Octavia Cade is a New Zealand writer with a PhD in Science Communication. She has sold close to 50 short stories, to markets such as Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Shimmer, and her first collection, 'The Mythology of Salt and Other Stories', is due out in July. She is also the author of two poetry collections, several novellas, an essay collection on food and horror, and a climate fiction novel, 'The Stone Wētā', due out Earth Day this year. She is the 2020 writer-in-residence at Massey University/Square Edge, where she is working on a mixed collection of fiction and non-fiction called 'The Biological Book of the Dead', which explores the intersections between science, culture, experimentation, and extinction.
Saturday 12 September, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Octavia shares how science and literature are fertile grounds for cross-pollination. Science fiction shows us imagined visions of the future, and the possible worlds we can create for ourselves. It is both a profoundly hopeful and a profoundly frightening genre. That dichotomy is something that comes from science. The same methodology that gives us penicillin and space travel also gives us nuclear weapons and germ warfare; it is in many ways a practice defined by consequences and choice. Science fiction, in exploring that choice, helps to interrogate the science of today as well as tomorrow, and increasingly, so does literature as a whole, as the influence of science on cultural life increases, and becomes ever more inescapable.
Discussion Panel: Speculative Fiction (with Lee Murray, Melanie Harding-Shaw, Cassie Hart and Laura McKay).
Saturday 12 September, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
A chance for readers, writers and enthusiasts of the worlds of fiction writing - sci-fi, fantasy, horror, apocalyptic and dystopian, and alternate history, to meet five of NZ's top speculative fiction authors.