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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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17th-Aug-2009 10:01 am
Some of you already know this, as I've known since Readercon, but it is now all official:

I'm the track manager for the Literature track at Arisia!

I managed the comics track for two years, but I haven't been keeping up on comics fandom. So I asked for lit. And I got it. :)

So hey! I have to build a track! And I have lots of ideas on my own, but I actively want to solicit ideas from you guys as well. Because this should not be the "what Shira's reading" track, it should accurately represent as much of what's going on in the field as possible.

So. What literature panels would you like to see at Arisia?

And writers! Come to Arisia! :)
17th-Aug-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
"How do I discover new writers if they aren't at Arisia?"

17th-Aug-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Have a panel about crowdfunded writing, serial fiction online and free fiction! :D
17th-Aug-2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
17th-Aug-2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
And relatedly, viral marketing vs. traditional marketing!
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17th-Aug-2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
I reach fewer of my readers at [Bad username: arisia.]. By like 900. :)
17th-Aug-2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see some panels on horror literature. Even at Worldcon, almost all the horror panels (few as there were) focused on horror MOVIES.
17th-Aug-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see at least one panel exploring the preponderence of literary fanfic that's currently in publication -- perhaps even with categorization that's common to modern fanfic, such as Crackfic, (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) Darkfic, (The Poe Investigates series, which also qualifies as RPF, or Real Person Fic,) Hurt/Comfort, Next Gen (any of the Darcy Family spin offs,) Epic, (The Da Vinci Code,) Alternate Universe, (the new Holmes movie,) Crossover, (Damned near ANY Dr. Who novel,) and the ubiquitous Mary Sue. All of these genres are out there in legally published fanfic, and I'd enjoy seeing an exploration of them all in one place. Not to mention that it would be satisfying for me as a fanfic participant to see how fanfic haters choke down the fact that it's already being published and accepted worldwide.

I'll sling some more ideas your way as I think of them. Assuming you're interested in any more from me after that idea, that is.
18th-Aug-2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
As an addendum on that, if you do anything on RPF, remember that Ron Goulart (SF author) published a series of novels about Groucho Marx as a detective. Might go well with the "Poe Investigates" stuff.
17th-Aug-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
My reaction is still what it was at Readercon: "Arisia, FUCK YEAH!"

It's a bit too early on Monday for my brain to have picked up enough to come up with ideas right at the moment, but I will do the thinky thinky and let you know.
17th-Aug-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm biased as all get-out, obviously, but I'd like to see a panel of booksellers in a discussion of trying to handsell speculative fiction hardcopy in an electronic age.
17th-Aug-2009 02:53 pm (UTC) - More authors, more readings
Authors reading their own stuff is neat, as is authors reading other authors' stuff. Invite authors to bring "the best writing you're not reading now" and have them read it and tell the fans why it's awesome.
17th-Aug-2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
I would love to see a panel on the future of urban fantasy. We are being bombarded with it, and more and more new authors are breaking in that way.
17th-Aug-2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Here are a few thoughts:

Girl Genius (it won a Hugo, it counts ;) )

Genre-busters: Books that straddle the lines between genres.

Are hero pulps coming back?

The Science of Sparly Vampires. :)
17th-Aug-2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'd like to see (and be on) a panel on "the drug experience" in SF. Quite a bit of good stuff -- most of it from the 70s -- but more recent works (Greg Egan) in which silicon beings can change the nature of their minds by fiddling with deep programming would seem to count too.

Terry F.
17th-Aug-2009 04:00 pm (UTC)

Haven't suggested it to Brainstorming for fear of being laughed at, but I'd really love a panel on Joan Aiken's alternate history children's books and/or fantasy/horror short stories.
17th-Aug-2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
How exciting for you! This'll amke Arisia better than ever! And you know I'll be there!!
With bells on!
17th-Aug-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
As a recovering concom member, let me say congratulations, and I'm so sorry. ;-P

I will be happy to help you, provide what little advice I can give (not that you need it), and will provide you with and panel topics I come up with (that we wouldn't already use for Philcon).
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