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I will flesh this out at some point, but to sum it up quickly: this is a project that involves reading, in chronological order, at least one “year’s best” anthology of science fiction from every year that they have been produced (beginning with a collection of stories from 1948). I plan on doing this with an eye toward historicizing both the future histories within the texts themselves and the historical contexts informing their creation, tracing the construction of the genre’s megatext, the “elaborate fictional background, tropes, images, and conventions that science fiction or fantasy narratives share.”

I am particularly interested in the way that these stories deal with the societal impact of technologized modernity, especially in their encounters with politics and race, gender, and class.

At the top of the page you will find a link to a list of the anthologies which I have read and reviewed. On the right-hand table of contents, you will find a dropdown menu that will allow you to browse the stories by various themes and metadata.

  1. Just found this blog. This is a great idea. I’ll be following with interest!

    • Thanks, Simon. I had been neglecting it for a while but I hope to get back to it as a more regular thing soon.

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