Sunday, May 18, 2008

Aqueduct Goes to WisCon: the 2008 preview

So. Aqueduct will be at WisCon. Big surprise, huh? Besides me, twelve other Aqueduct authors will be attending: Eleanor Arnason, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Theodora Goss, Eileen Gunn, Lesley Hall, Andrea Hairston, Sue Lange, Maureen McHugh, Nancy Jane Moore, Nisi Shawl, Anne Sheldon, Vandana Singh, and Wendy Walker. In addition, some of the members of our blog who aren't authors will be attending, as well. Although Aqueduct wasn't able to snag a parlor for a party this year, we will be in the Dealers Room beginning early Friday afternoon. Come and see us! Kath Wilham, our managing editor, will be there all weekend, and our cover designer, Lynne Lampe, will be there on Friday and Saturday.

For those who've been wondering why Plugged In isn't posted on Aqueduct's orders page, here's the deal: we're bringing 150 signed and numbered copies of Plugged In to WisCon, where we'll be selling them for $8 apiece in the Dealers Room. Those that we don't sell will retail, after the con, for $12. (Still pretty cheap for a signed and numbered edition, no?) That's because this little volume is intended to complement WisCon. If we sell out, we'll think about reprinting an unsigned, unnumbered edition, depending on demand. But I suspect this little book will be a one-off.

As I did last year, I'm posting here a list of the programming Aqueduct's writers and blog members will be doing:


6:00 Reception and reading at Room of One's Own-- Maureen & I will be giving short readings & everyone present will be celebrating the beginning of another WisCon


It's Not About Identity
Friday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. Assembly
M: L. Timmel Duchamp, Sylvia Kelso, Lauren Lacey, Joan Haran, Andrea Hairston

Opening Ceremonies
Nisi Shawl
7:30-8:30 P.M. Wisconsin

Aqueduct Press Writers II
Friday, 8:45-10:00 P.M. Conference 2
Sue Lange, Nisi Shawl, Wendy Walker, Carolyn Gilman, Anne Sheldon

Thinking Ahead: Feminists Thinking about possible near and middle futures and feminist responses to them
Friday, 8:45-10:00 P.M. Conference 4
M: Rebecca Holden, L. Timmel Duchamp, Sylvia Kelso

Not Just Japan: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Friday, 8:45-10:00 P.M. Caucus
M. Rachel Kronick, Vandana Singh, K.Joyce Tsai

Academics & Fans: Bringing them Together #2
Friday, 10:15-11:30 P.M. Conference 3
M: Joan Haran

Balancing Creativity And The Day Job
Saturday, 8:30-9:45 A.M. Senate B
M: Jennifer Pelland, Catherine Lundoff, Caroline Stevermer, Jordan Castillo Price, Vandana Singh

Technology and the Environment
Saturday, 8:30-9:45 A.M. Capitol A
M: Alexander Lamb, Matthew Austern, Sue Lange, Adrian Simmons

Defining God
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. Wisconsin
M: Bradford Lyau, Alexander Lamb, Mary Kay Kare, Carolyn Gilman, Gayle Kaplan

Guest of Honor Reading: L. Timmel Duchamp
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. Capitol B

Strong Or Stroppy?: Annoyingly Feisty Female Protagonists
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. ♦ Conference 4
M: Vito Excalibur, Lesley Hall, Alma Alexander, Paula Fleming, Jennifer Stevenson

Carl Brandon Society Update
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. Conference 5
M: Candra Gill, Claire Light, Nisi Shawl

Two Heads With But a Single Brain - Collaborators talk about writing together
Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. 629
M: Richard Bowes, Mark Rich, Sarah Monette, Eileen Gunn

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Assembly
M: Nancy Jane Moore, Lori Devoti, Theresa Crater, Katherine Villyard, Gwynne Garfinkle, Morven Westfield

Historical Research for Fiction Writers
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. ♦ Caucus
M: Bradford Lyau, Ellen Klages, Wendy Walker, M.K. Hobson

Magical Realism: Threat or Menace?
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Capitol A
M: Delia Sherman, Catherynne M. Valente, Theodora Goss, Jeremy Lassen

How I Did It All Wrong And Got Published Anyway
Saturday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. ♦ Capitol B
M: Eileen Gunn, Kathy Steffen, Jim Munroe, Jeannie Bergmann

The Rights of Simulacra
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Senate A
M: Amy Thomson, Carolyn Gilman, Eric M. Heideman, Deborah Stone

Here's Where The Story Ends
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. ♦ Wisconsin
M: Jim Munroe, Ellen Kushner, Rachel Swirsky, Maureen McHugh, Paul Stevens, Lyda Morehouse

Women and Hard SF
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Conference 5
M: Margaret McBride, Victoria Gaydosik, Sue Lange, Janice Bogstad

Aqueduct Press Writers I
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Conference 2
Eleanor Arnason, Eileen Gunn, Vandana Singh, Nancy Jane Moore, Andrea Hairston

