Short Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

The Short Reviews Series Civilizations by Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021). French writer Laurent Binet’s newest novel, Civilizations, is the rare attempt to write alternate history as it happens, meticulously, day by day. It takes formal licenses by imitating literary styles contemporaneous to the time period in which it … Continue reading Short Review: Civilizations by Laurent Binet

Everfair: Afrofuturist Alternate History

This paper was originally presented at the Worlding SF conference in Graz, Austria in December 2018. It was published in the symposium for that conference published in SFRA Review, vol. 327, Winter 2019, pp. 48-51. The printed version, published under my copyright, can be found here. Afrofuturism’s Specter: Alternate History, Racial Capitalism, and Nisi Shawl’s … Continue reading Everfair: Afrofuturist Alternate History