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18 May 2009 @ 07:42 am
Final Wiscon schedule  
We leave for Wisconsin tomorrow, to spend a couple of days with my parents in Milwaukee before the con, and will be heading home on Tuesday. Here's my official programming schedule:
  • Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM, Senate B: Writers' Workshop
    Open only to writers who submitted stories before the convention.
  • Fri 9:00 - 10:15PM, Senate B: Turns Out This Is Your Dad's SF/F
    David D. Levine (moderator), Eileen Gunn, Chip Hitchcock, Brad Lyau, Pat Murphy
    Back in the 30s SF/F was a welcome escape from Cowboy and Indian/Detective fiction that consumed American pop culture. The "new" of SF/F built up steam and seemed to blossom in the 50s and 60s. The 70s new weird was "not your dad's SF" and the 80s cyberpunk wasn't your dad's SF, and the 90s/00s post-human wasn't your dad's SF. This panel will debate the assertion that there is little "new" that can be added to SF, and that, coupled with the fact that we are clearly living in an SF world, makes SF writing near impossible. How are writers and readers handling the inevitable alchemy of the time?
  • Sat 10:00 - 11:15AM, Room Of Ones Own: Attendees Receive Free Cyborg Unicorn (readings)
    Rosalyn Berne, David D. Levine, Nnedi Nkemdili Okorafor, Catherynne M. Valente
  • Sun 2:30 - 3:45PM, Wisconsin: The Rules: Use or Abuse Them
    David D. Levine (moderator), Ellen Klages, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Joan D. Vinge, Patricia C Wrede
    Many beginning writers are taught such rules as "Never use adverbs" or "Avoid using fancy synonyms for 'said.'" While these rules may help writers avoid overwriting their prose, the rules can also hamper writers from developing their own unique voices. Are these rules a hinderance or a help? Which rules can be bent or broken effectively? What are the best ways to apply these rules, both to your own writing or to someone else's?
  • Sun 4:00 - 5:15PM, Caucus: Humor in Feminist Speculative Fiction
    David D. Levine (moderator), Charlie Anders, Cynthia Gonsalves, Heather Lindsley
    A common criticism of feminists is lack of a sense of humor, yet Ellen Klages and Geoff Ryman successfully use humor in their work. What about other authors? Is the humor in Russ's The Female Man missed by some readers? Is humor used for satire more or less successful than other kinds of humor?
  • Mon 11:30AM - 12:45PM, Capitol/Wisconsin: The SignOut
    Come and sign your works, come and get things signed, come and hang out and wind down before you leave.
Kalimackalimac on May 18th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
re "the rules": There's also the distinction between "the rules" as in "here's some advice that beginning writers may find useful while they're still learning their craft and discovering their voices" and "the rules" as in "all worthwhile stories follow these rules and anything that doesn't is crap," and lest you think I'm exaggerating the second view, it was promulgated a few years ago by Robert Silverberg ("Towards a Theory of Story", a series of editorials in Asimov's in 2004), who really ought to know better. Some of his own best stories don't follow what he sets down as the invariable rule for every good story.
benrosenbaumbenrosenbaum on May 19th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
I know it's unintentional, but I really like the idea of a 1930s in which Indian/Detective fiction dominated US pop culture. I don't know if that's fiction about detectives who are Indians, or the rivalries between detectives and Indians, or if the slash character is meant to be construed in its contemporary sense, but I think it's pretty much a win any way you play it.
benrosenbaumbenrosenbaum on May 19th, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
(And while I'm here -- I just realized the programming AI slotted me to read at Room of One's Own until one minute before the "rules" panel starts... if I'm late, can you explain that I am racing across town, Mr. Moderator? :-> )