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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space station
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Space: A poem

By Benson Yi

dear you i have escaped the gravity of our world the thrusters are no longer firing i depend on the word of other men who linger in dark rooms twirling pencils atop arcane calculations watching my ship ascend to the stars   there is no seattle in space vacant skies
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Kiwi’s big adventure: A poem

By Kristen Hull

     I am Kiwi, and I love the way I roll.  You think I’m a silent runner and droll. Yeah, the box robot made for tater tots. Your tiny food delivery.     But I am Kiwi! The corgis have nothing on me. I stop you in your tracks, and you
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