My World Fantasy schedule for today:
Gender Fluidity in Fantasy
Friday 10 a.m., ExecSalon 2 (Ardath Mayhar) (WR)
Our genre is in a unique position to illuminate rather than conceal the variations in our sense of gender. The Tiptree Award regularly honors stories and novels that explore and expand the idea of gender — an idea that has had a secret history all its own. What does this look like in fantasy? How are today’s authors using, or mis-using, this keystone concept?
11 – 3: hide in my room and try to write, I think
3 – 4: Clarion West get-together (which goes from 3-5) in room 401
History — Secret, Hidden or Otherwise
3 Nov 2017, Friday 16:00 – 17:00, ExecSalon 2 (Ardath Mayhar) (WR)
Secret history is a tale where what actually happened in our world happened for very different reasons. It can also be a hidden history of events that happened in another culture whose import was ignored altogether, covered up, or simply misunderstood in the main historical narratives. Can a secret history bring to light a true aspect of history that wasn’t known or acknowledged before, or might it be a simple retelling of acknowledged aspects of history newly reclaimed and fully fleshed out to see the real truth behind the chapter in a history book? Does this relate to our concept of “The Other,” and how? Our panelists continue to define terms and tropes for discussion during the convention.
5 – 10: you can probably find me hanging out in the bar most of this time