Winter is busy!
In a few weeks, I’ll be at Boskone, New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention.Â Boskone is Feb. 16-18, and I’ll be there for most of it. For more info, visitÂ The Boskone Blog,Â Twitter, andÂ Facebook, and if you want to join me, register here!
Friday – 2/16
8:00pm – Fresh Fantasy Worlds
Gerald L. Coleman, Andrea Corbin, John R. Douglas (M), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Patrick Nielsen Hayden
â€œHighâ€ fantasies in much of western speculative literature lean heavily on the European Middle Ages for inspiration. Pastoral landscapes, Camelottian castles, noble knights, distressed damsels. All much loved â€” all done to death. (Or killed off by George R. R. Martin.) Why do we still cling to them so? Whatâ€™s it take to create a fresh fantasy world? Besides European models, what other options are there? And how do you enliven tropes, settings, and situations that have become old hat?
Saturday – 2/17
10:00am – Feminist Fairy Tales
Jane Yolen, Victoria Sandbrook, Andrea Corbin, Julia Rios, E.J. Stevens
Women frequently serve as the main characters of fairy tales. (Why, by the way?) Itâ€™s hard not to notice theyâ€™re often presented as victims, or the subjects of a lesson learned. Do any tales instead offer strong female role models? What can modern feminist perspectives contribute when considering stories from so long ago and/or far away?
4:30pm – Reading by Andrea Corbin
Me! Reading to you! I don’t know what to read yet!