Readercon 2018

Hello, Readercon! Wondering where to find Cat for the rest of this weekend? Check out her full schedule below:

THURSDAY
9 PM • Salon 5Old Hollywood in Recent Speculative Fiction
Randee Dawn, Heath Miller, Nikhil Singh, Sonya Taaffe, Terence Taylor
Tim Powers’s  Medusa’s Web, Catherynne M. Valente’s  Radiance, and Lara Elena Donnelly’s Armistice all draw on images of vintage Hollywood in very different ways, both honoring and criticizing a crucial era in the making of media that shaped a generation. What brings that era to the front of our awareness now? Is the fantastical reworking of old Hollywood linked in some way to recent criticisms of racism, sexism, and harassment in present-day Hollywood?

FRIDAY
11 AM • Salon C • Past Predictions of Future Food
John Chu, B. Diane Martin, David G. Shaw, Romie Stott, Catherynne M. Valente, Francesco Verso
Writers of the early and middle 20th century loved predicting the comestibles of the future: food pills, soylent, Soma, and more. This panel will pull out some favorite examples of predictions that came true and didn’t, and look at how SFnal predictions of future food have changed over the last 100 years.

12:30 PM • Salon A • Reading: Catherynne M. Valente
Just as it says on the tin!

2PM • Autographs • Mark Oshiro Catherynne M. Valente
What you see is what you get!

3 PM • Blue Hills • How I Wrote Space Opera
Catherynne M. Valente
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets the joy and glamour of Eurovision in Catherynne M. Valente’s science fiction spectacle, in which sentient races compete for glory in a galactic musical contest and the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth. Valente will discuss how she wrote and sold her latest work.

7 PM • Salon 5 • From What Mad Universe to Radiance: The Livable Solar System
Andrea Corbin, Jeff Hecht, Kathy Kitts, Sioban Krzywicki, Catherynne M. Valente
The notion of the other planets in the solar system being habitable by humans and/or inhabited by aliens held appeal long after it was known that this wasn’t the case. How do we tell these stories and why? Is reimagining the physics and reality of our own solar system easier than FTL? Or is there a romance about it that is lost in the reality of our universe?

SATURDAY
2PM • Salon 5 • A Thing with Feathers: Avian Imagery in Speculative Fiction (CART)

Scott H. Andrews, C.S.E. Cooney, Ellen Datlow, Nisi Shawl, Catherynne M. Valente
Works such as The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Cormorant Run, Blackbirds, Rose Lemberg’s Birdverse stories, and the Black Feathers anthology use the imagery, characterization, presence, and beauty of birds to explore issues of environmentalism, social violence, and empathy with the other. How have birds come to be a metaphor for our human failings and strivings? How is the reality of avian life and biology transformed into speculative narrative?

3PM • Seven Masts • Kaffeeklatsch • Catherynne M. Valente, Mark Oshiro
Come say hello!

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