Octavia's Brood, co-edited by Walidah Imarisha & adrienne maree brown,
is an anthology of radical science & speculative fiction written by organizers
& activists, based in the idea that those working to change the world are
This book will be released Spring 2015 through AK Press in conjunction
with the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS). Whenever we try to envision
a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism,
we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and
activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many
other worlds, just as science fiction does... so what better venue for organizers
to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories?
Co-editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us
Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements,
as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical
– and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.
Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this collection will be named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.