Covert Rebellions in Dystopian Lit

Marriott Conference Center B presented by Atlanta Pro AV

Saturday, 10:00-10:45

How does one mount a rebellion against a clandestine, traitorous group in order to keep the world from becoming a dystopian state? With roguish wits, stealth assassins, and a giant, flying bear.In this session, Manuel Gonzales and Jeffrey VanderMeer discuss their latest novels which are full of espionage, fierce fighters, and a few cybernetic organisms.


Manuel Gonzales

Manuel Gonzales is the author of the acclaimed story collection The Miniature Wife, which won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program and teaches writing at the University of Kentucky and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He has published fiction and nonfiction in Open City, Fence, One Story, Esquire, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and The Believer. Gonzales lives in Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer’s NYT bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, was shortlisted for a half dozen more, and has been made into a movie to be released by Paramount Pictures in 2018. His latest novel, Borne, is the first release from Farrar, Straus and Giroux’s new MCD imprint and has received wide critical acclaim, including a rare trifecta of rave review from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. The novel has also been optioned by Paramount and it continues to explore themes related to the environment, animals, and our future. The New Yorker has called Jeff “the weird Thoreau” and he frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling, including at DePaul, MIT, and the Guggenheim. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.


Jason Embry

Jason Embry is an assistant professor of English at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Ga. He received his doctorate in English from Georgia State University and spent three years as a Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech before starting at GGC. He has taught First-Year Writing, American Literature, and Literary Theory at GGC since 2009. His scholarly interests include the New Weird, Utopian/Dystopian studies, and Ecological SF.