Catastrophe and Salvage

Saturday Mar 26   02:30 PM to 03:30 PM (1 hour)
Hilton Deansgate - Room 7
Literature Disaster
In a recent essay for Salvage, Nicholas Beuret and Gareth Brown drew a distinction between between disaster or apocalypse, which are terrible things that may happen (or in some stories, have happened), and catastrophe, which is "a constant presence, shaping how the act of survival takes place." Which real SF deals with catastrophes in this sense? How do such stories reflect our daily experience of life in a world of austerity, ecological disaster and war? And how do we, as readers and as writers, balance the need to escape and to inspire, and the need to confront and acknowledge?