Doyle’s Arisia Sked
What Lies Beneath: Adding Subtext to Your Story Alcott Fri 8:30 PM
In real life and in storytelling, what -isn’t- being said is often more gripping than the actual dialogue between your characters. How can you use subtext to develop your characters and boost suspense? What dialogue tricks, body language, and setting communicate there’s a story which isn’t being told? Our panelists will teach you how to make your characters lie, dodge, and evade the thing they don’t want to face, all while foreshadowing the existence of inner demons.
Reading: Doyle, Ronald, Macdonald Hale Sat 10:00 AM
Expecto Patronum: Animal Symbolism in SFF Marina 1 Sat 5:30 PM
Symbolic and magical connections to animals are a standard trope in fantasy. But they are also prevalent in science fiction. From Black Panther to the Mockingjay, characters’ connections to particular animals can say a lot about them, especially in the context of the culture that produced them. What do animals mean in SFF, and how have they changed as we learn more about biodiversity and the changing natural world?
The 100 Year Old Barbed Wire: The Great War & SF Marina 2 Sun 1:00 PM
We are in the midst of the centenary of World War I. The US was not hit badly by it compared to Europe, and in 2017 the centenary of US involvement (6 April 1917) is coming up. How did the war and its aftermath change society and our idea of the future. Could “Brave New World” or “Things to Come” or other early classics of speculative fiction been written without the war’s impact? Why do so many alternate histories use earlier or later events as a changing point rather than this one?
Macdonald’s Arisia Sked:
Reading: Doyle, Ronald, Macdonald Hale Writing Sat 10:00 AM
Just the Facts: Vaccines Alcott Sat 8:30 PM
Why do we need a flu shot every year? Why do more people have to get vaccinated when the vaccine is less effective? What kind of harm _can_ they cause? And why is the U.S. having measles outbreaks again when Pakistan and India are eliminating polio? Come hear the science, the anti-science, and the ongoing discussions of immunology and epidemiology.
Pew-Pew-Pew! How to Write a Sci-Fantasy Gunfight Hale Sun 1:00 PM
Whether you write steampunk, gritty urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction or futuristic sci-fi, chances are you’ll need to write a gunfight. What kind of firearm (gun, pulse cannon or ray-gun) should your characters use? How should they secure and store their weapon? What are their weapon’s limitations? What materials will provide cover when the enemy fires at them? Don’t let your gunfights be like the Stormtroopers who always miss!!!
Going Viral: How Pathogens Spread Faneuil Sun 8:30 PM
Zombies don’t really work, but viruses do. This is a look at fast versus slow pathogens and how they can spread. Maybe it’s time to buy that house in Madagascar?