Austin A.

Watchmen and Governmentality

HBO’s Watchmen was released in 2019 and continues the 1987 DC comic series of the same name. Creator Damon Lindelof described his series as a remix of the original because the show is not simply a reboot or sequel. While the series is set 34 years into the future in the same alternative universe as [...]

By |2020-04-07T17:15:03-05:00April 7th, 2020|Austin A., Essay 3|0 Comments

Project Proposal – Westworld: Escape the Maze

Westworld: Escape the Maze description of the original text and its socio-cultural and historical contexts; Westworld[1] is an American Science Fiction Western television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. It is based on the 1973 film of the same name, and its sequel Futureworld. The first season was released in 2016, the second [...]

By |2020-03-09T21:42:47-05:00March 9th, 2020|Austin A., Proposal|1 Comment

The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Austin Anderson Dr. Kimon Keramidas Science Fiction The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil George Saunders’s The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil is a geopolitical border war leading to genocide disguised as pithy novel about two races of assemblage-human-like-figures. As Saunders puts it, “[Phil is] a kid's story about genocide” (1). Saunders begins Phil with, “It’s one thing to [...]

By |2020-02-25T09:11:21-05:00February 25th, 2020|Austin A., Essay 2|0 Comments

What is Science Fiction – Austin Anderson

I am deeply suspicious of definitions. Definitions—like literary cannon formation—enable power actors to exclude voices outside of the power structure. Even seemingly helpful monikers like “afro-futurism” can be used to dismiss the rich history of black science fiction and these writers influence on the genre. The definition of science fiction is especially wrought—something made evident [...]

By |2020-02-03T18:06:51-05:00February 3rd, 2020|Austin A., What is SF|0 Comments
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