Utopias and Dystopias: What We Can Learn From Speculative Fiction

Host/Sponsor: 
Hour of the Wolf radio program; EXO Books LLC
Room: 
1.119
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Abstract: 
Why all the dystopic books lately, or has it always been this way? From time-tested masterpieces such as Cervantes's Don Quixote through Orwell's modern classic (and now once again bestseller) 1984 and into today's works, speculative fiction has always played a prominent role in the collective consciousness. Join us for a discussion about speculative fiction's commentary on contemporary society both then and now, and how it can change how we think about tomorrow. The panel will be moderated by longtime WBAI radio host Jim Freund.
Reading List: 
George Orwell, 1984. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World. Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Jim
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Freund
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Hour of the Wolf, Pacifica Radio in NYC
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary science fiction/fantasy since 1967. He considers himself a specialist in presenting the author’s voice as well as working with professional narrators. His weekly radio program, Hour of the Wolf, is in its 46th year on progressive listener-sponsored Pacifica Radio in NYC, for whom he has worked for over 50 years. June 2016 saw the release of Chatting Science Fiction: Selected Interviews from Hour of the Wolf, available as a CD set or download. Highlights include discussions with Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Nalo Hopkinson, Ken Liu, Samuel R. Delany, and a dozen more great minds of the fantastic genres. The next edition will include Octavia Butler and Frank Herbert. Jim is also the host for Lightspeed Magazine’s podcast, as well as its Post-Production Editor, a stint which has led him led him astray into the world of editing and producing audiobooks. He is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, now in its 26th season. The series is available on Livestream, live and on-demand.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Richard
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Bowes
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Richard Bowes has published six novels, four story collections and over eighty short stories. He has won two World Fantasy Awards, a Lambda Award for best gay speculative fiction, a storySouth Million Writers Award, and an International Horror Guild Award. His most recent novel, Dust Devil On a Quiet Street, was on the 2014 World Fantasy and Lambda short lists. A new edition of his 2005 novel, From The Files of the Time Rangers, a Nebula finalist, will appear later this year from Lethe Press. His 9/11 story, "There’s A Hole In The City," was recently written up in The New Yorker. Recent and forthcoming appearances include: Fantasy Magazine's Queers Destroy Fantasy special issue, Interfictions, Nightmare Magazine, Grendel Song, and the anthologies The Doll Collection and Black Feathers. He is currently writing stories that will be chapters in a novel about life as a gay kid in 1950’s Boston.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Terence
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Taylor
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Terence Taylor is an award-winning children's television writer whose work has appeared on PBS, Nickelodeon, and Disney, among many other markets. After years of comforting tiny tots with TV, he turned to scaring their parents. Terence is also author of the Vampire Testaments trilogy, two of which have already been released: Bite Marks (St. Martin's Griffin), and Blood Pressure (St. Martin's Griffin) and is finishing the conclusion of his trilogy, Past Life.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Danielle T.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Friedman
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
D. T. Friedman is a speculative fiction author with a number of past short story publications. She is currently revising her first novel.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Christopher
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Kibler
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
EXO Books, LLC
 

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