Writers of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology came to New York Comic Con to talk about the state of genre fiction today. Fans heard from Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Matthew Kressel, and Carmen Maria Machado, along with guest editor N. K. Jemisin and series editor John Joseph Adams!
Jemisin apparently had to keep away from short fiction for a while before diving into the anthology selections, so that she could come into them blind when reading. Each author on the panel got the chance to talk about their fiction that was selected for the anthology and what inspired these particular stories.
At one point an audience member asked about Star Trek-esque stories, the escapist fare that show us a better future, and Jemisin had some thoughts to that effect:
“The expectation that fiction will [provide escapism] in times of strife is an expectation that ...