Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror have always used speculative elements to express political ideas. HG Wells wrote War of the Worlds as a reaction to British colonialism, Tolkien explored his feelings about World War I and industrialization in The Lord of the Rings, and Mary Shelley had a lot to say about gender and modernity in Frankenstein. Many speculative authors use fantastic creatures–mutants, fairies, werewolves, androids, vampires, and so on–as allegories for oppressed people. Sometimes that can work. But sometimes, it falls flat in terms of storytelling and politics.
In the first episode of our second season, Ashely Adams
joins us to talk about plant influencers, gay werewolves, and what House in the Cerulean Sea
has in common with The Iron Dream
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