Alec Nevala-Lee

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Onward and upward

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Next week, I’ll be attending the 77th World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland, which promises to be a lot of fun. Here’s my schedule as it currently stands:

  • Thursday August 15, 3pm—”Current Politics Reflected in SFF”—Dr. Harvey O’Brien (M), Susan Connolly, Dr Douglas Van Belle, Alec Nevala-Lee—”SFF is probably the genre that best mirrors present day society. If we examine SFF in both visual media and books, what can we learn about current politics playing out? What might future generations surmise about us?”
  • Friday August 16, 11:30am—”Continuing Relevance of Older SF”—Sue Burke (M), Alec Nevala-Lee, Aliza Ben Moha, Robert Silverberg, Joe Haldeman—”We are in a new millennium, a literal Brave New World. Surely much of the fiction of the 20th century no longer holds relevance? The panel will discuss the fiction of the past and how it can still be relevant in the 21st century. What lessons from older authors – such as Orwell, Asimov, Butler, Delany, Kafka, and Atwood – can we apply to our app-loaded, social media-driven age?”
  • Friday August 16, 2019, 5pm—”Comparable Futurist Movements”—Alec Nevala-Lee (M), Gillian Polack, Jeanine Tullos Hennig, Shweta Taneja—”How influenced by Afrofuturism are other world futurist movements such as Sinofuturism, Nippofuturism and Gulf futurism? Do they consider themselves a part of the same futurist tradition, or separate? The panel will discuss visions of the future from world cultures, how they are influenced by the root cultures they draw from, and how (if at all) they relate to Afrofuturism.”
  • Saturday August 17, 2019, 2pm—Autographing
  • Monday August 19, 2019, 10am—Kaffeeklatsch
  • Monday August 19, 2019, 12:30pm—Reading

I might as well also mention that Astounding is up for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work—although the rest of the ballot is extremely formidable—and that it recently came out in paperback. (This new edition is virtually identical to the hardcover, but I took the opportunity to make a few small fixes and tweaks, and as far as I’m concerned, this is the definitive version.) And if you haven’t done so already, please check out the first three episodes of the wonderful Washington Post podcast Moonrise, which heavily draws on material from the book. Hope to see some of you soon!

Written by nevalalee

August 10, 2019 at 8:07 am

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  1. Will your fixes & tweaks also apply to an updated Kindle version of Astounding? Asking for a friend. ;) Break a leg in Dublin!

    Jim Gilbert

    August 10, 2019 at 9:07 am

  2. @Jim Gilbert: Good question! I’ll need to check with my publisher. But the fixes are very, very minor.


    August 10, 2019 at 9:21 am

  3. Congrats!

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    August 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

  4. its beautiful kid image


    August 10, 2019 at 9:08 pm

  5. I really enjoyed Astounding – although I knew some of the history in bits and pieces, your book really fills in the blanks.

    Bob Scherrer

    August 12, 2019 at 1:01 pm

  6. i realy get glad to you given me a touch


    August 13, 2019 at 1:25 am

  7. So exciting!

    Andrea Kenner

    August 14, 2019 at 5:47 am

  8. Since it’s been over a year since your wonderful book came out, I was wondering if it’s time for a follow up post about what adventures, joy, experiences, feedback or backlash it brought.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you for writing it.


    December 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

  9. nice click and Thanks for remander me


    December 11, 2019 at 6:58 pm

  10. @nomnom: Thanks—that’s a good idea! If I have time, I’m hoping to write a year-end summary post.


    December 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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