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SFF Collective - Genre and Subgenre (Online)

Monday April 6, 2020
18:00 - 19:00
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Due to COVID-19, this event has been moved online via Slack. Please email prema.arasu@research.uwa.edu.au to be connected online with the SFF Collective. 

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.

Fantasy, science fiction, sci-fi, cli-fi, spec-fic, magic realism. Cyberpunk, silkpunk, steampunk, dieselpunk, decopunk, solarpunk, lunarpunk. Afrofuturism, alternate history, space opera. Grimdark, noblebright. High fantasy, low fantasy, hard sci-fi, soft sci-fi. Are these just made-up words? What do they all mean?

In this edition of the SFF Collective we discuss the delicate categories of genre. Do writers pick a genre and write, or do they write what they want and see what their publishers do? Do genres go in and out of fashion, and if so, why? Who exactly has the authority to decide which genres exist? And how do we differentiate between children’s, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction?

Authors to consider for this session include but are not limited to William Gibson, Philip Reeve, Margaret Atwood, Ken Liu, N. K. Jemesin, Liu Cixin, Susannah Clarke, J. K. Rowling, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

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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