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Saturday, October 19 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
An Expanse of Political Discourse

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Even more than protomolecules and space marines, 'The Expanse' is primarily about many of the political issues we grapple with today: colonialism, discrimination, classism, and militarization. Using imaginary societies to explore contemporary questions is obviously a long tradition in SFF and horror, but if we create a future world with so many of the same issues faced by our own society, are we also making a statement about humanity's ability to progress? Do we risk trivializing the real-world problems of today by mapping them onto parts of an imagined world? Or, is this a positive source of potential activism?

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Eric Choi

Editor, Author, Aerospace Engineer
Eric Choi is an aerospace engineer, writer, and editor based in the Greater Toronto Area. He was the first winner of the Isaac Asimov Award (now the Dell Magazines Award) and has twice won the Prix Aurora Award for his short story “Crimson Sky” and for the Chinese-themed anthology... Read More →

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Phoebe Barton

Phoebe Barton is a queer trans science fiction writer. Her fiction has appeared in venues such as Analog, and she wrote the interactive fiction game The Luminous Underground for Choice of Games. She has a tendency to do a lot of mathematical equations to make stories turn out right... Read More →
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'Nathan Burgoine

‘Nathan Burgoine grew up a reader and studied literature in university while making a living as a bookseller. Being "that tall queer guy who mostly writes short fiction," (almost always spec-fic), he released his first short fiction collection, Of Echoes Born, but has also written... 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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Adam Shaftoe

Critic, author, podcast personality, workforce development practicioner, not-for-profit manager
Adam Shaftoe writes reviews, essays, and fiction. His essays and reviews have previously appeared in On-Spec Magazine, Jamais Vu - The Journal of the Strange Among the Familiar, and Onder Magazine. His current labours include a novella-length review of Cowboy Bebop, because the world... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm EDT
Salon F - 60 seats