About Us

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.

First Sci Fi Class

The first Science Fiction Class at Georgia Tech is taught by GT literature professor Irving “Bud” Foote in 1971.

Jay Telotte joins Georgia Tech

Professor Jay Telotte, author of Animating the Science Fiction Imagination and Science Fiction Film, joins GT.

SF Collection is established
Professor Bud Foote retires in 1998, donating 8000+ items to the GT Library and forming the core of our SF collection.
Lisa Yaszek joins Georgia Tech

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.

Sci Fi Lab Established

Professor Lisa Yaszek founds the Sci Fi Lab in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication.

Sci Fi Lab Radio Show established

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.

Kathleen Ann Goonan joins Georgia Tech

LMC hires award-winning science fiction author Kathleen Ann Goonan as a Professor of the Practice (2010-2015).

SF Minor Created

Professors Lisa Yaszek and Nihad Farooq establish the Science Fiction Studies Minor.

Susana Morris joins Georgia Tech
Dr. Susana Morris, scholar of Black Feminism, Black Digital Media, and Afrofuturism, joins LMC. Professor Morris is the author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature.
SF Lounge Opens

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.

HIVEMIND established

Dr. Amanda Weiss, assistant professor of Japanese and Media Studies, launches HIVEMIND: Global Speculative Fiction.

Our Team

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: amanda.weiss@modlangs.gatech.edu.

Natalie Mueller, Assistant Editor (Issue 1.2)

Natalie Mueller is a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she’s majoring in Computer Science. Her concentration is in Interactive 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.

Emerson Barrett, Assistant Editor (Issue 2.1)

Emerson Barrett is an undergraduate student majoring in History, Technology, Society at Georgia Tech, with a concentration in Global Studies. She has always been an avid reader of all things fantasy and science-fiction, developing her love for stories at a young age by listening to audio books with her father on her way to school and reading the Harry Potter books with her mother every night before bed. Emerson enjoys reading and writing short stories in her spare time, and attended the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference in 2018. Her favorite authors of all time are Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Max Butterfield, Assistant Editor (Issue 2.1)

Max Butterfield completed his bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in December 2022, with a focus on aircraft design. He has had an interest in speculative fiction since being introduced to Star Wars at an early age, especially from an engineering perspective on how fictional technology works. He also enjoys speculative fictions like Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, and The Walking Dead.

Sofi Sanders, Assistant Editor (Issues 1.1 and 1.2)

Sofia Sanders is a recent graduate who completed the Global Media and Cultures Master of Science at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Russian. Her Master's Thesis focuses on the interrelationships within cross-cultural communication, 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 (Issues 1.1 and 1.2)

Will is a recent graduate from the Global Media & Cultures Masters program 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, his thesis examines 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.

Editorial Board

Antonio Cardentey, Lecturer of Spanish, Georgia Institute of Technology

Milton Davis, Writer and Editor (Steamfunk! Anthology, Dieselfunk Anthology, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology)

Alex Hofelich, Co-editor of Pseudopod and President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Horror Writers Association

Susana Morris, Associate Professor of Black Feminism, Black Digital Media, and Afrofuturism, Georgia Institute of Technology

Silvia Park, Writer and Editor (Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019, Black Warrior Review, Tor.com)

Ploi Pirapokin, Writer and Editor (Tor.com, Pleiades: Literature in Context, Ninth Letter, Newfound Journal)

Amanda Ray, Founder and CEO, The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization (MCSFO) and Director of the Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival

JC Reilly, Poet and Senior Academic Professional, Georgia Institute of Technology

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Associate Professor of Spanish, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lisa Yaszek, Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ida Yoshinaga, Assistant Professor of Science Fiction Film and Writer-Producer, Georgia Institute of Technology

Special Thanks

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, the School of Modern Languages, and the Atlanta Global Studies Center. Thank you to all for your support!


Images courtesy of LMC, Sci Fi Lab, and Pixabay. Icons made by Freepik from Flaticon.