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How The Handmaid’s Tale Taught Us to Resist

10 Lessons from Margaret Atwood’s Near-Future Dystopia

If The Handmaid’s Tale so successfully anticipated our current predicament, what can the novel teach us about resistance? What can be learned from Offred’s struggle?

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Interview: Becky Chambers on The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet & Writing Welcoming Science Fiction

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, the first novel by science fiction writer (and former Mary Sue staffer!) Becky Chambers, follows the crew of the Wayfarer, a wormhole construction ship, as they travel from one end of the galaxy to another. Though all very different, the nine members of the Wayfarer work together to ensure that they always arrive safely at their next port of call. We sat down with Becky to talk about subverting classic sci-fi tropes & creating futures we want to live in.

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Samara, Mass Effect 2, and Science Fiction’s Dismissal of Queer Female Desire

“It can be; you just have to open your mind.”

“You’re different from anyone I’ve met. I think I could find more than happiness with you, but my self-control is who I am. Don’t pursue this, please.”

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The Mary Sue Interviews Artists of Smut Peddler 2014


"It's about an alien who crash lands on Earth and a lonely mechanic from an all boys college who helps him fix his ship," says Jess Fink of "How You Gonna Keep Em Down on the Farm," her submission to adult co

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