From nondescript protein slush to lavish 3D-printed meals, the way our characters eat establishes both their personalities and the worlds around them. Join our panelists as they discuss some of their favorite fictional foods, cutting-edge culinary technology, innovations they’ve incorporated into their writing, and more!
What would the world look like if its many buildings, modes of transportation, furniture, tools, and so much more were designed to accommodate people with different brains, bodies, and abilities? What would that world look like if it also had magic or futuristic technology or both? And what are the societal and cultural implications of […]
Fear is not something we’re born with; it’s taught to us or acquired through experience. When your culture and your experience is different from the “mainstream,” how does that change your fears? Join our panelists for a thought-provoking discussion.
The hero’s journey isn’t as universal as Campbell claimed, but kishōtenketsu isn’t the be-all-end-all of non-Western narrative structures either. Tune in to our knowledgeable panelists discussing a few of them.
Worldbuilding can be fun, but full of pitfalls when done carelessly especially in secondary worlds. Politics are embedded in every aspect of our lives so how does one go about crafting such political systems in their fiction? What considerations have to be made? Does creating an interesting world mean sometimes losing accuracy? These authors discuss […]
Fan labor is often the engine that drives our engagement with any media. We’re here to discuss the hidden economy of fansubs and translations and its relationship to the original creation, as well as to celebrate the dedication and joy that goes into this work.
Guest of Honor Njeri speaks.
Guest of Honor Vita Ayala speaks.
Traditional Southern Gothic evokes settings of decayed grandeur, the grotesque in physical form and in character actions, ingenue fragility, and othering people. Modern Southern Gothic, as interpreted by our panelists, embraces horror and Black-American folk magic traditions while presenting us with diverse experiences of Southern Gothic.