1:00-4:00: Coffee, Tea, and Subversion at The Gathering, representing the Interstitial Arts Foundation.
1:00-2:15: Traveling Fates concert - Merch Jedi and maybe more!
10:00-11:15: Return of the Rape Panel. Sexual assault and rape frequently get used as symbolic plot devices, with no consideration of how sexual violence actually affects survivors and the people around them. Some have said that feminists shouldn't write science fiction and fantasy dealing with rape; others felt that not writing about rape doesn't negate the reality that rape is both an actual crime and a political and personal means of attack. This year, we hope to discuss how to write about sexual violence in a way that shows the repercussions not just for survivors, but for their communities—and in a way that informs the entire story and isn't just used as a plot coupon or shortcut to character development. (me, Nnedi Okorafor, Beth Friedman, Brianna Mueller.)
1:00-2:15: Living with Invisible Disabilities. Not all disabilities are visible. How much do you tell and explain to whom? What unexpected barriers do you encounter? How can others be better allies? How are characters who have disabilities that are not readily apparent treated in SF? (Cat Hanna, Alyson L. Abramowitz, Gerri Balter, Julie Hayes, me, Sandy Olson.)
2:30-3:45: READING! Goblin Girls and Bedlam Boys. Me, CSE Cooney, Patty Templeton, Shveta Thakrar.
10:00-11:15: Is Science Fiction the New Reality? Star Trek offers a vision of the future that includes personal, networked communicators, talking, intelligent computers, and the tricorder, a portable, hand-held networked computing device. Today we have cellphones, IBM's Watson,and the iPad. Are we already living in the science-fiction future? What does this mean for writers of speculative fiction? (K. Tempest Bradford, Richard Chwedyk, James Frenkel, Naomi Kritzer, me.)
Currently at airport, having gone through ludicrous security theater. More on that later.