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My Worldcon Finalized schedule:

Pronouns, who needs gender pronouns?

Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00, 102 (Messukeskus)

Lately in SFF, as well as in the real world, the use of gender pronouns have become problematical when referring to trans and intersex people and many writers have struggled to find ways--using "they", using feminine pronouns as the default, inventing pronouns. However, there are many languages, including Finnish and Turkish, that do not come with gender pronouns, so does not have this mainly indo-european language-specific issue. What can SF writers learn from native speakers of languages that just don't DO gender?
Cenk Gokce (M), Johanna Sinisalo, Catherine Lundoff, Kelvin Jackson, John Chu

Signing: Catherine Lundoff
Thursday 13:00 - 14:00, Signing area (Messukeskus)

LGBTQ+ Speculative Fiction Goes Worldwide
Friday 11:00 - 12:00, 101a&b (Messukeskus)

Panel discussion on gay, lesbian, bisexual. transgender and queer representation international works of speculative fiction.
Catherine Lundoff, Laura Lam, Keffy R.M Kehrli, Kat Kourbeti (M)

Older women in genre fiction
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 101c (Messukeskus)

Genre fiction has tons of grizzled soldiers and space captains in their 40s and 50s, but where are the ladies at? Young Adult has its share of teenage heroines, but where are the adult women?
Catherine Lundoff (M), Delia Sherman, Liisa Rantalaiho, Helena

Curse your sudden but inevitable romantic subplot! The panelists talk about the romantic subplots in fiction they just love to hate!
Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, Rauhanasema (Messukeskus)

Daniel Starr (M), Caroline Stevermer, Catherine Lundoff, Elli Leppä

The full schedule is here and it looks amazing. I will have books for sale there as well. Please track me down and say hi if you're going to be there!

Other things planned and on the schedule: Reykjavik - "Icelandic Sagas: Greatest Hits in 75 Minutes" at the Harpa, several museums and bookstores and Blue Lagoon.
Other things in Helsinki: Tour of Suomenlinna Fortress and the Tom of Finland Walking Tour
Stockholm: The ABBA Museum, afternoon tea at Svenskt Tenn and a hop on/hop off bus tour of Stockholmd

It promises to be fun! And we are leaving the kitties and the house in good hands with a visiting friend and our drop-in catsitter so they will be all loved up when get back and will scarcely that we're gone. If you're going to be at Worldcon, please say hi!


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