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3686. Queer Eye for Sci-Fi
There is a long and complex history of queerness in science fiction, from queer-coded villains in pulp novels to the more diverse spectrum of characterization in the last decade. Join panelists as they discuss the history of queerness within the genre, both the good and the bad.
Mark Oshiro, Martin Young, David Gerrold
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Boston
3715. Social Media and Fandom
What impact has the rapid explosion of social media outlets had on science fiction and fantasy fandom? Does it bring more fans together or scatter them into specialized groups? Are some forms of social media more effective than others? A diverse panel shares their thoughts and experiences.
Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Joyce McCarthy, Mark Oshiro
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Boston
3777. YA: What's the Word on Lit for Kids?
Discussion of the latest in YA literature and how that genre is changing (or not).
Maria Alexander, Mark Oshiro
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, New Orleans
3780. Love Is Real, True Buckaroos! The Chuck Tingle Panel
Chuck Tingle was a joke nomination for the Hugos, but his presence in self-publishing unabashedly explicit gay science fiction erotica with space dinosaurs, unicorns, and anthropomorphized issues of the day has taken the world by storm! Let's talk about the mysterious, quixotic figure that is Chuck Tingle, his audacious work, and how we all can help prove love is real like true buckaroos.
Mark Oshiro, Jaymee Goh, Martin Young
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Atlanta
3787. It WAS Science Fiction But
Star Trek and other science fictional works have inspired great inventions. The power of imagination spurred by science fiction has gone on to create wonderful things in our material reality. What are some of these inventions? What are some social changes that have come because we dreamed better in our fiction?
Eric Atkinson, Isabel Schechter, Mark Oshiro
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Boston
3806. Revisiting Themes and Tropes vs. Being Lazy
Some writers re-visit the same themes over and over again in order to tell new stories. Other writers, uh, recycle themes and their stories rely on the same themes and tropes that they've practically told the same story, just with different characters. Let's compare and contrast writers and works that do either, and talk about what the key differences are.
Mark Oshiro, John DeChancie, S.P. Hendrick, J.L. Doty
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Houston