Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Baycon schedule

Please drop by, listen to what are sure to be some fascinating conversations, and say hello!

 1. Refurbished History: Looting the Past for Fun and Profit on Saturday at 10:00 AM in Stevens Creek (with Professor David C. McGaffey, Irene Radford (M), Kyle Aisteach, David Weber, Chaz Brenchley) Is it cheating to mine the past for story elements? Can you leave identifiable marks as long as they don't disrupt your story? And what about retooling historical figures? When is using identifiable places or characters truly a better choice than being original?
 2. The Unpanel: Deep Listening on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Napa III   (with Dave Trowbridge) This panel is a way to come down from the ego-high of an SF Con and spend an hour being heard, rather than just talking.
 3. Countering Online Hate Speech on Saturday at 3:30 PM in Alameda    [I am moderating.]     (with Amy Sterling Casil, Colin Fisk, S.L. Gray, Robert Lawrence)    Online hate speech can devastate the lives of the person under attack and everyone around him or her. Panelists discuss effective online responses, ways to support the person, building tolerant communities, and what to do if you yourself are a target.

 4. Alternative Lifestyles and Sci-Fi/Fantasy on Sunday at 10:00 AM in Lawrence     (with Lynx Crowe, Douglas Berry, Allison Lonsdale From Heinlein's line marriage to Ethan of Athos, a discussion of alternative lifestyles, chosen or otherwise.

  5. Science Fiction: More than a Job, It's an Obsession. on Sunday at 11:30 AM in Ballroom E-F.  (with Irene Radford (M), Ursula Vernon, David Weber)  It's good for the mortgage, but what's the effect on the author?  And how do you stay sane when you hit book 12?  How often does a series get out of control and continue long past its prime, and how does it affect the series as a whole?

6. Women and Warriorship on Monday at 11:30 AM in Stevens Creek. (with Setsu Uzume (M), Margaret McGaffey Fisk, Taunya Gren, Sandra Saidak)   The controversy surrounding the "Strong Female Lead" (we need more of them! vs. Sophia McDougal's call for a wider variety) is grounded in two ideas: our perception of gender, and our perception of warriorship. We'll discuss historical women warriors as well as figures from sci-fi/fantasy that meet our expectations, those who break them, and what the future has in store for this archetype.

Also, I'll be reading from my Lambda Award Finalist novel, Collaborators, at 9:30 on Sunday, accompanied by Cliff Winning on sitar!

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