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Review: Doctor Who, Series Eleven, Episode Six, ‘The Demons of Punjab’

Another beautifully written historical episode. I think the fact that showrunner Chris Chibnall has ensured that people of colour are hired to write historically sensitive episodes like this, and ‘Rosa’, is making a palpable difference. Writer Vinay Patel‘s grandparents were … Continue reading

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Micro Review: Doctor Who, Season Eleven, Episode 5 ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’

I have a blinding headache, so this is just a quick note to say I thought this episode was a lot of fun. Loved the Space General with her robot consort. Loved the multiple explorations of family dynamics. Loved the … Continue reading

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Could there be medieval science fiction?

Tumblr user elucubrare raised a really interesting question: here is a concept that I’m still trying to flesh out: medieval science fiction. not, of course, aliens land during the middle ages, though I’ve read and enjoyed that, but something much … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: season eleven, episode 4, ‘Arachnids in the UK’

This was a solid episode. It didn’t blow me away the way that the previous three episodes did, but it didn’t have to. Not every episode has to deal with issues as prescient and historically significant as ‘Rosa’, and we … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: series eleven, episode two, ‘Rosa’

This week Doctor Who tackled a pivotal moment in American history with heartbreaking resonance for current events. With white supremacy on the rise again, choosing to have the first historical episode in this season focus on Rosa Parks is bold … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: series eleven, episode two, ‘The Ghost Monument’

I am so freakin’ EXCITE about the new Doctor Who. The writers seem to be going out of their way to establish both their sci-fi and Whovian credentials, and I don’t mind one bit. This week was a fast-packed action … Continue reading

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Doctor Who: series eleven, episode one, ‘The Woman who Fell to Earth’

Yup. That’ll do. The first episode of series eleven of new Doctor Who  (New Who) just aired. Theoretically controversial, but actually massively supported, the most striking feature of this episode is that it marks the debut of the first female … Continue reading

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The Ethics of the Good Place: PowerPoint slides

Hey guys, I got back from Nine Worlds yesterday and I am completely wiped. I am hoping to get YouTube vids of both the papers I gave up at some point, but that point is not today. However, I was … Continue reading

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Nine Worlds 2018 and me!

I’m going to Nine Worlds again! Hurrah! I am excited and a little nervous. I’m also going to be on some panels and doing some papers – please show up, they’re going to be amazing! They’re all happening on Friday, … Continue reading

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An Ursula Le Guin Award

Yesterday we heard the sad news that Ursula Le Guin passed away. There is something wonderful in the almost continuous outpouring of tributes and memories that has been ongoing since. Her work touched a lot of people. She changed the … Continue reading

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