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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for A.C. Wise

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. A.C. Wise may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 10:00 pm: Reading (Wise) (Ends at: 10:25 pm) Frederick
Panelists: A.C. Wise
Saturday 10:00 am: Alternative Sexualities in SF/F (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Meg Frank, Emmie Mears (M), Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise
How well are alternative sexualities (or sexuality of any kind) portrayed in science fiction and fantasy?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Best Short Fiction of 2014 (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Sarah Pinsker (M), Norm Sherman, Sean Wallace, A.C. Wise
Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites? Which do you think deserve to be nominated for the Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy etc? Which short fiction pieces deserve to be nominated but won't and why not?
Saturday 10:00 pm: A Whiter Shade of Pale (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Shahid Mahmud, Emmie Mears, Sherin Nicole (M), A.C. Wise
The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. It wasn't that long ago that Justine Larbalestier had to protest the use of a white cover model to depict her mixed race protagonist. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities? Is the fear of getting it wrong overwhelming the desire to portray more diverse protagonists and non-Western settings?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Nonbinary Gender in SF/F (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, A.C. Wise (M)
Alex Dally McFarland's post-binary gender series at Tor.com has caused the occasional bit of controversy. However, there is no reason why science fiction and fantasy should have characters that don't conveniently split into male and female, especially when dealing with alien life forms.
Sunday 3:00 pm: When Did Fangirl Become a Dirty Word? (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sunny Moraine, Sherin Nicole (M), Janine Spendlove, A.C. Wise
It used to connote enthusiasm, now it implies contempt. Why is this? What can be done to combat this attitude?

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