What Could Go Wrong? Jews in Futurist Fiction
Phil M. Cohen, author of Nick Bones Underground, and Jamie Krakover, author of Tracker220, discuss their work and how Jews and Jewish content fit into sci-fi, speculative fiction, and more.
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About Nick Bones Underground:
Professor Nick Friedman takes a wild ride through a dystopian and dangerous New York City searching for his old high school buddy Shmulie Shimmer. Told with sardonic humor, Nick Bones Underground offers an imaginative world and asks thought-provoking questions: Is it possible to overcome the burden of past deeds? Can an AI computer change gender and convert to Judaism? How did Nick Friedman become Nick Bones? Who is Robbie the Rabbi?
About the Author:
Phil M. Cohen’s passion for storytelling emerges from his love of reading fiction and his commitment to the Jewish tradition. Through his education, he’s learned how to create and interpret stories, how to grapple with philosophical questions, and how to write fiction. From his rabbinic work, he’s gained insight into the world. From realms unknown and a bit scary, he continues to discover his creative imagination.
When everyone has a brain-interfacing tracking chip, one glitch threatens the entire network. Kaya Weiss is that glitch. Through thoughts and blinks, Kaya can access anyone or anything on the tracker network. But the authorities monitor everything. Kaya and her family can’t observe a tech-free Shabbat. To fix the glitch, the authorities reset her tracker, leaving her to question more than the system’s invasion into her faith. And Kaya won’t be a lab rat again.
About the Author:
Growing up with a fascination for space and things that fly, Jamie Krakover turned that love into a career as an Aerospace Engineer. Combining her natural enthusiasm for science fiction and her love of reading, she now writes middle grade and young adult science fiction. She’s also had two ‘female in STEM’ short stories published in the Brave New Girls Anthology and two engineering-centered nonfiction pieces published in Writer’s Digest’s Putting the Science in Fiction.