Thinking critically about sci-fi and fantasy novels.
Monday, November 7 2016 at 7:30PM
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The Monarch Bar
40-42 Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8BG
What's the talk about?
A few years ago Liz Lutgendorff set off an a quest to read the top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books, as ranked by NPR’s readers. However, what she found while reading was disheartening - rife with really sexist (and even misogynistic) characters and dialogue, it made her wonder how these could be the top 100 books of the genres she loves?
At the same time the controversy around the Hugo Awards kicked off and we’ve had a backlash against women in geek culture. It felt to Liz that the nostalgia that created that list of 100 books is the same nostalgia that influenced the factions at the Hugo Awards.
This talk will be about thinking critically about what you read, putting your money where your ethics are and reading outside your comfort zone. Warning: what you like is subjective, especially in books, but hopefully this will bring some insight nonetheless.
Liz Lutgendorff is a civil servant by day and PhD student in the history of secularism at night. In between these times she reads a lot and swears even more. In glorious times past she was the deputy editor of the Pod Delusion. At time of writing she has 104 Pokemon in her Pokedex.