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Saturday, October 12 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Surreal Space Age Stories

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Two writers turn to the stars as they tackle Space-Age narratives with a speculative twist. In First Cosmic Velocity, Zach Powers brings a conspiracy theory to life with the story of a set of twins who become involved in the Soviet space program, which can’t seem to figure out how to bring down the cosmonauts they sent into space. One twin is supposedly launched to his death, while the other is stuck pretending he is the one who returned. Erika Swyler’s Light From Other Stars tells the story of a girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut and whose father builds a machine to control time in order to make his dream of prolonging his daughter’s life a reality. When the time warping machine is set off by the explosion of the Challenger, Nedda must go through time and space to save her father.

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Zach Powers

Zach Powers is a native of Savannah, Georgia, and lives in Arlington, Virginia. His novel, First Cosmic Velocity, was published in August 2019 by Putnam, and his debut story collection, Gravity Changes, won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was published in 2017. His work has been featured... Read More →
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Erika Swyler

Erika Swyler’s writing has appeared in Catapult Story, VIDA, The New York Times, and elsewhere. Her bestselling first novel, The Book of Speculation, was one of BuzzFeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015, and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She lives on Long... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030