Investigation of power and dominion, through the lens of genre fiction, interviews, and essays.
“All history,” writes Maximillian Alvarez, “is the history of empire—a bid for control of that greatest expanse of territory, the past.” Evil Empire confronts these histories head-on, exploring the motivations, consequences, and surprising resiliency of empire and its narratives. Contributors grapple with the economic, technological, racial, and rhetorical elements of U.S. power and show how the effects are far-reaching and, in many ways, self-defeating. Drawing on a range of disciplines—from political science to science fiction—our authors approach the theme with imagination and urgency, animated by the desire to strengthen the fight for a better future.
Contributors Maximillian Alvarez, Mark Bould, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Adom Getachew, Yuri Herrera, Michael Kimmage, Marisol LeBrón, Pankaj Mishra, Jeanne Morefield, Frank Pasquale, Arundhati Roy, Stuart Schrader, Nikhil Pal Singh
Deborah Chasman is Coeditor-in-Chief of Boston Review.
Joshua Cohen is Coeditor-in-Chief of Boston Review, member of the faculty of Apple University, and Distinguished Senior Fellow in Law, Philosophy, and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.