7pm: Introduction to Arisia
: Is this your first time at Arisia? Maybe your first time at a con? Welcome! Our experienced panelists will give you tips on how to get the most out of the con, and on con survival in general. (juldea
, Samantha Dings, me.)Saturday
10am: So, What's New?
: Nanotechnology is now an industry. Cloned animals can be bought online. Robots are getting smarter and more lifelike. Science is telling us that the future could be different in ways (vanished glaciers, droughts and floods, and reduced biodiversity) that are materializing perhaps even faster than AI and the Singularity. Is science fiction paying proper attention to the best information available on the future? What is new and on the horizon that SF should look out for? How could it change SF? (James L. Cambias, Jeff Hecht, Sarah Smith, sindrian
1pm: MY READING!
's, and skogkatt
's! As usual, if you can only get to one thing, make it the reading! cucumberseed
and I have elaborate and devious plans!
4pm: Social Change and Con Safety for Teens
: This teen-specific workshop will cover several topics on the spectrum of sexual harassment and assault. Come learn about how to maintain safer spaces at the con, how to change your culture and make sexual violence a thing that's clearly not tolerated, what to do if you're harassed at the con, what to do if a friend tells you that they've been harassed or assaulted, and more. This item will be run in the Teen Lounge. (Just me!)
5:30pm: Sexual Harassment and Assault in Fandom
: In the last few years, multiple problems have arisen at conventions around the country that are troubling for many. Sexual harassment is not just about someone trying to grope a woman in a skimpy, barbarian costume. It's about being able to say "no" and have it respected, a willingness to back someone up if they need it, and the ability to recognize when they don't. How can we all contribute to making conventions free of harassment? (me, cluegirl
, and Karen Sullivan - who apparently does not have an e-mail address!)Sunday
2:30pm: Speculative Poetry Slam!
Me, Elayna, cucumberseed
, April Grant. If you can only come to two things, come to this too!Monday
10am: Collaborating Couples
: As partners in life, it may not be such a far stretch to join forces in the work field as well. However, where do they draw the line between their home life and the office? Are they allowed to talk about work during off hours? Do they work in separate offices? How do they divide the tasks? What advice could they offer other collaborating couples? (me, sindrian
, Tuna Oddfellow)
11:30am: Among the Ruins
: In many works of fantasy, characters come across the ruins of "The Elder Race" or "Those Who Came Before." How did they get there? How do they influence the characters? Let's talk about the archaeology of fantasy -- why aren't some stories about finding out who these elders were, and why they had better architecture and tech than Our Heroes? (Vikki Ciaffone, April Grant, John Costello, me.)
And also apparently I'm in charge of staffing the Backup Project table, so um yeah, help
. Didn't know I was in charge of that til this week.