Eastercon – held over the Easter weekend – this year in Manchester, hence the name, Mancunicon – marks the start of my convention year in the UK. It’s one of the most literary of the British cons, though it has other programming streams, too. A lot of my writer friends attend and there are always a bunch of us who are connected through Milford – Milford SF Writers’ Conference. Generally you’ll find us in the convention bar chatting from morning ’til night and occasionally splitting off to participate in or attend panels. Half the fun of cons is meeting up with people.
The other half is checking out the dealers’ room, the art show and attending panels, readings and events. This is my schedule for Eastercon – yes, both panels run consecutively on Friday evening.
Revealing History, Revealing Now
Friday 17:30 – 18:30, Room 8&9 (Hilton Deansgate)
We think of historical fantasy and alternate history as changing the past: but can they be used, instead, to reveal it? How do the tools of SF and fantasy enable writers to tell stories that allow us to think differently about our understanding of history? How can such stories help us to better understand the present? (And which “us” is defining “our”, in any case?)
Susan Bartholomew (Moderator) , Jacey Bedford , Aliette de Bodard, Kari Sperring , Sarah Walters
True Love and Trophies
Friday 19:00 – 20:00, Room 6 (Hilton Deansgate)
Romance may be the ultimate crossover genre, found in everything from horror to hard SF, urban fantasy to space opera. But it can be a two-edged sword — nothing makes the audience happier than True Love Winning Against All Odds, but few things can make a reader wince as much as the Shoehorned In Love Story, The Girl As Reward, or the Completely Inappropriate Time To Declare One’s Feelings. Join our panel for a discussion about what SF and fantasy can learn from the romance genre, how speculative narratives are changed by the female gaze, and how to craft a believable love story in the most extraordinary settings.
Ruth Frances Long (Moderator) , Jacey Bedford, D.A. Lascelles , Kate Soley Barton , Jo Fletcher