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Oak in Winter

The winter sun is our friend. The kind that half-rises in the middle of the morning, makes a half-hearted effort to force some light through the iron sky for a few hours and loses interest by the middle of the

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Fiction Review: We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

I’ve consider myself something of a connoisseur of science fiction, so I raised my eyebrow when a friend insisted a novel I’d never even heard of is seminal to the genre. Naturally, I had no choice but to dash off

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Greater Minds: Paolo Bacigalupi on corporate villains

In 2014, Paolo Bacigalupi discussed morality and corporate villains in science fiction with Mike Zipser. He likens corporations to addicts in search of their next fix of cash. Corporate dystopias are more threatening than tyranny, as there is no single

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Greater Minds: Ray Bradbury on burning books

Ray Bradbury combined five short stories into Fahrenheit 451. The theme of censorship resonated at a time when the House Un-American Activities Committee was active. Fahrenheit 451 advocates for complexity as much as against censorship. In later editions, editing for

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