Nick Farmer

Nick Farmer

Here’s our interview with Nick Farmer, author of The Survivors. Nick is a writer and linguist based in Oakland, CA. He created the Belter conlang for Syfy’s The Expanse, contributed to the best-selling introductory linguistics textbook published by MIT Press, and...
Yasuke – The First Black Samuri

Yasuke – The First Black Samuri

From Shadow and Act Yasuke (believed to have lived during the 1500s) was a samurai of black African origin who served under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 1581 and 1582. The name “Yasuke” was granted to him by Nobunaga, although why and when is unclear. His...
The Narrow World

The Narrow World

From Screen Anarchy Director Brent Bonacorso last graced these pages back in 2013 with his fantastic short film West of the Moon – a film loaded with imagery taken from dreams described to the director by children – and he returns now with the altogether...
William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum

William Gibson’s The Gernsback Continuum

The Gernsback Continuum is a 1981 short story by cyberpunk author William Gibson, published in the anthology Burning Chrome and in Mirrorshades, edited by Bruce Sterling. With some similarity to Gibson’s later appraisal of Singapore for Wired magazine in...