Re-membering Jewish History

A Review of Other Covenants: Alternative Histories of the Jewish People edited by Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum (Ben Yehuda Press, 2022) By Derek Newman-Stille Other Covenants reimagines Jewish history, tracing different possibilities and new paths forward. As a work of alternative history, it remaps the Jewish world and stories and traditions that were familiar become defamiliarized and reimagined....

Interview with Cait Gordon on Disability in Science fiction, Humour, and Space Opera

In this episode of Speculating Canada, I interview Cait Gordon, editor of Nothing Without Us and Nothing Without Us Too and author of Iris and The Crew Tear Through Space, Life In the ‘Cosm, and The Stealth Lovers. We explore disability in science fiction, the need for disabled stories, space opera, and humour fiction. Cait wants to remind the audience...

Indigenous-Settler Relationships in the Zombie Apocalypse

A review of Blood Quantum (2019) By Derek Newman-Stille Blood Quantum, like many zombie movies, is a commentary on consumption. The movie explores the idea of a zombie outbreak that Indigenous people are immune from. It is a powerful commentary on settler-Indigenous relationships, exploring historic and continual settler violence toward Indigenous people, played out in literal acts of attacks, as...