When the Dublin WorldCon was announced, I was determined that if I was going to haul there from Seattle, I was by god going to go over for more than four days spent in a convention center. Which is why I’ll be heading out a few days early with friends, and spending time in a Place Undisclosed, doing non-working-things.
My meets-and-drinks schedule is still being put together (so now’s the time to email me if you want a sit-down!), but I have my programming!
(all details subject to change at the whim of god and the dublin worldcon concom)
Introduction to steampunk
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Steampunk is a sub-genre of SF influenced by the technology and aesthetics of 19th century steam-powered machinery. Stories are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century but can also be about future or fantasy worlds in which steam power plays a large role in society. There is a wide range of steampunk literature, art, and fashion, and this panel will serve as an introductory overview of steampunk as a whole.
People of the Book: Jewish fantasy and mythology
16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Hall 2A (Dances) (CCD)
In 2010, an article entitled ‘Why There is No Jewish Narnia’ caused a stir by suggesting that Jewish authors didn’t write fantasy because Judaism ‘is a science fiction religion … collective, technical, and this-worldly.’ This was widely argued online, but where are we now, nearly a decade later? The panel will discuss fantasy inspired by and drawing on Jewish cultural traditions, themes, and myths.
Refreshing European epic fantasy tropes
16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:30 – 16:20, Odeon 3 (Point Square Dublin)
Castles, horses, and knights are the building blocks of European epic fantasy literature, but are we on the verge of having dredged these tropes dry? Is there still a sense of discovery for readers who are browsing the shelves of Eurocentric fantasy, especially in light of the exciting selection of epic fantasy literature from around the world? And how do we revive and/or reshape new epic tales that are rooted in Europe’s fantastic past?
From fan to pro
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
The transition from being fan writers, artists, and content creators to making a living from your passions can change how you interact in fan spaces such as social media and conventions. Our panel of professional fans and fans-turned-pros discuss their experiences.
Autographs: Sunday at 10:00
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)