Arisia 2015 Schedule

January 16-19, I’ll be attending Arisia in Boston.

Here’s where you can find me at the convention:

Orgasmatron: The Erotic & Not So Erotic in SF/F
Sat. 10:00 pm, Marina 2
Not every SF/F story fades to black when the sexy times start. Let’s talk about our favorite erotic SF/F stories and some that just AREN’T RIGHT.
Jo Vanderhooft [mod.], Connie Wilkins, N.K. Jemisin, Victoria Janssen, Tegan Mannino

The Arisia Mega Fan-Casting Panel
Sun. 2:30 pm, Marina 4
Believe it or not, not every great book or comic has been made into a movie or TV show. Come hear the panelists talk about properties need to be filmed, and to talk about the perfect dream cast they’ve come up with. Audience participation will be encouraged, so come armed with your own suggestions!
Dungeonmaster Jim [mod.], Nomi S. Burstein, Victoria Janssen, Bishonen Judge, Daniel Miller

Fan Speak: The Language of Fandom
Sunday 4:00 pm, Douglas
What communications styles, methods, and vocabulary seem unique to fandom? Hyperbole seems to be used more than in mainstream speech. Also, literary and media references are more common. Interrupting conversation isn’t seen as rude. How did these patterns develop and why? Have they changed?
Eric Zuckerman [mod.], Nomi S. Burstein, Ellen, Victoria Janssen, Jo Vanderhooft

Positive Representations of Women’s Sexuality
Sun. 5:30 pm, Marina 2
Too often, women’s sexuality in genre fiction is used to penalize or caricature them. Our Guest of Honor’s work is an example of positive representations of female sexuality. Let’s discuss works that show a full spectrum of female sexuality, beyond madonna/whore and into real-life complexity.
Rachel Kenley [mod.], Barbara Chepatis, M.L. Brennan, Victoria Janssen, Vikki C.

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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