Protecting the Indigenous Tribes
Fri 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Room E
Maresca*, Compton, Wright
Indigenous peoples confront a diverse range of concerns. What should be done to ensure their existence?
I have to admit, this one gives me a lot of pause, if for no other reason than the very title is fraught with landmines. This is an easy conversation to go south with, and I'll confess I do not have any sort of first-hand experience on topic. I know one point I'd like to hit is how to apply this to SF/F fiction, since, you know, it's an SF/F Lit conference, not an anthropological one.
40 Years of D&DI haven't been playing D&D for 40 years, but I started within its first decade (and my own). I know that my own experience with fantasy as a genre has a lot of roots in D&D. This should be a fun one.
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Room F
Benjamin*, Finn, Maresca, Marmell, Sarath, Wright
How did D&D inspire authors?
QuetzaxuahuitzalochtlicueotlThis is the other one that gives me some pause, though I'm a little more comfortable with the subject matter. Nothing which would qualify me as an "expert" in any sense, but certainly bringing Mesoamerican and, in a more modern context, Mexican sensibilities to genre fiction is a topic I'm interested in.
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Room E
Richerson*, Maresca, Oliver
Discussion of Aztec mythology and why it isn't used in more genre stories.
Alcoholic Drinks in FictionI've long been a big proponent of using food in fiction as a means of showing worldbuilding and character, and alcoholic drinks are a key subset of that. An entertaining subset at that. So I'll do my best not to be dry and academic about the history of beer or something.
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Room F
Maresca*, Acks, Allen, Downum, Renwick
Discussing the drinks mentioned in stories, movies and tv.
Best Cons from Genre BooksI love a good caper. To an extent, Holver Alley Crew is a caper. This should be fun.
Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Room D
Webb*, Blaschke, Maresca
Not many people are good at writing capers. Which books do it right?
Overhauling a CharacterI have specific stuff to say here, about the revision process of A Murder of Mages from rough draft to sold draft. I'm sure everyone else will as well.
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Room F
Maresca*, Bracken, Carl, Chang, McKay, Rogers
Now that you have written a book, go back and rewrite your main character.
So that's it. I hope to see some of you there. If you come, say hello. I know I'd greatly appreciate it.