Episode 52: ‘Kindred’ and Black SFF Panel Discussion

Hey readers! We’re still getting hyped for FX’s new series, Kindred. Last time, we gave you a refresher (or possibly an introduction) to Octavia Butler and her work. In this episode, we invited an awesome panel of sci-fi fans and creators to chat about Butler, her legacy and what we hope to see in future adaptations of her work.

Our awesome panelists are:

  • Isis Asare is the founder and CEO of Sistah Scifi, the first Black owned bookstore focused on science fiction and fantasy in the United States.
  • Damian Duffy is a cartoonist, scholar, writer, curator, lecturer, teacher and award-winning bestselling graphic novelist.
  • John Jennings is a professor, author, graphic novelist, curator, Harvard Fellow and all-around champion of Black culture.
  • Nova Sparks is a writer who grew up watching and reading science fiction, horror, and fantasy and quickly became a fanatic.

They share how they discovered her work, what science fiction and fantasy mean to Black readers and their hopes for future works. Duffy and Jennings previously worked on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, which we chatted about before. Listen in and get nerdy.

Thanks to our sponsor FX for supporting this episode. Kindred is streaming now only on Hulu.

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