Illustration of Emily Carpenter and Namwali Serpell as astronauts in a sci-fi landscape
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On Speculation: UC Berkeley Film and English professors discuss the politics and potential of science fiction

By Anna Tseselsky, Bailey Dunn and Sophie-Marie Prime

In a widely-ranging discussion of sci-fi texts of the past and present, UC Berkeley lecturer Emily Carpenter and professor Namwali Serpell articulate representations of race and gender, discuss the ways that sci-fi reflects contemporary politics and offer interpretations of popular films.
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