[WSMDiscuss] The Fictions That May Save Us, Vandana Singh in Conversation with Mark Soderstrom (Saturday, 1:00 Eastern)

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Tue Apr 19 16:28:40 CET 2022

Acclaimed science fiction writer and physicist Vandana Singh talks with
Shelter and Solidarity's Mark Soderstrom
Vandana Singh & Mark Soderstrom
in Conversation
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*SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2022, 1:00  P.M. (EASTERN)*
The Fictions That May Save Us

[W]e depend on other species, we depend on the biogeological forces that
move mountains and unleash the vagaries of weather and climate. We depend
on these for our very survival. The trouble is that modern civilization
conceals and dismisses these connections . . .. There is something
pathologically wrong with a paradigm that obscures the deepest and most
essential connections between ourselves and the rest of nature. Science
fiction . . . at least offers us the possibility of a way out . . . through
the intelligent and wide-ranging exercise of our most powerful tool, the

Vandana Singh, “Science Fiction in the Anthropocene

In this Earth Day-inspired conversation, writer Vandana Singh joins Shelter
& Solidarity’s Mark Soderstrom to examine the role that our imaginations
may play in helping humankind reconnect with other species and the material
conditions of our existence – relationships that are critical to human

*Vandana Singh* is a writer of speculative fiction and a professor of
physics at a small and lively public university near Boston. Her critically
acclaimed short stories have been reprinted in numerous best-of-year
anthologies, and her most recent collection, *Ambiguity Machines and Other
Stories* (Small Beer Press and Zubaan, 2018) was a finalist for the Philip
K. Dick award.  A particle physicist by training, she has been working for
a decade on a transdisciplinary, justice-based conceptualization of the
climate crisis at the nexus of science, pedagogy, and society. She is a
Fellow of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State
University. She was born and raised in India, where she continues to have
multiple entanglements, both personal and professional, and divides her
time between New Delhi and the Boston area. She can be found on the web at

*Mark Soderstrom* has been a professional blacksmith, carpenter, labor
organizer, and musician. He is now an associate professor in the MALS and
Work and Labor Policy programs of SUNY-Empire State College. He has
published work on labor history, history of science, oral history,
neoliberalism, and speculative fiction
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