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Arisia Schedule! 
2nd-Jan-2016 11:03 am
Arisia is in two weeks! Oy. My deliberately-light (EDIT: HAHA that changed) schedule:

7pm: How Lord of the Rings Stunted Fantasy's Growth
LotR's shadow looms huge over fantasy. From the moment it achieved its massive popularity, it's had a stranglehold on the genre. The diverse and weird pre-LotR fantasy landscape was obliterated in favor of decades of Tolkien clones, and we're only barely beginning to see the genre recover now. Why did something so stilted, mediocre, sexist, and racist capture the public's imagination in such a fevered and intense way? What would fantasy look like today in a world where LotR never happened?
Kate Nepveu (mod), Mark Oshiro, Shira Lipkin, Erik Amundsen

9:30pm: Reading/presenting at Ig Nobel event!

10:00am: Fantasy Reading
Come listen to our panelists read a selection from their original fantasy works.
Matthew Kressel, Shira Lipkin, Lauren M. Roy, Julia Rios
(Note: I'm not reading fantasy? But no one asked, and no, I don't know why this year there are only ~6 reading slots altogether and they're jamming four of us into each.)

1:00pm: Arisia Curmudgeon Panel 2: Curmudgeon Harder!
Last year, we told you why things that "everyone" loves, from Middle Earth to Star Wars, from Gaiman to Whedon, suck. But one panel wasn't enough time for all the loathing we feel. This year, expect more vitriol, snark, and actual media criticism at this wide-ranging panel.
Mark Oshiro, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez, Shira Lipkin, Adam Lipkin

2:30pm: In Which the Author Has Run Out of F!?ks to Give
Often, over the course of a long series, it becomes clear that the author has run completely out of f!?ks and is spinning their wheels. You can almost see the departure of the last f!?k the author had to give. Let's discuss series that continue way past the exhaustion of inspiration.
Shira Lipkin, Meredith Schwartz, Victoria Janssen, Eric Zuckerman, Daniel Miller

8:30pm: The Future of Disability in Literature
ST:TNG was famously critiqued for having a bald captain. "Won't the cure for baldness be discovered by then?" Roddenberry replied, "By the 24th century, no one will care." Most SF novels, if they include disabled characters at all, focus on a cure narrative. For the most part, the disabled seem not to exist. Let's talk about SF with universal access, visible disabled characters, and societies that don't force a cure and choose instead to accommodate everyone, regardless of disability.
Tegan Mannino, Tanya Washburn, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Shira Lipkin

11:30am: Speculative Poetry is Awesome
Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic, personal, and powerful in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, and Liminality showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. Come discuss what's new and wonderful in the world of speculative poetry!
Julia Rios, Shira Lipkin, A.J. Odasso, MJ Cunniff, Gillian Daniels

Please do let me know if you want to make lunch/dinner plans!
2nd-Jan-2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
Are you reading something that Arisia considers to be fantasy but you don't?
2nd-Jan-2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
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2nd-Jan-2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
That panel is SUPER CONTROVERSIAL. I saved it for my last year on staff. :)
4th-Jan-2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I wish I could attend the con for this panel too - and I loved the books. I reread them yearly.

That said, I'm also not blind to the problems with them, nor to the absolutely massive impact they've had (and continue to have) on fantasy, and those things are totally worth discussing.
2nd-Jan-2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Huh. So you will not be on the Supergirl panel that is scheduled alongside Friday Night Services then? I was a bit grumpy about *that* particular scheduling choice.
3rd-Jan-2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
We have very few programming slots, and something has to go there...

And nope, not going to be on that. I'm not sure how inaccurate the schedule online is going to be, given that they gave track managers no timeline or deadline for changes, and we have clearly made changes since they scraped that data.
3rd-Jan-2016 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, not grumpy at you :)

I only saw it because I was making sure that the description in the pocket program for said Friday night services was accurate and properly punctuated (it wasn't).

Edited at 2016-01-03 06:26 pm (UTC)
5th-Jan-2016 05:49 pm (UTC) - *wave*
I miss Arisia, I miss you, and I'm glad you're taking a light programming year. Is there some significant reason this is your last year on ConCom, or is it just enough for now, time to move on?
5th-Jan-2016 07:31 pm (UTC) - Re: *wave*
I have been strongly disliking it for several years; I meant to start training a successor in 2013, but Judah happened, so that had to wait.
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