by D.M. Atkins
Lon Sarver and I are both guests at Baycon (The Bay Area Regional Science Fiction Convention) this weekend. We’re both scheduled for nine panels/events each, five of which overlap. (You can see Lon’s schedule on his blog post.) I do this every year. And I’m kind of a panel junkie. I love the chance to talk about my favourite topics. I usually come back inspired to write more.
Here’s my schedule:
1. Alternative History: Other Religions on Friday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – A discussion of the other religions that might have gone “viral.” What if the Zorastrians had migrated West? Or East? Or even North?
2. Home Design with the Fan in Mind on Friday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM – A Tardis closet? Water closet? Book shelf? Cat toy? Should that be crossed light sabres over the mantel, or two phaser rifles?
3. Fantasy That Breaks the Mold on Friday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – No castles, no evil wizards, no mightily thewed heroes.
4. Once Upon a Time, Brothers Grimm, Fables, and Other Looks at the Modern Fairy Tale on Saturday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM – These are not your grandmother’s fairy tales or even your mother’s. They show the story behind the story and more. Explore the new look at Fairy Tales in the Modern Age.
5. Defining Alternative Lifestyles on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM It’s not just about who you sleep with. Panelists discuss alternative lifestyles that have worked for themselves and others, as well as how to avoid pitfalls.
6. Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy on Sunday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Boy meets girl meets robot meets vampire: what makes for good erotica in worlds with different rules than ours?
7. Alternative Lifestyles and Sci-Fi/Fantasy on Sunday from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM – From Heinlein’s line marriage to Ethan of Athos, a discussion of alternative lifestyles, chosen or otherwise.
8. Paranormal Romance: Ripping Bodices Since Yesterday? on Sunday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM What is this genre? Where it come from, where is it going and does it even merit classification as a separate genre? If all you’ve read are stories about sparkly vampires, you haven’t even scratched the surface.
9. Themed Reading: LGBT Spec Fic on Sunday from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Authors read from their LGBT-themed works. Adults only, please. (Yes, this one means I’m reading from my own work!)
Hope to see some of you this weekend!