I’ll be at the Wiscon science fiction and fantasy convention next weekend, and if you want to see me blather on endlessly in a place other than the Governor’s Lounge, this is where to do it:
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 a.m. in Conference Room 5
Chick Lit and Chick Flicks—Legitimate Genres or Marketing Ghettos?
“Chick Lit” and “Chick Flicks” are terms that are thrown around a lot in advertising and other media and are often used negatively. Are there any legitimate uses of the terms? Is this just another way for a male–dominated society to disparage works that address the lives and concerns of women?
Panelists: John M. Scalzi, Linda McAllister, BC Holmes, Alma Alexander, Lee Abuabara
Notes: I’m on this panel, I imagine, because of my film background, and because you should have at least one guy on a panel like this, and this time it gets to be me.
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 p.m. in Conference Room 5
Does Your Baby Make You Smarter?
The needs of small children can hinder creative production. On the other hand, they can show us new ways to look at the world and ourselves.
Panelists: John M. Scalzi, James F. Minz, Naomi Kritzer, Kira Franz, Pat Cadigan
Notes: Being the stay-at-home parent in our family, I naturally think this is a good fit for me. I’ll be moderating this panel.
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 p.m. in Senate A
For most of history, what people knew of the skies was what they could see with their own eyes—but many of them knew there were patterns in what they were seeing. (Asimov said that science grew out of the need to predict eclipses.) What can we see without instruments (maybe allowing binoculars) and without driving for hours to get away from artificial light? Planets, meteor showers, comets, artificial satellites—and where to find out about them.
Panelists: George Zebrowski, Linda Susan Shore, John M. Scalzi, Chip Hitchcock
Notes: Neat! This could be a lot of fun. I’ll be moderating this one as well.
Aside from this I will be doing the usual “float about in the lobby, panels and parties” thing. If you see me, be sure to say hello.