Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Activists
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When we first heard about Octavia's Brood, we basically started jumping up and down in anticipation of its publication, and are so happy we've managed to book an event on its launch tour: it's a book of SF in the service of the revolution, with social justice activists making critical forays into the present by way of speculative futures, all carried out under the sign of Octavia Butler. Co-edited by adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha, and published by AK Press in cooperation with the Institute for Anarchist Studies. Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does... so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors adrienne maree brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth. The anthology consists of radical science fiction/speculative fiction/fantasy/horror/magical realism short stories written by activist-writers who are actively involved in building movements for social change. They use their experience doing community work as the muse for their fiction. The collection will also include essays about the radical potential of science fiction by people like award-winning science fiction writer Tananarive Due and award-winning journalist and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.