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No Singular Brand of Feminism in Naomi Alderman’s ‘The Power’

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In this enthralling, dare we say feminist, prize of speculative fiction The Power, Naomi Alderman conceives a near future where the deadly power to electrify spirals from women’s collarbones, through their hands, effusing across the globe, forcing a new world order. Though published in 2016, interest in the book picks up non-stop speed around the world, particularly in the U.S., as it interprets the zeitgeist of heady power brandished, and condemned, under the many-colored banners of feminism. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s historic eight-hour speech while wearing four-inch heels dominates headlines, a seemingly inspiring moment for women in politics. Yet, it competes with accusations of abuse against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter—the President siding with Porter tweeting, “Peoples…

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BookTrib Q&A: A Futuristic Talk Jordan Philips, Author of ‘Futura: A Novella’

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Dystopian fiction that gives us a bleak view of humanity like The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner series, and The Handmaid’s Tale are at peak popularity. Perhaps this is why Jordan Phillips’ new work, Futura: A Novella seems like it’s coming out of left field. Rather than harsh climates, or totalitarian government regimes where people are fighting to survive every day, Phillips’ novella gives us a utopia that celebrates humanity. Paris 2050, has evolved to a futuristic Nouveau look, unlike the rest of the cities around the world which have turned into ultramodern metropolises. Even in France technology is everywhere, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) has integrated into a society known now as Invisibles. Ruby, an American woman, has just left her long-term relationship, and…

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The Other, Other George R.R. Martin Series Comes to Television: Wild Cards

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Superheroes are clearly super hot right now. So is the hit HBO television series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels, which is hot off its extremely well-received sixth season. “Hmm, if only there was a way to capitalize on the success of both these franchises…” one lonely television executive wondered wistfully. Well, some wishes do come true. As it turns out, Universal Cable Productions has acquired the exclusive rights to adapt Martin’s Wild Cards series for television. What is Wild Cards, you ask? Well, to call it Game of Thrones with superheroes would be an unfair boiling-down of a truly unique and fantastic tapestry of heroic science fiction-y novels and…

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The 100 Author Kass Morgan Talks TV Series, Bellarke vs. Clexa, and Her Love of Sci-Fi!

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I cannot get enough of The CW’s The 100 (Thank you, Kass Morgan!). I would eat, sleep and breathe this show if it was socially acceptable. I wish I could articulate without sounding like a total fangirl (although I think I’m beyond that point now), how phenomenal this series is. Let me set the scene for you—it’s 97 years after a nuclear war destroyed the Earth, forcing the last known survivors to flee to a makeshift space station known as the Ark. Spoiler alert: the Ark is rapidly losing its resources (97 years orbiting the Earth will do that to you) and soon everyone will die. What to do? How about sending 100 of the Ark’s juvenile delinquents down to Earth…

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