We will be attending our very first Epic CONfusion this year!
BEHOLD, THE SCHEDULE OF THOMAS-BASED PANELING:
Saturday 10:00 AM Anthologies as Advocacy (Isle Royale)
All fiction is in some way political and science fiction and fantasy have a healthy tradition of anthologies that seek to open up space for new voices and new conversations. To what extent do an anthology’s political goals interact with other editorial considerations? And how are such books received and reviewed by the field — both politically, and aesthetically?
Michael J. DeLuca, Yanni Kuznia, Mari Brighe, Kelley Armstrong (M), Michael Damian Thomas
Saturday 11:00:00 AM Bad Girls Just Want Good Stories (Isle Royale)
Let’s talk about anti-heroines and the positives and negatives of the flawed female character archetype. Is the flawed female character becoming the new strong female character? Is this yet another one-note character type masquerading as diverse representations of women? What’s the line between an anti-heroine and a villain?
Merrie Haskell, Mari Brighe, Lynne M. Thomas, Navah Wolfe, Sarah Gibbons
Saturday 1:00:00 PM Adapting Science Fiction and Fantasy (Charlevoix)
Adapting beloved (and not so beloved) genre into other mediums (adapting books to screen, comics based on TV and media properties (Dr. Who, the new Star Wars comics, Mad Max, novelizations of films and tie-in
David M. Stein, Michael R. Underwood (M), Lynne M. Thomas, Matt Pearson
Saturday 5:00:00 PM Generations of Genre (Isle Royale)
For one reader, “traditional fantasy” is pre-Tolkienian, pre-genre, sui-generis works; for another, it’s Forgotten Realms and David Eddings. Equally, for one reader The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopia, while for another it’s science fiction. Can the evolution of such terms be mapped onto changing demographics — is there such a thing as GenX fantasy, or Baby Boomer science fiction? And do any terms retain their currency, and describe common ground across generations?
Laura Resnick, Steve Buchheit, Lynne M. Thomas, Max Gladstone, Stina Leicht
Saturday 5:o0:00 PM LOLCats, Wols, and Watch Me: Pop Culture in SFF? (Keweenaw)
Pop-culture is ever evolving and fiction often hides behind a desire to be “timeless”. However, pop-culture is an increasing influence on our lives, particularly among young people. How can these modern phenomena be used to make science fiction and fantasy more relevant to today’s readers? Why don’t we see more created popular culture within invented worlds?
Ferrett Steinmetz, Amy Sundberg, Michael Damian Thomas, Sunil Patel, Adam Rakunas
Saturday 8:00:00 PM Professional Wrestling as Genre Fiction (Saugatuck)
From the force choke to the choke slam, from power armor to power bomb, the story telling within professional wrestling is not dissimilar from the hyperbolic nature of science fiction and fantasy. What can professionalwrestling teach us about writing and committing to a story?
Carl Engle-Laird, Merrie Haskell, Dave Hogg, Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas (M)
Sunday 11:00:00 AM The Vocabulary of Criticism (Isle Royale)
Prose Style, Voice, and Narrative Structure: does anyone care? These terms are often thrown around, but what do they really mean? And more importantly how should a reader translate them in to something useful for evaluating what they read?
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Scott H. Andrews, Amal El-Mohtar, Carl Engle-Laird (M), Lynne M. Thomas
Sunday 11:00:00 AM Editorially Speaking (Charlevoix)
Come hear from working editors in the science fiction and fantasy field about what the role an editor plays in bringing a manuscript from submission to publication. What trends are editors seeing in the field and what do they want to see in the coming years?
Yanni Kuznia, DongWon Song (M), Michael Damian Thomas, Navah Wolfe, Miriam Weinberg
Sunday 1:00:00 PM Fragmented Fandoms (Keweenaw)
Before 1990, computer geeks tended to be the fans online, and fandom tended to be a little more fragmented (fanzine fans/con fans/gamers/readers). Now that almost every fan has an online presence, are we more fragmented or less?
Joel Zakem, Steve Drew, Michael Damian Thomas, Michael Lee, Pablo Vazquez
January 7th, 2016
*emerges from the haze of vacation* I was mostly offline over the holidays, which was a good thing. Now is the time on Sprockets when we get up 2 hours earlier and attempt to hit the ground running!
