University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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March 10-11, 2018 (9:30am - 5:30pm)

Is the Future Dystopian?

Dystopias continue to be popular. Does this mean we're doomed to a dystopic future? Our panel of authors will discuss this topic in depth. Assistive listening devices available.

Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel "The Windup Girl" was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009, and also won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook and John W. Campbell Memorial awards....

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K.S. Merbeth

Kristyn Merbeth is a sci-fi/fantasy writer who lives in Tucson, where she spends most of her time writing, reading and gaming. Kristyn is the author of science fiction fantasy books including "Bite" and "Raid....

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Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is a journalist and a fiction author, writing about the intersection of science, technology and culture. Annalee's non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Slate, among others....

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Kristen Simmons

Kristen Simmons is the author of the Article 5 series, "The Glass Arrow" and "Metaltown." She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states and is forever in search of the next best cupcake....

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Tool of War
Paolo Bacigalupi
Young Adult Fiction
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
October 2017
ISBN 9780316220835
336 pages
$17.99, INSTORE
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This third book in a major series by a bestselling science fiction author, Printz Award winner, and National Book Award finalist is the gripping story of the most provocative character from his acclaimed novels Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities. More/less

The Water Knife
Paolo Bacigalupi
February 2016
ISBN 9780804171533
371 pages
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Decimated by drought, Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, waiting. More/less

K.S. Merbeth
July 2017
ISBN 9780316308731
432 pages
$9.99, INSTOCK
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"A full throttle, sand-in-your-eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max-style wasteland. More/less

K.S. Merbeth
July 2016
ISBN 9780316308700
304 pages
$9.99, INSTORE
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"Need a ride?" Kid has no name, no family and no survival skills whatsoever. But that hasn't stopped her from striking out on her own in the wasteland that the world has become. More/less

Annalee Newitz
Tor Books
September 2017
ISBN 9780765392077
Hardcover, 304 pages
$25.99, INSTORE
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The highly anticipated science fiction debut from the founder of io9! Earth, 2144. More/less

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Annalee Newitz

April 2014
ISBN 9780307949424
Paperback, 320 pages
$16.00, INSTOCK
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A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in Science & TechnologyIn its 4.5 billion-year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. More/less

Kristen Simmons
Young Adult Fiction
Tor Teen
December 2017
ISBN 9780765336651
400 pages
$10.99, INSTOCK
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Kristen Simmons's Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply. More/less

The Glass Arrow
Kristen Simmons
Juvenile Fiction
Tor Teen
August 2016
ISBN 9780765336644
352 pages
$9.99, INSTOCK
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Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she's raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . More/less

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