My 2012 Philcon Schedule

Resources for New Writers
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III
What books, websites and other research materials are essential for the new and prospective writer?
Victoria Janssen (mod), Keith R.A. DeCandido, Sally-Rouge Pax, Tim W. Burke, Meg Howard, Bill Oliver

Old Friends We Keep Coming Back To
Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza II
Some books we return to reading again and again. What are the qualities of those books we return to as old friends? Does the experience change each time we read them?
Victoria Janssen (mod), Mary Spila, Richard Stout, Peter Prellwitz

Still a Better Love Story than…: The Use (and Abuse) of Romance in Literature
Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza III
This panel will discuss romance in fantastic literature: Is romance a cop-out? Is it boring? Should stories’ relationships be role models? And what if a story depicts or even celebrates a problematic or abusive relationship? Romance is sometimes considered fluffy, but this panel will ask the hard questions.
Victoria Janssen (mod), Anna Kashina, D.L. Carter, Rebecca Robare

Liminality and the Discourse of the Numinous and What Does That Even Mean?
Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two
What is the effect of academia on genre science fiction? How can ideas from the Ivory Towers make SF better… or worse?
Judith Moffett (mod), Catherynne M. Valente, Lisa Padol, Victoria Janssen

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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