hartman
Sun setting over dark lava rocks, digital film still by Arthur Jafa

One hundred years later, Hartman revisits W.E.B. Du Bois’s 1920 short story, “The Comet”—”a speculative fiction about the end of the world written after the pandemic of 1918, after the Red Summer of 1919, and in the context of colonial expansion and atrocity.”

Impractical Cats by Jaakko Pallasvuo
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The cats were entering middle age and felt despair. They had come to realize that life was not a project one could complete successfully. Life was not a treat.

Unity and Defiance: Bacurau Reviewed by Ken Foster
Barbara Colen wearing lilac shirt staring down in the 2020 film Bacurau

A world in which quiet beauty can still intercept brutality and corruption.

An Astral Monument: Andrei Ujică Interviewed by Courtney Stephens
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On directing a film about the Mir space station and viewing the fall of the Soviet Union from above.

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Film in 2018
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Featuring selections by Sasha Bonét, Lisa Borst, Nicholas Elliott, Mark Harwood, and more.

Can a Painting Not Have Fun?: Caitlin Cherry Interviewed by Zoe Dubno
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The New York-based artist discusses collaboration, deskilling, and life after the end of the world.

Ursula Le Guin and Todd Barton: Music and Poetry of the Kesh by Matthew Erickson
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Ancient music to accompany a sci-fi novel.

A Presence, Not a Ghost, But a Feeling: Lynell George Interviewed by Connie Samaras
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Conducting a posthumous interview with science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler.

Never Tell Them Your True Name: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin by Monica Uszerowicz
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“Resistance and change often begin in art.”

Gender Trouble in Queer Paradise by Tavia Nyong'o
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Future St. is set in an America in which homosexuality has triumphed over heterosexuality, cloning has replaced sexual reproduction, and California has seceded from the mainland United States to form the gay male state of “Clonifornia.”

Hoaxing History by Hayden Bennett
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Obscuring the past to get at truth in Paul La Farge’s The Night Ocean

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
Antarctica has been losing mass from its ice sheet at an alarming pace. This 2011 image taken from the NASA Terra spacecraft shows a massive crack across Pine Island Glacier, on the continent's west side. Only two years later, a large iceberg completely separated from the glacier. In February of this year, a major crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf grew within twenty miles of the sea and threatens to collapse the Antarctic Peninsula's northern end. Photo by NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

China Miéville by Paul La Farge
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Surrealism meets fantasy in The Last Days of New Paris, a recent novel by a British author of New Weird Fiction.

Alexandra Kleeman & Lincoln Michel
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On genre, influence, and getting weird in fiction.

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