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‘To stand with the world at your feet’- Capitalism, Fascism, The Future

  Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase (Verso, 2016) Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers by Stephen Graham (Verso, 2016) Around the time of the 2016 US Elections Florian Philippot, chief strategist of France’s virulently racist Front National party, jubilantly tweeted “their world is collapsing, ours is being built”. This was an [...]

The Scatterlings

  He may win, but not before he agrees to lose. – Czeslaw Milosz   He stands in his stall with his fingers laced behind his back, an obedient schoolboy. Bronze sculptures like taxidermied crows perch on the makeshift wall behind him. Kai, his German gallerist, hands him a glass of champagne and squeezes his [...]

CONstellations: A Review of “Radiance”

  Radiance Catherynne M. Valente Corsair atherynne Valente’s sprawling decopunk novel, set on and between ten planets including Earth, imagines a universe where space travel was perfected back in the 1850s, but where mass communications retained the narrative conventions and film-making techniques of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and where the nourishment of the space colonies depends [...]

CONstellations: Appropriation and Inspiration

  The Tiger and the Wolf (Echoes of the Fall Book One) Adrian Tchaikovsky Macmillan arry Potter author J.K. Rowling stirred some controversy recently with her appropriation of the sacred Navajo Skinwalker tradition in backgrounders posted for the movie Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them. The Con readers, hardened to Western generalisations about the [...]