Thai American artist Astria Suparak's Virtually Asian is a short video essay that looks at how science-fiction filmmakers fill the backgrounds of their futuristic worlds with nebulous Asian faces while filling their featured cast with white ones. Particularly prevalent are the Asian hologram advertisements that apparently occupy every cityscape in the future, from Blade Runner (1982) to A.I. (2001) to Minority Report (2002), and do we even need to start in on Ghost in the Shell (2017)?
James Lipnickas, a phenomenal graphite artist, has lately been creating these haunting drawings of high-rise towers—populated with cryptic humans who appear to periodically wrestle with aliens. Some of my favorites are below, reprinted with his permission. Check out his Instagram, too. It has more from this series, and also work going back further, including eerie… READ THE REST
Remember that British sci-fi show from the 70s that mixed together paganism, the paranormal and sent it into space? The one whose pure weirdness somehow vaulted it past obvious limitations of budget and casting? You know, that one. Excalibur. Excalibur is, in fact, an interactive fiction project made by J. J. Guest, G. C. Baccaris,… READ THE REST
I'm starting to get very excited to get my hands on Stargrave, the new sci-fi skirmish game by Joseph McCullough. Joe is the creator of the fantasy miniatures skirmish game, Frostgrave, one of my favorite mini games over the past five years. Like Frostgrave, in Stargrave, you put together a small warband of fighters and… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. New year, new you! And perhaps a new iPad is in the cards for 2023, but if you're working with a strict budget, there's nothing wrong with opting for a slightly… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. December is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year for everyone, but it definitely doesn't feel that way, even when you are practicing sufficient self-care. Between the stress of… READ THE REST
We thank our sponsor for making this content possible; it is not written by the editorial staff nor does it necessarily reflect its views. Anyone unsure about getting a tattoo has undoubtedly waffled about precisely what they'll get or if they're even comfortable with having something on their body that'll last a lifetime. Not to mention,… READ THE REST