Octavia's Brood is an anthology of radical science & speculative fiction written by organizers & activists, based on the idea that those working to change the world are sci-fi/speculative thinkers.
Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does... so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha present Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth.
Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this anthology is named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.