Thursday, 14 August, 11am-12pm: Reimagining Families in Capital Suite 2 (Level 3) with Jed Hartman, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Laura Lam, and Cherry Potts
In a 2013 column for Tor.com, Alex Dally MacFarlane called for a greater diversity in the way SF and fantasy represent families, pointing out that in the real world, "People of all sexualities and genders join together in twos, threes, or more. Family-strong friendships, auntie networks, global families... The ways we live together are endless." Which stories centre non-normative family structures? What are the challenges of doing this in an SF context, and what are the advantages? How does representing a wider range of family types change the stories that are told?
Friday, 15 August, 12-1pm: What Do You Mean You Don't Watch ... Orphan Black, Grimm or The Returned in Capital Suite 17 (Level 3) with Mark Slater, Jeanne Beckwith, and Maura McHugh
Once upon a time, a fan of genre television could watch everything. Back in the 20th century, the number of SF or fantasy shows running at any given time were in the low single figures. But here in 2014 we're now drowning in content - and much as it is impossible to read every SF book published, it is becoming increasingly difficult to watch every genre TV series (even with the ability to stream seasons or binge on boxsets) - so we have to decide, and often gamble, on which shows we will give our precious time to. In the first of our 'What Do You Mean You Don't Watch' sessions, advocates for 'Orphan Black', 'Grimm' and 'The Returned', will each have 15 minutes to convince an audience that these are the shows you should be choosing.
Saturday, 16 August, 1:30-3pm: "The Province of All Mankind" in Capital Suite 7+12 (Level 3) with cosmonaut Anatolii Artsebarskii, Karen Furlong, Emma J. King, and Mary Turzillo
This program item is a late addition and does not appear in the printed program. Come see me moderate a panel with an actual Russian cosmonaut!
For many of us, space holds an endless fascination: we strive to explore the cosmos through scientific research, through our dreams and imaginations in fiction, and by travelling into space itself. Our panel of scientists, writers, and space travellers discuss the ways they were driven to explore our "childhood dream of the sky", and what might be next for human spaceflight in literature, in science, and in our future.
Saturday, 16 August, 3-4pm: Kaffeeklatsch
Come have coffee and ask me anything!
Sunday, 17 August, 12-1:30pm: Should We Trash the Planet on the Way to the Stars? in Capital Suite 5 (Level 3) with Hayden Trenholm, Gregory Benford, Mark Charan Newton, and Paul Abell
The development and deployment of technologies that would allow mass migration to other planets and stars can pose major threats to the ecology of the Earth - launching nuclear pulse rockets from the ground for example. If this is the only way to expand into space, should we do it? And to what extent do these arguments apply to other technological developments?