Relevant to the real world as much as to the worlds it imagines, science fiction has always offered more than is expected.
Across the decades, these groundbreaking works of West Coast science fiction have shown us where we are and where we might be headed, from speculative postwar histories to cyberspace, the near future, and beyond.
Books Editor David L. Ulin joins Alta Asks Live to discuss the groundbreaking work of author Philip K. Dick, how the sci-fi genre is especially timely right now, and the challenges Alta writers faced while trying to report during a nationwide shelter-in-place.
Rishi Reddi’s novel, Passage West, explores an underrepresented narrative.
Joy Harjo reimagines a national narrative in An American Sunrise.
The iconic film’s futuristic vision of life in 2019 is already in the past.
Elaine Katzenberger reflects on City Lights’ past—and looks to its future.
Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.
"Evening in Paradise" burnishes the reputation of this relatively unknown writer whose posthumously published "A Manual for Cleaning Women" was widely acclaimed
Jack Kerouac called it “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw” and cited it as inspiration for the style of “On The Road.” After years of legal wrangling, the “Joan Anderson Letter” is now surfacing. Read an exclusive excerpt from the landmark of Beat literature.
New transportation innovations are forcing planners and city officials to rethink everything about how we'll get around in California's cities of the future.
It may seem like overstatement to call Gina Berriault’s “Women in Their Beds” a masterpiece, but that’s what it is.