No one is Illegal recently sat down with co-editor Walidah Imarisha!
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Walidah and adrienne got to sit down with them to talk about Octavia Butler and social change.
Watch this incredible speech by Co-editor adrienne maree brown at the launch of #ArtChangeUS in New York, October 26, 2015:
Whenever we envision a world without war, prisons, or capitalism, we are producing speculative fic-tion. Organizers and activists envision, and try to create, such worlds all the time. Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown have brought 20 of them together in the first anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. These visionary tales span genres, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, magical realism, but all are united by an attempt to inject a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our political practice and to try on new ways of understanding ourselves, the world around us, and all the selves and worlds that could be.
Today we’ll hear excerpts from the Portland Release Party of Octavia's Brood, including readings by Co-editor Walidah Imarisha, Contributor Gabriel Teodros, Contributor David F. Walker and more!
Hear the whole thing here!
"I love the blackness and the creative resilience of Detroit, the tenacious ways people have created futures for themselves here," she says. "One of the things I write about is living in a space that is in transition and how I see my work as part of the problem and the solution."
From Ursula Le Guin to George Lucas, science fiction has always celebrated imagination’s power to re-shape society.
Now, there’s a brand-new anthology of science fiction stories with social justice and politics at their heart. It’s called Octavia’s Brood, (the title is a nod to the fantastically imaginative Octavia Butler, who gracefully brought a diverse range of social issues into her fiction). Portland author and organizer Walidah Imarisha and Detroit writer adrienne maree brown teamed up to write and edit stories for the book. We sat down with Imarisha and brown to ask how they came to science fiction, and where they hope it can take us.
Hear the interview here: http://www.opb.org/radio/article/science-fiction-meets-social-justice-in-octavias-brood/