Costumes from the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.
Jim Lo Scalzo
Speculative writers flesh out our passing thoughts into complete, functioning societies and explore how they might unfold.
Biologists are gathering evidence of green algae (pictured here in Kuwait) becoming carbohydrate-rich but less nutritious, due to increased carbon dioxide levels. As science fiction becomes science fact, new forms of storytelling are emerging.
As we enter the age of the Anthropocene, there is a growing recognition of different kinds of 'un-real' storytelling.
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In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
The future and the past, money, technology and politics documented and imagined in fact and fiction, in an economist's recommended reading.
Former Globe and Mail newspaper reporter turned novelist Omar El Akkad contemplates his debut book
American War in his publisher’s Toronto office in this 2017 file photo.
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Astronomer Bryan Gaensler picks five speculative and science fiction novels worth reading, including Omar El Akkad's _American War_.
Solarpunk imagines a sustainable future, and what it might be like to live in it.
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Punks aren't known for their positivity, but 'solarpunks' are all about optimism. A new movement of speculative fiction, art, fashion, and activism, it imagines a sustainable future that requires radical social change.
Women dressed as handmaids promoting the TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.
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With a new TV series based on the novel - and its bleak vision of women's rights - The Handmaid's Tale is riding a new wave of popularity.
Whatever name you give it, writing of this sort is increasingly becoming the prime location for imaginative representations of our culture's deepest hopes and fears.