Pacific 1: When I Was a Kid, We Didn’t
Have . . . Rights.
Why are dystopian societies dominating YA fiction
at the moment? What are they speaking that kids need to say?
Do teens, despite all their networking sites and internet opportunities
to gathering power for a cause and informing many people almost
instantly, still feel they have no control? Not since the 1970s
has there been such distrust emanating from fantasy and adventure
fiction for the young. What societal factors are causing this
Marissa Lingen (M), John Pitts, Lissa Price,
Chandra Rooney, Dan Wells
Pacific 2/3: The Coral Sword: Material
Culture of Undersea Civilizations
Captain Nemo bragged about how he and his men
were entirely supplied by the sea. Some fantasy creatures and
cultures never go onto dry land. What would an undersea society
look like? What and how might they eat? (No fire!) What would
their cities look like? (Gravity, not so much of a problem.)
Ctein, Sharon Mock, Eddie Schneider, Dave Smeds,
Walter Jon Williams (M)
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Robert
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Michael
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Patrick
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Frances
Pacific 2/3: You’ve Got Science
in My Fantasy!
In Operation Chaos, Poul Anderson’s
shapeshifters’ abilities were limited by the law of conservation
of mass. Do such considerations enhance the narrative?
Gregory Benford, Yves Meynard, Brent Weeks,L.
E. Modesitt, Edward Willett (M)
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Barbara
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Deborah
Town and Country: Opening Ceremonies
Neil Gaiman, Parke Godwin, Shawna
McCarthy, Val Ontell, Ruth Sanderson, Connie Willis
Town and Country: Fact is Stranger
Than Fantasy: Animals in Reality and Fiction – A Special
Presentation by the San Diego Zoo
It's one thing to read about animals and make them an integral
part of your story line. It's another to see them in the flesh,
to understand their real traits and how they act, move, eat,
sleep, live; to make your story more realistic by incorporating
the actuality of the animals you write about. Here’s your
chance to be inspired by strange but real animals from the San
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Carol
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Kater
Pacific 4/5: Reading – Lena
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Erin
Pacific 1: 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”
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
Pacific 2/3: The Role of Class in Fantasy
Science fiction often deals with class conflict.
How does fantasy and horror pursue the same concepts? Are vampires
and elves the bourgeoisie? Are werewolves and orcs the working
class? Who are the working class heroes of our genre?
John Hornor Jacobs, Jeff Mariotte (M), Kirstyn
McDermott, Kari Sperring, Kathryn Sulliva, Will Shetterly
Pacific 4/5: Reading – Suzanne Church
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Emily
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Karen
Pacific 6/7: Reading – Janni
Pacific 1: Out From Under the Bed: Monster
Writing from the perhaps less than sympathetic
point of view of a true monster is a unique challenge. The writer
is asked to bring the monster out into the light, and write from
the point of view of a creature whose history is inherently alienating.
Panelist discuss the history of the monstrous protagonist in
literature: John Gardner's Grendel, Ann Carson's Autobiography
of Red, and, of course Frankenstein, and of ways
of creating empathy for monsters - even when, perhaps, they are
doing horrible things.
Peter Brett (M), Christine Cody, Maria Dahvana
Headley, Nick Mamatas, Shannon Page
Pacific 2/3: The Ship (or Dirigible)
as a Fantastical Character
They’re more than a setting;
that’s why we give them names. From Catellus to Paragon
and Althea, some have even given ships voices in literature.
Are they always more than just a means of transportation? Should
writers be surprised when they discover their ship is speaking
Barb Galler-Smith, Laurel Anne Hill, Robert
Redick, S. M. Stirling (M)
Pacific 4/5: Reading - C. S.
Pacific 6/7: Reading - Brenda
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Ben Loory
Pacific 1: How to Survive the Coming
Nancy Holder (M), Gini Koch, Stephen Saffel,
Bolt your doors and board your windows. The
zombie hoards are out in force in bookstores everywhere. Our
panel discusses the literature of the apocalypse and reveals
the best ways for you to make it through the nightmare.
Pacific 2/3: Magic and Metaphysics
What makes a magic system believable? Authors
and world builders create the rules that govern their magic when
the whole point of magic, one would think, is to break the rules.
Is it reasonable to try to constrain magic by the laws of nature?
Bonewitz proposed a whole set of rules based on principles such
as similarity and contagion? Is a logical and consistent magical
system actually magic?
Ted Chiang, Kristin Janz, Peter Orullian, Mark
Pacific 4/5: Reading - Eileen