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Meet the Authors: Octavia's Brood

Meet the Authors

Social Justice Meets Science Fiction

Octavia's Brood

adrienne maree brown & Walidah Imarisha

Date: November 16, 2015
Location: Seattle Central College


11:00am - 12:00pm
​Broadway Performance Hall                                                       

Public Presentation: Octavia's Brood Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements                                                        


2:00pm - 3:30pm

Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Training/Session

Co-editors/writers will present about emergent strategy, a way of moving forward towards collective organizing vision that focuses on resilience, adaptation, deep connections and transformative justice. Participants will then be lead through an organizing strategy session based on the works of Octavia Butler and other radical sci fi writers. 

This is a much more focused participation-heavy event. We need to know how many are attending so we can set up the breakout sessions. RSVP NECESSARY!  Please email Sharon Spence-Wilcox by Thursday, November 12th at sharon.spence-wilcox@seattlecolleges.edu

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Rosetta Hunter Gallery  

Art Exhibit: Reception for art showcase which runs from November 16, 2015 - December 12, 2015. Gallery Hours are 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday, with evening hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-7 PM. Admission is free. 

5:00pm - 7:00pm

Performance Art: Come see, hear, cheer and revere our community’s talented spoken word, poets, and hip-hop artists!

Week before & 11/16/15

Pop-Up Readings: Readings from Octavia's Brood and Octavia Butler's works

All Day
Seattle Central Bookstore

​Octavia's Brood: Book will be available for purchase

About the Project

Whenever we envision a world without war, without prisons, without injustice, we are engaging in speculative fiction. Radicals and activists devote their lives to envisioning such worlds, and then go about trying to create them. What better vehicle for them to explore their work and its possibilities than through writing original science fiction stories?

Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown brought together 20 radical writers to do just that. The result is 
Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, an engaging and enlightening collection that uncovers truths buried in the fantastic, and injects a healthy dose of imagination and innovation into our search for truth. It is the first book to explore the connections between radical science fiction and movements for social change, using visionary prose to weave strands of real-life experience—inequality and exploitation, struggle and solidarity—to generate innovative ways of understanding the world around us, paint visions of new worlds that could be, and teach us new ways of interacting with one another. This is visionary fiction to engage our imaginations and guide our hands in struggle.

Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this collection is named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.

[Description courtesy of Octavia's Brood]

This project was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, see the initial Indiegogo video below.

Read It at SCC


“… a vital, visceral, and essential collection.”

Barnes & Noble

“…an intriguing collection… that offers much for anyone concerned about the state of our world."

New York Journal of Books

“This collection, inspired by the writings of Octavia Butler, features almost three dozen stories that exhibit the natural affinity between writing speculative fiction and reflecting on the means of making a better world.”

San Francisco Chronicle

"One part sacred text, one part social movement manual, one part diary of our future selves telling us, 'It's going to be okay, keep working, keep loving.'"

Ruha Benjamin, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University