2022 Edition: November 2 to 6
A HOPEFUL FUTURE? FRANCESCO VERSO AND SOLARPUNK
For several years now, Italian writer, editor and specialist Francesco Verso has been in rebellion against the empire of dystopia. Beyond the question of whether or not things are as bad as we think they are, the creator of Future Fiction believes that science fiction should change its tone, and open itself up to more positive, albeit conflictive, approaches with a critical edge. In conjunction with solarpunk and hopepunk genres, which preach this same constructive outlook, and from his profound knowledge of the narrative alternatives that are pursued in non-Anglo-Saxon countries, especially in Asia and Africa, Verso will offer Festival 42 a thought-provoking talk on the need to change the chip in terms of the way we approach the genre. And from what those who are familiar with it say, a lengthy debate is on the cards. One that might even go on for days and months. So check it out!
Francesco Verso is a multi-award-winning Italian science fiction author and editor. He has published works that have been translated into English such as Nexhuman and Bloodbusters, and directs the Future Fiction project, which is dedicated to seeking out and publishing works in the genre in more than 30 countries.
Cristina Jurado is a bilingual writer of science fiction, fantasy and hybrid sub-genres who is often linked to the dark trend of the new weird. The first woman to receive the Ignotus award for the Best Novel, she has published CloroFilia, Alphaland, Bionautas and Del naranja al azul.