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oh by the way, which one's pink?

In completely random news, this Guardian article on the problems of writing Lovecraftiana in the modern era quotes from a number of working SFF writers, including my own 2009 essay on the same topic.

In celebration of the fact that I've cleared my decks until mid-August (Well, I have one more editing pass on "Green and Dying," which I hope to finish today, before it goes off to immortality) and that I now have a little time to let my brain grow back before plunging into the untitled story I owe in August, the Shadow Unit series finale "Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes," and Karen Memory, which are, collectively, my work for the rest of the year.

Even with all the travel, it's going to feel like a vacation compared to the first five months of 2013. I've written just a little under 180,000 words since January 1, which is the equivalent of two shortish novels. No wonder I'm stupid with tired.

But I can start thinking about my cons for the next few months, and I even have schedules for the first three. (I have four cons in four weekends in three different cities... in the wrong order... and then I have a two week break, and I'm off to Houston for Space City Con. Then back to Texas for Worldcon. Wheeee!)

So without further ado, some appearances:

4th Street (Minneapolis, MN, June 21-23, 2013)

Saturday 2:00  - 3:00 PM 

The Heroine's Journey, Revisited

What sorts of differences tend to crop up between heroic narratives based on the protagonist's gender?  What sorts of consequences, in terms of tropes invoked and shifts in reader responses, tend to follow when we gender-swap characters, or put women into traditionally "male" roles (e.g. Nyx in Kameron Hurley's Bel Dame Apocrypha) and vice-versa?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Dana Baird, Pamela Dean, Fade Manley, Lynne Thomas


Sunday 9:30  - 10:30 AM  

Syncretism, Real and Fantastic

Lots of modern fantasies contain elements from different cultures' myths and religions interacting with each other.  What are some real-world examples of syncretism, and what kinds of challenges crop up with this kind of world-building?  How can we sensitively depict worlds in which multiple belief systems coexist or intermingle, especially when one or both can be shown to be literally true?

Stella Evans (M), Alec Austin, Elizabeth Bear, Ginger Weil, Skyler White

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4th Street is a tiny little single-track con which strives for a relaxed atmosphere and a single curated ongoing conversation, rather than a more traditional situation where panelists talk and audiences listen. We're making continuing attempts to be inclusive, receptive to a variety of voices, and welcoming to newcomers.

My dear Mr. Lynch will also be in attendance.

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I will also be at the American Library Association conference in Chicago the very next weekend, and here's what I'll be doing there:



American Library Association conference (Chicago, IL, June 28-30)

Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
LITA Panel: Science Fiction: The Factual and the Counterfactual
McCormick Place Convention Center S105 a-c

Science fiction and fantasy both build on known true knowledge and stories based on crazy ideas we know aren’t true.  Why are both of these kinds of stories both part of science fiction and fantasy. How do these two strains work together and/or pull apart?

with Elizabeth Bear, Cory Doctorow, Brandon Sanderson, David Brin, John Scalzi, Timothy Zahn
(Panel will be followed by a signing)
(This is a Library Journal editor's choice event)

Sunday: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
Speech/Q&A of sorts
Pop Top Stage: McCormick Place Convention Center
Located at the end of aisle 2600

Sunday: 4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Booth Signing: Tor Booth #2203 




If 4th Street is tiny and intimate, CONvergence is the opposite. It is vast, sprawling, noisy, and eclectic.

I will be there the following weekend, back in Minneapolis! Because! I will be accompanying scott_lynch on this one as well.)

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CONvergence:  (Minneapolis, MN, July 4-7)

(my schedule) (Scott's schedule)

Thursday, July 4
5:00pm: 100 Science Fiction Books To Read Before You Die 
Sofitel Dijon
What are the essentials? Where do you begin? What past classics and modern works belong on the list? Panelists: Michael Levy, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Weimer, Patrick Tomlinson, James Enge
 
Friday, July 5
9:30am: Science Fiction as a Hopeful Future vs. a Cautionary Tale
Atrium 6
Science can save the world or destroy it! What does our vision of how science will shape the future say about ourselves and what does it say about science? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Sean M. Murphy, Emma Bull, J Boone Dryden, Monica Valentinelli

11:00am: Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Started Writing
Atrium 4
A panel of experienced writers will share the secrets of the profession they wish they knew when they first started writing. Come learn tricks of the trade that your publisher will never tell you! Panelists: Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Elizabeth Bear, James Moran, C. Robert Cargill, Scott Lynch

3:30pm: SF Squeecast Live!
Atrium 6
Come listen to Guests of Honor, former Guests of Honor, and SPECIAL GUEST record an episode of the Hugo-winning, Hugo-nominated SF Squeecast podcast live. Panelists: Lynne Thomas, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell

5:00pm: Sherlock Holmes: Hotter Than Ever
Bloomington
Although his first adventure was published over 125 years ago, Sherlock Holmes is more popular than ever. What is it about this most English of detectives that keeps us coming back for more? We'll discuss the books, recent movies, and BOTH shows. Panelists: Mary Loving, Elizabeth Bear, Rae Lundquist, Naomi Kritzer, Jo Thomsen


7:00pm: Reading - Scott Lynch/Elizabeth Bear
Sofitel Lyon
Does what it says on the box.
 

Saturday, July 6
 
3:30pm: One on One with Melinda Snodgrass
Atrium 3
In which I get to interview the awesome GoH, Melinda Snodgrass: novelist, scriptwriter, and mistress of snark.


7:00pm: Arthurian Legend in Popular Culture
Atrium 6
From blockbuster movies to pop music, comic books to video games, the BBC to Saturday morning cartoons, the Knights of the Table Round seem to be everywhere. Panelists: Phillip Andrew Bennett Low, Elizabeth Bear, Tim Lieder, Renate Fiora, James Enge



The weekend after that, Scott and I will be at Readercon. No panel schedule from them yet.

Comments

Why not a panel on books to read after you die?
Hooray, I will get to see both of you at both Fourth Street and Readercon!

(I would happily do CONvergence again if it were in a hotel that was big enough for the con. As much as I love the RadiShTree, it is not nearly big enough for that con.)
Not even remotely.

(I cannot wait to see you and collect hugs)

Edited at 2013-06-05 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish I could gp to CONvergance solely for that Arthurian legend panel! (Arthurian stuff is one of my massive, consuming interests.)
That's a great deal of gadding about you have planned there. Safe journey! I'll be looking forward to the new writings when they get written and readable.
I'm going to be moderating the Idiom and Worldbuilding panel with Scott and Steve on it, and I am both excited and terrified, because moderating those two? Really? Awesome. But also sociolinguistics! Yay!

I'm *so* happy to see the list of folks on the Heroine's Journey panel. Very excited about that one.
It'll be fine. Just sic 'em on each other. ;-)

Lois is on it too--she was just added!