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Saturday, May 19 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
What science fiction can learn from archaeology

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Worldbuilding requires us to imagine societies that are radically different from our own. This is also what archaeologists do when they explore ancient civilizations. What can archaeological discoveries and methods teach us as writers? What does archaeological science fiction look like? Let's talk about the science of creating fictional civilizations.

Moderators
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Arkady Martine

Arkady Martine is speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She is currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation... Read More →

Speakers
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barbara barnett

Author
Barbara Barnett is the author of three  books,  including  the award-winning The Apothecary’s Curse, a finalist for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for a debut novel. As publisher and executive editor of Blog- critics (blogcritics.org), an Internet maga- zine of pop culture... Read More →
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Annalee Newitz

writer
Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of three novels: The Terraformers, The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are the author of Four Lost Cities: A Secret History... Read More →
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Jason Sanford

Author
Jason Sanford is an award-winning author of short stories, essays, and articles. A two-time finalist for the Nebula Award, Jason has published more than a dozen stories in the British SF magazine Interzone, which also devoted a special issue to his fiction. He has also published numerous... Read More →
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Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
Rosemary Claire Smith worked as a field archaeologist and election lawyer before turning to writing alternate history, time-travel tales, hard science fiction, guest editorials and book review columns for Analog. She has also written fantasy, horror and yet more science fiction for... Read More →


Saturday May 19, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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