The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Just World Building with Andrew Hudson

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Thoren, University Club (view map)
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Social Justice
Tags: World Building, Sustainability, Character, Solarpunk, Climate Change

About the Session

What would it mean to carry out justice in our fiction, given the realities of our unjust world? How do fictional villains differ from real-life ones? Should the hero's journey be a blueprint for stories when saving the climate requires movements and communities? Can we use the tools of speculative world building to prefigure a truly just and sustainable future? Touching on imaginative greats like Ursula K. Le Guin and new genre formulations like solarpunk, this session examines the tangle of questions that arise when we decide to make our stories into tools for fighting oppression, exploitation, inequality and other forms of injustice.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Andrew Hudson

Andrew Dana Hudson is a speculative fiction writer and sustainability researcher. His stories have appeared in Slate Future Tense, Lightspeed Magazine, Vice Terraform, MIT Technology Review, Grist, Little Blue Marble, The New Accelerator, and more, as well as various books and anthologies. His nonfiction writing has appeared in Slate, among others. He is a member of the cursed 2020/2021 class of the Clarion Workshop.