13 February 2015

Where you can find me at Boskone

After the giant whirl of travel in August and September, I needed a big break, so I burrowed into my hermit hole and skipped Arisia this year. Naturally, I picked the snowiest time in Boston EVER to emerge! But! Assuming the T is running this weekend, I will be at Boskone. Here is where you can find me. Please do say hello!

All my panels look pretty fun this year (and I hear that the comedy movie panel may even involve a prize for a lucky audience member!), but on Saturday, I have two events that are both likely to be small, and I would love to see you there. First at 10am, pull up a chair, a cup of coffee, and a snack from the consuite, and join me and Gillian Daniels for a discussion of fanfiction. Next, at 2pm, come listen to me and John Chu reading stories from Kaleidoscope!

The Continuing Adventures of the QUILTBAG
Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Harbor II

Our media may be starting to feature more characters and situations from the queer/questioning, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender/transsexual, bisexual, allied/asexual, gay/genderqueer (QUILTBAG) perspective, but there's still a long way to go. How do we move from tokenism to full inclusion? We'll discuss favorite characters, new challenges, and available resources for writers and readers.

John Chu (M), Susan Jane Bigelow, Justine Graykin, Julia Rios, Jill Shultz

The Best Bad Movies
Friday 21:00 - 21:50, Harbor III

Watching bad movies on purpose has become a phenomenon, and many of the films in question are SF, horror, or fantasy flicks. Why do people watch them? What makes one truly terrible and another "terribly" good? And what bad movies should we all be watching?

Erin Underwood (M), Dana Cameron, Jennifer Pelland, Julia Rios, Stacey Friedberg

Transformative Fan Fiction
Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Galleria-Discussion Group

Looking for fiction that breaks boundaries across gender, race, and religious roles? What is fan fiction? Moreover, what is transformative fan fiction? Why do people write it? Where did it come from? What needs does it fulfill? And where can you find it?

Julia Rios (M), Gillian Daniels

Reading: Julia Rios and John Chu read from Kaleidoscope!
Saturday 14:00 - 14:25, Independence

SF Screen Comedy: Galaxy Quest to Guardians of the Galaxy
Sunday 14:00 - 14:50, Harbor I

Anybody order a side of Meatballs? Let's talk about the most successful SF films with a lighter touch. We've seen many SF feature-length cartoons in the last few years aimed primarily at children: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Planet 51, Mr Peabody & Sherman. Which of those are worth seeing? What about live-action comedies aimed at adults? Are there examples the other way around? Which are the "best" big-screen SF comedies, and what sets them apart from the crowd?

Julia Rios (M), Gillian Daniels, Craig Shaw Gardner, Annalisa Schaefer, Stephen P. Kelner