My Panels at WorldCon in Chicago

Disability in Creativity: Making Art Within Specific Needs

Location: (in person) Roosevelt 3

Date and time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Ariela Housman (m) she/her
Misty-Dawn Amayi she/her
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki he/him
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: It’s becoming more common for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses to work from home, providing creative services. In these cases, there are a lot of difficulties that can present when contending with an ableist landscape. Shipping products with limited mobility, managing workloads with limited energy, negotiating prices through social struggles, and providing results in spite of executive function barriers, just to highlight a few. Our panelists will explore the various problems and possible solutions.

Taking care of your diverse attendees

Location: (in person) Crystal Ballroom A

Date and Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Mary Robinette Kowal (m) she/her
Jaime Garmendia he/him
Kris “Nchanter” Snyder they/them
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Beyond the lip service of be nice to everyone, there are real steps that conrunners can take to foster more inclusive conventions. The wording of codes of conduct (and how violations are reported and handled), creating safer spaces, and making sure not only to invite people from historically marginalized groups, but also exclude those who are unwelcoming to people from those populations. These panelists will lay out the basics, give some practical tips and resources for how to actually implement strategies, and will field questions from the audience

LGBTQIA+ Elder Meetup

Location: (virtual) Airmeet Table Talks

Date and Time: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Catherine Lundoff (m) she/her
Heather Rose Jones she/her
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Join other older members of the LGBTQIA+ from around the world in this virtual meetup. This meetup is geared towards members age 50-ish and up. (Allies are asked not to attend.)

Queer Eye for Sci-Fi

Location: (in-person) Atlanta

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Elizabeth Bear (m) she/they
Blue Neustifter she/her
Catherine Lundoff she/her
Elijah Kinch Spector he/him
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: There is a long and complex history of queerness in fiction, from queer-coded villains in pulp novels to the more diverse spectrum of characterization in the last decade or so. Join panelists as they discuss the recent state of genre queerness, like Marvel’s long-overdue queer superheros, the Nebula-Award winning This is How You Lose the Time War, and P. Djèlí Clark’s marvelously queer protagonist in 2021’s Master of Djinn.

March of Time

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 3

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT  https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Wendy Van Camp (m) she/her
James L. Cambias
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir
Terri Favro she/her
William S. Higgins he/him

Description: Some things sound futuristic and impressive when they are created, only to be outstripped quickly by actual events. The Enterprise D in Star Trek: The Next Generation had a computer with a terabyte of storage. That sounded very impressive when storage was measured in megabytes, but servers today, hundreds of years before TNG is set, have terabytes of RAM and far more storage. How do we avoid being outdated so quickly without seeming implausible to contemporary audiences? Is it even possible?

Sycorax’s Daughters and Other Witchy Works

Location: (virtual), Airmeet 2

Date and Time: Friday, September 2, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Freya Marske (m) she/her
Kate Heartfield she/her
Magenta Griffith they/them
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: Linda D. Addison, Kinitra Brooks, and Susana Moore co-edited the groundbreaking anthology of Black horror collection whose title was inspired by the little known witch mother of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. But Sycorax is one of a long line of magical women said to be witches. This panel is a chance to rave about our favorite witch novels, stories, and books and will explore witches in speculative fiction. We’ll also discuss the ways in which women’s magic is depicted has evolved over time.

The Horror Blacklist

Location; (virtual) Airmeet 3

Time and Location: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT (virtual) https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Alex Jennings he/him
Penelope Flynn she/her
teri.zin they/she

Description: Get OutHis House,MaCandymanLovecraft CountryThe Black List Anthology, and Them—Black protagonists are having a Renaissance in horror films and anthologies. What’s new in these films (i.e., Black folks as heroes/agents and not only victims), what does this say about societal changes (or not), and what are the best stories being told that reflect Black experience?

Equity vs. Equality in Science Fiction

Location: (in-person) Randolph 2

Time and Date: September 3, 2022, 4:00 PM https://chicon.org/

Participants: Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Elsa Sjunneson she/her
Erin Roberts she/her
Phoebe Wagner she/her
Tommy Kucera he/him
Description: Optimistic science fiction often depicts societies that have achieved equality—all people are “treated the same”—but this is very different from the more complicated and meaningful feat of achieving equity—making sure that all people have the resources and opportunities they need. We’ll talk about the difference between those two terms, with examples of science fiction that engages these issues to tackle unconscious biases and issues of structural injustice in society.

From Fandom Writer to Trade Publishing Author

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 2

Time and Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022, 8:30 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Freya Marske (m) she/her
Amanda Cherry she/her
barbara s barnett she/her
Sumiko Saulson they/them or ze/hir

Description: There are examples of fanfic writers eventually moving on to publishing content that isn’t directly tied to known intellectual property. How does a writer make that transition, and why? With recent advancements in self-publishing, is a traditional book deal appealing for somebody who has already developed their own following in fandom? Publishing professionals, fan writers, and editors explore the path from fanfic to trade publishing.

The Problem with the “Magical Negro”

Location: (virtual) Airmeet 2

Time and Date: Sunday, September 4, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT https://chicon.org/

Participants:
Sumiko Saulson (m) they/them or ze/hir
Alex Jennings he/him
LaShawn M. Wanak she/her
teri.zin they/she

Description: While the “magical negro” concept is not new, critic Scott Woods recently put Stephen King’s use of the trope into perspective, exploring how authors can consider themselves progressive while still using racist tropes (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7djRGSqwUyg). But King is not alone among authors who misunderstand how to portray Black characters. Using Woods’ lecture as a jumping-off point, we explore: Why does this trope persist? What to do with problematic works? How to recognize and call out its more subtle expressions?

~ by Sumiko Saulson on August 12, 2022.

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