Friday, 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Coffee, Tea, and Subversion
Members of the Interstitial Arts Foundation serve up refreshments and a bit of chat about the interstitial arts and the work of the Interstitial Arts Foundation.
Friday, 1:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
Usual attendees,is my interpretation correct - will allof the 1-4 ballroom events be pretty much wander-through-able?
And Now For Something Completely Different
Reading - Friday, 4:00-5:15 P.M.
Ellen Klages, Delia Sherman, P. C. Hodgell, Holly Black
OMG holy crap P.C. Hodgell.
Friday night: Bouncing around the parties.
Ancient Mythology in Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction
Saturday, 8:30-9:45 A.M.
How do you blend ancient myths into a novel while still keeping the book fresh and modern? What are some examples of authors who do this successfully? Which myths have been overdone or underexplored? What is important to leave out to keep from bogging down the story? What should you put in to flesh things out?
if I am awake.
Parenting On Other Planets
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M.
Let's talk about the ways SF/F portrays (or doesn't portray) parenting. Are feminist writers bringing parenting into SF/F, or is it invisible everywhere? What are your favorite stories? What utopian visions are you trying out in your own household? Which clichés make you grind your teeth (Bambi's mom, anyone)?
The Curious Boundaries of YA Fantasy
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M.
What are the limits of what can be discussed in YA fantasy? What themes and issues are considered appropriate, and which are taboo? Who sets these limits and do they mesh with the desires and expectations of YA readers?
M: Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sharyn November, Tamora Pierce, Sarah Beth Durst
Disability in SF and Fantasy Fiction
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M.
Disability in fiction: Which shows and books get it right? Which shows and books get it wrong? Which parts of disability do they get right (and wrong), and which eye-gougingly bad stereotypes do you wish you could never encounter again?
M: Carrie Ferguson, Adrian Simmons, Joyce Scrivner, JoSelle Vanderhooft
Curses! YA Villains Unite
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
Evil stepmothers, mean fairies, jealous sisters, wicked enchanters and greedy kings, the fairy tale itself—YA fantasy protagonists have more enemies than they can shake a spindle at. Let's talk about what defines a worthy opponent, which characters deserve to be defeated, and which are simply the misunderstood heroes of their own stories.
M: Tamora Pierce, Gwenda Bond, Cecil Castellucci, Sharyn November, P. C. Hodgell
The "Real City" of Urban Fantasy
Saturday, 4:00-5:15 P.M.
John Clute proposed the idea of a Real Year for some authors—the idea that some books are actually set in a year that was significant to the author, rather than whenever they're purported to take place in. We'd like to know what the Real City is for fantasy stories that stake claims to city-geography and attitudes. How are these cities sometimes not as plausibly citified a they might be? What's a city? Is it possible to be a child of the suburbs and still write believable, inhabited cityscapes?
Male Feminists: You Don't Get A Cookie
Saturday, 9:00-10:15 P.M.
because Asim's on it.
Can Internet Drama Change The World?
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M.
Impassioned blog debates have initiated many into feminist praxis, queer critique, and antiracist ideology. But they also generate frustration, disillusionment, and flamewars. Participants in online political discussions are frequently derided for wasting energy that would be better expended in 'real' political work than in online drama, but many can also attest to the importance of online participation to developing understandings of power and privilege. This roundtable will raise questions of the validity and importance of online micro-political interventions, and their relationship to social justice activism on a larger scale.
because Asim & Tempest are on it.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Inside the Magic Book Machine
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M.
Does Written SF Have a Future?
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
Is the print SF/F book or magazine as outmoded as the dodo? Is online writing the wave of the future, or will that, too, fall by the wayside in favor of other media? Is the sky falling, or has it always been falling, or is it not falling so fast after all?
Revealing Your World
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M.
Now that you've invented the world, you have to reveal it to your readers. Some authors create poetry or myth or maps, some describe clothes in ardent detail, or throw in an invented vocabulary. Some make sure the reader sees everything, while others make it up and then leave most of it off the page. Panelists discuss their personal style, and what they hope to accomplish.
Sunday, 7:30-8:30 P.M.
The Brave New World of Twenty-First Century Publishing
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 P.M.
Thanks to twenty-first century technology, the publishing industry is in a position to open up to bold new voices. books and print-on-demand technology allow small presses to publish books with much less financial risk than before. Writers who previously had been shut out have the opportunity to see their work get published. But does this mean more quality books? Or does it mean even taller mountains of garbage? And what about sales and marketing? The Internet has tremendous potential as a tool for guerilla marketing, but how can that potential be harnessed?
How To Be A Good Ally—And A Bad One
Monday, 10:00-11:15 A.M.
As privileged allies in the struggles against various oppressions such as racism and sexism, sometimes we make mistakes, and some of our strategies are more successful than others. And some of us are frightened by the idea of tackling the learning curve and making fools of ourselves along the way. Others of us aren't even sure where to begin. This panel will discuss starting points, common pitfalls, embarrassing stories of mistakes made and overcome, and how to do it right.
I am sure I have missed many things. Looking at this in print will be easier!
Thanks to this post, I know to bring my entire wardrobe. Anything else I should be bringing? Are any of you on panels that I missed noticing?
And if you see me - do swoop in and say hi! I'm not faceblind, at least not to the extent that Adam is, but it's a big place with lots of people I don't know. I get edgy sometimes in said situations. So please do lead me around and show me cool stuff!