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Genre/Gender-Bending Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy with Joy Sanchez-Taylor

Three Sessions Mondays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT October 9 to November 20, 2023

Online via Zoom

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at a 10% discount from our Bookstore.

This reading group will explore how Asian diasporic authors are blending various speculative genre styles to push the boundaries of both speculative writing and those of gender roles and identities. The authors discussed subvert genre expectations to ask readers to reconsider which people get to tell their stories, which stories are considered valuable, and who has the right to record them. From epic fantasy to aliens running a donut shop in California, these novels take readers on a wild ride that ends with a deeper knowledge of the LGBTQIA experience.

Meeting Details:
Mondays, 6–7:30pm ET
10/9, 10/30, 11/20
Online via Zoom

Please Read Nghi Vo’s novella Into the Riverlands for our first meeting.

Please note: these meetings will be recorded.


Led By

  • Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor

    Joy Sanchez-Taylor is a Professor of English at LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) and a Mellon/ACLU Community College Fellow whose research specialty is intersections between science fiction, fantasy, and critical race studies. Her book Diverse Futures: Science Fiction and Authors of Color (2021) examines the contributions of late twentieth and twenty-first-century U.S. and Canadian science fiction authors of color to the genre. For more of her writing, check out her article “The Line Between Science Fiction and Fantasy is Blurring, and I’m Into It,” which is nominated for an IGNYTE Award.