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And the Pantone Color of the Year Is…

By Sadie Stein December 6, 2013<p>Bulletin<p>My colleagues here at <i>The Paris Review</i> all know that I harbor an irrational aversion to any shade of purple, which reminds me of Lisa Frank stickers, aging hippies, and wizards. (All very well in their own ways, I suppose.) So it is with some reluctance that I …

Science fiction reflects the extremes of human belief

The question: What can science fiction tell us about God?<p>Speculative fiction (SF) is the ideal laboratory for social experimentation without direct consequence (usually). It's a literature whose boundaries lie only at the limits of the human imagination, although it is arguably better at predicting …

British Science Fiction awards finalists revealed

From a near-future dystopia where genetic defects are eradicated from unborn children to terrorist attacks on the solar system 300 years from now, a universe-spanning shortlist for the British Science Fiction Association's best novel award has just been announced.<p>Former winner Kim Stanley Robinson …

It's 'scary' watching aspects of her fiction come to life, Margaret Atwood says

Ten years ago, Margaret Atwood ended the world, and in rather spectacular fashion. <i>Oryx and Crake</i> was a revelation: a harrowing vision of society gone terribly wrong, and a reminder that Atwood, author of the classic dystopian novel <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i>, is one of the best speculative-fiction writers …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …