I’m excited to be at Readercon from July 7-10 in Quincy, MA! The entire program looks amazing.
Will I see you there? Here’s my schedule:
Friday July 08
Saturday July 09
12:00 PM C Engineering in Fantasy. Scott Andrews, Richard Butner, John Chu, Ken Liu, Fran Wilde (leader). From wings and kites to bridges and plumbing, engineering is a necessary underpinning of fantasy and science fiction both. Panelists will discuss why engineering makes for great crossover science in fiction.
1:00 PM C My Character Ate What?. John Chu, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ada Palmer, Lauren Roy, Catherynne M. Valente, Fran Wilde (leader). “My Character Ate What?,” based loosely on Hollywood Squares, that uses food in SF as the subject matter for questions.
2:00 PM BH Belm-Martin-Wilde Food Science Extravaganza!. Diane Martin, David Shaw, Fran Wilde. Deconstructed eggs Benedict, meat glue, turbocharged blowtorches, immersion circulators, an overtaxed waffle iron, and liters of liquid nitrogen: all of these things were used in the Belm Utility Research Kitchen in pursuit of delicious, interesting food. Our panel of experts will discuss the latest in edible science.
3:00 PM 5 Blue Collar SF. Daryl Gregory, Marissa Lingen, Bud Sparhawk, Allen Steele, Fran Wilde. Class is the great dirty word of American political discourse, the abject unseen Americans don’t like to talk about. If, as John Steinbeck is reported to have once said, in America the poor don’t look upon themselves as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires, it should come as no surprise that even futurists, visionaries, and science fiction writers have a difficult time imagining the laborers and workers of the future in any positive way… Why is it so hard to imagine and write blue-collar science fiction? How might blue-collar science fiction look different from what we usually read? What concerns of blue-collar science fiction are missing from the sf we usually get?
I’ll also be lurking the dealers room and the bar with a silver pen and some swag. Come find me!
This year’s guests of honor are Catherynne M. Valente & Tim Powers, with in-memoriam guest (& patron saint of Cooking the Books) Diana Wynne Jones!