Science Fiction Futures: Writing Transformative Change
Science fiction is the literature of the human species encountering change, whether it arrives via scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, or societal shifts. In this workshop, Chris will talk about writing fiction set after the world-shaking changes we'll soon see (if civilization makes it…).
When writing in a world more than 10 years into the future – especially more than 20 years – you must account for three fundamental areas of technological change that will utterly alter what it means to be human. Chris will discuss the power of science fiction in responding to the transformative changes we will see in our lifetime, and how you can write work set in the near future that doesn't immediately feel obsolete. Afterward, he'll send everyone home with links to lots of SF-writing resources created especially for attendees.
Chris McKitterick has lived in seven states and two countries but calls Lawrence—where he teaches science fiction and writing at KU—home. His newest short fiction, “Ashes of Exploding Suns, Monuments to Dust,” won the AnLab Reader’s Award for best novelette. His debut novel was Transcendence. Current projects includeAd Astra Road Trip, Empire Ship, Stories from a Perilous Youth, and more. He’s a popular speaker, Campbell Award juror and chair, and Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction director. He sees surviving his youth as evidence of quantum realities.
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