[ View the story "Sci-fi for social change" on Storify] Sci-fi for social change Authors discuss science fiction's role in social justice movements.
The Stream· Thu, Dec 10 2015 23:05:07
Inspired by the work of older authors such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin, a new generation of writers are using stories to imagine more equitable future worlds.
Members of The Stream's online community also shared their views on the importance of science fiction:
Why does science fiction matter to you?Streamers AJE
Sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts described the writers and works that inspired them.
says Star Trek showed an exciting and powerful future, but was still rooted in militarism and colonialism.The Stream
To a nerd of color, it was great to see myself reflected in her (Ursula K Le Guin)'s characters @MarkDoesStuff on #AJStreamShreen
says Octavia Butler talked about power in such a complicated and dynamic way without being preachy.The Stream
quotes Octavia Butler's thoughts on humans being hierarchical. She says it helped realize something true about our own world.The Stream
We asked why having diverse characters is important in science fiction.
says her book "Sorcerer to the Crown" is meant to be a fun, light-hearted book while placing people of colour at the centre.The Stream
says there have always been queer people & people of colour who are fans of science fiction, but they've just been ignored.The Stream
@AJStream science fiction is really a good tool especially among African #YoungPeople for it Gives them to accept and overcome challenges.Frank I. Mugarura
The conversation turned to how science fiction can help advance social justice movements.
: "We can't build things we can't imagine," in discussing importance of sci-fi in building socially just worlds.The Stream
SciFi allow people to understand the world are living in,the consequences of their actions &the social challenges they are facingRim-Sarah Alouane
It’s always folks who are usually represented in fiction who ask why it’s important for others to see themselves, @djolder says.The Stream
, an author of historical fiction, says a more just future also requires a clear understanding of our past.The Stream
@AJStream I think sci-fi is the eye to the world of world yet to come.As the saying goes "Think it, you can achieve it"Adedeji Olusegun
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