Essays

Cushing in Space

Are there any words more delightful in a movie’s opening titles than “Peter Cushing?” Of course there aren’t—well, not for me, anyway. Cushing’s presence in a film means that no matter the nonsensical depths to which it may sink (and Cushing has been in a lot of nonsense) there’ll be smashing scenes that rise above […]

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Afrofuturism Rising

When people ask me to share my introduction to Afrofuturism, I usually look to my freshman year of college. As a student at Clark Atlanta University, I was befriended by a sci–fi lover from Philly who championed what I’d later know as Afrofuturism. It was the defining philosophy of his emerging adult life. In our […]

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The Evolution of Nerd Rock

Like a number of Gen–X and Gen–Y geeks, my formal introduction to geek rock was They Might Be Giants’s 1990 album Flood. With a college-age sister in the late 1980’s, I was already familiar with the band, but there was something about Flood in particular that became a seminal album in my indoctrination into geek […]

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Age of the Geek, Baby

I’ve always identified as a geek and a nerd. I found refuge in the SF/F novels, comics, cartoons, movies, and TV shows I loved, and nothing felt better than bonding with other geeks over shared fandoms. I even met my husband because, as he put it in our first conversation, “You like Buffy.” So I was […]

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The Politics of Comfort

Earlier this year, there was discussion about the Hugo Award ceremony and the need to keep politics out of the acceptance speeches. On the one hand, I can understand that. The last thing most of us want is a bunch of cranky authors getting on stage to sling mud and proclaim that their story stands […]

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