- New Uncanny Magazine Issue 8 is out! Part 1 is live on the website, and you can purchase the full issue at fine retailers everywhere. Better yet, subscribe or contribute to our Patreon! That’s how we keep the Space Unicorn Ranger Corps in fighting shape!
- New Verity! Extra, announcing this year’s theme! A Year of Firsts, in which we will be looking at lots of “firsts” for the series, which plausibly includes me consuming some New Adventures novels in the not-so-distant future…All of Michael’s collecting over the years will come in VERY handy as I have access to LOTS of cool firsts right in the house!
- New Directions in Special Collections (the book formerly known as The 21st Century Special Collections Reader) is still chugging along. We have all of our essays in hand in SOME form, and are working on polishing, etc. Beth is meeting with our editor at Midwinter.
- I’m now in the Program Prioritization process segment of the winter. I have 20 programs to assess every week from now until the end of March. So if I’m absentee from the internet, you know why.
- Caitlin LOVED Star Wars: The Force Awakens. LOVED. She is very clear that Rey is the best thing ever.
December 16th, 2015
It’s always a party when we have all six Verities in the house! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, Liz, Lynne, and Tansy as we squee and muse and generally chat about series 9. It’s tons of fun and less chaotic than you might expect. And as always, we veer into thinky territory as we discuss whether this season really is the most feminist of newWho (or whether it’s really feminist at all). There’s lots to cover, and we enjoy the heck out of covering it.
What did you think of series 9? Where do you weigh in on the question of this series’ feminism? What do you think of Clara’s arc? The hybrid (or lack thereof)? Let us know in the comments!
And don’t forget to enter our Big Finish giveaway!
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December 11th, 2015
Series 9 has come to a close with quite a bang. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Lynne as we break down Clara’s end, the Doctor’s homecoming, gender-flipped regenerations, elegant storytelling, season-ending spectacle, and much more. There’s a healthy amount of squee and flail, but not everyone is in hyper-happy mode, so it’s a more balanced podcast than you might expect.
How did you feel about the final installment of S9? Was it everything you’d hoped for and more? Did it leave you wanting? Did it just confuse you? Let us know in the comments!
Philippines Pantene commercial
“Not like other girls” trope
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December 2nd, 2015
It’s another LIVE edition of Verity! Join Erika and Lynne, live from Chicago TARDIS, as we cover “Heaven Sent”, Doctor Who’s very first one-man-show! We watched it a the con, which made it even more special.
What did you think of Capaldi’s very-nearly-solo effort? Let us know in the comments!
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November 25th, 2015
We may not be quite sure whether this is truly the end for Clara, but we all agree that “Face the Raven” is a fantastic story and a great Doctor Who debut by writer Sarah Dollard. Join Deb, Lynne, and Tansy as we evaluate character departures, discuss character motivation, and touch on Steven Moffat’s commitment issues. We examine Clara Oswald’s arc and try to determine whether she was running toward death or running from grief. We also discuss the themes of morality throughout Series 9 because, why not? (I think it’s safe to say we loved this one.)
What did you think of “Face the Raven”? Do you think Clara met a fitting end or did her death feel too slight or insignificant? Do you think Mayor Me is the other side of the Doctor’s morality or just a misguided villain? Let us know in the comments!
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November 19th, 2015
My schedule for Chicago TARDIS has come out, so here’s where to find me!
Missy, Blowing Our Minds
Friday November 27, 2015 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Programming 3 (Grand Ballroom C)
We take a look at the Master– or, rather, Missy, as she’s currently known. What appeals about the bad Time Lord we all love to hate. You’ll say something nice, of course….
Me, Rod Hedrick
Doctor Who’s Remit
Friday November 27, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Programming 3 (Grand Ballroom C)
Let’s get serious for a moment. Doctor Who was originally to entertain and educate. It still does… but maybe not in the same ways it once did, and maybe in unexpected ways. From its education agenda in the 1960s to name-your-agenda in the 21st century… how is Doctor Who used as a force for good in the world?
Paul Booth, Me, Sam Stone, and Tom Spilsbury
U.N.I.T. Interview: Manning, Franklin, Levene
Saturday, November 28 • 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Main Programming (Grand Ballroom E-F)
I get to interview Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, and John Levene!
Sunday November 29, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Programming 2 (Grand Ballroom H-I)
Erika Ensign, Me
Join the ladies of the Verity podcast as they record their look at the episode “Heaven Sent.”