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March 2017



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I can has WisCon schedule.

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


I will be there (my first Wiscon), and those panels look fun!

Say hi!
Have fun! :slightly envious sigh:
What is trope? I only recognize the word from Hebrew.
Gah I totally want to go to Wiscon, especially after a woman in my RWA group really recommended it but I've never been to a con before plus I don't know if I could get the time off work and this list is totally not helping. At least one of my great unfinished novels has a total underground theme! Do the panels get recorded at all?
WisCon is a really low-stress con, and very friendly.

Um. Some people blog them?

The real benefit is the networking. Which is a code word that means "Making friends."
Transsexuality as Trope - someone please remember le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness in that discussion. (I think I already mentioned this to BC as well a week or so back.)

The flesh is as the flesh does.

But should we want to?

Yes we bloody well should.< /end driveby declarative statement>
WisCon: obviously not happening anywhere I'd be able to go. Tragically.

You'd love it.
Oh, I'm certain.

*rages at the vagaries of fate*

*and logistics*
Alas, although I was thinking of coming this year, I will be headed the opposite direction on a camping trip.

Have fun without us!
those are some neat-looking panels, and I might even drag myself out of the bar to catch them! :-)
Nah, I'll drag myself into the bar between them.
How did I luck onto a panel with Elizabeth Bear? Must have slept with the right person.
And it's at 8:30am, no less. Perhaps we will all be equally groggy and mumbly then.
I'll be the one wheeling in the IV stand with a drip bag of espresso hung.
Can we share? I'll bring my own needle...