WorldCon 80 / ChiCon 8 Schedule

I’m thrilled about this rich, juicy, officialized, WorldCon record 14-item program they have lined up for me at this year’s WorldCon 80 in Chicago, ChiCon 8. Feeling like a heavy hitter! Norwescon had me on for 13, so this might be a record paneling high for my whole convention career. For virtual attendees, my reading will be broadcast over Airmeet.

A mix of central topics and delightful diversions, I’m also honored to be sharing panels with childhood bookshelf hero Tamora Pierce, Seanan McGuire, Todd Gallowglas, Jeffe Kennedy, KM Herkes, and an entire solid pantheon of creative luminaries. Yes, someone at my local venue called me a luminary, and I’m still glowing over it. I also suspect that my reputation now precedes me, and someone may actually be reading my books.

SCHEDULE:

Death Be Not Proud: Character Demises That Killed Us
Description
Many deaths of beloved characters may propel story, but often they can feel squandered or haphazard. Simultaneously, well-written deaths rip our hearts out every time. Is there a “right” way to exit a character? Are there wrong ways—like “fridging”? Experts will look at how gender and race tends to influence how individuals are killed in speculative TV shows and movies, and examine what sorts of shows show death in all of its gory details, while others let us assume someone has died without showing anything.
Space/Time
Crystal Ballroom B Thursday, September 1, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Terraforming and Alien Life
Description
If we terraform a planet, what happens to the living things that evolved there? Would an “Earth-like” planet have living things we could live alongside? How might Earth life integrate into an alien ecology? This panel will contemplate the ecological impacts of making another planet more Earth-like.
Space/Time
Regency Ballroom D Thursday, September 1, 2022, 4:00 PM CDT

The Hero’s Journey for All Genders
Description
Modern hero journeys are not created equal. Male heroic journeys often start with a scrappy underdog who comes into his own, while modern women’s heroic journeys hone in on their being acknowledged for power they already possess. How do journeys between male, female, and nonbinary characters differ? How is race a factor? How are they different in modern TV and film representations than pre-1990s? Are these gendered journeys mere cliché? What are some recent and historical examples that break the mold, and how does that change how they are perceived?
Space/Time
Grand Hall L Friday, September 2, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT

Story Time—Science Fiction
Description
Attendees will vote on a Science Fiction story to be read aloud, followed by a craft.
Space/Time
Comiskey Friday, September 2, 2022, 2:45 PM CDT

Walking in Platforms and Heels
Description
Many current fashions, as well as those from across media genres, feature characters soaring on heels, wedges, or platform shoes. If you are not experienced in the ways that your center of gravity, gait, and balance change when wearing tall shoes, it can be intimidating to try for the first time. In this workshop, bring a pair of shoes that you would like to practice walking in and our facilitator will guide you through the basics, as well as guiding you through some practice exercises. Folks of all gender identities are welcome to participate in this workshop.
Space/Time
Randolph 2 Friday, September 2, 2022, 7:00 PM CDT

Fandom Talks: Books
Description
Do you have a favorite book or series that you love to talk about? We will collect ideas throughout the day into a jar. Then, with the help of some special guests, we will choose some topics and hear from everyone about their favorite books in fandom!
Space/Time
Comiskey Saturday, September 3, 2022, 12:45 PM CDT

Story Time—Fantasy
Description
Attendees will vote on a Fantasy story to be read aloud, followed by a craft.
Space/Time
Comiskey Saturday, September 3, 2022, 2:45 PM CDT

Supporting Genderqueer, Nonbinary, and Trans Friends and Fans
Description
While some fannish spaces are welcoming for genderqueer, nonbinary and trans folks, many people whose gender identity doesn’t align with cultural norms still receive intrusive questions or are treated as curiosities and information sources rather than as fans. Gender-nonconforming panelists discuss pitfalls for cisgender folks to avoid, ways to support gender-diverse friends and acquaintances in fandom, and hopes for the future of fannish spaces.
Space/Time
Randolph 2 Saturday, September 3, 2022, 5:30 PM CDT

Table Talk – Eva L. Elasigue
Description
Eva L. Elasigue writes the fantasy space opera trilogy Bones of Starlight. Also a writer in other forms, she’s a conceptual and actual adventurer with varied creative interests.
Space/Time
Crystal Foyer Sunday, September 4, 2022, 10:00 AM CDT

