Octavia's Brood

Science Fiction from Social Movements 

An anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.

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OCTAVIAS BROOD INSPIRES BOOKS TO PRISONERS DRIVE AT SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

"The partnership is the brainchild of Shoreline’s Reference & Instruction Librarian Chloe Horning, who was inspired by the campus Community Read of Octavia’s Brood, a science fiction anthology exploring issues of social justice.

“I’ve volunteered with Books to Prisoners in the past,” said Horning, “and have been inspired by their commitment to increasing social equity by encouraging the pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement through books. With the introduction of Octavia’s Brood to campus, and the in–depth discussions about equity that anthology is prompting amongst the campus community, I just felt like the time was ripe for a collaboration with Books to Prisoners, as prison justice is one of the most important social justice issues facing society today.”"

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BLACK NERD PROBLEMS CALLS US "BEST ANTHOLOGY 2015 BAR NONE"

"There are SO MANY Anthologies! The vast majority of Speculative Fiction produced is in short story form, and the best way to get into all the different authors and subgenres available is through anthologies. The magazine market is where Speculative Fiction really started (like most popular fiction). However, it has of yet, hasn’t produced any dedicated titles just for POC writers. (Let me know I you know of one!) So if you want to go a-sampling through the bazaar of Black Speculative Fiction looking for your new favorite author, an anthology is the best way to go. Publication in an anthology is a great stepping stone for new authors who are sharpening their skills (and who may be trying to build an audience towards their first great novel).

And there are many that are wonderfully edited. This past year, Octavia’s Brood was bar-none the best, especially as it explicitly focused on the social justice aspirations implicit in so much Black Speculative Fiction. Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany also came out this past year. I’m aiming to get in a review of that one early next year."

Read their full round-up here: http://blacknerdproblems.com/black-speculative-fiction-the-view-from-here/

 

CBC SAYS WE'RE BEST OF SEASON!!

Daniel Heath Justice picks: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown 

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Octavia's Brood, edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown, was published in March 2015. (AK Press)


"I can't say enough awesome things about this book. It's a collection of mostly stories that cross borders between science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy and horror. Not all of the authors are professional writers, but they are all coming out of social justice movements and organizations. They're all looking at variations on what we call "visionary literature," and thinking about how our imaginations can change the future in a time when things are looking pretty scary. In all of the stories, they're projecting a future where the struggle is being realized through diversity of experience and perspective, and where there's a place for people of colour, queer folks, poor folks and rebellious folks."

Read the whole list here: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapter/trevor-cole-and-the-season-s-best-sci-fi-and-fantasy-1.3371337/the-best-sci-fi-and-fantasy-of-the-season-1.3371350

 

OCTAVIA'S BROOD ON HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST!!

OMG!!!

Innosanto Nagara, the creator of A is for Activist and Counting on Community, an incredible children's book, made a list for Buzzfeed of holiday gifts that work for "activisty" families. There are a lot of fantastic childrens book on here, and we made the list!

He said: "I was never much of a science fiction fan myself, but this, I can get into. And so can the teenagers in my community household. And pretty much everyone I know who reads. If you’re not sure who in the family to get this for, I’d say give it to all of them."

 

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OCTAVIA'S BROOD ON AL-JAZEERA!

Can science fiction spur social change? Sci-fi often evokes images of space travel and future technology, but fantasy worlds are also being used to examine attitudes towards sexism, racism, violence and other injustices. Through imagination and prose, sci-fi writers are challenging the status quo to create alternative realities. We'll speak to authors using the genre to critique our existing universe.

Walidah Imarisha is a guest, along with Daniel Jose Older, Zen Cho, and Mark Oshiro. adrienne maree brown makes a guest appearance!

ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN CHOSEN AS URSULA LE GUIN FELLOW 2015-2016

adrienne maree brown, an independent science fiction scholar and a social justice activist, has been chosen as the 2015-16 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow. Brown lives in Detroit, Michigan, and is the coeditor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, published last March by AK Press, San Francisco.

The Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship, now in its third year, is sponsored equally by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Robert D. Clark Honors College, and the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. The award supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in the Knight Library.

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WALIDAH IMARISHA WINS THE TIPTREE!!!!

The Tiptree Fellowship program, created earlier this year, is designed to provide support and recognition for the new voices who are making visible the forces that are changing our view of gender today. Each Fellow will receive $500. The work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

Walidah Imarisha is working on several projects that work with the concept of visionary science fiction. One project is  a new collection of poetry called Tubman’s Uncertainty Principle. These poems explore Black women’s freedom struggles historically, currently, and futuristically through a poetic framework of quantum physics. Imarisha is also  is writing a novel that expands on her short story “Black Angel,” originally published in the anthology Octavia’s Brood.  Imarisha writes,

With characters like a big-haired grumpy Black woman/fallen angel turned reluctant superhero, a Palestinian anti-racist skinhead, an undocumented girl whose parents have been sold to a sweatshop, I explore issues of crime, punishment, gender, sexual identity, war, race, faith and religion, xenophobia, colonialism and redemption.

 

Read all here! http://tiptree.org/welcome-to-the-website-of-the-james-tiptree-jr-literary-award-council/whats-new