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Front Cover by Ward Schumaker, Hate Is What We Need, 2017. METHYLCELLULOSE AND ACRYLIC PIGMENT. Courtesy of the artist.

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Introduction

"POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION has been moved to our Current Affairs section.” Written on a chalkboard outside the Bookloft bookstore in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on Wednesday morning just after the last U. S. presidential election, Zazu Galdos-Schapiro’s witticism was instant meme material. Like all good jokes, her line flashed electric between id and insight, a short-circuit buzz that made us chuckle. A couple of years later, we’re no longer laughing, yet the challenge remains: if speculative fiction has indeed sublimated into document, critique, and analysis, well then, it’s high time to take it seriously. Peer publications like the Boston Review, with their “Global Dystopias” issue, have already begun such work; in these pages, the prose we publish offers a panoply of spec fic, mostly mixed blends of fantasy and sci-fi. Lit mags have a reputation for snobbery when it comes to genre, we know, but the best have always been interested in...

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Ruben

by Gabriella Kurvilla, translated by Victoria Offredi Poletto and Giovanna Bellesia Contuzzi

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Say it.
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