Yiddish-Speaking Whales, Genius Octopi: Novels of Animal Intelligence
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Sunday, November 6, 2022
Capitol Extension Room E2.036
1100 Congress Avenue, AUSTIN Texas

Join two authors whose new novels imagine aquatic animals with previously unimagined levels of intelligence. Brett Ashley Kaplan’s dreamlike Rare Stuff follows a photographer, Sidney, who seeks answers to the mysterious disappearance of her whale-loving mother nearly two decades before. The trail of clues lies in her deceased father’s manuscript, which hypothesizes in part that Sidney’s mother was taken in by a highly unusual group of whales. Ray Nayler’s The Mountain in the Sea is a speculative novel about the discovery of a highly intelligent, and possibly dangerous, species of octopus. Nayler’s realistic near-future world-building anchors a gripping plot about the ensuing fight for domination, one that will shape the future of humanity and change how we think about consciousness itself.

Moderator: Juli Berwald, science writer and author of Life on the Rocks and SpinelessBrett Ashley Kaplan, Ray Nayler, Rare Stuff, The Mountain in the Sea


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