OCTAVIA'S BROOD

Science Fiction from Social Movements An anthology of visionary science fiction and
speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.

[Coming April 2015 - pre-order discounted copy here!!]

 

The Portland Mercury interviews co-editor Walidah Imarisha

You know Walidah Imarisha: When Gizmodo ran a piece earlier this year about race in Oregon, she was the scholar quoted throughout. We've written about her revolutionary approach to science fiction and social justice right here in these very pages. And now she's co-edited an anthology of science fiction from social justice movements, Octavia's Brood, along with Adrienne Maree Brown.

Octavia's Brood: The Blurbs

People said really beautiful things about this project. We wanted to share some of those loving words with y'all.

Like Butler's fiction, this collection is cartography, a map to freedom. 

 

Our radical imaginations are under siege and this text is the rescue mission. This is the text we’ve been waiting for.

--Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier

Butler could not wish for better evidence of her touch changing our literary and living landscapes. 

-- Octavia E Butler Legacy Network 

 

(Re)Writing the Future: Social Justice and Science Fiction

Roughly 100 people packed into the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland on December 5th, excited to spend their Friday night talking about science fiction. For the event, (Re)Writing the Future: Social Justice and Science Fiction, I moderated a conversation between Grace Dillon, an Indigenous Studies professor who edited the first-ever book of Indigenous science fiction stories, and Walidah Imarisha, a Black Studies scholar who is also co-editing the upcoming collection of science fiction by activists, Octavia’s Brood.  I loved talking to Imarisha for our recent feminism and sci-fi podcast, so I was excited to talk with her in front of a live audience.

In the second half of the night, Dillon and Imarisha led the crowd in a writing exercise: everyone wrote one page of an encyclopedia that would come out in 2070. This futuristic Peoples’ Encyclopedia offered a look back on current realities like prison policies, border disputes, and Ferguson. The encyclopedia was printed on the spot and stapled together as a zine, while participants also printed their own posters bearing a quote from science fiction author Octavia Butler (above).

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