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Waiting for our boat at the Carries wharf, a man puts his bag too close to the edge of the dock, and someone warns him to move it back. “It’ll fall into the sea.” It’s a reminder that this here is the sea we’re standing over, not just any old…


Once I had to interview for a scholarship while I was in Haiti. I set myself up in a backroom of the orphanage and crossed my fingers that the video-chat would hold up. I knew they’d probably ask something along the lines of, “Why help folks over there instead of…


For a long time, an essential component of my personal mythology was the idea that I educated myself largely on my own initiative and terms. I paid more attention to the books I was reading under the desk than anything the teacher at the front of the class was saying…


Before I got to college, I understood racism was an issue, but it was extremely low on my priority list. I was sure it had been solved back in the ’60s. I saw my personal experiences as proof that it wasn’t the biggest problem. I went to elementary school in…


As the final project for my Indigenous Literature class, I documented eight different Native science fiction films and movies on the TV Tropes site. …


What follow is a list of 68 tropes from the TV Tropes Grand List of Overused Science Fiction Clichés concerning “alien logistics.” This list is an appendix to my “I Try To Add to TV Tropes” post.

· Aliens travel a zillion miles to loot the Earth of resources which…


On the road home, I run into a kid and we start talking. At first, it’s the same questions I always here about what life in the U.S. is like — is it cold? Do I live near Chris? …


Hoverboards Ruin It For The Rest of Us

I’ve got this all under control; I’ve done it so many times before. It’s kind of fun to shock people with how many laptops are in my bag.

This time, though, the agents are perturbed rather than amused. “This is against regulation.”


My aunt says I can ask her anything, but it hasn’t been even a week since my grandmother died so there are things I don’t want to ask.

She tells me that as a writer I should understand the human need to make this into a story, and she’s still…


Last year I spent a month and a half in Mission in San Francisco. Mission’s one of the first examples that comes to mind when people talk about gentrification. This neighborhood was once working-class and Latino. Now, it’s getting taken over by Silicon Valley tech. That has consequences for everyone…

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