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Music x Science Fiction x Social Justice

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Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe & Activist Center

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Music and science fiction are often used as escapist entertainment. But they are also powerful ways for us to create community and imagine the future. In this panel, five authors and publishers talk about how music fits into their speculative writing about oppression and liberation. Topics will include alternate worlds, recreating lost histories, and building a revolution you can dance to.

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Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of the novels The Future of Another Timeline and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributor to the New York Times opinion section and a columnist at New Scientist. They are the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct, and were the founder of io9.

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road," winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind," was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014 and a Nebula finalist for 2013. Sarah's first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories was published by Small Beer Press in March 2019, and her first novel is A Song For A New Day.

Elizabeth Keenan lives in New York City with her husband and small colony of well-behaved cats. She has a PhD in punk rock from Columbia University, which is as good/bad/cool as it sounds and resulted in lots of academic publications on punk and indie rock, third wave feminism, and gender and sexuality, including the most-downloaded article of all time at the journal Women and Music (which is both impressive and brought her zero dollars). She has been interviewed as an expert about grunge for CBS, about Riot Grrrl for NPR and Vice, and about third wave feminism for The Establishment. Her first novel is Rebel Girls, from Inkyard Press.

Bill Campbell is the author of Sunshine Patriots, My Booty Novel, Pop Culture: Politics, Puns, and "Poohbutt" from a Liberal Stay-at-Home Dad, Koontown Killing Kaper, and the 'spaceploitation' graphic novel Baaaad Muthaz. Along with Edward Austin Hall, he co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. Campbell lives in Washington, DC, where he spends his time with his family, helps produce audio books for the blind, and helms Rosarium Publishing, home of Sabrina Vourvolias' Ink and the collection Trouble the Waters.

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