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3689. Futuristic Fashions
William Shatner had to wear a corset for his Starfleet uniform. Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine infamously wore a catsuit. Futuristic fashions of yore seem to be either weirdly scaled down, or went a haute couture sort of way. What do today's producers of science fiction predict to be our future fashions? What would we like to wear to space, and what should we avoid? Shouldn't Starfleet uniforms have pockets?
Barbara Hambly, S.B. Divya, Geoffrey Mark, Aviya Amir, Taliesin Jaffe
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 2
3696. Book Blogs: Are they Shaping How We Find New Reads?
Bloggers appear to be making impact with their social media influence in a variety of areas. Are they having any influence on people discovering new reads in the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres, or not? This discussion tackles the topic from a variety of angles.
Shannon Muir, Aviya Amir
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Boston
3705. Reboots, Reimagining and Fandom
In recent years, fan favorite properties such as STAR TREK, VOLTRON, and others have received revivals that re-envisioned the concepts to varying degrees. What are the impacts on fandom, old and new?
Shannon Muir, Laurie Tom, Steve Frankel, Aviya Amir
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Boston
3736. Redshirts and Bodycount
Star Trek, with its many generations and recent reboot, gives us the opportunity to consider the way stakes and violence have been portrayed in media from the 60s until today. Is it possible to have high stakes without violence? Is the threat of death always necessary? How does an exceptionally nonviolent movie like Star Trek IV hold up today? Is sanitized violence in fact more offensive than 'honest' violence? And is there actually any reason to strive for nonviolence, if the audience is enjoying it?
Aviya Amir, Mel Gilden, Thomas Sipos, Robert Mitchell Evans, Brad Lyau
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Atlanta
3797. The Odds of Gods (in Spaaaaaaaace!)
We assume that the future must be secular, because we assume science is incompatible with religion. This might not be the case! From alien religions, to the demystification of the divine, to the evolution of human religions, portrayals of religion in the distant future are present in science fiction. Let's discuss some of these portrayals and what we think about them from a variety of perspectives.
Gregg Castro, Aviya Amir, Isabel Schechter
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Houston