I’m going to Loncon3, the 2014 Worldcon

And the people responsible have been so foolish as to put me on panels.

Three of them.

Chivalrous critics of fannish dimensions

Saturday 20:00 – 21:00

What makes a good epic fantasy? Does quality of prose matter, or is insisting on literary rigor killjoy and elitist? Is it possible to ‘overthink’ your experience of reading epic fantasy – or is it patronising to the sub-genre to suggest it should be given an easier ride than other types of writing? What are some of the primary critiques of epic fantasy and how can they be used to improve the genre moving forward?

Seeing the Future, Knowing the Past

Sunday 12:00 – 13:30

Fantasy’s use of prophecy – knowable futures – often parallels the way it treats the past, as something both knowable and stable: details of history known from a thousand years back, kingly bloodlines in direct descent for several hundreds of years, etc. In reality, George I of England was 58th in line for the throne and there is a Jacobean claimant still out there somewhere. No one really knows where France originated. History is messy and mutable. Why is fantasy so keen on the known?

Critical Diversity: Beyond Russ and Delany

Monday 11:00 – 12:00

The popular history of SF criticism might just be, if possible, even more straight, white and male than the popular history of SF — but things are changing. Online and in journals, diverse voices are starting to reach a critical (if you’ll excuse the pun) mass. Which publishers and venues are most welcoming to critics from marginalised groups? What are the strengths and weaknesses of academic and popular discourse, in this area? And most importantly, whose reviews and essays are essential reading?


I’m not sure if the panel participants have been finalised yet.

6 thoughts on “I’m going to Loncon3, the 2014 Worldcon

  1. Do I recognize where the title of the first panel comes from? *winks*

  2. I think that today while I was working on the outline for a review I accidentally coined a new sub genre. It may NEED to be discussed in a couple of those panels.

    Epic Rantasy

    I believe the definition is evident.

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