Reading – Eva L. Elasigue
Description
Virtual Reading – Eva L. Elasigue
Space/Time
Airmeet Readings Sunday, September 4, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

Fandom Talks: SFF Anime and Comics
Description
Let’s have a conversation about SFF anime and comics with some special guests who know a lot about these topics. We will collect ideas all day long and make a jar that we can pick out of for some conversation starters!
Space/Time
Comiskey Sunday, September 4, 2022, 2:45 PM CDT

Superhero Action Poses
Description
Liven up your day with invigorating poses inspired by comic book superheros and villains! Non-traditional movement activity, for all skill levels and abilities.
Space/Time
Grand Hall GH Monday, September 5, 2022, 10:00 AM CDT

Autographing – Eva L. Elasigue
Description
Autographing – Eva L. Elasigue Note: Autographing allows a maximum of 3 items per trip through the signing line.
Space/Time
Autographing Monday, September 5, 2022, 11:30 AM CDT

The Super Scientists of the Multiverse Panel
Description
The super scientist is a popular trope across comics of all genres. Who have been the greatest successes in this area? Have there been any stand-out failures? Is it possible to write a true “super genius” scientist archetype without reducing them to an arrogant villain in waiting? Can intellect be celebrated without vilification?
Space/Time
Randolph 3 Monday, September 5, 2022, 1:00 PM CDT

ArmadilloCon Austin On Now

These are my panels at ArmadilloCon 44 in Austin, TX this weekend. The Naming panel was cool, and from here I’m headed to the next:

-Chek Lonescrum: The Art of Making Fantastical Character Names – Fri 5:00 PM
Panelists discuss notable speculative character names, naming conventions and techniques, and apply fresh fantasy names to audience members.

-Human Nature/ Alien Nature – Fri 10:00 PM
Our panelists talk about the often implicit assumptions authors make about what makes humans or aliens tick. Are we/they inherently greedy or self-serving or violent or empathetic or subservient or… is writing a true “alien” mind something we aren’t even capable of?

-Pushing Characters To Their Limits: How Do They Survive Your Stories? – Sat 11:00 AM
How much can you punish your characters? How much damage can they take and reasonably keep going? How long can they go without food? And if the situation is extreme enough, where will they find it? How much can magic or technology save them before it’s not believable, or just removes all tension from the story?

-Kaffeeklatch – Eva L. Elasigue Sat 2:00 PM

-Signing Session – Sat 3:00 PM

-Integrating Your Hobbies Into Your Writing – Sat 5:00 PM
“Write what you know” they said. So the best way to do that, even when writing SFF, is to bring what you know– the things that you obsessively do in your spare time– into the story. Here’s how to tap into that deep love and knowledge you have to enrich your stories, while going so deep that you lose everyone but the true believers.

-The Future of Identity in SF – Sat 7:00 PM
As SF continues to explore transhumanity, artificial intelligence and alien life, concepts of who we are, of what defines the self and personhood— in terms of consciousness, gender, humanity, even physicality— can be explored through wider and wider lenses. How do we best express these explorations of the possible?

-Reading – Eva L. Elasigue – Sun 10:30 AM

-The World of Analog Horror – Sun 1:00 PM
Local 58, The Mandela Catalog, Gemini Home Entertainment. Explore the world of this unique subgenere of horror, and why it can be so effective.

OryCon Nov 13-15

Hot on the heels of WFC, here’s a favorite local convention. It was the first to feature me as an author, after WorldCon, though Seattle’s NorwesCon followed as soon as the calendar would allow. Portland has been my sometime home, and among my foremost friendship cities.

Due to the pandemic, this will be available to everyone everywhere this year! I’m looking forward to sharing a virtual table with some panelists who I’ve attended for a while. Also, I’m finally on the Space Opera panel, and the Genre Hybrid panel, plus a Worldbuilding panel, with a reading – this is the dream panel schedule I’d been wanting since the very beginning, and better. My OryCon / OR-eCon schedule is as follows (I find this pasted block formatting to be novel, so I’m leaving it this way):

