Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

An anthology of visionary science fiction and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.
Walidah Imarisha
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Portland, Oregon
United States
2 Team Members

UPDATE (July 8,2013): Octavia's Brood reached our initial goal today! Thank you all so much! Now we're going for our stretch goals: an expanded national tour, compensating writers, full color art in the book, and more! Please help us to keep spreading the word, and please keep contributing!

Here is a short video about why you should keep contributing to Octavia's Brood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz-42HtB0gY

Also in the media gallery here on indiegogo, you can see short videos from different Octavia's Brood writers talking about their stories and the larger project.

Short Summary

Greetings! We are Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha, two community organizers, educators, writers and self-proclaimed nerds. We have individually and collectively been working to bridge the visionary qualities of science/speculative fiction with radical community organizing practice.

We thought there was no better way to do this than with our current book project: Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. It’s an anthology of radical science and speculative fiction written by organizers and activists.

What We Need

We need to raise $8,277 to cover the cost of designing and printing the anthology (with a release date of summer 2014), as well as to fund a national tour where we will not only do readings of the anthology, but writing workshops and organizing strategy sessions where we can support communities turning their visionary ideas into concrete action!

We have received overwhelming support from everyone we tell about Octavia’s Brood. Because we believe in the principles of communities organizing and supporting themselves, we are turning to our strongest supporters and allies, our visionary community, to birth Octavia’s Brood into the world. 

Stretch Goals

If we reach our $8,277 goal, Octavia’s Brood will come into being, and we have no doubt it will be incredible given the caliber of the stories we have. We can also begin the national tour with at least 3 cities.

But if we go over our initial goal, that money will not only be useful but can make this an even fuller and richer project that we feel will truly embody the spirit of Octavia Butler and move her legacy forward through us, her brood.

  • REACHED!!! $8,277 – Main goal: Octavia’s Brood is published
  • REACHED!!!! $15,000 – Expanded 10 city tour
  • This would enable us to bring the national tour to 10 cities - that includes not only book readings, but writing workshops, organizing strategy sessions, book club meetings and sci fi themed parties! For every $500 we raise, we’ll be able to add another city to the tour!
  • $22,000 - Provide compensations writers and advisors
    Everyone in this project right now is doing it for the love and because we are all inspired and excited about the project! But we would love to be able to create sustainable models of supporting artists to carry on this visionary work.
  • $27,000 – – Color art and e-book
    We want to make the book accessible to everyone and so want to develop an electronic version. We also want to include in full color the beautiful art (you can see some in our pitch videos) we have received, so we’re not reading the future, we are seeing it too!
  • $32,000 – Expanded anthology
    We are getting more incredible submissions than we originally thought, and rather than having to pick and choose which moving and inspiring short stories and essays, we want to give them all to you!
  • $40,000 AND BEYOND – Expanded 25+ city tour

For every $500 we raise, we’ll be able to add another city to the tour! So the sky’s the limit on how many places we can bring this project to!

What You Get

In exchange, we are offering some amazing gifts, from not only us the editors but from the writers and our community: exclusive songs by visionary hip hop artists Invincible and Gabriel Teodros only available here; an unreleased science fiction story by one of our amazing writers; hang outs with Octavia’s Brood editors or writers (realworld or virtual!), and more!

And everyone who contributes anything, even $1, will get a thank you in the book for being part of our visionary community, and creating the space for us to re-envision our movements and the world around us.

Other Ways You Can Help

There are 4 easy ways you can support Octavia’s Brood:

  1. Contribute to our campaign (and claim some of the great perks available!)
  2. Contribute airline miles for the tour and editors' meetings
  3. In-kind contributions for website support, promotional materials, app creation
  4. Spread the word!

We believe it is our right and our responsibility to dream new worlds, and then set about building them.

