Us in Flux

Us in Flux is a series of short stories and virtual gatherings that explore themes of community, collaboration, and collective imagination in response to transformative events.

We are currently on hiatus. While we’re taking an indefinite pause on publishing and events, Us in Flux was recently the focus of a special symposium section in the Winter 2021 issue of the journal SFRA Review, an open-access publication of the Science Fiction Research Association. The symposium features several pieces of fiction from Us in Flux, alongside analytical essays from scholars of speculative fiction, an essay from science fiction author, physicist, and climate researcher Vandana Singh, and concluding reflections from Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination.

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“Tomorrow Is Another Daze” by Ernest Hogan -
A story about Aztlán, creative reuse, and making technology work for you.
“Even God Has a Place Called Home” by Ray Mwihaki -
A story about environmental health, technophilia, and transcendence.
Conversations—Ray Mwihaki and Christopher Rowe
“The Wandering City,” by Usman T. Malik -
A story about temporal anomalies, public spaces, and a new global consciousness.
“A Cyber-Cuscuta Manifesto” by Regina Kanyu Wang -
A story about big data, emerging life forms, and a plea for coexistence.
“Notice” by Sarah Pinsker -
A tale of unanticipated mail and the limits of self-reliance.
“Fourth and Most Important” by Nisi Shawl -
A tale of coded messages, clandestine drone deliveries, and surprising alliances.
Two portraits embroidered on a quilt. The portrait on the left is stitched with black thread on white linen and the portrait on the right is stitched with various colored thread on a dark denim patch. “Skating Without Streetlights” by Tina Connolly -
A story about virtual reality, friendship, and the unexpected benefits of impersonation.
Fabric resist and dye piece depicting the moon over the ocean. “When We Call a Place Home” by Chinelo Onwualu -
A utopian tale of historical memory, the dangers of forgetting…and vampires.
Green linen embroidered with the white outline of a squirrel, and five leaf shapes cut from multiple colors of fabric secured to the linen with cross stitches in various colors. “An Attempt at Exhausting My Deck” by Kij Johnson -
A short story about backyard ecology, interspecies communities, careful observation, and solitude without loneliness.
Illustrationdone in fabric, quilted landscape with small person looking over vast hills covered in crops. “The Parable of the Tares” by Christopher Rowe -
A short story about food, monoculture, and communities that draw together the human and nonhuman.
Five separate works by Nina Miller for the Us In Flux series. From left to right; a quilt sewn with black thread, embroidered leaves, fabric resist and dye piece, a second quilt sewn with white thread, a woman embroidered with thread The Art of Us in Flux: An Interview with Nina Miller - A conversation about art that visualizes the future, creative expression in moments of crisis, and how art can be a path into fictional worlds.