POP+ Write Out of This World: Nalo Hopkinson Talks Settings in Sci-Fi
The Museum of Pop Culture's Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame honors science fiction and fantasy’s leading creators and most impactful creations. To align with our annual Write Out of This World competition, and to coincide with the launch of voting for our next Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame class, we are sharing conversations we’ve had with some of science fiction and fantasy’s most celebrated storytellers.
Jamaican-born Nalo Hopkinson's mother was a librarian and her father a poet, writer and educator, creating an environment that would sow the literary seed at a very young age. In the early 1990s, she began writing short stories almost exclusively in the science fiction and fantasy genre and in 1998 released her award-winning debut novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, a dystopian science fiction epic inspired by Afro-Caribbean themes, motifs, and culture. She has continued to draw deeply from her Caribbean roots to explore themes of race, sexuality, and gender in novels like Midnight Robber (2000).
Why does Nalo Hopkinson enjoy writing in the science fiction and fantasy genre? Back in 2003, we sat down with her and she answered that very question.