For a variety of reasons, I can’t attend Chicon 8, the 2022 Worldcon in Chicago, Illinois, in person, but I will be participating virtually.
If you’re a member of Chicon 8, you can see me on the following panels:
If It’s Not Love, Then It’s The Bomb That Will Bring Us Together
Thursday, September 1, 1 PM CDT, Airmeet 1
A huge swath of SF from the 50s through the 70s was written in direct response to the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation, and disastrous and inhumane proxy wars. It all feels terribly relevant again! What are some gems and must-reads in the genre of “cautionary tales, pacificist, and anti-war SF”? Who are some more recent writers taking up these trends and what changes in approach have they made?
Cora Buhlert, Gloria McMillan, Julia Meitov Hersey, PJ Manney (moderator)
Virtual Table Talk – Cora Buhlert
Friday, September 2, 1 PM, Airmeet tables
This is what used to be called Kaffeeklatsch, but because there won’t be any food or drinks on site, they’ve renamed them. Anyway, sign up if you want to virtually chat with me.
To sign up for this Table Talk, visit https://chicon.org/tabletalks All sign up are available starting WednesdayAugust 31st at Noon central, and you will be notified at least 12 hours before the Table Talk time if you were chosen for a spot. More details available at https://chicon.org/tabletalks
1946: A Vintage Season For SFF
Saturday, September 3, 8:30 AM CDT, Airmeet 5
As the world began to recover from the trauma of the Second World War, SFF authors grappled with atomic futures. From Chan Davis to C.L. Moore, what works have withstood the test of time, and how are these works continuing to influence the genre today? How did they reflect, respond to, or ignore social and technological challenges of the day? (This panel is part of the 1946 project, a look back at the year in lieu of awarding Retro Hugo Awards.)
Cora Buhlert (moderator), Valentin D. Ivanov, Farah Mendlesohn, Terry Franklin
How Horror and SFF Blend
Saturday, September 3, 5:30 PM CDT, Airmeet 1
Horror has often overlapped with SFF—hello, Frankenstein! Lately it seems like we’re seeing a rise in horror elements in popular SFF, including many recent Hugo winners and nominees. What makes horror blend well with science fiction or fantasy? Are there challenges or problems with mixing the genres? And how do cosmic horror, the Weird, and New Weird fit into this discussion? Come find out whether or not anyone can hear you scream . . . in space!
Bob J. Koester, Cora Buhlert (moderator), Emma Osborne, Jennifer Brozek, L. Marie Wood
The Culinary Delights of Speculative Fiction
Monday, September 5, 8:30 CDT, Airmeet 3
Why do the fellowship/party have to eat the same stew every day on their trek into the dark lands? Why do the space farers enjoy reconstituted cubes/pellets on their way to Alpha Centauri? Food is the way we as a species come together, bond, and connect with each other. What are some examples of stories with rich descriptions of culinary traditions, as opposed to “astronaut fare” or “epic fantasy stews”? How does the inclusion—or exclusion—of eating and cooking practices impact the story?
Cora Buhlert, Gillian Polack, Jennifer Rhorer (moderator), Jo Miles, Thiago Ambrósio Lage
Finally, as regular readers of this blog will know, I’m a Hugo finalist for Best Fan Writer this year, so of course you’ll find me (virtually) at the Hugo ceremony.
Hugo Awards Ceremony
Sunday, September 4, 8 PM, Grand Ballroom
Join your hosts Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz — and a bevvy of guest presenters — for the most prestigious awards in science fiction and fantasy. Come for the glitz and glamour, stay for the laughs and surprises!