Tag Archives: dystopia

Supercontext: Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin


This book attempts to redefine the novel by combining narrative with an imagined anthropological record. We discuss Le Guin’s background and mission, as well as larger questions about cultural misappropriation and utopianism.

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    • Le Guin, Urusula K. “On the Frontier,” in The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination, edited by Le Guin. Boston: Shambhala Press, 2004.

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Supercontext: The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

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This dystopian television series presents a horrifying, totalitarian society that forces women to bear children as slaves. We discuss its streaming based production and reception, and then turn to multiple articles on representation, politics, religion and intersectionality to try to provide a perspective the two of us might not normally find.

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Supercontext: Blade Runner 2049


Does this film change the way we look at the world the same way its 1982 predecessor and Phillip K. Dick’s original 1968 story did? We look at the aesthetics of this brutal dystopian vision and how it portrays women, fertility, power and agency… all while its financiers struggle with creative accounting to justify another sequel.

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Lost in the Stacks, Episode 330: Dystopian Fiction


Guest: Isabel Altamirano of the Georgia Tech Library.

First broadcast January 13 2017.

Playlist at https://www.wrek.org/2017/01/playlist-for-lost-in-the-stacks-from-friday-january-13th-dystopian-fiction-episode-330/

“A cheerful way to start off our new year.”

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Supercontext: Bruce Sterling @ SXSW 2016


Every year science fiction writer and futurist Bruce Sterling gives a “state of the world” presentation at SXSW Interactive. We consider his remarks from this year and what they mean for politics, social media, and surveillance. 

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