How do you craft interstellar civilisations and alien worlds where emotional depth and cosmic grandeur coalesce? In this masterclass talk, stretch your worldbuilding writing techniques space-opera style with Arkady Martine, two-time Hugo Award winner and author of the bestselling A Memory Called Empire, as she draws inspiration from history, politics and risk communication to meld poetic sensibilities with epic storytelling that would resonate across the cosmos.
Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner specializing in climate and energy policy. Her debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, won the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel, and its sequel, A Desolation Called Peace won the 2022 Hugo Award in the same category. Arkady grew up in New York City, and after some time in Turkey, Canada, Sweden, and Baltimore, lives in New Mexico with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw.