My WisCon 2009 Schedule

These are the panels in which I’ll be participating at WisCon this weekend.

Gadgets: Then, Now and When
Sat 1:00 – 2:15PM
Conference 4

Moderator: Michelle Murrain; John Helfers, Elise Anna Matthesen, Victoria Janssen, Allison Morris.

Cyberpunk and steampunk are alluring gadget–heavy genres: what roles do gadgets and their inventors play in characterization and world–building? What gadgets exist that we never dreamt we’d see, and which do we think we may see within our lifetimes? What are the fictional gadgets we wish really existed? Which real gadgets can’t we live without, and which do we take for granted?

Witches and Wizards: Gender and Power in Portrayals of Magic
Sat 10:30 – 11:45PM

Moderator: Sarah G. Micklem; Gerri Balter, Melodie Bolt, Beverly Friend, Victoria Janssen.

Are witches female and wizards male? Feminism has created a new norm where Hermione gets to go to wizard school too, but let’s take a closer look. Are there still implicit assumptions about the gender of magic in many fantasies?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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