A Few More Readercon Reports

Most of these links are related to specific panel content.

Joshua of Glyphpress wishes all cons were like Readercon.

Kate Nepveu’s report, includes her recollections of “The Dissonant Power of Alternative Voicing” and “Borders (if Any) Between Fan Fiction and Original Fiction.” For “Paranormal Romance and Otherness” she noted “if your similar-to-our-world setting is diverse in lots of ways even before you put your mythical creatures in, then you’re not displacing existing issues (of race, gender, class, ability, sexuality) onto the mythical creatures, thereby erasing the existing people (or equating them with creatures!) and replacing difficult issues with something easier to deal with in a shallow and glib way. If you think about your tropes and your worldbuilding instead of using defaults, you’re less likely to end up with unconsidered skeevy power dynamics. If you make your characters well-rounded and think about all aspects of their lives, you’ll have addressed whatever intersectional issues affect them.” Which sums up a lot of what the panel was meant to be about.

Kouredios reports on the fanfiction panel and on her reactions to the con as an academic.

Michael Swanwick posted video of the Gardner Dozois Guest of Honor panel.

Chad Orzel on the “Book Inflation” panel.

Emera and Kakaner report on the Naked City reading at Porter Square Books, with photos.

Warm Fuzzy Freudian Slippers reports on “Writing Within Constraints”.

SF Signal on “Capturing the Hidden History of Science Fiction” and on the panel discussing Delany’s Jewel-Hinged Jaw. “This book is an extended cerebration, as opposed to either a meditation or exegesis, that thinks about SF from a number of perspectives and standpoints; as author, critic, person, and indeed fan, Delany wants to communicate as much as he can about what makes SF literature so powerful and challenging from many different angles.”

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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