When Star Wars (later known as "A New Hope") was released in 1977, it ushered in a new age for science fiction and fantasy. Like the seminal works in the genre that came before it (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Trek series, The Twilight Zone, The Martian Chronicles), it was a product of the sociological and political world it was released into. The Lord of the Rings was an allegory for Tolkien's experience in WWI and his yearning for the peace and tranquility of the Shire. Gene Roddenberry replaced the Cold War with a humanity that placed exploration above war, and created a world where racial and gender justice (just beginning to emerge in the civil rights and feminist movements of the 60's) were a fundamental reality. Star Wars - emerging in the same decade as the Watergate scandal and the slow de-escalation of nuclear proliferation - is a story of resistance and rebellion, of rising up against an establishment seeking order but not good, and is a chilling metaphor for how a weapon of mass destruction can wipe out an entire people (RIP Alderaan).
When Rogue One came out in December of 2016, it was the movie so many of us needed. As a woman, a person of color, and a Muslim-American, President Trump does not speak for me - but neither did Hillary Clinton (help us Bernie Sanders, you're our only hope!). The movie was a reminder that in moments of deep political upheaval, we can find lessons of resistance and rebellion - and hope - in science fiction/fantasy.
So this blog seeks to pull those lessons from those worlds - it delves into books, movies, and TV shows from the world of sci-fi/fantasy - to find the lessons we need for resistance in the time of Trump.