My WisCon 2018 Schedule

Here’s my updated Wiscon schedule.

Friday, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Conference 2
“Caveman Issues: Evolution Narratives in SciFi”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Seth Frost, Lesley Hall, Anonymous
Scifi loves to play with evolution, from de-evolution machines and “beer bad, tree pretty” to cavemen who miraculously wake up in the present day and have to sell insurance for some reason. What do these [totally incorrect] stories tell us about what is intrinsic to humanity? Which gender and race narratives about human evolutionary history do they reinforce? What might it actually mean to meet a Neanderthal?

Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:15 am, Capitol B
“Fantasy Worldbuilding in Comics”
Aaron Kashtan [moderator], Dylan Edwards, Victoria Janssen, Jennifer Margret Smith
Marjorie Liu/Sana Takeda’s Monstress and Kelly Sue Deconnick/Emma Rios’ Pretty Deadly set their stories in complex fantasy worlds outside of the more common superhero-based canon. How is worldbuilding for comics different from worldbuilding for prose fiction? And what does that mean for the reader? We’ll discuss the perks and challenges of fantasy worldbuilding in comics.

Saturday, 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm, Caucus
“When An Alien and an Astronaut Love Each Other Very Much”
Heidi Waterhouse [moderator], Robyn Fleming, Victoria Janssen, Charles Payseur
From gay werewolf shifters in heat to androids in love in space, speculative fiction is fertile ground for romance. This panel will discuss the general state of spec fic in romance and romance in spec fic – and talk about the difference!

Sunday, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Caucus
“Found Family”
Victoria Janssen [moderator], Maddy, Ariel Franklin-Hudson, Emily Jiang, Kiersty Lemon-Rogers, Isabel Schechter
Found family is a big theme in fiction, especially in speculative fiction. It’s also a reality for lots of us who live on the margins of society due to gender and orientation variances, disabilities, etc. What does it mean to be part of a found family? Can a found family include family members of origin or biological family members? Why are we so attracted to found family dynamics in our fiction? How is it that so many stories set in sci-fi or fantasy worlds have found families at their cores? Does isolation from the norm naturally lead to the need of forming alternative family structures? What are some of our favorite fictional found families? What do our real life found families look like? What are the connections there?

Published by Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s writing showcases her voracious lifelong love of books. She reads over 120 new books each year, especially historical romance, fantasy, and space opera, and incorporates these genres into her erotic fiction. Her first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. When not writing, Victoria conducts research in libraries and graveyards, lectures about writing and selling erotica, and speaks at literary conventions on topics such as paranormal romance, urban fantasy, erotic science fiction/fantasy, and the empowerment of women through unconventional means. Her daily writing blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and author interviews. She also guest blogs for Heroes & Heartbreakers and The Criminal Element. She lives in Philadelphia.