Find me at FogCon this coming weekend! I’ll be moderating, sitting on panels, and giving a reading during this jam-packed three days of speculative fiction lovers and writers coming together in Walnut Creek.
The Borderlands vendor table will have copies of Wings Unseen for sale, should you be looking to pick up a copy. And I’ll have a pen for signing, of course. Don’t be shy, just come up and ask for that signature!
Here’s my schedule during the con:
- Friday, 3/9, I’m moderating The Play Within the Play: An Analysis of Going Meta in Speculative Fiction at 3 pm. Description:
Among many other qualities, Shakespeare was a master of using plays within his plays to amplify his themes and plot arcs. This technique of self-reference has been used for dramatic and comedic effect in many works. Orson Scott Card had Ender Wiggin playing through a story game that ultimately tied into and reflected his “real life” story; P.C. Hodgell has traditional stories in her novels that shadow the main action; Stephen King pulled the ultimate coup and wrote himself into his Dark Tower series as a character, incorporating his struggles with substance abuse into the decay of the universe; Michael Ende’s novel The Neverending Story famously loops in on itself. Is this an effective tool for writers to use? What makes it work and when does it fall flat? Let’s analyze the phenomena!
- At 8 pm on the same day, I’ll be a panelist during the Speculative Fiction, Science and the Sacred session. Description:
As scientists learn more and more about our astonishing universe, from the macro to the micro, does science begin to awe and inspire, as religion can? Does religion fall away, or evolve? How does science affect our mood, our hope, and our outlook on life? What might religion look like in “the future” (very scientifically advanced societies, such as in Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series)?
- And immediately after that, I’ll be participating in the Broad Universe: Rapid Fire Reading at 9:30 pm. This is the second year we’ve done a rapid fire reading at FogCon. They are a fun way to liven up a reading, cycling through the authors two times, reading short selections rather than a longer work. The variety never stops! Broad Universe is an organization that supports the work of female speculative fiction writers.
- On Saturday, 3/10, my final panel will be Wilderness in SFF at 10:30 am. Description:
Wilderness is an interstitial space, existing between cities, roads and settlements. People have held many different views of wilderness form a place to be tamed, to a place to be preserved. Yet the idea of “untouched” wildlands remands problematic. Recent scholars such as William Cronon have questioned if wilderness even exists. How have works such as Lord of the Rings, Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor & Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley engaged with these ideas? How will our changing ideas about wilderness effect new and future work?
Interested in attending FogCon? More info here. Let me know if you’re coming! Though I will not be on the agenda after the Wilderness Panel, I will definitely be at FogCon for the rest of Saturday and likely Sunday, too.