I still feel very weird doing these posts but I know that some of you who read this blog will be joining the frolicking at Worldcon. So come see me! You can find me at:

Extreme, but Workable Societies

Thursday 12:00 – 13:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

From the anarchist society in Ursula K. Le Guin’s classic The Dispossessed to the multiple outlandish cultures of Kameron Hurley’s Worldbreaker Saga, some SF societies are constructed to challenge constructed norms. What are the advantages and disadvantages of showcasing radical alternatives in this way — as opposed to starting with something familiar and then dismantling it? Is “plausibility” actually a meaningful or useful goal for such stories? Is there a limit to how much writers can change in one story?

The Steampunk Explosion

Friday 14:00 – 15:00, 3501H (Kansas City Convention Center)

Steampunk is one of the most popular and fast growing sub genres in fandom.  From costuming to films to comics.  Is there more that spurred its the rapid growth than “it looks cool”?  Can Steampunk maintain its primacy in fandom?

We Deserve Better: Lesbians and Bi Women for Change

Friday 15:00 – 16:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)

TV SPOILERS! TW: Character Deaths.
In March 2016 The 100 killed one member of an interracial female couple. Fans launched a Twitter campaign (http://wedeservedbetter.com/) that became mainstream news. They objected to the “Bury Your Gays” trope, referring to the disproportionately high number of lesbians and bisexual women killed on TV (143+). Two weeks later, one of The Walking Dead‘s only lesbian couple was killed. We discuss this disturbing pattern and ask how audiences can help prevent it.

Reboot! Changing Up Comic Characters

Friday 18:00 – 19:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Spider Gwen, Amadeus Cho, Thor, Captain America. We’ve seen a lot of rebooted characters in the the last couple of years with dramatically altered social and cultural backgrounds. The panel discuss how these ‘new’ old characters have changed the Marvel Universe, for better and worse.