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Doctorow, Cory
Reviewed by: Daryl M., Librarian, West Valley Regional Branch Library
Call Number: SF
Speculative Fiction has a long history of using the tropes of the genre to comment on our world. Ursula K. Le Guin used The Left Hand of Darkness to examine cultural gender constructs. Using the original Star Trek television series, show creator Gene Roddenberry commented on issues like race relations and the Vietnam War. And in her novel Tooth and Claw, author Jo Walton illustrated the absurdity of Victorian rules of behavior by way of dragons. Sometimes the cultural criticism is playful and fun. Other times, it is subtle and sly, barely noticeable until the author wants you to realize what is being said. Another author will tackle the same subjects directly, ensuring the reader knows exactly where they stand on topics, whether political or cultural. This is the approach taken by Cory Doctorow in his new book, Radicalized.Read Full Review

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