Day 2

Palestinian Futurism

The conversation on Palestine has often been largely defined by outside voices reshaping the past in order to legitimize the destruction of the Palestinian present and future. Despite this, Palestinians continue to write their own futures and fantasies in bold ways, carving out space to redefine the narrative of their own identities. Join our panelists […]

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Speculative Indie Filmmaking: A Praxis

Screening on the speculative film, “Fevered Dreams,” with a Q & A with writer/director L. M. Davis and stars Sydni Perry and Tara Warren, moderated by Nicole Sconiers. Discussion will include the filmmaking process, including fundraising and all components of production (during a pandemic) as well as a discussion of the themes of the film.

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Verses and Visions of the Otherworldly: A Speculative Poetry Panel

Poetry makes the mundane fabulous; how, then, does it transform the fabulous? How do you know when your speculative subject matter is best conveyed in the form of a poem? When should grief be brought to numbers, and when do you choose free verse? How much worldbuilding is too much and how does the form […]

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Tell Me Another One: Retelling White Stories for Your Context

For as long as humans exist, stories will get retold. But what stories get retold? Who gets to retell them and why? And how does it serve these authors of color and their audiences when they take stories from dominantly white cultures and reskin, re-situate, re-contextualize them?

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It’s Still Colonialism When It Happens to Elves

Do you think Tolkien realized the racist implications of the inter-cultural dynamics of Middle Earth? Does it make you shudder when there is no gravitas to a body count, even when it’s “just” elves and dwarves offing each other? Are you tired of “evil” and “primitive” races being coded as people of color? Well, so […]

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The Future of Food

From nondescript protein slush to lavish 3D-printed meals, the way our characters eat establishes both their personalities and the worlds around them. Join our panelists as they discuss some of their favorite fictional foods, cutting-edge culinary technology, innovations they’ve incorporated into their writing, and more!

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The C Word: Climate Change in SFF

Fiction dealing with climate change has always been popular, but as the most pressing issue of our times evolves, our vision of how climate change affects or threatens us has also changed. Join our panelists as they discuss climate change in real life and in fiction: the scenarios we’ve examined or discarded, the dangers we […]

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