Yeeeeaaaahhhh going up to Washington to be opinionated in public!
Here’s where I’ll be and when. Come say hi, won’t you?
If you won’t be there, but have questions for my fellow panelists, leave a comment and I’ll ask them in your stead.
On Beyond Ripley: Woman and Warriorship*
Thursday 20:00 – 20:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)
The “Strong Female Lead” trope and surrounding controversy (we need more of them! vs. Sophia McDougal’s call for a wider variety). Dissection of gender, and our perception of warriors. Analysis of historical and SF/F figures that meet our expectations, those who break them, and the impact this archetype has on our culture.
Setsu Uzume (M) with Kamila Miller, Edward Willett, and Carol Berg.
Chinese Myths and Traditions in Contemporary Literature of the Fantastic
Friday 17:00 – 17:45, Bays 111B (CC)
China has a rich mythic tradition going back thousands of years, and these elements show up in contemporary fantasy both in China and the West (e.g., Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings and Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven). How do Chinese authors use these elements different from Western authors? Do these mystic elements occupy a different role in the narratives of the Chinese authors than analogous Western mythic elements in the narratives of Western authors?
Tang Fei (M), Ken Liu, Setsu Uzume, Kanyu Wang, Hua Li
Demigods, Chosen Ones & Rightful Heirs: Can Progress, Merit & Citizens Ever Matter in Fantasy?
Saturday 15:00 – 15:45, 300C (CC)
Science fiction often centers around meritocracies (or at least “knowledgetocracies”) but fantasy? Not so much. Or, as Dennis famously said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail: “…Strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” Has fantasy ever overcome this classic trope? Can it?
Darlene Marshall (M), Anaea Lay, Mary Soon Lee, Setsu Uzume, Katherine Addison
*my baby’s going to the big time!