Summary:
  • In Certain Dark Things (Jo Fletcher, £16.99) she reworks the vampire romance as a sleek and brutal noir thriller set in Mexico City.
  • Moreno-Garcia’s critical perspective on romance narratives and her love of noir keep the story balanced on a knife edge between hope and horror.
  • The fantasy of quick and easy transfer of mind/soul/personality into other bodies is a staple of science fiction.
  • These examples of “science fiction realism” include self-driving cars, quantum computing, virtual reality, robots and software.
  • The tone throughout is positive, even utopian, but when it comes to the inevitable losses of millions of jobs, not even science fiction can provide a map for a social transition to prioritise human need over greed.
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