Wednesday, May 25, 2016


I've never been to Wiscon before and I just found out there's a time-travel-themed queer dance party! My rainbow leg warmers just got added to the packing list.

Will you be there?  Come to one of the panels or readings I'm in!
10:30 PM - 11:45 PM
Assembly: Let's Judge a Book By Its Cover
Science fiction and fantasy can have some knock-your-socks-off cover art. Art that draws you to the book and sticks with you later. (Sometimes even being reprinted on posters, t-shirts, etc.) At the same time, sf/f covers can be egregiously sexist or racist. They can be whitewashed and/or designed by committee to be as cookie-cutter as possible. Often, the author has zero control. We will look at classic examples of the good and the bad, and discuss current trends in book covers.

9:00 PM - 10:15 PM
University C: Introverts Rock! (Quietly ... Alone in Their Rooms.)
The hidden power of introversion! Let's talk about what's awesome about being an introvert and some of the challenges we face.
(I'm moderating this one!)

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Conference 2: Dispatches from the GlitterShip!
GlitterShip is a podcast and magazine of LGBTQIA+ short fiction. Come listen to a selection of works by authors whose stories have appeared on GlitterShip!

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Capitol A: How Not To Think About Women Characters
"She's such a Mary Sue." "She's only there to serve the story of a male character." "Her characterization is so inconsistent" or "She's too flat to be interesting." As consumers of media—even feminist consumers—we have a whole language at our disposal when we need to justify disinterest or dislike towards a woman character. But as often as these idioms are accurate criticisms of a work, they can also be ways to avoid actually talking about the character AS a character. Some questions to consider: Do the ways in which we critique women characters result in a denial of their agency? Is describing women characters as "inconsistently characterized" a way to avoid seeking out their motivations? Is being a "foil" or a parallel always a subordinate role?

I'm really excited about this con--seeing some friends, meeting some new people who sound fantastic, engaging in some next-level conversation and dancing.  Hope to see you there!