For those of you who are intentionally or not-so-intentionally heading up to Boston for the long MLK weekend, I would like to invite you to check out Arisia, the biggest science-fiction and fantasy convention in the Northeast, and visit me at one of five, count ’em five, panels!
While the whole convention is terrific and runs Jan. 13-16, I’ve got them all bunched into one day: Sunday, January 15:
10:00 a.m. (Marina 2)
“Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make Fantasy”
From Susan Pevensie’s lipstick to fan-hate for Sansa Stark, feminine characters often get shortchanged by fantasy authors and fans alike, losing out in comparison with the Strong Female Protagonist archetype. Why does this happen? Which feminine characters manage to succeed against this stereotype? Is the trend changing, and why?
1:00 p.m. (Marina 1)
“TV Year in Review”
Our annual look back at SF, horror, and fantasy in 2016 on TV (including streaming services). What were the memorable shows? What are the new ones to watch? What’s hot and what’s not?
Note: This one’s popular, so come early for a good seat, and stay late for the raffle.
Second note: This is my first year moderating this always-lively panel, so take pity.
5:30 p.m. (Burroughs)
“Preacher: Gone to Texas (and TV)”
Preacher is a marvelously twisted TV show that’s not only a hit, but which seems to be toeing the line between faithfulness to the source material and an awareness of the need to shift content when working in a different medium like TV. We’ll talk about the wonderful (and thankfully slightly more diverse than in the comics) cast, the wicked sense of humor, our favorite scenes (the motel fight, anyone?), and where we hope the show goes (and doesn’t go) in season 2.
7:00 p.m. (Hale)
“Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading”
Broad Universe is an international organization of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Come listen to readings by as many authors as we can get in one place at one time.
Note: I will read! My own stuff! Can’t wait to share!
8:30 p.m. (Marina 1)
“Remembering Carrie Fisher”
The world is mourning the death of Carrie Fisher, an iconic actress and writer who helped make *Star Wars* the huge hit it was, and went on to work as a touch-up artist on numerous screenplays and write successful novels and memoirs. We’ll discuss our memories of Fisher and how important she was to us and to SF and movie fandom as a whole.
And if you still aren’t able to catch me on that day, I will be making appearances in the Dealers’ Room at the Broad Universe table, where my books will be for sale! (Autographs are free.)
See you there!
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