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16 January 2012 @ 11:17 pm
Dear LJ,  

You are going to a small but enthusiastic local sf/f convention. What topics are you interested in discussing/seeing discussed on panels?

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on January 16th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
It slightly depends on the convention, but on the whole, I like to see people who are interested and informed being interested and informative about their specialisms; panels on specific writers who are *not* current best sellers -- golden age writers or forgotten writers or feminist writers, say; panels on how the fiction part of sf works; and quirky things (local folklore, for instance, or how something works).
hawkwing_lb on January 16th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Martial arts and how they work - or not - on the written page. Myth. Doing research.

Otherwise, what la_marquise_de says.
SiSi [wordpress.com] on January 16th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm suggesting this with the caveat that I've never been to a sf/f convention, so I'm not totally sure what would work as a panel discussion. But ever since reading Easy Pickings I've been thinking about the different worlds authors have created and how those worlds are alike and/or different. I loved the "when fantasy worlds collide" moments in Easy Pickings--Jane wonders where the hell that sword came from, Joanne freaks out a bit when she learns that vampires are real. I'd be interested in hearing a panel of authors talking about their worlds as sort of a compare/contrast, and explaining why they made the choices they did in creating their world.
blitheringpooksblitheringpooks on January 17th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Sex in SFF.
roseaponiroseaponi on January 17th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Modern american myths, any sort of myths and legends really, archetypes that are present throughout cultures, realistic and/or fair representation of religions and ethnicities (why is it still okay to make villains and idiots hick southern rednecks? With or without hellfire preaching evangelical flavor? Yikes, people. I live in the South, and a great many of these people are quite intelligent, friendly, loving human beings. It's sloppy and lazy to slap an accent and an ignorant representation of a belief system on a character and have that be the villain/idiot.)

Subgenres and media - all the various -punks, mixing genres, experimental presentation of stories from novels to movies to comics and the stories that have been made into all three ;)

There are topics I could listen to all day :)
Wolf Lahti: Goethewolflahti on January 17th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)

The holographic nature of reality
kitmizkit on January 17th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
Could you explain what that means? :)
T. Revst_rev on January 17th, 2012 08:09 am (UTC)
People go to panels?
kitmizkit on January 17th, 2012 08:34 am (UTC)
Strangely, they sometimes do!
T. Revst_rev on January 17th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
I was misinformed.