The Future Is Now—Near Future Speculative Fiction

Rooms 343-344, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, March 11, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Many near-future fiction writers find themselves writing prescient scenarios, their imagined futures coming true. Four speculative fiction authors of pandemics, climate change, virtual reality, forced motherhood, immigration dystopias, and other cataclysms discuss the power to look forward, how they unearth the seeds of what will come and what is already here, and how to stay ahead of a future fast closing in.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_FUTURE_IS_NOW_outline.docx.pdf



Brenda Peynado, author of The Rock Eaters, her debut collection, has received an O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Grant, and a Nelson Algren Award, and appears in Tor.com, Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, and The Sun. She is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His latest novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, was published August 2022 by Simon & Schuster.

Jessamine Chan’s short stories have appeared in Tin House and Epoch. A former reviews editor at Publishers Weekly, she holds an MFA from Columbia University. Her first novel, The School for Good Mothers, is a New York Times bestseller and a Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club pick.

Sequoia Nagamatsu (@SequoiaN) is the author of the national bestselling novel, How High We Go in the Dark, and the story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. He teaches creative writing at St. Olaf College and in the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program.

Erin Swan is the author of Walk the Vanished Earth, a work of speculative fiction focusing on intergenerational trauma and environmental upheaval. A graduate of Teachers College at Columbia University and the MFA program at the New School, she teaches English at a public high school in Manhattan.


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