Aug. 5th, 2012

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Just so I have some idea of what's going on and seeing as there's more of it than I was expecting.
The full schedule: http://www.chicon.org/program/

Thursday August 30, 12 noon to 1:30pm
We`re Here, We`re Queer... Are we used to it?
Cecilia Tan (M), Catherine Lundoff, Kevin Roche, Gene Armstrong

There have always been lesbian, gay, bi, and trans fans, and the appearance of queer characters in sf goes all the way back to the first story of Robert Heinlein\'s featuring Lazarus Long, published in 1949. But for decades GLBT characters were relegated to the background in \"mainstream\" sf. Recently, though, as queer characters have started to become commonplace in mundane tv, movies, and books, so have they moved into the fore in sf genre media, even video games. Lost Girl (Syfy) features a bisexual main heroine, Marvel comics just had their first gay wedding, Dragon Age has a gay romance plotline... Does this mean we\'ve won? Does this mean we\'re not special anymore? How does inclusion and visibility of GLBT characters in science fiction affect GLBT fandom, and fandom at large? 

Fri Aug 31 9:00AM Friday Aug 31 10:30 AM Writing Gender Roles in Science Fiction
How do you define and write great gender roles in science fiction and fantasy?
Anne Lyle, Catherine Lundoff, Joan D. Vinge, Julia Rios, Victor Raymond

  Fri Aug 31 3:00:pm    Fri Aug 31 4:30:pm    Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Grand Suite 3    Members of the Broad Universe organization read short excepts from current works.
Brenda Cooper Carol Berg Cat Rambo Catherine Asaro Catherine Lundoff Conni Covington Deirdre Gwynne Garfinkle J. Kathleen Cheney Kathryn Sullivan Laurel Anne Hill Lyda Morehouse Mary Robinette Kowal Roberta Gregory Roberta Rogow Sandra Ulbrich Almazan Sue Burke

Fri Aug 31 7:30:pm    Fri Aug 31 9:00:pm    LGBTQ in SF&F
Columbus IJ    Discussion of non-straight characters and relationships in genre fiction.
Barbara G.Tarn Catherine Lundoff Kevin Riggle Mary Anne Mohanraj Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Saturday - Sept 1 9:00 Sept. 1 10:30AM SFWA Business Meeting  Comiskey


Saturday Sept. 1 - Dealer's Room. Broad Universe table - working a shift or two. Not sure when yet. There will be copies of Silver Moon for sale all weekend and I'm happy to autograph books.

Sunday, Sept. 2 - 10-12PM Dealer's room. SFWA table. Autographing Silver Moon and volunteering selling books by SFWA members.



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And it was a fine time, except for the migraine which dogged me all weekend.
Friday night's Steampunk panel was quite enjoyable. We talked about style as well as literature, comic books, movies, TV and gaming. A few things that were touched on:
Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee
Steam Century -  steampunk LARP
Infernal Devices and Morlock Nights by K.W. Jeter
Gail Carriger
Cherie Priest - Boneshaker, etc.
Maggie Killjoy
The Steampunk Bible
Steampunk Magazine
Silver Goggles and Beyond Victoriana
Steampowered: Lesbian Steampunk, vols 1 and 2.
The Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale
"Pimp My Airship" by Maurice Broaddus. Plus more stuff.

Saturday, I did publicity things for Silver Moon in the morning, then turned up to do a noon reading at the con. Had an audience of about 10 who seemed to enjoy it thoroughly, and I followed up with a reading of a short excerpt of my new story, "Miss Lucy's Glass," which is going to be submitted this very week.
Saturday afternoon, we did a werewolf fan panel and enthusiastically plugged the Ginger Snaps movies, Angela Carter, Silver Kiss and Silver Moon (my friends plugged it, not me. Well, probably me, too), plus a number of other works old and new.

We went to dinner and I got a forceable reminder about why I should not do big con dinners when I've got a migraine and my blood sugar tanks. So back home again for me to sit around watching A&E's The Scarlet Pimpernel and read a bit of Angela Carter while icing my head.

Sunday, I went back and taped a reading for Cynthia and Roy Booth's public access TV show on Bemidji Public Access. which was a grand time.

Then it was errands and much needed shoe-shopping! Between the plantar's and the bursitis, shoe shopping was an unattainable goal for the last year and a half or so. But today, victory! And 3 pairs of cool shoes.
Then it was the fairytale retellings panel which was interesting, more of a list sort of thing than discussion. Check out the
Mythopoeic Awards for some idea of what we covered.

Now to go collapse for a bit, then sleep.




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