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Power of Women in Science Fiction

Author Talk with Naomi Alderman on Writing Dystopian Worlds

2023-11-30 15:00:00 2023-11-30 16:00:00 America/New_York Power of Women in Science Fiction Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. Virtual Branch -

Thursday, November 30
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 2023-11-30 15:00:00 2023-11-30 16:00:00 America/New_York Power of Women in Science Fiction Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future. Virtual Branch -

Bestselling and award-winning author, Naomi Alderman will join us to talk about her new book, The Future.

This new novel delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it.

When Martha Einkorn fled her father’s isolated compound in Oregon, she never expected to find herself working for a powerful social media mogul hell-bent on controlling everything. Now, she’s surrounded by mega-rich companies designing private weather, predictive analytics, and covert weaponry, while spouting technological prophecy. Martha may have left the cult, but if the apocalyptic warnings in her father’s fox and rabbit sermon—once a parable to her—are starting to come true, how much future is actually left?

Across the world, in a mall in Singapore, Lai Zhen, an internet-famous survivalist, flees from an assassin. She’s cornered, desperate and—worst of all—might die without ever knowing what's going on. Suddenly, a remarkable piece of software appears on her phone telling her exactly how to escape. Who made it? What is it really for? And if those behind it can save her from danger, what do they want from her, and what else do they know about the future?

Martha and Zhen’s worlds are about to collide. An explosive chain of events is set in motion. While a few billionaires assured of their own safety lead the world to destruction, Martha’s relentless drive and Zhen’s insatiable curiosity could lead to something beautiful or the cataclysmic end of civilization.

By turns thrilling, hilarious, tender, and always piercingly brilliant, The Future unfolds at a breakneck speed, highlighting how power corrupts the few who have it and what it means to stand up to them. The future is coming. The Future is here. What are you waiting for? Register now! 

About the Author: Naomi Alderman is the bestselling author of The Power, which was the winner of the 2017 Baileys’ Women’s Prize for Fiction. It was longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize and chosen as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Power topped Barack Obama’s list of his favorite books from 2017 and has been translated into more than thirty languages. Naomi grew up in London and attended Oxford University and UEA.

View a full list of reads from Naomi Alderman

Please note: This program is offered in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. The opinions expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oakville Public Library. The level of engagement with the author may be limited due to time and/or capacity restrictions. The Library Speakers Consortium is an online resource which curates virtual presentations with top authors from around the world to library goers. The opinions expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Oakville Public Library. Past virtual author events can be viewed at libraryc.org/opl.

 

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