Speculative Fiction

Episode 12 - Octavia's Brood

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."

National Book Award honoree, Ursula K. LeGuin

This week, we had the opportunity to sit down with part of the creative team behind the award-winning science fiction anthology, Octavia's Brood. The anthology features visionary, speculative fiction written by activists and organizers. We spoke with co-editors Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown about the inspiration for the book: the legendary sci-fi writer Octavia Butler. We also discussed how science fiction/speculative fiction can help us both diagnose the structures and institutions that perpetuate injustice, and envision a better way forward together. Contributor David Walker joins us to speculate on why "The Walking Dead" doesn't have more black people in it (despite taking place outside of Atlanta) and why Portland, Oregon may have even fewer black folks than the whitewashed zombie show does. An insightful, eye-opening conversation with some amazing activists and artists.