Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness--how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness.
“Franny is an incredible innovator, constantly pushing what the forms of poetry and language can do. The book examines the very idea of softness, of what it means to be human in an increasingly inhumane world.” —Fatimah Asghar for Oprah Magazine
“Franny Choi’s Soft Science is shaped by a sequence of poems that structurally enact the assembling of a cyborg’s mind and body… how can one prove their own humanity, for what possible reason should one need to affirm their humanity, and who feels holy enough to ask for that affirmation?" —Christian Wessels for Ploughshares
"Equal parts dark humour and blunt honesty, [Soft Science] is one of the most complex and rewarding collections I have read in the past few years." —Margaryta Golovchenko for The Town Crier
"Choi’s collection feels like exactly what’s needed in our present moment: not a retreat into nostalgia, but an attempt to engage deeply with how we relate with one another and what authenticity means in a rapidly technologizing world." —Jeff Chiu for iExaminer
"Playful, angry, metallic, it captures the spirit of our robotic, permanently present modern existence in the panopticon of capitalism and the Internet." —LitHub
Soft Science by Franny Choi
Alice James Books 2019