Imagining Futures: Readings from Science Fiction on Identity and the Environment

Science fiction, unique among literary genres, can act as a particularly powerful tool for enacting social change. As a popular and accessible literary mode, the genre allows authors to critique the present by constructing alternative futures extrapolated from current technological, social, and political trends. Join us to read and discuss selected 20th- and 21st-century science fiction stories. We will explore the evolution of representations of gender, sexual, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic identity, as well as the authors’ responses to environmental changes and challenges.

Arielle Saiber (moderator)
Panellists: Rayne Sampson ’18, Noah Dubay ’19, Elena Schaef ’16, Adira Polite ‘18