Science Fiction and Fantasy has always held a mirror up to nature and continues to explore themes that resonate in contemporary society. As our current culture grapples with issues such sexual assault, bodily autonomy, classism, racism, and consolidation of power, both political and economic, science fiction and fantasy writers have been responding with works that illuminate our current situation. By creating new worlds to set their stories, these authors are able to present trenchant contemporary issues as metaphor, which can make it easier for ideas to be debated and discussed and even subversively change people’s minds. Join a panel of popular genre authors (TBA) talking about how their work is informed by and informs discussion on the topics of agency, consent, and power in the real world and in the worlds of their own creation.
This year's panel and their most recent works includes:
Sarah Gailey* - Magic for Liars
Malka Older - State Tectonics
John Scalzi - The Consuming Fire
Martha Wells - Exit Strategy
* Note that Tor Books has agreed to waive its library embargo on Sarah Gailey's title, Magic for Liars. We thank Tor for working with us to make this ebook available for licensing on the date of publication.
ALA Unit/Subunit: LITA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.