Building Your World in Science Fiction
Zoom 2 – Writing
Fri Nov 13 1:00pm – 1:50pm
Where we will discuss how to research, plot, and develop the setting in science fiction literature.
Eva L. Elasigue, Lee French, David D. Levine
Losing Track of Reality
Zoom 3 – Science
Fri Nov 13 2:00pm – 2:50pm
Whether from belief in magic exploited by hucksters, false news stories created and exploited by politicians, disinformation promulgated for profit, flat Earth and young Earth dogmas, and entertainment fantasy taken too seriously, reality in history and science seem under attack.  Is this actually getting worse?  Could the inability of a faux-news fed public to deal realistically with the scientific issues of diseases, overpopulation, and climate change pose an existential threat to humanity? What, as writers and readers, should we do about it?
April Aasheim, Eva L. Elasigue, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
Genre Hybrids
Zoom 2 – Writing
Sat Nov 14 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Stories that incorporate core concepts and elements of more than one traditional genre offer something particularly satisfying for those drawn to them. A discussion on these with writers who create them.
April Aasheim, K.G. (Karen) Anderson, Eva L. Elasigue, David D. Levine
Space Opera
Zoom 6 – General
Sat Nov 14 1:00pm – 1:50pm
What is space opera, and what draws people to the macroscopic, multivaried saga? Scope, scale, narrative, and humanity in expansive storytelling.
Eva L. Elasigue, Rhiannon Held, David D. Levine
The Reality of Gender in Space-Themed Science Fiction
Zoom 3 – Science
Sat Nov 14 2:00pm – 2:50pm
When encountering new species on distant worlds, science fiction writers can think up the most brilliant of cultures and colors and tech, but too often resort to ‘male’ and ‘female’ genders. Chat with a PhD in mycology (the study of fungi) on how uncommon binary genders are even on earth, and how to broaden your worldview, both as readers and writers, into the potential richness of different evolutionary tracks.rnrn(TLDR: how to make better aliens using science)
Eva L. Elasigue, Joyce Reynolds-Ward
All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again
Zoom 6 – General
Sat Nov 14 5:00pm – 5:50pm
In the aftermath of 9/11, Battlestar Galactica was reimagined as a means of helping us understand how we had arrived at and how we might cope with a radically changed world. This discussion focuses on the road narrative in BSG and other SF and how ancient archetypes, hero’s journeys, and more can help us learn from the past and create a different future.
Eva L. Elasigue, Jake Jackson, Jennifer Willis
Eva Elasigue Reading
Zoom 4 – Readings
Sun Nov 15 11:00am – 11:25am
Eva Elasigue reads from her works.
Eva L. Elasigue

Norwescon Schedule

Here is my schedule for Norwescon Seattle, April 18-21! I’m enthused to be included in programming all weekend long. Come find me, or I just might find you.

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Supporting Our Writing Community
Cascade 7 & 8
Thursday 2–3 p.m.
The writing world can feel small and vast all at once. As a community, we can help one another grow as authors, connect to others in the industry, and lift each other up during trying times. As a team, we are much stronger. Take part in this panelist/audience discussion to come up with new ways we can support our fellow authors, agents, and editors.
Jasmine Silvera (M), Chimedum Ohaegbu, Jon Lasser, Eva L. Elasigue

Check your Writer Privilege
Cascade 7 & 8
Thursday 4–5 p.m.
Writers have been wrong before, and they’ll be wrong again. A bad blog post, a great tweet—it’s part of the job to take risks. Even if you’re writing well, you’ll make mistakes. Join us as we discuss potential appropriation issues and how to handle these writing and professional snafus, both within yourself and your audience, and how to grow from the experience.
J. F. High (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Ren Cummins

Storing the Harvest
Cascade 10
Thursday 6–7 p.m.
How did people escape the endless cycle of feast or famine? We will review techniques to prepare and preserve meats and vegetables and see if any of these techniques are still appropriate today. Samples may be available for the brave.
Alan Andrist (M), Dr. Ricky, Ann Shilling, Eva L. Elasigue

Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
Friday 9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, which sometimes correlate to traditional yoga or martial arts, straight from the panels or scenes. Breathe deeply. Relax and loosen those muscles like the hero you are. Go boldly into your Norwescon Friday energized for the day’s activities! Wear comfortable clothes. This is a low-impact physical activity.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Science Builds!
Cascade 5 & 6
Friday 11–noon
Could science build the animals of fantasy? Could a dragon exist? Breath fire? Fly? Talk?
Jake McKinzie (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Charlotte Lewis Brown, Dr. Ricky

Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
Saturday 9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, which sometimes correlate to traditional yoga or martial arts, straight from the panels or scenes. Breathe deeply. Relax and loosen those muscles like the hero you are. Go boldly into your Norwescon Friday energized for the day’s activities! Wear comfortable clothes. This is a low-impact physical activity.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

