HIVEMIND: Global Speculative Fiction is a Georgia Tech student and faculty-run digital magazine of global speculative fiction. We publish science fiction and fantasy—broadly defined— on the themes of language, culture, and communication. We are also interested in multimedia and interactive stories that push the boundaries of traditional storytelling.
HIVEMIND is based out of the School of Modern Languages and is led by an editorial board staffed by graduate students in the new M.S. in Global Media and Cultures. Each issue centers on one unifying concept or theme connected to our overarching focus on global SF. Our content includes original short fiction, reprints, translations, interviews, and articles. By spotlighting and celebrating diverse speculative traditions, HIVEMIND: Global Speculative Fiction seeks to expand our understanding of worlds both real and imagined.
50 Years of SF @ Tech
HIVEMIND launched in 2021, the 50th anniversary of the first science fiction course taught at Georgia Tech. In 1971, Professor Irving “Bud” Foote taught one of our first accredited SF classes, commencing a long tradition of SF Studies at GT. For a brief history of science fiction studies at Georgia Tech, please check out the timeline below. To learn more about SF at Tech, please also check out Sci Fi @ Tech, the GT Library’s Science Fiction Lounge, and the Science Fiction Studies Minor.
The first Science Fiction Class at Georgia Tech is taught by GT literature professor Irving “Bud” Foote in 1971.
Professor Jay Telotte, author of Animating the Science Fiction Imagination and Science Fiction Film, joins GT.
Regents Professor Lisa Yaszek, Science Fiction Studies scholar and author of Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century and The Future Is Female, joins Georgia Tech.
Professor Lisa Yaszek founds the Sci Fi Lab in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication.
Professor Yaszek forms the Sci Fi Radio Show, a student produced and led radio show, in 2006. It currently broadcasts online at www.wrek.org.
LMC hires award-winning science fiction author Kathleen Ann Goonan as a Professor of the Practice (2010-2015).
Professors Lisa Yaszek and Nihad Farooq establish the Science Fiction Studies Minor.
The GT Library is renovated and a dedicated SF Lounge is created in the entry, the core of the collection based on Dr. Foote's 1998 donation.
Dr. Amanda Weiss, assistant professor of Japanese and Media Studies, launches HIVEMIND: Global Speculative Fiction.
Amanda Weiss, Editor
Amanda Weiss is Assistant Professor of Japanese at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses on Japanese media and society and leads a Vertically Integrated Project in East Asian Media. She is currently completing two book manuscripts: an anthology on New Asian Fantasy with co-editors Ploi Pirapokin and Silvia Park and a monograph on collective memory in East Asian war cinema. Dr. Weiss is a 2018 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop and her favorite authors include Kelly Link, Ken Liu, Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin, Carol Emshwiller, and Ted Chiang. Contact: email@example.com.
Sofi Sanders, Assistant Editor
Sofia Sanders is a Graduate Student completing the Global Media and Cultures Master of Science at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Russian. She is currently focusing on the interrelationships within cross-cultural communication, and also investigating the state of the Russian news media, particularly with regard to corruption, censorship, and bias. Her interest in Speculative Fiction stems from fond childhood memories of Lord of the Rings, as well as her passion for cross-cultural (meaning alien cultures too!) reading and writing.
Will Slater, Assistant Editor
Will is a graduate student studying Global Media & Cultures at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Spanish. His interests include cross-cultural communication as it relates to the development of creative industries with a Latin American focus. Specifically, he is currently examining Latina documentary filmmaking in Puerto Rico and why feminist Puerto Rican cinema should be utilized as a lens through which to examine some of the societal issues that have stemmed from the colonial framework that defines the relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico. As much as he's fallen in love with the writings of short story authors such as Ted Chiang, Ken Liu, and Jorge Luis Borges, his favorite piece(s) of speculative fiction will always be his first exposure to the broad genre, the Star Wars franchise.
Natalie Mueller, Contributor
Natalie Mueller is an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’s majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Japanese. Her concentration is in Artificial Intelligence, and she is currently studying topics like Natural Language Processing and Computer Vision. She was inspired to work in the intersection of interactive media and speculative fiction by her love of tabletop role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, World Wide Wrestling, Paranoia, and Blades in the Dark.
We would like to thank Steven Hodges, Nicholas Platt, and Kevin Pittman of the Office of Information Technology for their support in setting up the website, plug-ins, and story themes. We would also like to express our gratitude to Brad Rittenhouse and Terra Gasque of the Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) for troubleshooting technical issues and conducting workshops. The original website and inaugural issue of HIVEMIND were generously funded by the Denning Global Engagement Seed Fund from the Office of the Vice-Provost for International Initiatives, a DILAC grant, and a grant from Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Our second issue is sponsored by grants from Ivan Allen College and the School of Modern Languages. Thank you to all for your support!