8 August 2014

Where you can find me at LonCon

LonCon is next weekend! This is the World Science Fiction Convention for 2014, and I will be there and doing all sorts of things. Come say hi!

Rewriting Gender Defaults
Thursday 18:00 - 19:00, Capital Suite 9 (ExCeL)

Several recent novels, including Ann Leckie's "Ancillary Justice", Kim Stanley Robinson's "2312", Kim Westwood's "The Courier's New Bicycle", Deb Taber's "A Necessary Ill" and Kameron Hurley's "God's War", have tried to imagine futures with increased gender diversity, or changed gender defaults. This panel will discuss how writers in English approach the technical aspects of challenging and disrupting gender binaries: how do issues such as narrative voice or structure affect our impressions of the worlds created? What are the strengths and weaknesses of different choices?

Roz J Kaveney (M), Alex Dally MacFarlane, Julia Rios, Geoff Ryman, Mary Talbot

An Anthology of One's Own
Friday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)

Thanks in large part to the efforts of publishers like Aqueduct and Twelfth Planet Press, and the increasing use of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, we are in the middle of a small wave of feminist SF anthologies -- including the Twelve Planets series and the Lightspeed Women Destroy X special issues, and with Alex Dally MacFarlane's Mammoth Book of SF by Women and the VanderMeer giant anthology of Feminist SF still to come. Such anthologies are part of a tradition stretching back at least to Pamela Sargent's Women of Wonder anthologies in the 1970s. How have they helped to shape contemporary understanding of SF? To what extent have they been successful at rewriting the narratives of SF history (and breaking what are often cycles of discovery and elision)? And have they left any blind spots of their own?

Julia Rios (M), Jeanne Gomoll, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Ann Vandermeer

Kaleidoscope Book Launch!
13:30 - 14:30 in the Book Launch area of the Library

Come hang out with me, Alisa, and some of the Kaleidoscope authors. We'll have some biscuits/cookies to nibble on, and we'll be handing out Kaleidoscope stickers!

The Trouble With Teens
Friday 16:30 - 18:00, Capital Suite 15 (ExCeL)

What are some of the big obstacles associated with writing a teen-centric story within an adult-centric world? What dangers lay in wait for the unprepared first time YA writer? What do young adult readers expect to see in their stories and how will you know if you’ve gone off target in the writing process?

Julia Rios (M), Suzanne van Rooyen, Amy McCulloch, Eric Senabre, Janet Edwards

Beyond Bechdel
Friday 20:00 - 21:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)

The "Bechdel test" for female representation in films is now widely known. To pass it a film should contain two named female characters who have a conversation about something other than a man. In recent years, similar tests have been proposed for other under-represented groups, including the Mako Mori test for characters of colour, and the Russo test for queer characters. What are the strengths and weaknesses of such tests? How do they affect our viewing choices? And what does the popularity of such tests say about how popular media are being received and discussed?

Kate Heartfield (M), Kate Elliott, Jed Hartman, Julia Rios, JY Yang

The variant tests mentioned in the description can be found by following links from this article (which LonCon does not necessarily endorse, but it's a convenient single link, and may provide some starting points for discussion, even if to disagree with it!): http://www.overthinkingit.com/2013/08/28/bechdel-test-bechdel-tests/

Strange Horizons Party!
10:00 - 12:00 in Party Area A

Come hang out with me and Niall Harrison and Abigail Nussbaum and lots of other Strange Horizons people! We'll have some brunchy type snacks (pastries, perhaps!), and we'd love to see you.

Truth in Trash
Saturday 12:00 - 13:30, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)

We all have different definitions of trash. The lurid spectacle of American Horror Story, the crudity of Misfits, or the cheapness of Sharknado are all types of 'trashiness' -- but there is often more to it than meets the eye. This panel will discuss the wit and invention of trashy TV, question what gets classed as trash and what doesn't, and explore how trash can quite often make space for diverse or marginalised stories that more highbrow entertainment can't or won't touch.

Julia Rios (M), Emma England, Kim Newman, Anne C. Perry, Nick Lowe

Hugo Reception and Ceremony
Sunday 18:00-????

The Hugo Ceremony will be starting at 8pm, and I'll be there with the Strange Horizons and Skiffy and Fanty Show nominees. So very exciting!