Literature

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

Broad Universe is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, encouraging, honoring, and celebrating women and alternatively-gendered writers and editors in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other speculative genres. Come hear several “broads” read short excerpts from their works. Think of it as a tasting menu to help you find your next favorite author!

Teaching and Analyzing Genre Fiction

Speculative fiction readers are familiar with the tropes and techniques of genre fiction. How do teachers make genre fiction more accessible to students who aren’t frequent speculative fiction readers? Experienced teachers discuss their techniques for teaching speculative literature in a classroom, and trade recommendations for convincing administrators that speculative literature should be a part of… Continue reading Teaching and Analyzing Genre Fiction

Sufi, Arabic, and Italian SF

Three academic talks: Emad El-Din Aysha: Sufi Science Fiction Sufism has been deployed many times in genre works, not least SF. Sufism however is lacking in Arabic and Islamic science fiction. The situation is changing as Arab SF authors, old and young, brave this fledging subgenre. The downside is commercialization and commodification of Sufism and… Continue reading Sufi, Arabic, and Italian SF

The Work of Sheree Renée Thomas

Sheree Renée Thomas is one of the most notable editors in our field. She is the editor of the anthologies Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction From the African Diaspora and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, winners of the 2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Award for Year’s Best Anthology. These books collect works by… Continue reading The Work of Sheree Renée Thomas

The Rise of Online Markets

There was a time, long ago, when short fiction had to be published in one of the ‘big three’ magazines to get popular attention and critical acclaim. The rise of free online magazines like Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among many others, make markets of today a much more level playing field. We’ll talk about what’s changed… Continue reading The Rise of Online Markets

Unusual Political Structures in Speculative Fic

There is excellent speculative fiction creating political structures different from the usual monarchies, republics, and despotisms. Systems like the microdemocracy in Malka Older’s Infomocracy, direct democracy in Alastair Reynolds’ The Prefect, and the take on empire in Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire create interesting structures outside of our more usual paradigms. What makes them… Continue reading Unusual Political Structures in Speculative Fic

Meetup: Escape Artists

A meetup for the fans of the Escape Artists podcasts, including 2021 Hugo nominees Escape Pod and PodCastle. Come chat all things audio short fiction with us!

Reverse-Harem Reform School Omegaverse Romance

In 2018, this genre was barely a gleam in AO3’s eye. Suddenly it was all over Goodreads, Amazon, and paranormal romance forums, with dozens of series all over the web. Why and how did this extremely specific genre become the hot ticket of 2019 and 2020? What questions does it open up?

Speculative Noir

How much do speculative fiction subgenres like cyberpunk and urban fantasy owe to noir? Are there tropes or other aspects of noir that spec fic should subvert or reject? What can speculative fiction noir do that regular noir can’t? From neon-lit future noir to hardboiled fairy tales, this panel will discuss the influence of classic… Continue reading Speculative Noir

What’s Great About African SF?

The good, the great, and the just plain weird. Writers, editors and filmmakers talk about works they love from Africa—novels, films, comics, and literary gossip mags.

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