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Saturday, February 2 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
What If: The Fiction of the Future

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Fantasy and science fiction stories have long embraced the darker themes of a dystopian future, and our fascination continues unabated in recent films and TV shows such as Children of Men, Blade Runner 2049, Black Mirror, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Do these narratives speak to our fears of what the future will bring, or do they reflect the current reality in which the authors live and write? Is futuristic fiction pure escapism, or can it alter our destiny? Discussing these questions and more will be Bay Area authors Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky; The City in the Middle of the Night), and Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife), in conversation with Nilgun Bayraktar, a writer and professor at California College of the Arts.

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Nilgun Bayraktar

Nilgun Bayraktar is an assistant professor of film in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a designated emphasis in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on migrant... Read More →

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Charlie Jane Anders

Charlie Jane Anders is the former editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her SF and fantasy debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the 2017 Nebula Awards for Best Novel and was a finalist for the 2017 Hugo... Read More →
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Meg Elison

Meg Elison is a science fiction author and feminist essayist. Her debut novel, The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, won the 2014 Philip K. Dick award. Her second novel, The Book of Etta, was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick, and both were longlisted for the James A. Tiptree award. She... Read More →

Saturday February 2, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm PST
San Francisco Public Library, main branch, 1st Floor Deaf Services Center 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA