This week, the Weekender takes an intergalactic journey, traveling through space to explore everything from the latest trends in science fiction to ambitious student research in astrophysics.
Berkeley has been a breeding ground for award-winning science-fiction writers. Staff writer Anna Ho honors the legacy of sci-fi author Ursula Le Guin, a Berkeley native known for her otherworldly narratives. Managing editor Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks reflects on the literary contributions of Philip K. Dick, a UC Berkeley alumnus known for renowned works such as “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”
We also reached out to experts in the genre; UC Berkeley professor Namwali Serpell and lecturer Emily Carpenter discuss the intricacies of science fiction in literature and cinema as part of an in-depth roundtable interview. Check out this back-and-forth, contributed by staff writer Bailey Dunn and arts & entertainment reporter Sophie-Marie Prime.
Staff writer Fionce Siow discusses the genre in a cinematic context, comparing the poignancy iconic sci-fi films and TV series from past and present. Assistant editor Molly Nolan also sat down with local sci-fi and fantasy writer, Beth Barany. Find out how Barany uses her supernatural storylines to empower women in this feature piece.
Some of our writers also contributed some of their own science fiction pieces. Benson Yi wrote a poem that grapples with the concept of space and connections. Sean Tseng adds to this week’s portfolio section with her short story chronicling the journey of an android.
Continuing with our research series, the Weekender highlights UC Berkeley student researcher in astrophysics, Haynes Stephens, who is exploring the mysteries of black holes in our galaxy. Check out this feature piece, written by staff writer Sydney Schoonover.