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Arisia 2010 Literature Programming 
19th-Oct-2009 09:47 am
Hi, guys! I asked a while back and got some title suggestions, but time is getting close. If you have a literature panel you'd like to see take place at Arisia 2010, please tell me. This week is the deadline.

And yeah, I could use a hand here. :) Both because I don't want this track to only be about what I'm reading, and because dude, this month has kinda been hell, and time is running out.

So tell me. Bonus points is you actually give me a title and a precis. The less work I have to do to make your idea into a panel, the better its chances of making it in. Note: panels not guaranteed to actually take place, simply because enough panelists have to sign up. Your best chance of seeing the requested panel happen is to give me a title + precis and encourage people to sign up as panelists when that e-mail hits. But if you give me a good panel idea with precis, it *will* be on the list.

Okay. Hit me!
19th-Oct-2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
For the n00bs on here...can you link back to the original request? Because I have no idea what you're talking about...
19th-Oct-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
http://shadesong.livejournal.com/3948461.html was the original post.

Of my original list, the only serious contender was the Pulps one.

From Steam To Gold: The SF Pulps

Who knows what sci-fi adventures existed between the Victorian era and the rise of John W. Campbell? Our panelists know.

I'd also like to add a literary-only Steampunk panel, something like:

Steampunk Fiction: Shiny vs Dark.

To some readers, steampunk stories need to be gritty and realistic. Others prefer the optomistic approach. Come find out the pros and cons of each.

And finally:

Old Worlds, New Writers:

Books by Douglas Adams, Frank Herbert, and Roger Zelazny (among others) were given official sequels by new authors after their deaths. Is this a way to explore their universes further, or just milking them dry?
19th-Oct-2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank you.

I like your suggestion about Steampunk Fiction: Shiny vs. Dark. Mmm steampunk nerdiness.
19th-Oct-2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
Humor With An Edge: Mixing The Silly With He Profound:
What is it about the writings of humorists (like Terry Pratchett) that allows them to work on controversial issues that other writers won't touch? Does humor give more license for subversion? What about depth? How does humor allow writers to strike deep emotional chords with their readers?

Short Fiction Markets You Should Know:
We all know the big names in short fiction, but what magazines and web sites should you be reading that you aren't? Come hear the panelists discuss their favorites, and bring your own lists to share.

What Negative Emotions is it Okay to Evoke in Your Readers?:
How much of a social contract do writers have with their readers? What about making past memories come back painfully?

Breaking into publishing in the 21st Century:
An update of the perennially popular "Publishing 101" topic. What do you as a new writer need to know to get your big break? How is the process changing with the advent of printing on demand, audio books, and the paperback publishing industry in a state of freefall? Last year's advice on how to break into the business may already be obsolete.

Genres and Subgenres:
What is a genre? Who came up with these classifications and are they useful? What purpose do they serve? What's a subgenre? What makes it "hard SF?" What is "science fantasy?" What subgenres are currently recognized in speculative fiction? What are the rules/tropes/expectations of these various subgenres?

Disabilities in Science Fiction:
Looking at the disabled through the lens of science-fiction.

Speculative Fiction and Sexuality:
How does Speculative Fiction approach sex and sexuality?

The City as Character:
New Crobuzon, The Sprawl, Newford, even Minneapolis in War For the Oaks. What authors use their cities in the most interesting ways? How does the city contribute to the story?

Living with a Writer:
Significant others of writers and artist trade stories and tips about the joys and challenges of living with a creative person.

Subverting Tropes:
Discuss the basic tropes of SF/F/H and how to subvert, twisted, and otherwise stand them on their ear.

Happy Writers and Fast Writers:
There are any number of writers who talk about the agony of writing, both in terms of how long it takes them and how miserable it makes them. But that's not the only side of the story. A lot of writers love what they do -- that's why they do it. There are also a lot of fast writers out there who turn out good books.

Creature and Character:
Writing the human and the inhuman in a believable way is tough. Should the store be in the point of view of the Vampire? Or the Vampire's significant other? What Makes people love or hate a character or a creature?
19th-Oct-2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like these. Heck, I'd even want to be on "Humor with an Edge", and I normally don't volunteer for programming for Arisia....
20th-Oct-2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Great ideas - thanks!
19th-Oct-2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
My favorite panels are one's where the audience gets more involved.
One idea is: Is it SF? In this panel you could have a list of books and debate about whether they're "real" SF or not. The audience could take sides by switching sides of the room.
Which subgenre is best?
Each panelist would argue for their favorite subgenre (cyberpunk, steampunk, hard SF, space opera for ex.) and audience members could sit in spaces relative to what they're favorite genre is.
19th-Oct-2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Could we have a panel about where to find short genre fiction these days? Because not a lot's in magazine format anymore on most newsagent shelves, and since there's so very much online, it'd be really nice to give both readers and writers a bit of an overview as to -- this outfit's producing this sort of work, and that outfit's more angled toward that sort of work, and this other kind of stuff you can find here, here, and here.

And if y'all do that sort of a panel, could someone PLEASE bring a note-sheet of URLs?

Also? I'd like to see a panel in the literature segment on how to go about CREATING a genre fiction peer group in an area which has none. That's something I'm trying to do in the wilds of Troy, and lemme tell ya, it's ROUGH going! I'd like to hear from others who have built peer and review and creative groups from scratch in their hometowns or neighborhoods, to see how they got on.
19th-Oct-2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
Looking through old notes and such for ideas; one from the 2006 Farthing Party that I thought worked really well:

The Undefended Borders of SF. SF and fantasy have a clear border, one bristling with ray-guns and mind-shields, but there are other ways of sneaking up on the space between them. A discussion of some of the books and stories that do this.
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