SPECULATIVE RESISTANCE | FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY | DISASTERS
Malka Older is a writer, sociologist, and aid worker. She is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society, where she teaches on the humanitarian-development spectrum and on predictive fictions, a lecturer in the genre fiction MFA program at Western Colorado University, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations. She has spoken at venues such as SXSW, the Personal Democracy Forum, the FWD50 conference, and the Hamburg International Summer Festival on topics including democracy, data, narrative disorder, and speculative resistance.
Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), and the full trilogy was nominated for a Hugo Award. She is also the creator of the serial Ninth Step Murders and lead writer for the licensed sequel to Orphan Black, both currently running on Realm. Her short story and poetry collection And Other Disasters came out in late 2019. Her short fiction and poetry can be found at WIRED, Future Tense, Leveler, Sundog Lit, Reservoir Lit, Inkscrawl, Rogue Agent, Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, and others. She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and NBC Think.