Can Batwoman's Gay Marriage Rescue DC Comics from Angry Fans?

Sometimes a social issue overrides spoiler warnings. Headlines across the web have announced the news: In Batwoman #17, which came out yesterday, the superhero proposed to her girlfriend. It's a first for DC comics. But is this too little, too late for the company that has outraged fans by hiring anti-gay activist… » 2/21/13 12:25pm 2/21/13 12:25pm

Further evidence that Twitter will not liberate the world

Though optimistic pundits have declared Twitter largely responsible for social uprisings like Arab Spring, the microblogging network is hardly going to usher in a more liberated future. It's a business, after all, and it bends to the law like every other business does. Over at Foreign Policy's Passport, Uri Friedman… » 2/03/12 7:40am 2/03/12 7:40am

The people who built Utopia two centuries ago

Communes once dotted the United States. Their occupants believed that if we just gave up sexual prudery and practice free love, the world would be better. Others abhorred the use of animals as servants and tried to live without animal products or labor. Others fell in love with the concept of socialism. Yes, it was a… » 7/01/11 3:12pm 7/01/11 3:12pm

See Kim Stanley Robinson and Annalee Newitz at UC Santa Cruz This…

This Friday and Saturday, April 3 and 4, UC Santa Cruz's Crown College is holding a conference on "social fiction," which is just a fancy way of saying science fiction that deals with social issues - especially social justice. My kind of conference. Which is why I'll be giving a keynote Friday evening at 6:45 on… » 4/02/09 3:57pm 4/02/09 3:57pm