I’ll be at CapClave in Rockville, Maryland this weekend, October 18-20, 2019. You can find me on the following panels.
Friday, 6:00 pm, Monroe
Economics of SF/Fantasy Worlds
A world is made up of many entwined parts. People need basic things to flourish. Where do they come from? How can you have a thriving city in the middle of a desert? If you can make gold, does it have value? How do you put a price tag on magic? Which books get it right and wrong?
Victoria Janssen, L. Penelope, Michelle D. Sonnier [moderator], Michael Swanwick
Saturday, 10:00 am, Monroe
Like the Work but Hate the Author
Can we separate a writer from his/her works? How does learning that an author has expressed racism/sexism/anti-Semitism/anti-gay attitudes affect how we see his/her works? Should we hold up pre-modern authors to modern morality?
Victoria Janssen, Will MacIntosh, Don Sakers [moderator], Jon Skovron
Saturday, 11:00 am, Truman
Genre Elements in Mainstream Works
We are continually seeing sf/fantasy elements in books not published/labeled as sf/fantasy. Why? How much from a genre is needed before a book moves from mainstream to genre? Or does it depend on the author? Why are mainstream authors stealing from sf/fantasy? Are ghosts (Beloved, Lincoln in the Bardo) no longer considered genre?
Beth Brenner, Kelly F. Dwyer [moderator], Victoria Janssen, Will McIntosh, A.C. Wise