The road to Loncon is ahead, but things are coming together. Below is my tentative schedule for the convention. There may be changes, and some other panelists may change, but this should be pretty close to the real thing. Please come along. Coode St 200!!!
When is a Fantasy not a Fantasy?
Thursday 13:30 – 15:00
Many of the more liminal fantasies play with the idea of psychosis as a blurring the boundaries of the world (Megan Lindholm’s Wizard of the Pigeons, Steve Cockayne’s The Good People, Jo Walton’s My Real Children); many ‘mainstream’ novels present worlds built of dream, the afterlife, or metaphor. What determines whether something is a fantasy or not: authorial intent, genre signals, reader perceptions? How far should we accept characters’ own sense of the world, and when can we judge them as unreliable witnesses?Â Paul Kincaid , Greer Gilman , Graham Sleight, Jonathan Strahan, E. Lily Yu
A Reader’s Life During Peak Short Fiction
Friday 12:00 – 13:30
There are now more speculative short stories published than any one person can hope to read — or even find. So how do fans of the short-form navigate this landscape? With so much ground to cover, how does an individual reader find stories they like — are we more author-driven in our reading habits? Conversely, how and why do particular stories “break out” and become more widely known? To what extent is the greater volume of material enabling — and recognising — a greater diversity of authors and topics? And what is the place of short fiction in today’s field — testing ground for ideas, the heart of the discussion, or something else?Â Jetse de Vries (M), Abigail Nussbaum, Jonathan Strahan , Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Elizabeth Bear
Big Anthologies: Bookends or Benchmarks?
Friday 16:30 – 18:00
There’s a genre tradition of doorstop-sized anthologies that attempt to synopsise a period or style: Ascent of Wonder, The Weird, Twenty-First Century Science Fiction, and others. What makes these anthologies successful, or not? Does ‘success’ mean summarising a past conversation, or influencing the conversation that’s still going on? Or are they always and inevitably doomed enterprises? Is it possible to TOC an age, or a genre? Or are these sorts of anthologies in fact arguments, rather than snapshots?Â Jo Walton (M), Martin Lewis, Jonathan Strahan, Jeff VanderMeer
Coode Street 200
Saturday 15:00 – 16:30
Coming to you live, from the temporarily relocated Coode Street Motel 6, it’s Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe on the 200th episode of the Hugo-nominated Coode Street podcaaaaaaaaaaaaaast! Expect the usual discussion and digression about science fiction and fantasy, with contributions from special guests Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg and Jo Walton.Â Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, Jonathan Strahan, Gary Wolfe, Jo Walton
Hugo Awards, 20:00 Sunday