Keen-eyed observers will note that I’m about to head to the 4th St. Fantasy Convention in the twin cities.
BEHOLD! A SCHEDULE for the Thomases!
SATURDAY, JUNE 18
11:00 AM The Multi-Creative Household
4th Street has quite a few family groups with multiple professional creative folks. How do they mitigate different levels of success, competing careers, and/or high environmental levels of stress and impostor syndrome?
Elizabeth Bear, Emma Bull, Benjamin Kinney, Lynne M. Thomas
2:00 PM Disability in Speculative Fiction
Representation of disability and chronic illness often comes in two forms: writing *the* experience or writing *an* experience. How much you define the character by their condition can define the story. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s The Drowning Girl follows India Phelps’ struggling with her schizophrenia and treatment for it, while N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdom follows Oree handling bloody plots of the gods while happening to be blind. Has there been a quantitative or qualitative shift in treatment of disabilities in SF/F in its recent history?
John Wiswell, Michael D. Thomas, Mishell Baker, Marissa Lingen