Current Issue
Vol. 5 No. 3 — July 2015

The Importance of Dialect:
An Interview with Celeste Rita Baker
  by Amal El-Mohtar
   by Alicia Cole

   by Bogi Takács

The Drowning of the Doves
   by Sonya Taaffe

Grandmother Magma
Babel-17, Samuel R. Delany
   by Tananarive Due

Accessing the Future, edited by Djibril al-Ayad and Kathryn Allan
   reviewed by Rachel Swirsky

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, edited by adrienne marie brown and Walidah Imarisha
   reviewed by Maria Velazquez

Things We Found During the Autopsy, by Kuzhali Manickavel
  reviewed by Karen Burnham

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science & the World, by Rachel Swaby
  reviewed by Victoria Elisabeth Garcia

Persona, by Genevieve Valentine
  reviewed by Kristin King
Featured Artist
Sharon E. Sutton

The Cascadia Subduction Zone

A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.

Despite the many and continual changes reshaping the world of books and the arts, one factor remains constant: work by women writers is always assigned a marginal status in critical venues (except, of course, in venues that focus exclusively on work by women writers).

The CSZ aims to treat work by women as vital and central rather than marginal. What we see, what we talk about, and how we talk about it matters. Seeing, recognizing, and understanding is what makes the world we live in. And the world we live in is, itself, a sort of subduction zone writ large.

“Since its launch in 2011 The Cascadia Subduction Zone has emerged as one of the best critical journals the field has to offer.”
  Jonathan McCalmont, February 18, 2013, Hugo Ballot Nomination

Paris Blues

Reclaiming and Ancient Self, Sharon E. Sutton