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Nnedi Okorafor with Resident Alien

Guest of Honour, Nnedi Okorafor, presents Resident Alien.

“Why do you write about Nigeria? Shouldn’t you be writing about racism in America?” Nnedi answers this silly question and discusses the Nigerian American origins of her speculative fiction.

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David Nickle with Secret Agent, Secret Shame

David Nickle presents Secret Agent, Secret Shame. 

A presentation on the embarrassing appeal of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. 

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Derek Newman-Stille discusses Accessible Space: The Final Frontier?

In this talk, Derek Newman-Stille explores Accessible Space: The Final Frontier? Disability in Speculative Genres.

Where are the accessible ramps on that space ship? You ask? Where are the werewolves who are trained as assistance pets? You enquire? Are those lofty wizard towers open to the bodily needs of the orcs? You wonder? We will explore…

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Simon McNeil and From Guernica to Gamergate

Simon McNeil talks From Guernica to Gamergate: The Inseparability of Art and Politics.

Many art historians call Picasso’s Guernica the last attempt of art to affect politics on a grand scale. . . . Is it possible for art to be separate from politics? Should art aim to be apolitical?

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David McIntosh with New Art Project: Quipucamayoc

David McIntosh presents Quipucamayoc: Interactive Media Art Project in Cusco and Buenos Aires.

In this presentation, McIntosh will focus on his work-in-progress titled Quipucamayoc, which merges a range of contemporary forms, including gaming, electro-acoustical music, dance, experimental theatre, textile and wearables design, to construct a prototype of a new embodied, performative, sensorial communication network between movement artists in Cusco, Peru, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

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Alex Leitch on Retrofuturism and Spectacular Collaboration

The topic of Alex Leitch’s talk will be Retrofuturism and Spectacular Collaboration.

This is a talk about consumption in 2015, and the value of collaborative creative practice and exploration to producing a more grounded vision of the possible. 

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Announcing 2015 Guest of Honour Nnedi Okorafor

International award-winning novelist and professor, Nnedi Okorafor will be headlining the 2015 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. A novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism . . . The New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”.

Aurora Award

Winner of the 2011 Aurora Award

We are pleased to announce that Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi won  the 2011 Aurora Award for their work on the Toronto SpecFic Colloquium. We have been nominated once again for a 2012 Aurora Award — you can vote for us here!

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Praise for the Colloquium

“What a terrific event for both the connoisseur of specfic and those seeking initiation. …The Toronto Specfic Colloquium is the arrival party for genre fiction in a country with a deep talent pool.”

-Tony Burgess, author of Pontypool Changes Everything

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Our Mandate 

The Toronto SpecFic Colloquium is hosted by the Chiaroscuro Reading Series and sponsored by Toronto-based press, ChiZine Publications.

Emerging from early magic realism, mythology and fable, from the work of science fiction authors who cut their teeth during the 1950’s golden age of pulp science fiction, and from the disturbing literary forays of horror writers inspired by Shelley, Poe, and Stoker, Canadian speculative fiction has begun to move in strange and provocative new directions, becoming something altogether different from its American counterpart and wholly itself.

We believe that Canadian authors may well prove to be the kind of rejuvenating force necessary to revitalize the “pulp” genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror writing.  As Canadian publications including Neo-OpsisOnSpecIdeomancerChallenging Destiny, the long-running Tesseracts collections, and our own ChiZine Publications become increasingly prominent markets for speculative fiction, we want to establish a dialogue between senior and junior authors, between authors and editors, and between authors and readers in order to encourage the growth of this important literary domain.