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77th WorldCon Panels!

Since my schedule has been finalized, I can now announce the panels I’m speaking at for WorldCon 😀 If you’re gonna be there, come sit in!

Writing from non-western cultures
Format: Panel
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

The number of non-western novels and stories in SFF has increased over the last 20 years, as has visibility of existing fiction. Our panel looks at some of these novels, discussing favourites and sharing recommendations. We’ll take a look at how the novels are written, as well as the differences in story patterns, characters, and narrative styles. Let’s celebrate these novels and look at ways to further expand the publishing of non-western cultures within SFF literature.

Tasha Suri, Peter Adrian Behravesh (PodCastle), Rafeeat Aliyu, Vida Cruz, Yasser Bahjatt (Yatakhayaloon Co. Ltd.) (M)

The Magic of Beauty
Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

In what sense has beauty been treated as a special gift that only some possess? How has it functioned as a narrative device that gives its holders an exclusive form of power, especially in reference to the place of girls and women in patriarchal societies? How do social constructions of beauty differ cross-culturally and historically? For whom is beauty limiting? For whom is it empowering?

Kate Elliott (M), Jeannette Ng, R.F. Kuang (HarperCollins), Vida Cruz, Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)

Mythological science fiction
Format: Panel
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 14:30 – 15:20, Alhambra (Point Square Dublin)

Science fiction has been described as modern mythology, but it also has a long history of taking themes and tropes from existing mythological traditions and reworking them. The panel will discuss science fictional stories whose structure or themes echo those of existing mythological tales from around the world.

Deirdre M Murphy (M), Dr Tony Keen (University of Notre Dame (U.S.A.) in England), Dyrk Ashton (Paternus Books Media), Vida Cruz

Breaking the Glass Slipper podcast – Live Recording
Format: Podcast
19 Aug 2019, Monday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

Since 2016, the ‘Breaking the Glass Slipper’ podcast has championed female voices in speculative fiction. Now into our third season and with a British Fantasy Award nomination under our belt, we’re excited to host a live recording at Dublin 2019. Our subject is inspired by the Emerald Isle itself: the place of islands and island mythology in the human imagination.

Megan Leigh (Breaking the Glass Slipper), Vida Cruz, Miss Lucy Hounsom (M), Jo Walton, Alexandra Rowland

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