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Forum IV (Fall 2017)

Global Dystopias

Reader Katia Fowler says, “Global Dystopias is shattering and marvelous. I am in awe. Thank you for ripping my heart out and cradling it at the same time.” Publishers Weekly writes, “[S]ome of the best contributions . . . include nuanced examinations of gender-based oppression. In Charlie Jane Anders’s astoundingly good ‘Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue,’ the narrator is forced . . . into a body she doesn’t want and didn’t ask for. Maria Dahvana Headley’s ‘Memoirs of an Imaginary Country’ explores the connection between the colonization of women’s bodies and colonization of non-Western countries. Tananarive Due’s ‘The Reformatory’ reveals a single moment of horrific abuse in a young black boy’s . . . life. Maureen McHugh’s ‘Cannibal Acts’ and Nalo Hopkinson’s ‘Waving at Trains’ are excellent stories of viral apocalypses and their aftermath.”


Editor’s Note

Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz introduces Global Dystopias.


Adrienne Bernhard

After Chernobyl

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Sumudu Samarawickrama
An aging AI researcher, alone with her robot companion, must make a difficult decision when the android begins to malfunction. Short Story
Charlie Jane Anders
“The intake process begins with dismantling her personal space, one mantle at a time.”
Theo Costantino
“'I felt no hunger but the habit of food struck me intensely. My nightgown was grubby and torn. My limbs were scraped, spotted with yellow bruises, but I felt no pain.” Short Story
Maria Dahvana Headley
In a lost tale of Casanova, the citizens of a country at the center of the Earth must give up their home—and their women—to colonizers. Short Story
JR Fenn
Once I learned of the existence of mothers, I decided to order one for myself.
Mike McClelland
Years after an extinction event nearly wiped out humanity, a team of scientists search Venezuela for signs of life and evidence of what caused the tragedy. Short Story
Maureen F. McHugh
In the aftermath of a flu pandemic that kills most of the population, a survivor, barricaded in Alaska, remembers her life while contemplating a grisly choice. Short Story

Interviews and Essays

Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz interviews Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid's Tale, political dystopias, and Drake.
Peter Ross
From invading Afghanistan to dismantling Confederate monuments, George Orwell has been pressed into the service of all sorts of causes. But the real Orwell remains unknown.
Henry Farrell
We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s.
Mark Bould

The monotony of slow cinema defamiliarizes our world and enables us to see it critically.

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