"Everybody Was There." Diversity in Fantasy
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Friday, Regency E
Panelists: Sarah Pinsker (M), Mary Anne Mohanraj, Kit Reed, S. M. Stirling, K. Ceres Wright Description: Fantasy has had characters of many races, some human and others beyond. Whether it's the young soldier woman in Deeds of Paksenarrion being asked whether she minds sharing a dining hall with "elder races" (elves and dwarves), or the alternate orientations of characters in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series or Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series, or the beauty of a foreign culture, such as that depicted in Bridge of Birds, fantasy authors have bravely gone where others feared to tread. How has diversity of race, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or belief system in fantastic literature changed over time?
Hope to see some folks there. Afterwards, I hear from Ellen Kushner that the Sri Lankan restaurant Shakthi has string hoppers, lamprais, kottu roti (mmm....), so I may be coaxing people to join me there. (http://shakthicuisine.com). And maybe I'll pick up some rolls to keep in the room for breakfast tomorrow...heck, I may just have all my conference meals there for the rest of the trip.