(I have more Rhysling and Readercon thoughts, but you get this first!)
I'll be reading, signing, and doing a Q&A at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester on Thursday, August 16, 7-9pm! Then I'll be the Guest of Awesome at Pi-Con August 17-19! Behold my schedule.
6pm: Con-Etiquette - basically a SMOFing 201 panel. :) With Vicky Weimer, Will Frank, and David Larochelle.
8pm: [Solo Presentation] Fandom and Social Change - this is me talking about my social justice work!
11am: Using Fairy Tales in Modern Writing - What fairy tale elements can we use in modern fantasy or sci fi writing, and which ones should we leave alone? How can we use these elements in fresh ways? Is it okay to change the lessons, to change the genders? This will not be a tracing of the history of fairy tales, but about making them work for us. With Vikki Ciaffone, Catt Kingsgrave, Jennifer Allis Provost, Trisha Wooldridge.
1pm: Control of Women in SF - "Hey Rick Santorum! _The Handmaid's Tale_ was fiction, not a how-to manual!" With Elizabeth Bear, Ken Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Helen Collins.
3pm: Shira Lipkin Reading - I get to read for a solid hour. I will have musical accompaniment. It will be an Event.
4pm: This Year in Great Speculative Fiction - does what it says on the tin. With Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert and Erin Whittey.
8pm: Less Human than Human - What does it mean to be "human?" Are Star Trek's Lt. Data or EMH Doctor "people" with all the legal and moral rights and obligations of human beings? What about The Terminator or the bioandroids in Jennifer Pelland's recent novel _Machine_? What happens when computer chatterboxes consistently beat humans at Turing's "Imitation Game" (they're getting close)? Can a human being ever cease being "human"? With Jennifer Pelland, Justine Graykin, and David Sklar.
11am: Urban Myths - Albino alligators in the sewer, the JATO car, and death by Pop Rocks. These are just some of the modern myths that have been passed around as fact or near-fact for years. How are urban myths, and their cousins friend-of-a-friend stories, different from earlier myths? What themes are repeated? What cultural norms are perpetuated in the telling? How have they changed significantly? Come to a discussion on these post-modern cautionary tales and what they say about the cultures that create them. With David Sklar, Trisha Wooldridge, Adam Fromm.
2pm: A Song of Ice and Fire - With five books written and two left to go, how will things go? How will things fare for the House of Stark? How will all those cliffhangers resolve? How much higher can the body count get? With George Claxton, Mike Luoma, Erin Whittey.