New Beginnings for Books
Alta books editor David L. Ulin finds that amid a crisis, the soul of our culture still survives.
Talking with Lynell George
The author of A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky spent four years immersed in the life and work of Octavia E. Butler. This is what sh…
The Better Angels of His Nature
In Every Day We Get More Illegal, Juan Felipe Herrera doubles down on hope.
Looking Backward from the Future
Relevant to the real world as much as to the worlds it imagines, science fiction has always offered more than is expected.
The Best of West Coast Science Fiction
Across the decades, these groundbreaking works of West Coast science fiction have shown us where we are and where we might be headed, f…
‘Blade Runner’ and Los Angeles, Then and Now
The iconic film’s futuristic vision of life in 2019 is already in the past.
The Jungle of Politics, Then and Now
Upton Sinclair’s 1934 bid for California’s governorship has lessons for today.
Lucia Berlin Lives On
“Evening in Paradise” burnishes the reputation of this relatively unknown writer whose posthumously published “A Manual for Cleaning Wo…
The Beats’ Holy Grail
Jack Kerouac called it “the greatest piece of writing I ever saw” and cited it as inspiration for the style of “On The Road.” After yea…
Reinventing the Wheel
New transportation innovations are forcing planners and city officials to rethink everything about how we’ll get around in California’s…