All Futures Are Political: a Q&A With Spec-Fic Author Alaya Dawn Johnson


For a super-genre known for its imagination of radically different worlds and futurescapes, speculative fiction has always been considerably conservative. Spec-fic—an umbrella term encompassing science-fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and some in-between works—has often contrasted fantastic worlds of… »5/12/15 10:38am5/12/15 10:38am

The Summer Prince takes us to a future Brazil with human sacrifice

Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince takes place in Palmeres Tres, a far-future Brazilian city ruled by women, where every five years a Summer King is elected to help rule for a year. Feted like a rock star, at the end of the year the Summer King selects a new Queen and is killed to guarantee his selection is… »4/15/13 4:22pm4/15/13 4:22pm