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Filmed on Tuesday April 18, 02023

Becky Chambers, Annalee Newitz

Resisting Dystopia

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is a science journalist and author. Their novel Autonomous won the Lambda Literary Award, and their nonfiction book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age was a national bestseller. The Washington Post called their latest novel, The Terraformers, “a dazzling look at the distant future.” They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. With a focus on the social and political implications of technological change, Newitz has become one of the leading voices in contemporary science fiction.

Becky Chambers

Becky Chambers is a Hugo-Award winning science fiction author of the Wayfarers series and the Monk and Robot novellas. Her writing is characterized by a deep empathy for her characters and a keen sensitivity to the ways in which our relationships with others shape who we are. Through her novels, Chambers has crafted richly imagined worlds that challenge our assumptions about gender, race, and sexuality, and explore the possibilities and perils of technological progress.

Join us for a thought-provoking conversation between two Hugo award-winning science fiction authors, Becky Chambers and Annalee Newitz. Known for challenging classic science fiction tropes such as war, violence, and colonialism, both authors create vivid and immersive worlds that are filled with non-human persons, peace, and a subtle sense of hope. The authors will discuss what it means to take these alternative themes seriously, delve into their writing & world building process, and explore how science fiction can help us imagine new futures that can make sense of our current civilizational struggles.

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