Arisia! Next weekend, wow.
Panels I am on:
5:30 pm Friday: Thrown with Great Force: Classics We Won’t Finish - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 2 (2E)
This is a panel for all of you who didn’t finish LotR; everyone who needed to self medicate through Infinite Jest, exiled Frankenstein to the frozen wastes, or wanted to flush the Foundation. What did you fail to finish, which ones do you feel guilty about not finishing, and which ones do not make you feel any twinge of guilt at all?
Kate Nepveu (m), Mark L Amidon, Vikki Ciaffone, Debra Doyle, Catt Kingsgrave-Ernstein, Ken Liu
7:00pm Friday: How Lord of the Rings Stunted Fantasy’s Growth - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 3 (2E)
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 (m), Erik Amundsen, Shira Lipkin, Mark Oshiro
4:00pm Sunday: Everything I Say is a Lie - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W)
There are several works of fiction, both genre and mainstream, that rely on the unreliable narrator. Used to good effect, this can create an artful twist ending or have the reader second-guessing throughout the whole story. However, how does one create such a narrator? Does the viewpoint have to be first person, or can third person suffice? How do you keep readers following the path you’ve laid out without guessing the real story? A discussion on the making and use of an unreliable narrator.
Ken Schneyer (m), Ken Altabef, Terri Bruce, Kate Nepveu
11:30am Monday: Race and Identity Issues in SF - Communities, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 3 (2E)
Race and identity have been issues in science fiction for about as long as SF itself. From the whitewashing of SF settings to “the black guy dies first” phenomenon to the underrepresentation of minority authors in the genre, there’s a long way to go. What can we do as individuals and as a community to encourage progress?
Victor Raymond (m), Amber P. Knight, Kate Nepveu, Mark Oshiro, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez
I will definitely be at the Steven Universe panel, naturally (11:30am Sunday; Burroughs (3E); Cassandra Lease (m), Gillian Daniels, Max Gladstone, Juliet Kahn, Cody Mattes). Other things to be determined.
And now the post where I dump out as many spoiler-filled burbles about Steven Universe as I can before I have to faceplant into bed. (If you don't care about spoilers, I embed my second-favorite song in this post too.)
And a poll, because why not. Let's rate songs!
Contribute whatever else you want to talk about, I want all the discussion!