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Monday, May 18, 2009

Wiscon Schedule '09

Holy Space Babe, Sunday is packed. I hadn't realized that it's basically one continuous streak of panels from 8:30am to 4pm! Expect me to be (hopefully amusingly) panel-goggy by the last one. And how am I going to get from Room of One's Own to Wisconsin conference room in, ahem, one minute? I may have to sneak out of my own reading before it's done... :-(

Bang? Whimper? None of the Above?
8:30 - 9:59 AM
"Where are we headed as a human race? Are some future visions naturally compatible, exerting a magnetic force on history? Technological-posthuman-utopia? Matrix-limbitic stimulation-simulation? Clean coal-steampunk-ecotopia? Chip flint-hunt buffalo?"
Moderator: Benjamin Rosenbaum. with Gary Kloster, Ted Kosmatka, Jim Nelson
The Post–Scarcity Utopia in an Age of Injustice
10:00 - 11:29 AM
"The post–scarcity singularity is the new, hot, meme in science fiction. Writers such as Cory Doctorow, Charles Stross, and Ken MacLeod are credited with writing good, economics–based, science fiction based on a post–scarcity model. Can we really get there from here? Do these works and others deal with racism, sexism, and classism by conveniently defining them out of existence?"
Moderator: Ian Hagemann. with Richard Dutcher, Beth Plutchak, Benjamin Rosenbaum
Reading: Excerpts from unfinished, agonizingly slow-going novels in progress
1:00 - 2:29PM
Benjamin Rosenbaum, M Rickert, Diana Sherman, Alice Kim
The Rules: Use or Abuse Them
2:30 - 3:59PM
"Many beginning writers are taught such rules as "Never use adverbs" or "Avoid using fancy synonyms for 'said.'" While these rules may help writers avoid overwriting their prose, the rules can also hamper writers from developing their own unique voices. Are these rules a hinderance or a help? Which rules can be bent or broken effectively? What are the best ways to apply these rules, both to your own writing or to someone else's?"
Moderator: David D. Levine. with Ellen Klages, Joan Vinge, Patricia Wrede, Benjamin Rosenbaum.
The SignOut
11:30AM - 1:00PM

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