Is Science Fiction Really the Literature of Change?

Anil Menon is joining Gadi as co-host for a one-hour discussion on science fiction and change, bringing along friends and colleagues Christopher Brown, Claude Lalumière, Geoff Ryman, Nisi Shawl, and Vandana Singh. This Saturday, 19 September.

Arguably, science fiction has had a focus on working out the consequences of a change (what-if scenarios) rather than how a certain change comes to be. This seems to be especially true in the case of social or political change. The distinguished panelists will discuss the possibilities and limitations of (science) fiction for representing a changing world.


When
Saturday, 19 September 2020.
3 PM US Eastern Time.

Guests
Christopher Brown is the Campbell and World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas, Rule of Capture and Failed State. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also practices law.

Claude Lalumière was born and raised in Montreal; has also resided in Québec City, Vancouver, Portland, and Austin; and is currently headquartered in Ottawa. From 1998 to 2012, he wrote reviews and criticism, most notably for January Magazine, The Montreal Gazette, the National Post, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and Locus Online. Since 2002, he’s edited or co-edited fourteen anthologies in multiple genres. Claude is the author of five books: Objects of Worship (CZP 2009), The Door to Lost Pages (CZP 2011), Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes (Infinity Plus 2013), Venera Dreams: A Weird Entertainment (MiroLand / Guernica Editions 2017), and Altre persone / Other Persons (Future Fiction 2018).

Anil Menon’s most recent work Half Of What I Say (Bloomsbury, 2015) was shortlisted for the 2016 Hindu Literary Award. His debut novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet was shortlisted for the 2009 Crossword Prize and the Carl Baxter Society’s Parallax Award. His short fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines including Interzone, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, and Strange Horizons. His stories have been translated into more than a dozen languages including Hebrew, Igbo, and Romanian. He has a forthcoming collection of speculative fiction (Hachette, 2020).

Geoff Ryman, a Canadian author, has won 15 awards for his stories and ten books, many of which are science fiction. His novel “Air” (2005) won a John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the James W Tiptree Memorial Award, the Canadian Sunburst Award and the British Science Fiction Association Award. It was also listed in The Guardian’s series ‘1000 Novels You Must Read’. His novels include “The King’s Last Song” (2006), “Was” (1992), and the hypertext web novel, “253: a novel for the Internet in Seven Cars and a Crash”, which won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. He is currently at work on a new historical novel set in the United States before the Civil War.

Nisi Shawl, winner of one Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award and two Locus Awards, wrote the 2016 Nebula finalist Everfair (Tor) and the 2008 Tiptree/Otherwise-winning collection “Filter House” (Aqueduct). Their stories are also collected in PM Press’s 2019 “Talk like a Man” and Dark Moon’s “2018 Primer to Nisi Shawl”, and they edited and co-edited anthologies such as “New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color”, and “Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany”. In 2005 they co-wrote “Writing the Other: A Practical Approach”. They live in Seattle and take frequent walks with their cat.

Vandana Singh is a science fiction writer from India, based in the Boston area, where she is also a professor of physics at a small and lively public university. She is the author of two short story collections, most recently “Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories” (Small Beer Press, Zubaan, 2018), which was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. Her current academic work is in the transdisciplinary scholarship of climate science pedagogy. She is a Fellow of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University.

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