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Speculative Worldbuilding and Historical Research

Saturday, August 5, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden A

What are the particular challenges of historical research for speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction, broadly defined)? Learn how to go beyond the basic sources, question your assumptions, search out marginalized voices and breathe life into a forgotten past or unimagined future while breaking free (as much as possible) of our own present biases.


Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her most recent, Love Is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, Zombies vs. Unicorns and Welcome to Bordertown. In addition to the Norton, she has won the Nebula and Cybils Awards and been nominated for the Indies Choice Award and Locus Award. She lives in Mexico City where she is getting her master’s in mesoamerican studies.