Readercon 21 Participant Schedule: K. A. Laity
•Thursday 8:00 PM, Salon G: Talk / Discussion (90 min.)
Imagine or Die.
Barry B. Longyear with discussion by Lauren P. Burka, Gemma Files, Elaine Isaak, Mary Robinette Kowal, K. A. Laity, Resa Nelson.
A writer without a working imagination is stymied. We’ll take about the care and feeding of imagination, how to unleash it and let it run.
•Friday 12:00 Noon, RI: Event (60 min.)
A Dramatic Reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acts I & II.
Inanna Arthen, Ron Drummond, Greer Gilman, Adam Golaski, Caitlin R. Kiernan, K. A. Laity, John Langan, Shira Lipkin, Faye Ringel, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Eric M. Van. Update: I will be playing Quince.
[I’m skipping out at 1pm to go to Faye’s panel]
•Friday 2:00 PM, RI: Event (60 min.)
A Dramatic Reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Acts IV & V.
Inanna Arthen, Ron Drummond, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Greer Gilman, Adam Golaski, Walter H. Hunt, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, K. A. Laity, John Langan, Faye Ringel, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Eric M. Van. Update: I will be Puck 😀
•Friday 4:00 PM, ME/ CT: Talk / Discussion (60 min.)
How Electrons have Changed Writing and Reading.
Cecilia Tan with discussion by Inanna Arthen, Leah Bobet, K. Tempest Bradford, Barbara Krasnoff, K. A. Laity.
Ebooks, the Internet, social media networks, Paypal — have these really changed the writer/reader relationship forever? Not surprisingly, sf readers are early adopters of new tech and sf publishers are leading the way in new content delivery. Is it really possible with new tech for a writer to cut out the publisher and still make a living? Is the writer who wants to “just write” doomed to obscurity now? Writers, what forays into the new frontier of electronic publishing have you made and what did you find out there in the wild lands? Readers, what have you enjoyed and sought out, what would you welcome?
•Friday 10:15 PM, The Meet the Pros(e) Party
•Saturday 3:30 PM, VT: Reading (30 min.)
Reading excerpts from her novel Pelzmantel and Unikirja [or hey, I could just read the zombie western! I’ll take a vote from the audience if there is one; if there isn’t an audience, to the bar we go!]
•Sunday 2:00 PM, Salon F: Panel
It Is, It Is, It Really Is Fiction: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary F&SF.
Caitlin R. Kiernan, K. A. Laity (L), Shariann Lewitt, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Catherynne M. Valente. ** Leader (Participant / Moderator) **
Over forty years have passed since words like “frelk” and “kemmer” became part of the literature, and nearly twenty since the establishment of the Tiptree Awards — if we have not reached the gender-fluid futures of Tanith Lee’s Don’t Bite the Sun or Theodore Sturgeon’s Venus Plus X, where are the contemporary explorations of sexuality that is genuinely other? As it is inconceivable that there is an upper limit to the polymorphously perverse (and indeed, the internet disproves this theory on a regular basis) and on the understanding that one reader’s speculative fiction may be another’s day-to-day routine, we ask our panelists to consider the sexual state of the field, whether it be Simon Logan’s fetishcore fiction, the transformative erotica of Caitlin R. Kiernan, or the distinct possibility that the appeal of the modern vampire is merely necrophilia with better conversation.