Dani McClain Interview with Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance

"Much of my thinking about speculative fiction has been shaped by the Allied Media Conference community. AMC is an annual gathering in Detroit that brings together artists, organizers, teachers, journalists —anyone who makes media that responds to the world around them in creative and collaborative ways. I’ve been attending the conference for about a decade, and we understand “media” in the broadest sense of the word. It includes zines, films, dance performances, clothing — anything that helps you communicate.

In the past five or so years, a group there began incorporating sci-fi and speculative fiction into our conversations about media. I’d read sci fi before, but it was really as a result of conversations at AMC that my interest deepened and that I came to write this story for the Octavia’s Brood anthology. I was fascinated by the idea, advanced by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha (OB‘s co-editors), that all social justice organizers are creating “speculative fiction” in a sense, in that they’re envisioning a world that doesn’t exist yet, putting their faith in the possibility of that world, and working toward it."

 

Read the rest here: https://midwestbsfa.wordpress.com/2015/10/12/interview-with-octavias-brood-contributor-dani-mcclain/