I Love Your Work, I Promise: Support Tips for Busy Geeks
Cascade 11
Saturday 11–noon
We’ve all been there. An artist we like is doing something cool, and we want to support them, but we don’t have the money, the time, or the spoons. How can we still show our support? Come find answers direct from our pros (who are fans too!). They’ll share tips on ways to show fannish gratitude, even when you’re strapped for resources.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Shubzilla, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Creativity Toolbox For Young Writers and Artists
Olympic 1
Saturday noon–1 p.m.
Come to Olympic 1 to join a variety of fun games and activities that will build a toolbox of skills for young creators of all kinds.
Kari Ann Ramadorai (M), Eva L. Elasigue

Anime, Anime, Anime!
Cascade 5 & 6
Saturday 9–10 p.m.
For all of you who wish you could be at Sakura Con as well as Norwescon, this panel is for you! We’ll be diving into the wonderful world of anime and covering the basics for those of you who are sticking your toes in for the first time, as well as exploring the latest and the greatest for those of you who have been swimming around for a while now.
Mimi Noyes (M), Gabriel de los Angeles, Eva L. Elasigue

Reading: Eva L. Elasigue
Cascade 3
Sunday 10:30–11 a.m.
Bones of Starlight 2: Abyss Surrounding, the newly-released second volume of Bones of Starlight, the fantasy space opera trilogy! When few can cross the growing divide, those who do become the fulcrum in the turn of events. Vedani, the Hirylien Remainder, Kao-Sidhe, and exile Dragons, together exert their concerted resentments upon the Pan-Galactic Imperium, which begins to waver with uncertainty. Chains of connection break and form as critical elements rearrange. Rated PG.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Writer AND Publisher – What Were You Thinking?
Cascade 11
Sunday 11–noon
Science fiction writers who are also publishers talk about the different skills of a writer versus a publisher, and why they ended up doing both.
Tod McCoy (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Sienna Saint-Cyr

Norwescon

My schedule for
Norwescon 41 Seattle
March 29-April 1

(note that I share an autographing session with Guest of Honor Ken Liu!)

–THURSDAY

Magic: Status Quo or Revolution?
5:00pm – 6:00pm @ Cascade 10
Fonda Lee (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Joseph Brassey

Words to Images
6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Cascade 12
Lee Moyer (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Kent Hamilton

Worldbuilding: Biology
8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 10
Eva L. Elasigue (M), Kurt Cagle, DameRuth

–FRIDAY

Superhero Yoga
9:30am – 10:00am @ Grand 2
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Alien Biology
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 12
Eva L. Elasigue (M), DameRuth, Jake McKinzie, Mathew Wedel

Cyborgs and Purple Unicorns: Gender in Science Fiction
11:00am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
Nisi Shawl (M), Eva L. Elasigue, keerawa

Using Tarot to Create Characters
4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Cascade 5 & 6
Eva L. Elasigue (M), Barth Anderson, Joseph Carriker, Jon Lasser

–SATURDAY

Superhero Yoga
9:30am – 10:00am @ Grand 2
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

Ethnobotany
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 5 & 6
Jake McKinzie (M), Cynthiann Heckelsmiller, DameRuth, Eva L. Elasigue

Autograph Session 2
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Grand 2
Chris Pramas, Galen Dara, Ken Liu, Mathew Wedel, Nicole Lindroos, Barth Anderson, Tina Connolly, Fonda Lee, G. Willow Wilson, Joseph Carriker, Kat Richardson, Nancy Kress, Sandra M. Odell, Tanya D., Curtis C. Chen, Dawn Vogel, Nisi Shawl, E. Lily Yu, Eva L. Elasigue, Jack Skillingstead, Joseph Brassey, K. C. Alexander, Lee Moyer, Meg Elison, Pat MacEwen, Patrick Swenson, Rhiannon Held, Scott James Magner, Dean Wells, Carrie Vaughn

Themysciran Training Academy
4:00pm – 4:30pm @ Olympic 1
Eva L. Elasigue (M), Meris Mullaley, Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark

Reading: Eva L. Elasigue
6:00pm – 6:30pm @ Cascade 4
Eva L. Elasigue (M)

–SUNDAY

Elementary My Dear, Bilbo
11:00am – 12:00pm @ Cascade 10
Kat Richardson (M), Pat MacEwen, Kay Kenyon, Eva L. Elasigue