Saturday 12:00 PM: Sassafrass and Stranger Ways concert — Music, Concert — 2hr — Grand DE (1W)
Sassafrass is a Pegasus Award-nominated a cappella filk group who perform original pieces with complex vocal harmonies. Stranger Ways is a dark modern folk band that plays traditional and original music with heavy harmonies and a macabre sense of humor.
As previously mentioned, this is a dueling-concept-albums concert, in which we will alternate sets from Stranger Ways' upcoming faerie-themed album and Sassafrass' upcoming Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, while also performing a few unrelated pieces and a few pieces together.
Saturday 2:30 PM: Poly 101: An Introduction — Communities, Panel — 1hr 15min — Douglas (3W)
New to polyamory? Interested in exploring polyamorous relationships, or just want to find out what it's all about? This panel is the one to start with! Our panelists will tell you all about their adventures in polyamory, and what they've learned along the way.
Lila Garrott, Alan M., Shelley Marsh, Micah Schneider (m), S. Tulchinsky
I don't know any of the other panelists, and I've not specifically done a 101 on this topic before, but heaven knows I have a lot of relationship experience. I am hoping for interesting and fun.
Saturday 5:30 PM: Greatest History Never Altered — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Otis (2)
Poul Anderson wrote a time travel story in which changing some of the finer details of the Punic Wars altered history beyond recognition, but most writers tend to stick to historical events more familiar to the readers. What other historical events would bring about interesting alternate histories? What does it take to change a more obscure historic event?
Mark L. Amidon, Christopher K. Davis (m), Lila Garrott, Dennis McCunney, Ken Schneyer
And this should just be fun.
Sunday 10:00 AM: Queer SF/F — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Paine (2)
Let's come and discuss our favorite gay, lesbian, bi/pansexual, transgender, and queer SF/F! How can authors create strong, believable, and relatable characters and relationships, without stereotyping? What books and stories should we be reading? What should we avoid?
Lila Garrott, Julia Rios, Don Sakers, JoSelle Vanderhooft (m), Connie Wilkins
Let's see if my critic hat still fits at fairly early on a Sunday morning!
Sunday 11:30 AM: Fairy Tales and Folklore in Modern Literature — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Bullfinch (3W)
Fantasy and, to a lesser degree, SF are infused with the fairy tales and folklore we grew up with. A story need not be a straight-up retelling of a fairy tale in order to use the elements of one—everyone knows the red hood and the foam on the sea. How are these elements being used in today's fiction? Where else can we go from here?
Vikki Ciaffone, Lila Garrott, Greer Gilman, Daniel Rabuzzi, Sonya Taaffe
I can confidently promise that this will be amazing. Also, you should all read Mr. Rabuzzi's The Choir Boats.
Sunday 2:30 PM: Erasure is Not Equality — Literature, Panel — 1hr 15min — Bullfinch (3W)
A discussion of the erasure of people of color in history-based SF/F. Good writers research their subject matter, so why are we seeing SF/F set in the Old West, major cities, or anywhere that doesn't include the actual POC who were present and part of the historical record? Everything from the Moors in Scotland to Chinese laborers in the Old West to Africans in the Roman Empire will be discussed.
Lila Garrott, Mikki Kendall (m), David Sklar
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