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FANTASY & HORROR [clear filter]
Friday, November 8
 

5:00pm

Fantasy Tropes and Cliches
The good, the bad, and the ugly. Which ones are overused, which ones are integral to the genre, and which ones are horrible, but we love them anyway.


Friday November 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

5:00pm

Horror and Dark Fantasy
What makes the story horror or dark fantasy? What is the inspiration?


Friday November 8, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ross Island

6:00pm

Where have all the Dragons Gone?
Remember when Anne McCaffrey's dragons ruled the bookshelves? What are some of the new dragons in literature?


Friday November 8, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hamilton

7:00pm

Fantasy Around the World
Most fantasy revolves around European folklore - what about something different?


Friday November 8, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Hamilton
 
Saturday, November 9
 

10:00am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry
Who reads it? Who writes it? Why?

Moderators
Panelists

Saturday November 9, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Morrison

11:00am

Magical Realism - All you ever wanted to know
Red hot and ready to be explained!


Saturday November 9, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roosevelt

1:00pm

The Paranormal as Metaphor
If the Martians in the movie War of the Worlds were Russians, what are today's werewolves and vampires? What the paranormal genre is really about.


Saturday November 9, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ross Island

2:00pm

Crime and Fantasy
From vampire assassins to wizard private eyes to undead thugs, crime has been mixing it up with fantasy for years. What is it about crime, noir, and the paranormal that's so appealing? Also - what are some really good titles?


Saturday November 9, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hamilton

3:00pm

Female Villains
We often speak of writing strong female characters, but what about strong female villains that aren't just caricatures? An examination of characterization that moves beyond the ever popular rape scenario that is often given as a primary motivation for women seeking revenge.


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Morrison

3:00pm

Freaking Me Out Not Grossing Me Out
Are intense descriptions of bloody death and torture really necessary to scare the pants off your audience? Discussion on how to terrify without all the gory details.


Saturday November 9, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hamilton

4:00pm

Dark Fairy Tales
Beyond Disney - discuss how to reinvent fairy tales into dark fiction. What are some ways to reinvent fairy tales without retelling the same story?


Saturday November 9, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roosevelt

5:00pm

Cross Cultural Themes in SF/F
From Resnick’s Kirinyaga tales to Bacigalupi’s Windup Girl, more and more cross cultural characters and worlds are playing leading roles in SF&F. What are some of the best examples? How can this enrich our writing as well as our lives? What are the keys to writing it well? How does one do research?


Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Roosevelt

5:00pm

Paranormal Romance
A burgeoning sub-genre - why? How do authors make "love across the multiverse" work?


Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jefferson/Adams

5:00pm

Religion in Fantasy
Gods? Goddesses? Just pretend religion doesn't exist?


Saturday November 9, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hamilton
 
Sunday, November 10
 

10:00am

Infrastructure
Waste water treatment, civil engineering, power generation - how much do you need to have to make your world believable?


Sunday November 10, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Lincoln

10:00am

Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism
The way in which Quantum Physics describes the universe seems more and more to enter the realm of the fantastic. Where does reality end and fantasy begin? Yep - we "borrowed" this one from Worldcon.


Sunday November 10, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Hamilton

11:00am

For the Beings and By the Beings...
Governments in fantasy novels - building a workable system of governing in the lands of talking trees and walking dead.


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hamilton

11:00am

Urban Fantasy made real
Increasingly, stories are being placed in modern times or locales but with fantasy elements to them. Whether it is wesen in Portland or vampires in Washington, how does one effectively blend these very different elements? Alternatively, what are some examples of how NOT to accomplish this?


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Morrison

11:00am

Write What You Don't Know
How do you write about talking dragons, vampire detectives, alternate history, and space travel? Research and common sense can give your just enough background to really write what you don't know.


Sunday November 10, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Roosevelt

3:00pm

Gardening in Fantasyland
Flora and fauna in the lands beyond - what works? what doesn't? Who does it well?


Sunday November 10, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Idaho