comScore
The Mary Sue

science fiction

Hey, Military Science Fiction Authors: Stop It With the Tropes Already

To subvert your Military Woman trope, you’ve got to subvert your Military trope. Which means subverting your Military Man trope, and probably your Man Trope in general.

Read More

Interview: Killjoys‘ Tamsen McDonough Talks Fan Experiences, Playing a Spaceship & Being Part of the MCU

I fangirled hard while talking with McDonough, the voice of Lucy the Spaceship on Syfy's big damn space western Killjoys.

Read More

Invisible Universe Explores Connection Between Marginalized Voices and Real-World Oppression in Speculative Fiction

TMS' Charline Jao reported on the crowdfund for an awesome-looking documentary called Invisible Universe: A History of Blackness in Speculative Fiction by filmmaker M. Asli Dukan is finally almost ready for viewing eyes! In celebration, Dukan has released its first trailer, which you can see after the jump.

Read More

The X-Files Newbie Recap: Season 9 & I Want To Believe

Think of me, think of me fondly when we've said gooodbyeee...

And guys, I really did want to believe.

Read More

Ghosts in the Machine: Female Computers in Science Fiction and History

You can take the woman out of the workplace, but you can't take the woman out of the machine she helped create.

Read More

Our Fair City: A Refreshing, Witty Take on Dystopia

Don't worry, when the world ends the private insurance companies will be there to...take charge.

Take care in navigating the tunnels, Policy, and remember to keep an eye out for MolePeople. These are the absolutely true and trustworthy records of Our Fair City's glorious history. Listen, and remember.

Read More

Dismantling the Media’s Myths About Schizophrenia

My mission was clear: my character's schizophrenia not only had to be real, it also had to be accurate and respectful.

Read More

Writing For Me: How Fantasy Tropes Can Bring Out the Power of Being a Fangirl

I wanted to write a story that not only was different than what was normally told, but pointed out why diversity is important. That not only contains it, but also discusses it. I wanted to write a book that makes the readers intensely aware that it is a book. And yet still be entertaining.

Read More

How Star Trek: Discovery Can Blaze a Trail for Diversity in Science Fiction

More to beam up.

Star Trek fans have been eagerly awaiting the new Star Trek: Discovery series due out next year. Recently Bryan Fuller, co-creator and executive producer of the new series, announced that the lead character will be played by a woman, and many news outlets are indicating the actress will likely be a person of color. If true, this revelation would be the first of its kind for a major science fiction series or film.

Read More

This Year’s Hugo Awards Honor Diverse Authors, Shrug Off Sad Internet Campaign

N.K. Jemisin took the award for "Best Novel" for The Fifth Season.

The 2016 Hugo Awards were announced last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, and after an attempt by an online group to once again derail the list of winners it was made even more satisfying when all four Hugo fiction categories were awarded to women, with two of them being women of color.

Read More

Review: Claire Carré’s Embers Is a Stunning, Intimate Look at a World Without Memory

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Embers, the impressive debut feature film by Claire Carré, is probably best described as a “slice-of-life” post-apocalyptic collection of five intertwining stories scattered across the globe. Embers follows nine characters in the wake of a mysterious virus in the near future, which has robbed humanity of the ability not only to hold on to their memories, but to create new memories as well. Can we grow as people if we cannot remember who we were before?

Read More

5 Sci-Fi Tunes That Will Make You Beam/Get Down

Bet you never thought you'd read the words "nerdy" and "banger" together in a sentence.

There was a time when every sci-fi theme made you want to get up and boogie-oogie-oogie. A time when cover songs of sci-fi hits were as plentiful as giant bell bottoms and butterfly collars. That time was, you guessed it, the disco era! Since I am a huge fan of disco AND sci-fi classics, I wanted to let my fellow nerds in on the greatest, geekiest jams in history.

Read More

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.

Read More

The X-Files Newbie Recap: Season 7

Have aliens forcibly made this ship canon? What a way to go.

X-Philes friends! I'm back, I'm excited, I'm full of rage and bursting with thoughts. Let's do this thing.

Read More

We Are Not Things: Shining Examples of Women’s Autonomy in Sci-Fi

Recently, the bodily autonomy of women has been a recurring theme in some of the most entertaining and successful sci-fi properties. But with Orphan Black coming up on its final season, what other media plays with this topic through imagined worlds, new technology and far-off futures?

Read More

How Creating Inclusive Sci-Fi/Fantasy Sparked a Culture War

Hi, I'm Lynne M. Thomas. I’m the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Uncanny Magazine, along with my husband, Michael Damian Thomas. And according to Wired, I’m partially responsible for sparking a culture war.

Read More

Decolonizing Space Exploration in Fiction and Reality

We have a want to find answers to what we do not understand, to travel to places beyond our reach.

Perhaps in the same way the communicator allowed us to dream up the cell phone, or the Nostromo’s mining expedition imagined asteroid mining as a reality, Mass Effect or similar works of fiction can help us explore our methods of exploration, challenge us to consider the damage an interstellar colonial project could cause, and force us to dream of a better way.

Read More

More Than “Strong”: Why Men Need to Write More Complex Female Characters

I remember when first daring to write a novel in first person with a female protagonist that I feared it wouldn’t work. I’d written about vampires, werewolves, ogres, and ghost dogs, but I was genuinely concerned that writing from the perspective of an undead, cannibal, witch woman would be beyond my abilities. That instinct says everything about how we guys (specifically cisgender ones like myself) are trained to view gender in fiction.

Read More

Gina Rodriguez and Tessa Thompson Feature in Lush Set Photos from Annihilation

That lady-led sci-fi, tho.

Annihilation, the upcoming movie from Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland, stars Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie Portman, and Oscar Isaac. That's quite the cast, and the movie's plot makes this project even more intriguing.

Read More

Review: Kim & Kim #1 is the Summer’s Funnest Comic

Just two badass ladies trying to get by, figure it all out, and maybe start a punk rock bakery on the way.

A cocktail made with two parts Tank Girl, one part Jem and the Holograms, and a splash of Lumberjanes-esque friendship, Kim & Kim from Black Mask Studios may be the funnest comic book of the summer. The story follows Kim D and Kim Q, a pair of planet hopping punk rock bounty hunters. Issue #1 introduces us to the Kims while they're low on cash and decide to go after a huge payout.

Read More

© 2017 The Mary Sue, LLC | About Us | Advertise | Subscription FAQ | Privacy | User Agreement | Disclaimer | Contact | RSS RSS
Dan Abrams, Founder

  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. RunwayRiot
  4. LawNewz
  5. Gossip Cop