Robotics, aliens, time-travelling goddesses, philosophers of the past, toxic futures, and twins! Come explore exciting themes in contemporary Canadian science fiction. In this panel, Kaz Lefave, Sylvain Neuvel, and Jo Walton discuss current issues in the genre of science fiction as well as the various worlds they’ve created in their writings.
Kaz Lefave is a Toronto-based science fiction world builder who crafts compelling stories by connecting the dots between science, art, music, dance, fashion, words, spirit, nature, reason, humanity, darkness, humor, and the inexplicable. She has a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, a fashion degree from the Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy, certifications in personal training and hypnosis, a US Patent, an IMBD director credit, a water/ocean philanthropy mission, speaks English, French, and Spanish, and has dabbled in Russian, German, and Arabic. Kaz also strives to be a recovering chocoholic and to look more like her standard poodle every day.
Photo credit: Frank Caruso
Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).
Photo credit: James Andrew Rosen
Jo Walton is the multiple award winning writer of fourteen science fiction and fantasy novels, including Among Others, The Just City and My Real Children. She comes from Wales and immigrated to Canada in 2002. She lives in Montreal. Her most recent book is the collection Starlings. She plans to live to be ninety-nine and write a book every year.
Photo credit: Ada Palmer
Host: Sovita Chander