S213. Monster Cultures

Ballroom D, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


From cyborgs to serial killers, monsters work the territory where explosive opposites meet: fear and desire, criminality and victimhood. On this panel, five writers of the fantastic discuss the roles of monsters in their work and areas of interest. How do monsters function in contemporary literature, in environmental writing, in Afrofuturism? What concerns and breakthroughs come with using the monstrous to express marginalized racial and sexual identities? How do we write the ultimate Other?



Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, and a short story collection, Tender. She is the recipient of several awards including the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

Theodora Goss teaches at Boston University and in the Stonecoast MFA Program. Her publications include In the Forest of Forgetting, The Thorn and the Blossom, and The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter. She has won the World Fantasy Award and her work has been translated into twelve languages.

Kelly Link is the author of Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and the forthcoming collection Get in Trouble. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. With Gavin J. Grant, she runs Small Beer Press.

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties and the forthcoming memoir House in Indiana. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, NPR Books, and elsewhere. She’s a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion SF&F Writers' Workshop.

Nancy Hightower


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center