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.
Food is an often-overlooked aspect of worldbuilding. In this edition of the SFF Collective, we discuss the ways in which food is reflective of broader cultural values. How is the food of a world reflective of its attitudes towards consumption? Why do certain food items become recurring literary symbols? How might sci-fi and speculative fiction explore the future of food in a timeline of impending scarcity? Why are there potatoes in Middle Earth if it’s based on Medieval England when the potato wasn’t introduced to the British Isles until the 16th Century? And finally, would you sell out your siblings for some Turkish Delight?
Authors to consider for this session include but are not limited to J. K. Rowling, Enid Blyton, Terry Pratchett, Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Diana Wynne Jones, and C. S. Lewis.