1. Inspired by the work of older authors such as Octavia Butler, Samuel Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin, a new generation of writers are using stories to imagine more equitable future worlds.
  2. Daniel Jose Older's young adult novel Shadowshaper centers around a young Afro-Latina who can summon the spirit world through her paintings. Writer and organiser Walidah Imarisha co-edited the activist-written sci-fi anthology Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements. Mark Oshiro blogs about science fiction and is the non-fiction editor of Lightspeed: Queers Destroy Science Fiction, a magazine series featuring stories by LGBTQ writers. Zen Cho's debut novel Sorcerer to the Crown follows an African sorcerer in early nineteenth century England.
  3. Members of The Stream's online community also shared their views on the importance of science fiction:
  4. Why does science fiction matter to you?
  5. Sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts described the writers and works that inspired them.
  6. We asked why having diverse characters is important in science fiction.
  7. The conversation turned to how science fiction can help advance social justice movements.
  8. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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