‘An optimistic act’: Charlie Jane Anders talks future of science fiction before Bay Area Book Festival

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Charlie Jane Anders may be known for her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories, but her title as an author is just one of the many hats she wears. Anders also co-founded io9.com ‘ a website about all things science fiction ‘ and she hosts the monthly spoken-word variety show, ‘Writers With Drinks.’

At the upcoming Bay Area Book Festival, the San Francisco-based author will moderate the panel ‘Women & Speculative Fiction: In the Footsteps of Atwood, Butler, and Le Guin.’ The panel will also feature ‘sa Avdic, Maggie Shen King, Lidia Yuknavitch and Meg Elison.

For Anders, science fiction is a genre of possibility, one which defies the pessimism it exudes. ‘Writing a dystopian story is really an optimistic act,’ Anders said in an interview with The Daily Californian. ‘It is based on the idea that we can confront this dark possibility and actually face up to and possibly do something about it.’

This tendency towards dystopia also inevitably results in the protagonists enduring or entering catastrophic circumstances. In a word, science fiction can seem spectacularly depressing. Think of the terrifying IT of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ or the ash-covered, lifeless San Francisco of ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?‘ Science fiction, or speculative fiction, often anticipates hardship ‘ yet it is consistently the genre that inspires the most optimistic, stubborn belief that everything might just get better, as long as we continuously fight for a better world.

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  • Date: 2018-04-15T23:16:00-07:00
  • Author: Charlie Jane Anders may be known for her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning stories, but her title as an author is just one of the many hats she wears.
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