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Probably your last chance to get Arisia panel ideas in... 
28th-Oct-2009 06:17 pm
...and we need more hard SF panel ideas, I know that, and I'd like something on speculative poetry.

And, well, if you want to see a panel on your favorite topic? Propose one. I can't guarantee it'll run, but I can make it available for people to sign up for.

But do it now. Since it looks like I'm not getting to the concert (stupid freezing downpour), I have a scant few hours tonight and can use some of that to get your panel ideas in. Tomorrow I'll be out of the house early again with no computer. Act now!
29th-Oct-2009 12:24 am (UTC) - I have
been trying for days to come up with a way to make it solid, but I would like to see some sort of comparative panel on space opera vs military sf.

CJ Cherryh is stated to write space opera and RM Meluch is stated to write military sf yet both authors have a similar balance of character vs combat. Why is one SO and the MSF?

By the way, for a panel on women writers in SF, both of these authors are good candidates.
29th-Oct-2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Wait, really? When I signed in to Zambia a couple of weeks ago the parts of the site that I remember using for panel suggestions a few years earlier didn't even seem to be enabled, so I thought they weren't taking panel ideas yet, and I haven't seen any email or other announcement that it's time to submit ideas.

I guess this is a step better than ... last year, or the year before, when I never even got the zambia URL (and didn't remember it) until it was too late, but wow, what a broken system.
29th-Oct-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
The Brainstorms list has been open all year!
29th-Oct-2009 01:26 am (UTC)
Having gotten word that Some Interesting Folks might be attending Arisia, I'd love to see a better stab at the whole "How to write about The Other in Fiction", frankly.
I'd also love to see something that ties in Dance; I could think of a "Dance in Speculative Fiction", with the fear that 5 people will attend. Or maybe a panel on how Victorian ideas keep popping up in Speculative Fiction; that would really pop with the Steampunk hotness, esp. if you get someone who can talk to the downside of Victorianism, historically.

OK, what I really would love is a "How To Belly Dance 101", but that is, I fear, a pipe-dream.
29th-Oct-2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Belly Dance 101 would be in events, and I think tisana's organizing something along those lines...?

Give me title + description and I'll put it in. We do have "The Changing Face of Fiction: Literature, Diversity, and Backlash", as suggested by karnythia: "There's been a lot of talk about race, racism, and representation in fiction. Some say these real life issues have no place in what is meant to be an escape from reality, while others want to see characters that look like them as part of their escapism. Is a future with no diversity really an escape? What are we escaping from, and what is inescapable regardless of venue?" But if you have a different angle for an additional panel, I'll put that in, too. It's territory rich for discussion.

And we have no dance in fiction panels - get me a description! That could be fun. :) Also if you want to shoot me a steampunk idea. It's not my fandom, so I don't really know what to do with it.
29th-Oct-2009 01:56 am (UTC)
If tisana's the person who org'ed it last year, I've already sent her a note, earlier today, on this topic, via Facebook (I can't tell from the posts or the profile, sadly).

I'll ponder the other ones overnight, and see what pops up between doses of tea in the AM, if that's OK?
29th-Oct-2009 01:59 am (UTC)
She is. And that's fine. :)

I am so looking forward to seeing you!
29th-Oct-2009 04:41 am (UTC)
I would be one of those 5 showing up for the "Dance in Speculative Fiction" panel. Sounds fascinating!
29th-Oct-2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I know I'd mentioned e-mailing you.

I'm just stumped about the idea I had for a panel. Every attempt I've made at a precis comes out like a workshop.

Arisia is also conflicting with the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which is in Boston this time around and which my new boss may expect me to attend.

Will try to do better. My abject apologies.
29th-Oct-2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Like Oil and Water: What resources, abundant or undiscovered now, will we be the limiting factors in the future?

Emoticons of the 24th century: Every communications technology creates its own manners and lingo -- what is the smiley of the ansible?

Art in Art: poems, songs, and other art supposedly created within the world of a larger fictional text -- favorites and failures.
29th-Oct-2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
30th-Oct-2009 06:01 am (UTC)
the con sounds like fun; what can I expect though? I only ask because the only cons I've been to have been Ctcon and Lunacon, and I basically want to know if I'll be the only one dressed up as a klingon (krplah! more gakh!) or vash or something. My initial read of it was more like Lunacon; e.g. #1 Books, #2 Sci-fi #3 I guess we can put on a game of D&D, but only if you've known the Gm for 10 years and you're in his hotel room.

Is it more panel driven, or is this more of a geek-con where I can play Magic or Warhammer all night long?
30th-Oct-2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Is it more panel driven, or is this more of a geek-con where I can play Magic or Warhammer all night long?

It's both! There's a very active gaming room, lots of events, and plenty of people in costume.
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