Underneath it All (Reading SF&F)
Saturday, 8:30-9:45 a.m.
So many fantasy books take place literally underground-- Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere", China Mieville's "King Rat", not to mention countless legends of the fey. What is the allure of hidden tunnels and caves? How do they shape the societies we envision down there? The Underground can be both very safe and very unsafe, compared to "above".
Jasmine Ann Smith, M: Georgie L. Schnobrich, Carla M Lee, Elizabeth Bear
General Reading Group (Readings)
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 p.m. in Conference Room 2
Pan Morigan, Naomi Kritzer, Amy Beth Forbes, Leah Bobet, Elizabeth Bear, Claudia Amadori-Segree
Transsexuality as Trope (Feminism, Sex, and Gender)
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Much science fiction and fantasy of recent years deals with changing sex. But it treats it as a trope rather than a process: LARQUE ON THE WING, I WILL FEAR NO EVIL, "Changes," the work of John Varley. While there is no denying the usefulness of transsexuality as a trope in discussing the social construction of gednder, what are we missing by eliding transsexuality's nature as a process?
Jennifer Pelland, M: Morehouse Lyda, BC Holmes, Elizabeth Bear, Charlie Anders
A Room Of Your Own (The Craft And Business of Writing SF&F)
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Deb Mensinger helps you create space for yourself out of a wet basement, a hot attic, or a shed. She's un-stumpable. There's no problem too tough that our beloved master carpenter can't figure out a solution. (Amy Hanson) Suggested panelist: Deb Mensinger. (Amy notes this was a LR previously "and was fantastic.")
Caroline Stevermer, Davey Snyder, M: Holly Black, Elizabeth Bear
SF & The Escape From The Body (Feminism, Sex, and Gender)
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Science fiction, pre-eminently the literature of the mind, has historically had an uneasy relationship with the body, from (one of) its seminal text(s), FRANKENSTEIN, to modern works like THE SHIP WHO SANG, "The Girl Who Was Plugged In," OLD MAN'S WAR, the ALIEN movies. Vernor Vinge's notion of the Singularity provides a way for science fiction to escape the restraints of the body entirely. But should we want to?
ELISABETH VONARBURG, Alicia Kestrell Verlager, Mary Kay Kare, M: Anne Harris, Elizabeth Bear
The SignOut (Events)
Monday, 11:30am-12:45pm in Wis/Cap