I will be at SFContario 3 this weekend, with panels on Saturday, November 10, as follows:
Doctor Who has been around for more than 50 years now and in it’s newest incarnation is enjoying unprecedented worldwide popularity and fierce fan loyalty. Why has it now grabbed our hearts and minds? (David Clink, David Lamb, Robert Shearman, Tony Pi (Moderator)) Saturday 12:00 PM, Ballroom BC
Guilt and Vengeance as a Motivation in Fiction
Harry Dresden and the death of his father. Harry Potter and the death of his parents. Ray McAndrews and the death of his Grand Father. Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben and of course the origin of Batman. Throughout fiction a tragic death can stand for the hero’s call to action. What is the basis for this? Does a vendetta lend a strength that a moral sense cannot, and when does vengeance transit into a mission and tragedy into a quest? (Timothy Carter, Herb Kauderer, Michael Mattheson, Gareth McGorman, Tony Pi, Caitlin Sweet) Saturday 4:00 PM, Courtyard
Philosophy and Science Fiction
Science, from warp drives to lasers, is an important element in the genre but Science Fiction has also been a place to examine philosophical viewpoints. From the use of Star Trek to raise questions of racial equality to Asimov’s laws of robotics and ethical questions about machines, philosophical issues are intrinsic to science fiction and fantasy. Our panelists look at some of the more interesting philosophical questions in the genre. (Madeline Ashby, Richard Baldwin, Lynna Merrill, Tony Pi, Robert Shearman) Saturday 7:00 PM, Courtyard
SF World sent me their translated title for “A Sweet Calling”: 糖灵召 (simplified) or 糖靈召 (traditional).
糖 = sugar/candy (tang2)
灵 = spirit/soul (ling2) (traditional 靈)
召 = summon/imperial decree (zhao4)
It’s quite appropriate, with a double entendre as well.
Thu Aug 30 3-3:30 pm - Reading: Tony Pi (Dusable)
Thu Aug 30 4:30-6:00 pm - Logic and Time Travel (Crystal C)
If time travel stories are inherently illogical, how can we read them — let alone write them?
Anaea Lay, James Bryant, Laura Frankos, Lawrence Person, Tony Pi
Fri Aug 31 10:30-12:00 pm - The Short Fiction Club Scene (Haymarket)
Short fiction is often referred to as a ‘club scene’ where writers get together and kick back and forth new ideas. What’s going on in the short fiction markets? What are the hot trends? How has online publishing changed the field?
Mur Lafferty, Niall Harrison, Rachel Swirsky, Sheila Williams, Tony Pi
Fri Aug 31 3-4:30 pm - Travel as Research (Picasso)
They say travel broadens, does it work for writers, too? Can a road trip inspire or are you doomed to get it wrong? Can you see your own world more clearly from a distance.
Fran Wilde, Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Tony Pi, Valerie Estelle Frankel
Sat Sep 1 12-1:30 pm – Autograph Session 8 (Autograph Tables)
Charles Justiz, James Kahn, Jim C. Hines, Joan Slonczewski, Lee Martindale, Mary Robinette Kowal, Nancy Fulda, Robert Reed, Tony Pi