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Got any Arisia literature track panel ideas? Drop 'em here! Erik and… 
16th-Sep-2015 08:21 am
Got any Arisia literature track panel ideas? Drop 'em here! Erik and I could use a little help filling out our track, given the lack of usable suggestions in the forums. Please give us an idea and a description - title and precis would be perfect!
16th-Sep-2015 02:10 pm (UTC)
What sort of things are you looking for? Author-focused? Topic-focused? I think part of the problem is that Arisians don't necessarily have a good sense of what "literature" is in the sense that, say, Readercon fans do.

That said, do you have anything like "Poetry in SF literature"? Seems like a topic you could rock out on.
16th-Sep-2015 02:13 pm (UTC)

We have a general speculative poetry panel, but not one about poetry within non-poetry books...
16th-Sep-2015 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, I wasn't thinking about it in books per se, though it does appear in quite a number of fantasy novels, or used to.

I was more thinking about the question "What is the role of (fantastical) poetry in SF/F?" Like, what can you do with SFnal topics in poetic forms that you can't do in prose? Or is poetic form more suited for fantasy/fantastic topics? Epic tales, ballads, that sort of thing have historically been poetic and also historically been (what we today would call) fantasy.
16th-Sep-2015 02:39 pm (UTC)
Can you give an example of the difference between a writing panel and a literature panel? I have a rough handle on the difference in this case, but I'd like to avoid a guessing game. :)
16th-Sep-2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Writing is about how you write the book, and is aimed at the writer; literature track is about existing books, and is aimed at readers, writers, and everyone else.

So like "Worldbuilding 101" = writing track, "The World of _Old Man's War_" = Lit Track. (Scalzi's our GoH.)
17th-Sep-2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
Women's Works Are Far From Done, 2015 Edition.
"Panelists discuss their favorite speculative fiction novels written by women and published in 2015. No spoilers." I see this working as each panelist in turn talking about one such book they read and loved, and then opening things up to the audience. Shorter fiction could also be recommended as time allows.

Why this came to mind: I'm in the middle of Naomi Novik's Uprooted, recently finished N.K. Jemisin's excellent The Fifth Season, and really enjoyed Judith Tarr's Forgotten Suns, all published in 2015 afaik. I've found that most "Women in SFF" panels tend to ramble, stop to invoke LeGuin and Butler (and maybe Tiptree & Russs), then devolve into lists of "forgotten" female authors. Those are all worthwhile topics but I think showcasing current works by women would be a nice change. A similar panel on 2015 SFF works by PoC would also be welcome; D.J. Older's Shadowshaper was a great read.

I'd also like to see a panel about Hugo-eligible works in general (plenty of inspiration in this Making Light thread. Arisia's timing at the start of 2016 positions it very well for that. (Sadly I don't think the list of recommended works for the 2015 Tiptree award would be available by then but that might provide another focus.)
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