Genre Writing and Diaspora
Grace Chan + Chloe Gong + Vanessa Len + Shelley Parker-Chan
The Edge Auditorium, slq
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Duration: 60 minutes
Redefining the static conventions of fantasy to incorporate multi-faceted mythologies, these writers consider the aesthetic influence of cultural heritage, and how our definition of fantasy and science fiction might be broadened and subverted.
Grace Chan is an Aurealis and Norma K Hemming Award-shortlisted speculative fiction writer. She can’t seem to stop scribbling about brains, minds, space, technology, and identity. Her short fiction can be found in Going Down Swinging, Clarkesworld, Aurealis, and many other places. Her debut novel, Every Version of You, is about staying in love after mind-uploading into virtual reality (Affirm Press, 2022). Grace was born in Malaysia and lives in Melbourne. In her other life, she works as a psychiatrist.
Chloe Gong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Secret Shanghai novels, as well as the Flesh and False Gods trilogy. Her books have been published in over twenty countries and have been featured in the New York Times, PEOPLE, Forbes and more. She is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she double-majored in English and International Relations. Born in Shanghai and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Chloe is now located in New York City, pretending to be a real adult.
Vanessa Len is a Melbourne author and educational editor of Chinese-Malaysian and Maltese heritage. Her first novel, Only a Monster, explores themes of heroism and monstrousness, and has been translated into 11 languages. The sequel, Never a Hero, will be published later this year.
Shelley Parker-Chan is the author of the #1 Sunday Times bestselling historical fantasy novel She Who Became the Sun. They won the Astounding Award and the British Fantasy Awards for Best Novel and Best Newcomer, and have been a finalist for the Lambda, Locus, Aurealis, Ditmar, and British Book Awards. They live in Melbourne, Australia.