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Friday, October 18 • 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Worldbuilding: Government and Politics

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There’s a whole category of science fiction and fantasy that centers on politics (like Game of Thrones) or incorporates political maneuvering heavily (like Battlestar Galactica or Babylon 5). How do you create a believable government that isn’t too heavy on worldbuilding? How can government’s idiosyncrasies and redundancies fit in without it always being a charicature? What is there to learn from contemporary political thrillers, and how well do they match the real world?

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Anatoly Belilovsky

Anatoly Belilovsky was born in a city that went through six or seven owners in the last century, all of whom used it to do a lot more than drive to church on Sundays; he is old enough to remember tanks rolling through it on their way to Czechoslovakia in 1968. After being traded to... Read More →


Millie Ho

Millie Ho’s short stories appear in Lightspeed Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, Fireside Magazine, and others. Her poems appear in PRISM international, Strange Horizons and Uncanny Magazine. Her poem “3D-Printed Brother” was a finalist for the 2019 Rhysling Awards.
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Jonathan Crowe

Jonathan Crowe blogs about maps at The Map Room. His nonfiction has appeared in AE, The New York Review of Science Fiction, the Ottawa Citizen and at Tor.com. His sf fanzine, Ecdysis, was a two-time Aurora Award finalist. He lives in Shawville, Quebec, with his wife, their three cats... Read More →
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Stephen Graham King

Stephen Graham King lives in Toronto. His first book, Just Breathe, tells the funny, blunt, uncompromising story of his three-year fight against metastatic synovial sarcoma. Since then, he has concentrated on writing speculative fiction, in particular, queer themed space opera, and... Read More →
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Nisa Malli

Nisa Malli is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, where she leads speculative and realistic research at the intersection of technology, labour, economic growth, and inequality. Her first chapbook of slipstream body-horror ghost... Read More →
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Leo Valiquette

Leo Valiquette is a former business journalist, museologist and historical reenactor known to swing a sword at a hapless target from time to time. These days, he’s a freelance marketing communications consultant and business writer. His novel Bane of All Things, a gritty epic fantasy... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm EDT
Salon E - 60 seats