Hello friends! It has been a while. This post will be short, brutal and not necessarily coherent because I have spent the last two weeks swanning back and forth over northern Europe: Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Germany again, Denmark again, Sweden again, and now Finland. All that, and I have only gained about two stamps to my passport. Travel through the Schengen area is a trip.
Anyway, I am now in Finland for Worldcon, and if you see me you should come say hi! To help you, here is a list of Things I will be at, and times I will be at them.
Come find me!
16:00 – 17:00, Signing area
So this will be awkward because I don’t have any books to sign, but I have been told I will have a bunch of postcards of the covers of my novellas, which people seem to love, so I will be signing those. Come along if you can!
Colonialism and the space opera
13:00 – 14:00, Room 205
Space opera is filled with big multiworld empires, often with a dominating central world from which it spread. How does the genre reflect and discuss the legacy and issues of colonialism?
Aliette de Bodard, JY Yang, Tim Phin, Carolyn Ives Gilman
Non-binary genders in post-human and non-human bodies
16:00 – 17:00, Room 216
Science fiction has always dealt with the concept of post-human life. The early gay movement in the US learned a lot from their networking with science fiction authors and fans. How does the idea of binary genders fit there – or does it?
Su J. Sokol (M), Charlie Jane Anders, Emma Humphries, Helen Barford, JY Yang
Moving Beyond Orientalism in SFF
11:00 – 12:00, Room 205
It’s time to move past harmful stereotypes of “exotic” and “Oriental” lands peopled with inscrutable mystics — towards nuanced stories that respectfully and thoughtfully engage with the incredible breadth and depth of Asia’s multitude of cultures. Our panel shares ideas on how to do this without falling into the tired trap of Orientalism.
JY Yang (M), Aliette de Bodard, Qiufan Chen, Likhain