I have my schedule for Dublin WorldCon! If you’re going to be there, do try to catch me at some point and say hi.
What has science ever done for art?
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 18:00 – 18:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
From the making of art materials to the understanding of anatomy, what scientific discoveries have helped to make art what it is today?
Grzegorz Aleksander Biały (Atelier Improwizacji), Tom Toner (Gollancz), Marie Brennan
The above panel was unfortunately canceled.
Stories from other media turned into games
16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 – 12:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
From the transition of ‘select-your own adventure’ books to Douglas Adams’ first computer game version of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, storytellers have been happy to entice their audience to play in their worlds through games. What are the different ways they done this? Which stories have transitioned well? Which have not?
Michael Cule (M), Rebecca Slitt (Choice of Games LLC), William C. Tracy (Space Wizard Science Fantasy), Marie Brennan, Keith Byrne (Tantalus)
Autographs: Friday at 14:00
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
Victoria “V.E.” Schwab (Tor Books, Titan, HarperCollins, Scholastic), Marie Brennan, Sarah Pinsker (SFWA), Taiyo Fujii (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Japan), Sam Hawke, Mary Turzillo
Reading: Marie Brennan
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 13:30 – 13:50, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)
The bare bones of worldbuilding: archaeology in SFF
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Whether it’s an actual archaeological dig looking for evidence of alien civilisations or fantasy characters camping in the ruins of their ancestors, archaeological evidence and research can be used to help develop a world beyond the here and now and add complex layers to a story without the need for exposition. The panel will discuss the ways in which archaeology has been used to deepen SFF worldbuilding and storytelling.
Ehud Maimon (M), Dr Katrin Kania (pallia – Mittelalter hautnah), Alyc Helms, Marie Brennan
Kaffeeklatsch: Marie Brennan
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
Invented Mythologies in SF
19 Aug 2019, Sunday 19:00 – 19:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
Whether it’s creation myths for sentient AIs or a pantheon of alien gods, invented mythologies can add depth and weight to SF storytelling. How have myths from our own past informed the creation of fictitious mythologies in SF? Where do you start when inventing mythology? What makes a mythos convincing, and how do you subtly weave your mythology into the narrative?
Fonda Lee (M), Marina J. Lostetter, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marie Brennan
Dragons, wyrms, and serpents: why the myth endures
19 Aug 2019, Monday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Hall 2A (Dances) (CCD)
There are a lot of mythical beasts that can and do feature in fantasy, but the dragon/wyrm/serpent seems to be one of the most popular. What are the reasons for this enduring popularity? What roles does it perform? What mythic properties does it embody and why do these continue to resonate (if they do)?
Marie Brennan, Karen Simpson Nikakis (SOV Consulting LLC -SOV Media) (M), Aliette de Bodard, Naomi Novik, Joey Yu (Kino Eye Ltd. / Freelance)
It’s going to be a busy few days . . .