#DIVERSITY IN GENRE ROUNDTABLE AT #BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

Press Release from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.  I have to admit, I’m very excited about this roundtable and hope it will really help move the idea of increased diversity (and diverse writers) in fantasy and science fiction.

Hey folks, are there any particular questions you’d especially like to see addressed?

 

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DIVERSITY IN GENRE ROUNDTABLE AT BALTIMORE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY

Baltimore City, Maryland – July 29, 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society
(BSFS), located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will
host a free, public roundtable on “Diversity in Genre.” Authors P. Djeli
Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Jason Harris, and Sherin Nicole will participate in
the discussion lead by Day Al-Mohamed and Sarah Pinsker.

In the tradition of previous BSFS roundtables, such as the “State of Short
Fiction” roundtable this past March, “Diversity in Genre” will be an open
dialogue which will go in-depth on race, gender, disability, sexuality,
nationality, and class in science fiction and fantasy fiction. In a year
where Thor is a woman, Captain America is black, and an all-women
Kickstarter anthology called Women Destroy Science Fiction raised over one
thousand percent of its goal, what is left to do? Who are the new voices
people should be reading? This will be a great panel for readers and
writers alike.

Please RSVP and share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
events/1655671097992218

Attendees are also welcome to participate in the BSFS book club before the
roundtable at 6:30PM, where we will discuss the Nebula and Locus Award
winning new classic, “Ancillary Justice,” by Ann Leckie.

P. Djeli Clark resides in Washington DC. His stories have appeared in Daily
Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and in the anthologies Griots,
Griots: Sisters of the Spear and Steamfunk. He also blogs at the
Disgruntled Haradrim.

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer living in Pennsylvania. Her
stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and other
publications.

Jason Harris is a Baltimore based writer, editor and publisher.
Newfuturism.com, LLC is Jason’s vehicle for media based projects, the first
of which is “Redlines: Baltimore 2028.” Jason is currently working on a
novel entitled “Fly, Girl”.

Sherin Nicole is Art Director at Prime Books, an author at Entangled
Publishing, Creative Director / Marketing at idobi Network, and author at
Harlequin / Carina Press.

Day Al-Mohamed is co-author of “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn,” written
with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Her recent publications are available in
“Daily Science Fiction,” and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are
Not Alone.”

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss
Behind,” 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner and 2013 Nebula Award
finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s,
Strange Horizons, and Fantasy & Science Fiction as well as several
anthologies.

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization
focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. BSFS holds many
regular events such as book clubs, critique circles, film nights, and also
produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For
more information, please visit www.bsfs.org, or www.facebook.com/groups/
BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi.