Future World Fantasy Conventions:
Founders of Steampunk (video by Moses Siregar III)
Steampunk was first defined in a letter over 20 years ago. The writer of that letter, and two of the authors whose work helped define the subgenre, talk about their inspirations and look at where steampunk literature has gone.
World Fantasy Convention Opening Ceremonies (video by Scott Edelman)
World Fantasy Convention 2011 Awards Ceremony (video by Scott Edelman)
Kathleen Ann Goonan Reading (video by Scott Edelman)
Maureen McHugh Reading (video by Scott Edelman)
Sea-Girls Wreathed With Seaweed Red and Brown
We have lingered in the chambers of the sea /By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown/Till human voices wake us, and we drown. - T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”Kat Howard Reading and Q&A
Mermaids, Undines, Sirens, Nøkk, Ho-ha’-pe: Many cultures have tales of beautiful sea people who lure humans to their death or distruction. What myths exist? How have these beings been used in fantastic literature? (The USA Today believes that mermaids are the hot new supernatural entities.) How have
Kelley Caspari (M), Theodora Goss, Stina Leicht, Ross E. Lockhart
Connie Willis Toastmaster Speech and Q&A
The Crystal Ceiling
Is there still a distinction between “women’s” and “men’s” fantasy and horror? Despite the power and importance of women fantasy and horror writers is much of the male community still dismissive of most female authors’ work? What about the number of female characters/protagonists? Do we see more of them lately in fiction written by men as well as women?The Successful Misfit as a Theme in Fantasy
Kate Elliott, Charlaine Harris, Nancy Kilpatrick (M), Jane Kindred, Malinda Lo
Is Schmendrick the Magician endearing because he’s a lovable loser, or is there something else going on? Nerds, geeks, and absent-minded professors abound in the pages of genre literature. What is it about the social misfit that attracts readers and makes them empathize with the protagonist? Are authors and readers self-identifying?Neil Gaiman and Connie Willis in Conversation
Peter S. Beagle, Deborah Biancotti, Erin Hoffman, Tiffany Trent, Mark L. Van Name (M)
From Elfland to Poughkeepsie: Should Fantasy Sound Like Fantasy?
Ursula K. Le Guin argued that epic or mythic fantasy should have a language that helps the story keep a distance from the ordinary. Does most epic fantasy today continue that tradition? Is it really a necessary part of epic fiction?
Terri-Lynne Defino, Susan Forest, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner (M), Shawna McCarthy
The Year in Fantasy
Leslie Klinger interviews Neil Gaiman
The Not-So-Fair Folk
The fairies of folklore were no Tinkerbells. They lured humans to their realm for their own reasons, not to help. Cold iron was prescribed as a protection against them. A discussion of faeries as figures of fear, not wonder, in myth and literature.
Holly Black (M), Jenny Blackford, Patrick Rothfuss, Delia Sherman, Mercedes Yardley