But They’re Not Really People—Clones and Artificial Friends, Oh My!

It seems to be a perennial question but one focused on a future we anticipate and aren't sure yet what to do with: what is humanity's ethical obligation to the consciousnesses we make? We see this question in the replicants of Blade Runner to the clones of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go to the … Continue reading But They’re Not Really People—Clones and Artificial Friends, Oh My!

‘The Midnight Library’ is Low-Key Cli-Fi

Matt Haig's The Midnight Library scratches a lot of itches—speculative fiction, reckoning with life choices, learning how to human. But amongst those threads, I propose that The Midnight Library functions as low-key cli-fi, a.k.a. "climate fiction," a narrative exploring the impacts of global warming. *barely spoilery spoilers for The Midnight Library and mild content warning … Continue reading ‘The Midnight Library’ is Low-Key Cli-Fi

I Look to Like: A New ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Why Some Stories Persist

There is a new Romeo and Juliet on the block. It was meant to be a stage production by London's National Theatre but the pandemic scuttled those plans (because of course it did). Rather than abandon it altogether, the creators decided to film it as a movie, but one that avoids the trap of merely … Continue reading I Look to Like: A New ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and Why Some Stories Persist

Lost Animals

The first poster was for a dog. Fluorescent green paper with a smaller white page laminated on top of it to protect it from the Oregon rain. Picture of a small, scruffy dog. Missing.“Jimmy”Terrier mix.Skittish, do not chase.If seen, please call 541-555-1234  I began to see these posters everywhere. And by “everywhere,” I mean frequently … Continue reading Lost Animals