(These times/dates are New Zealand time. Follow link at bottom to the con site and you can set a local time for your membership account.)
“Science Fiction/Fantasy from the Chinese Diaspora”
29 Jul 2020, Wednesday 11:00 – 11:50, Academic Programme (Programming)
Along with the language, the centuries-old Chinese diaspora has produced science fiction/fantasy for decades. How does it differ; how is it influenced by its environment and mix with local cultures? It’s considered mainstream in some areas yet not in others. What myths echo from Chinese culture and how has it been made unique to the countries where the diaspora settled?
Joyce Chng, Dr. Bradford Lyau (firstname.lastname@example.org), Andy Dudak (email@example.com), Kin-Ming Looi (Quantum Security Services Ltd) (firstname.lastname@example.org), Joe Monti (Saga Press) (M) (email@example.com)
“Epidemics and Plagues in the Real World and in Fiction”
29 Jul 2020, Wednesday 15:00 – 15:50, Programme Room 2 (Webinar) (Programming)
Epidemics are on the mind of many of us. The panel looks at the science and history of epidemics, as well as how they have been treated in fiction.
Andy Dudak (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mason A. Porter (University of California) (M) (email@example.com), Dr. Perrianne Lurie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Freya Marske (email@example.com)
“Reading: Andy Dudak”
30 Jul 2020, Thursday 12:00 – 12:25, Reading Room 2 (Programming)
I plan to read from my Interzone story ‘Salvage.’
Andy Dudak (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Killing Your Own Grandparent: Time Travel in SF”
31 Jul 2020, Friday 02:00 PM NZST, Programming – Programme Room 2 (Webinar)
Time travel has been a popular subject in SF in all its forms. How is this tricky subject handled in a way to make it believable? Which popular time travel gimmicks or ideas work, and which seem silly?
Amal El-Mohtar, Elizabeth Knox, Gillian Polack, and this guy.
“Post The Three-Body Problem: What Is Happening in Mainland Chinese Science Fiction?”
31 Jul 2020, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Programme Room 3 (Webinar) (Programming)
Remembrance of Earth’s Past novels made mainland Chinese science fiction much more prominent. Was it the same in China? How were young mainland Chinese authors influenced by these books? Did it make a difference for the kind of mainland Chinese science fiction being published today?
Andy Dudak (email@example.com), Rebecca Kuang (Harper Voyager) (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yen Ooi (email@example.com), Taiyo Fujii (SFWJ) (firstname.lastname@example.org), Regina Kanyu Wang (M) (email@example.com)
Come one come all! Here’s the whole schedule. So much good stuff…