My WorldCon Schedule!

BEHOLD! I have a schedule for WorldCon now!

Thursday Aug 18, 2016

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  • Doctor Who and the Changing Show Runners
  • Kansas City Convention Center – 2502A
  • Panel  1 hour
    TV Doctor Who Genre
  • Russell T. Davies and Stephen Moffatt had very different approaches to the classic British timey-wimey drama. Each have their fans and detractors. How will the show change under Chris Chibnall? What is the impact of show runners on Doctor Who, and are they more important in the Internet era and the reign of the geek?
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  • Editing and Crafting the Short Story
  • Kansas City Convention Center – 2206
  • Panel  1 hour
  • Any writer or editor can tell you that writing a short story and writing a novel require different skills in the writer’s wheelhouse. Writing on the small scale requires precision of detail from concept to completion. What do you need to know about openings, character development, narrative arcs, endings, and more that will make your short fiction pop? How does the process differ from putting the initial draft on paper to editing the text to better reflect the vision in your head? When do you know when that short story is finally ready to go?
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  • Science Fiction at Universities: Creating the Canon
  • Kansas City Convention Center – 2204
  • Panel  1 hour
  • Different universities including Dundee, Liverpool and the local Kansas City University run science fiction courses. The reading material they cite as foundational varies considerably, with some including very few women, PoC or otherwise diverse SF while others start from a basis that SF began with Mary Shelley and includes works such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (1915) and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s, We (1921). What influence do university courses have on canon formation and what responsibilities do they have in representing and encouraging awareness of the diversity of material that is published?
  • Campbell & Sturgeon Awards
  • Kansas City Convention Center – 2501D
  • Awards  1 hour 50 minutes
  • Join us as we honor the winners of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best science fiction short story of the year. These awards are unique in that they are selected by incredibly well read authors and scholars in the field. This process side-steps the politics of other award methods. Tonight we will announce the winners and honor their talent with a brief reception.

    The John W. Campbell Memorial Award is one of the three major annual awards for science fiction. The first Campbell Award was presented at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973.

    The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award was established in 1987 as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

    Awards Events

Friday Aug 19, 2016

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 There are a number of research institutions throughout the world holding collections dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of the science fiction and fantasy genres. This history is expressed through the published and broadcast works themselves, the secondary literature devoted to them, the primary materials (i.e. authors’ manuscripts) that are their building blocks, and the products lovingly created by fans in response to those works.  Together these types of materials chart the birth, development, and evolution of the SF&F genres, and without them, researchers and scholars, as well as fans, will be unable to get a sense of where the genres came from and where they might be headed in the future. Several SF&F librarians and archivists will discuss their collections (with images of some of the more important or interesting materials), the uses to which they are or can be put, and the importance placed upon SF&F creators to preserve their work for future scholars. The panel will focus heavily on discussion between and amongst the three panelists and the audience in order to foster interesting and proactive conversations.

Lynne M. Thomas, Curator, Rare Books and Special Collections, Northern Illinois University, specializing in embedded curatorship, the SFWA Archives, digital preservation, and fundraising.

Elspeth Healey, Special Collections Librarian, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas. Elspeth’s curatorial responsibilities include KU’s SF collections, which have particular strength for the Golden Age of science fiction.

Jeremy Brett, Processing Archivist and Curator, Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection, Texas A&M University.

Saturday Aug 20, 2016

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Sunday Aug 21, 2016

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  • Hybridity in Comics
  • Kansas City Convention Center – 2503B
  • Panel  1 hour
    History Genre Comics
  •  “The hybrid constantly betrays the reader as it switches from one formula to the other, shocking and surprising us and breathing new vividness into the familiar” (Ada Palmer). As with any evolving genre, comics borrow elements from elsewhere, cross genres, and learn from their peers, both historical and contemporary. Our panel discuss some of the ways that hybridity benefits the genre, and helps it grow.
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About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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