Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of the novels The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.
It's hard to know when to stop shouting at your mobile device and start taking action to survive. This talk is about how science fiction deals with that question, in stories about social complacency, resistance, and the unexpected consequences of revolution. I'll discuss the ways storytelling helps us resist authority, including real-world examples from my experiences as a sci-fi author and science journalist.