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Speculative fiction—the catchall term for nonrealist genres—in its many forms. Remembering the irascible speculative-fiction writer Harlan Ellison. How reading a sex scene in an Isaac Asimov book changes an adolescent’s understanding of gender identity. Colson Whitehead reads from his zombie novel, Zone One. And tracing the sci-fi–themed Afrofuturist tradition in music, from Sun Ra to Janelle Monáe.