Well, I told myself I was going to use my OPT year to the utmost, and apparently that means going to six conventions this year. (The Nebulas, WisCon and ReaderCon, so far.) Next on my docket: WorldCon! Come say hi if you'll be there!

WorldCon 76; San Jose, CA, Aug 16-20

Reading: Fireside Magazine: Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 211A (San Jose Convention Center)

The Culinary Speculative: Food In Fiction: Friday 12:00 - 13:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

Food is crucial to identity, and also intersects heavily with class, gender, and power. How does speculative fiction engage with these intersections? How do we use food as a lens to examine cultural narratives, or even to move beyond dominant Western narratives--for instance, who gets to decide what's a delicacy and what's disgusting? Whose appetites are catered to, and whose are labeled monstrous?

The Shape of Horror: Sunday 14:00 - 15:00, 210C (San Jose Convention Center)

An editor once said that horror is visceral, but more than that, it involves a moment when the protagonist could have made another choice. How much of horror is about structure vs. gore? In the spectrum of fiction, what takes a piece of speculative fiction and makes it horror?



Nibedita Sen