Origin Story

Walidah Imarisha is a writer, organizer, educator and performance poet. She is one half of the poetic duo Good Sista/Bad Sista. She has shared the stage with Angela Davis, Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Kenny Muhammad of the Roots, Chuck D, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Umar bin Hassan from The Last Poets, Boots Riley, Saul Williams, Ani DiFranco, John Irving, dead prez and Kochiyama. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications, including the hip hop anthology Total Chaos. Walidah has facilitated poetry and journalism workshops third grade to twelfth, in schools, community centers, youth detention facilities, and women’s prisons. She directed and co-produced the Katrina documentary Finding Common Ground in New Orleans. She has taught in the Portland State University’s Black Studies Department, Oregon State University’s Women’s Studies Department and Southern New Hampshire University’s English Department.

Adrienne Maree Brown has been fanning the flame of Octavia Butler love through workshops and strategic readers for the past several years. She is approaching Octavia's work through the lens of emergent strategy - strategies rooted in relationship, adaptability, and embracing change. Adrienne started writing when she was 2, won her first essay contest in the 6th grade, and was blogging 5000 people before blogs existed. Writing is her first passion, and throughout an incredible journey of social justice and movement facilitation, her steady identity has been writer, penning words that are from the heart. She's written for Africana (now Black AOL), Wiretapmag.org, Alternet.org, HuffingtonPost.com, Feministing.com, Washingtonpost.com, Racewire.org, Left Turn; Race, Poverty and Ecology; and Yes.  Now, Adrienne primarily and sometimes prolifically writes for her own blog - The Luscious Satyagraha, which has a readership of thousands - tracking her own personal and cultural transformation.

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  • $1USD
    On the Love

    Everyone who contributes, even if it's only a dollar, will get a thank you in the collection.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $5USD
    Octavia's Brood e-Poster

    You will receive a beautiful e-poster of exclusive Octavia's Brood art created by Alixa Garcia from Climbing Poetree.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD
    Octavia's Brood Teaser Zine

    You will receive a short zine that has excerpts from several of the stories and essays that will be in the full anthology.

    86 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $15USD
    Exclusive story

    You will receive an electronic version of an exclusive science fiction story written by one of the Octavia's Brood writers.

    35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $15USD
    Sci Fi Poetry Chapbook

    You will receive a collection of exclusive poetry by some of the poets and writers who are part of Octavia's Brood.

    14 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $20USD
    Sci Fi Song

    You will receive an electronic version of an exclusive science fiction-themed song by Detroit emcee Invincible.

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $25USD
    Unsigned Book

    You will receive an unsigned copy of the book, hot off the presses!

    203 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $40USD
    Sci Fi EP

    You will receive a completely exclusive (not available anywhere else!) visionary fiction-themed EP by Seattle emcee Gabriel Teodros.

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $50USD
    Hanging out

    You will get to schedule a one hour Google Hangout session with one of the two editors.

    6 out of 10 claimed

    Book Signed by One Editor

    You will receive a copy of the anthology personally signed by one of the editors.

    40 out of 40 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014

    Book Signed By Both Editors

    You will receive a copy of the anthology personally signed by both of the editors.

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $75USD
    Sci Fi Video Love

    We will make a special Octavia's Brood video (overflowing with nerdiness) in which we will shout you out by name.

    1 out of 10 claimed
  • $100USD
    Coffee with a Writer

    You can meet up with one of the writers in the book (the closest to you or when you are in their town) for coffee and nerdery.

    9 out of 10 claimed
  • $150USD
    Google Hangout with Editors

    Both editors will be part of an hour long Google Hangout with you where we can talk about anything and everything you want!

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $250USD
    Octavia's Brood Dinner

    A special private dinner for you and a friend with both editors when we come to your town!

    2 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Writing Workshop

    You and a friend can have an exclusive writing session with one of the editors when we're in your town, or you're in one of ours.

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  • $5,000USD
    Dedicated to You

    We will dedicate the book to you - your name will be the first one, after the title page, that people see.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2014
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