Rereading: What Stands the Test of Time and Why? Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Room 623
Moderator: Ellen Klages. Ellen Klages, Richard Chwedyk, Chip Hitchcock, Katya Pendill, Jo Walton
Jo Walton follows up on her popular Tor.com postings by revisiting — in depth and with grace — some of the "lost" SF and fantasy classics of yesteryear, or ones you just may have not thought of in a while. Discover or rediscover books you'd want to read, learn more about genres and sub-genres, and let Jo and her fellow panelists guide you through worlds you may not have known existed.
Imaginary Book Club Sat, 10:00–11:15 am Room 634
Moderator: Victoria Janssen. Victoria Janssen, Richard Chwedyk, Elise Matthesen, Jude McLaughlin, Jo Walton
Each of five panelists presents a review of an imaginary book, and other panelists discuss the books, arguing improv-style. Possible books: Gardner Dozois's anthology of voicemail-focused speculative fiction; Joanna Russ's long-lost vampire romance; "Monitor (Lizard)" by Cory Doctorow and David Icke.
It's Actually Quite Hard to Rip a Bodice Part 2: Historical Accuracy in Fiction, Advanced Discussion Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm Capitol B
Moderator: Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary Robinette Kowal, Amy Butler Greenfield, Vylar Kaftan, Delia Sherman, Jo Walton
Continuing the discussion from WisCon 36, the panelists will offer more advanced techniques for conducting historical research, ensuring accuracy, and how to handle situations with problematic historical attitudes to race, class, and gender.
Playing with the Shiny Muse Sat, 4:00–5:15 pm Room 634
Moderator: Elise Matthesen. Elise Matthesen, Amal El-Mohtar, Naomi Kritzer, Rez, Jo Walton
Elise Matthesen was nominated for a World Fantasy Award in 2009 "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges.'" Jo Walton has gotten necklaces for several of her novels and written poetry inspired by new work posted online by Elise. Others have written short stories, poetry, and songs. Every WisCon, ten to twenty percent of the membership writes haiku for earrings. What's useful and interesting about playing with the shiny muse? How does that work?
Why is this my favourite book? Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm Caucus
Moderator: Rowan Littell. Rowan Littell, Anna LaForge, Beverly Friend, Jeanne Gomoll, Jo Walton
It's easy to talk about things you hate; it can be much more difficult to describe what you love, to understand why you love it, and to communicate your passion to others. Yet expressing why you love a book can help you understand what you look for in literature, and illuminate what sorts of things — both textual and non-textual — make a book powerful. When a book has "heart," for example, what does that mean? How does it show itself? Listen to these avid readers talk about their favorite books in ways that go beyond "squee."
Guest of Honor Reading: Jo Walton Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm Wisconsin
(Will be reading from My Real Children which will, failing disasters, be finished by then.)
Guest of Honor Speeches and Tiptree Ceremony Sun, 8:30–9:45 pm Capitol/Wisconsin
Joan Slonczewski, Jo Walton
This Guest of Honor event is the high point of WisCon programming; it's the formal event at which we honor our guests and listen to what they have to say to us. In the past, we've heard rallying calls to political action, humorous anecdotes, scholarly treatises, exposes, autobiographies, earthshaking ideas, and passionate and lyrical speeches. For instance, Pat Murphy initiated the Tiptree Award as part of her 1991 Guest of Honor speech at WisCon 15.
(Still NO IDEA what I'm going to talk about. I've decided to finish the book before worrying about it.)
The Rules of Magic Mon, 10:00–11:15 am Senate A
Moderator: Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary Robinette Kowal, David Emerson, Beth Friedman, Alex Gurevich, Jo Walton
We all know that science has rules; in fact, much of the work that scientists do involves figuring out what the rules are. But how about magic? Is it just a complete free-for-all, where anything goes, where anything you can possibly imagine is doable in your fictional world? Or is there something to be gained by having magic follow its own logic, where there are limits, boundaries, certain things that just can't be done no matter how hard you wish? And, if that's the case, how does magic differ at all from science? Does it even matter if it doesn't? What's the proper role for tools and prosthetics in magical technology?
The SignOut Mon, 11:30 am–12:45 pm