Jewelle Gomez, Ayize Jama-Everett, Carter Scholz, and Johanna Sinisalo, moderated by Charlie Jane Anders
Science fiction and fantasy have always upset the status quo by presenting alternative visions of the past, present, and future. Meet five fabulous (literally) and subversive writers who deploy stories of science, technology, and magic to turn the way you have been thinking upside-down.
Charlie Jane Anders
Charlie Jane Anders's debut novel, the mainstream "Choir Boy," won the 2006 Lambda Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Edmund White Award. Of her latest book, "All the Birds in the Sky," Michael Chabon writes, "Anders darts and soars, with dazzling aplomb, among the hypotheticals of science fiction, the counterfactuals of fantasy, and the bittersweet mundanities of contemporary American life." Anders is the editor-in-chief of io9.com, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her Tor.com story “Six Months, Three Days” won the 2013 Hugo Award and was subsequently picked up for development into a NBC television series. She has also had fiction published by Tin House, Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Lightspeed, and ZYZZYVA.
Jewelle Gomez is a writer and activist and the author of the double Lambda Award-winning novel, The Gilda Stories: A Novel from Firebrand Books. Her adaptation of the book for the stage - Bones & Ash: a Gilda Story - was performed by the Urban Bush Women company in 13 U.S. cities.
She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and two California Arts Council fellowships.
Ayize Jama-Everett is the author of three novels, "The Liminal People," "The Liminal War," and "The Entropy of Bones," as well as an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled "Box of Bones." He was raised in Harlem. Jama-Everett travelled extensively throughout the world before settling in Northern California. He holds a Master's in Clinical Psychology and a Master's in Divinity. When not working as a school therapist at the College Preparatory School, he teaches religion and psychology at Starr King School for the Ministry.
Carter Scholz is the author of "Palimpsests" (with Glenn Harcourt), "Kafka Americana" (with Jonathan Lethem), "Radiance," "The Amount to Carry," and "Gypsy." He has been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Awards. He is also a composer, whose works have been published by Frog Peak Music and Other Minds.
Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She is the author of the novels "Troll: A Love Story," "Birdbrain," "The Blood of Angels," and the recent "The Core of the Sun." Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize and the James Triptree Jr. Award. Her works have been translated into nineteen languages. She lives in Finland.