I'll be at MarsCon this weekend. If you're looking for me, here's my schedule:
Diversity of Character
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 02:00 pm
A lot of the characters in speculative fiction have similar personalities to most fans. Are writers limiting their audience by failing to include characters that express the whole range of diverse human personalities? Who’s good at doing this? What techniques do writers use to design characters unlike themselves?
With: Rebecca Chesin, Andre Guirard, co-mods.; Rob Callahan, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Rachel Gold, Naomi Kritzer
Designing a Magic System
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 04:00 pm
Fantasy authors often create new worlds (or slightly bend this one) to include magic. What counts as magic? Why are readers drawn to it? How can it serve a story? What are the things that can go wrong when including magic in your work? How much do you have to explain how the magic works? How do you keep it consistent and satisfying without letting it become a flaw? When is magic needed (or more importantly when do you leave it out)?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, P M F Johnson, Naomi Kritzer, David Schwartz
Clone Rights, and Those of Other Genetically Engineered People
Re(a)d Mars/Taylor (2nd Floor) — Saturday 09:00 pm
Would current law allow the genetically engineered to be enslaved or discriminated against? Why is there such a gap between the way much of science fiction treats such people and how they would have to be treated in reality.
With: G. David Nordley, mod.; Prof Tom Gardner, Naomi Kritzer, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Lyda Morehouse
Good Blog/Bad Blog: Modern Technology and Artists
Kruschenko's (13th Floor) — Sunday 10:00 am
What modern technology is available for artists (for self promotion, research, networking, other reasons)? Online research, boon or bane? What purpose can a blog serve? What things can go wrong? Discussion boards—good, bad, or dependent on how they’re used? Facebook? G+? Twitter? How can these be useful? When do they become a hindrance?
With: S.N. Arly, mod.; Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Lyda Morehouse