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Writing Fiction in an Already Unbelievable World

With dismissed scientific experts, corrupt governments, partisan fighting and mass catastrophe on the horizon, the global challenges faced today may read like the premise of a new novel, but they are real stories that will forever etch this decade in history. If our world already seems to borrow heavily from fiction tropes, what’s left for writers to mine for their work? Join a panel of best-selling, critically lauded novelists as they discuss what it takes to craft compelling stories by looking beyond the unbelievable reality in which we live.

+ Allison Arieff / SPUR
+ Robin Sloan / author
+ Annalee Newitz / author
+ Hannu Rajaniemi / author




Registrants will receive a link to this Digital Discourse a day in advance of the program. Later registrants will receive a link one hour prior to the program's start. Anyone registering less than an hour before the program may not receive a link.


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