Where and when I'll be:The Female Bachelor
Fri 4:00 - 5:15PM Conference 5
M-Jessica Reisman, Camille Alexa, M.K. Hobson, K. S. Latta
There are few examples of the female bachelor/monk as protagonist for whom hooking up is not the main point of her life, but she is an interesting, compelling protagonist for other reasons. Why does this differ from the much more common male bachelor, who is seldom pitiable or in need of mating up or having affairs?A Cabinet of Curiosities, A Circus of Marvels
Sat 2:30 - 3:45PM Michelangelos
Camille Alexa, J. Kathleen Cheney, Jessica Reisman, Adrian Alan Simmons, Caroline M Yoachim Our fabulous reading!
With copies of a special Anthology Builder collection of stories
--featuring an awesome photo collage cover by carolineyoachim
--as prizes! plus chocolate and curious, circus-themed tchotchkes! And, also, the wonderful Tina Connolly subbing in to read for Caroline! !!! Bisexual and Pansexual Characters in SF/F
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM Capitol B
M-Joell M. Smith-Borne, Charlie Anders, Annalee Newitz, Jessica Reisman, Chris Bifemmefatale
Where the heck are they? Many bisexual fans still feel pretty invisible in the genre after decades of queer activism. With a few notable exceptions like Torchwood, Elizabeth Bear's Col. Valens in Scardown/Hammered/Worldwired, Laurell K. Hamilton's vampires and Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing, positive portrayals of bi and pansexual characters in SF/F seem to be rather scarce. What is being overlooked? Bring examples of your favorite bisexual characters to discuss, and also feel free to bring up common problematic tropes about bi and pansexual characters (fickle, murderous, untrustworthy) in SF/F TV, film and books.Dear Writer: I Don't Want Kids
Sun 4:00 - 5:15PM Capitol B
M-Linda McAllister, Jessica Reisman, Madeleine Robins, Isabel Schechter
Xena had a baby. Buffy acquired a younger sister to be parent to. Sarah Jane adopted the son she always(?!) wanted. Something about female characters seems to inspire their creators to give them a kid, whether in the usual sort of way, a most unusual sort of way, or by means of a child dumped in their lap. Even the ones who escape motherhood can't escape getting pregnant, often for the duration of only one episode. Are there any counter–examples? Or do all female characters wind up there sooner or later? Is it more prevalent in television than in books? In science fiction than in fantasy? If so, why?