Wiscon Schedule

So, little or no sleep last weekend wasn’t enough for me–I need to do it again this coming weekend! So I’ll be at Wiscon.

And I’m on panels! These panels, in fact:

What is Science in Feminist SF? Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Conference 4
Moderator: Jacquelyn Gill. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Nivair H. Gabriel, Ann Leckie

When we argue about whether women write more fantasy than SF, are we assuming a particular definition of science that should be questioned? And are we also applying gender bias when we assess the “hardness” of SF by men and women?

SFWA: Is It Relevant? Is It Useful? Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Conference 4
Moderator: Ann Leckie. Wesley Chu, Gary Kloster, David D. Levine, Grá Linnaea

Many accomplished sf/f writers don’t qualify for full membership in SFWA. Other organizations, such as RWA do a lot more for writers at every level. With the latest election, the SFWA Bulletin problems, and the attack on one of our Guests of Honor by one member of SFWA and its results, do we as feminists and writers want to be part of that organization? Can working from within to change it have real results?

What’s Gender in an Equal-opportunity Future? Mon, 10:00–11:15 am Solitaire
Moderator: Christopher Davis. Jed Hartman, BC Holmes, Erin M. Kelly, Ann Leckie

In various science fictional futures (Star Trek, the Culture, etc), women and men have, in theory, full or near-full social equality, whether or not the portrayals always reflect it in practice. In a fictional society in which there is no gender discrimination and/or no limiting gender roles, what does it mean to be male, female, or any other gender? Is it all about physical characteristics? Are there likely to be gendered names, clothes, hairstyles, and stereotypical interests in such a world? In a fictional world with uterine replicators, equal sharing of parenting responsibilities, same-sex parents, multiple parents, and/or no stigma against being or not being a parent, what does it mean to be a mother or a father? (Please be trans-friendly in all your answers.)

The SignOut Mon, 11:30 am–12:45 pm Capitol/Wisconsin
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Stacie L Arellano, Eleanor A. Arnason, Greg Bechtel, F.J. Bergmann, Susan Simensky Bietila, Alex Bledsoe, Gwenda Bond, K. Tempest Bradford, Chesya Burke, Wesley Chu, Julia Dvorin, Rhea Ewing, Hiromi Goto, Eileen Gunn, Andrea D. Hairston, Dorothy Hearst, Liz Henry, Lauren Jankowski, N. K. Jemisin, Emily Jiang, Vylar Kaftan, Keffy R. M. Kehrli, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ellen Kushner, Ann Leckie, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Heather McDougal, Allison Moon, Katrinka Moore, Nancy Jane Moore, Pat Murphy, Debbie Notkin, Melissa F. Olson, Samantha Haney Press, Mary Rickert, James P. Roberts, Madeleine E. Robins, Catherine M. Schaff-Stump, Nisi Shawl, Delia Sherman, Cecilia Tan, Sheree Renée Thomas, LaShawn M. Wanak, Sunny Moraine

Come and sign your works, come and get things signed, come and hang out and wind down before you leave.

When I’m not doing a panel, I’ll probably be in the bar, or wandering around and not hard to find. I’m looking forward to seeing the cool folks I usually see, and meeting new cool folks!