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SFF Collective - Alternate History/Reality (co-hosted by Catherine Gillard)

Tuesday February 18, 2020
18:00 - 19:00
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The SFF (Science Fiction, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction) Collective is a group that meets regularly to discuss topics relating to SFF books and share book recommendations across the genre.

What if you could change the past? But even if you had the power to, should you?

This meeting of the SFF Collective will explore Alternate History/Reality stories. While a staple of the science fiction and fantasy genres, writers within the literary mainstream have also trekked into this counterfactual form, including Nobel Laureates (Kazuo Ishiguro), Booker Prize winners (Kingsley Amis and John Banville), Pulitzer Prize winners (Michael Chabon and Philip Roth), and multi-award winner Kate Atkinson for Life After Life.

Authors and books to consider for this session but are not limited to: Unholy Land (Lavie Tidhar), Fatherland (Robert Harris), The Man in the High Castle (Phillip K Dick), The Difference Engine (Bruce Sterling), The Years of Rice and Salt (Kim Stanley Robinson), Wild Cards (George R Martin), 11/22/63 (Stephen King), Voyage (Stephen Baxter), The Plot Against America (Philip Roth), Weapons Of Choice (The Axis of Time trilogy) – (John Birmingham), Pastwatch: The Redemption Of Christopher Columbus (Orson Scott Card), The Coming Of The Quantum Cats (Frederik Pohl).

Alternate history is not just an interrogation of history; it’s also about critiquing the present and projecting the future.

Although this is a free event, RSVP is essential.


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Prema Arasu

Prema Arasu is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia. Their research is practice-led with a focus on gender in fantasy, science fiction and speculative fiction. They hold a BA (Hons) in English and Cultural Studies from UWA and a Master of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St. Andrews. Prema has both academic and creative publications in the areas of fantasy literature and speculative fiction, queer and feminist postmodernism, the body, performance art, and diaspora studies. They are currently involved in a number of projects aimed at making the WA arts scene more diverse and inclusive.

James Youd

James Youd is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Western Australia. His research focusses on the use of the fairy-tale genre in Australian literature and how 'faery' has been deployed in building national identity and mythmaking.

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