Books You Haven't Heard Of, The People of Color Edition!
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Conference 4
M: Nisi Shawl, David Anthony Durham, Debbie Notkin

The Bearded Man, The African, the Witch and the Whore
Saturday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Fair Trade
Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Catherynne M. Valente, Theodora Goss, Patrick Rothfuss

Retrospective Tiptrees
Saturday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. Caucus
M: L. Timmel Duchamp, Lesley Hall, Janice Bogstad

LGBTQ Fiction: Are we ready for the Mainstream? Are they ready for us?
Saturday, 9:00-10:15 P.M. ♦ Senate B
M: Cat Rambo, Moondancer Drake, R.R. Angell, Connie Wilkins, Xakara

What is Fabulist Fiction?
Saturday, 10:30-11:45 P.M. Conference 5
M: Theodora Goss, Leah Bobet, Darja Malcolm-Clarke


Cliche or Trope?
Sunday, 8:30-9:45 A.M. ♦ Senate A
M: Sean M. Murphy, M.K. Hobson, Gregory Frost, Theodora Goss

Timmi Duchamp's Marq'ssan Cycle
Sunday, 8:30-9:45 A.M. ♦ Capitol B
M: Sue Lange, Nancy Jane Moore, Joan Haran, Liz Henry

Old Age, Illness and Death in SF/F
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. ♦ Senate A
M: Carrie Ferguson, Jodi Piwoni, Eleanor Arnason, Margaret McBride, Richard Chwedyk

Narrative and Politics
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. ♦ Wisconsin
M: L. Timmel Duchamp, Susan Palwick, Carolyn Gilman, Pat Murphy, Eileen Gunn

Power, Ethics, & Possibility in Fantastic Ecofeminist Fiction
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. Conference 3
(1) Fantastic Ecofeminist Fiction, Lauren Lacey
(2) Feminist SF and the future of Feminist Nature Cultures, Joan Haran

Can Internet Drama Change The World?
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. Conference 5
M: Alexis Lothian, Julia Starkey, K. Tempest Bradford, Woodrow Hill, K. Joyce Tsai

The Fictional Is Political — Political SF/F Of Both Sorts
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Senate A
M: Nancy Jane Moore, Richard F. Dutcher, Gavin Grant, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Liz Gorinsky

Writing Working-Class Characters
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Wisconsin
M: Paula Fleming, Eleanor Arnason, Joyce Frohn, Christopher Barzak, Elissa Malcohn

Guest of Honor Reading: Maureen McHugh
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Capitol B

Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. Conference 2
M: M.K. Hobson, Jennifer Pelland, Rachel Swirsky, Vylar Kaftan

Get Out Your Secret Decoder Ring
Sunday, 1:00-2:15 P.M. 629
M: David Levine, Catherynne M. Valente, Lesley Hall, Janine Young, Tisha Turk

Publishing, Profit, Agendas, and Ideals: The Eclipse One Cover Debate
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. ♦ Wisconsin
M: K. Tempest Bradford, Micole Sudberg, Eileen Gunn, Jeremy Lassen

Workshops and Critique Groups
Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. Capitol A
M: Naomi Kritzer, Shweta Narayan, Nisi Shawl, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Richard Chwedyk

Octavia Butler, SF, and the Political Imagination
Academic ♦ Sunday, 2:30-3:45 P.M. ♦ Conference 3

(1) "Sun Woman" or "Wild Seed"? Lessons in Negotiating Narrative Drawn from the Early Novels of Octavia Butler, L. Timmel Duchamp
(2) Abduction and Amnesia, Pardon and Power in Octavia Butler's "Amnesty", Frann Michel

On The Lifespan Of Genres
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. ♦ Assembly
M: Benjamin Rosenbaum, Eleanor Arnason, Helen Keeble, Gregory Rihn, Darja Malcolm-Clarke

Publishing: Meritocracy or Social Construct?
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. ♦ Wisconsin
M: Jed Hartman, Sharyn November, Gavin Grant, Paula Guran, Andrea Hairston

Writing and parenting, and Writing About Parenting
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. Capitol A
M: Amy Thomson, Naomi Kritzer, Vandana Singh, Doug Hulick, Sara Amis

Some of Us Are Brave: Identity Intersections in an Election Year
Sunday, 4:00-5:15 P.M. Conference 5
M: Candra Gill, Bradford Lyau, Nisi Shawl, Jacqueline Gross

GoH Speeches
Special ♦ Sunday, 8:30-10:00 P.M. ♦ Wisconsin
Maureen McHugh, L. Timmel Duchamp

OUFISCIPO: Writing SF/F with Arbitrary Constraints
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 P.M. Caucus
M: Tom LaFarge, Wendy Walker

The Brave New World of Twenty-First Century Publishing
Sunday, 10:00-11:15 P.M. Conference 4
M: Jeremy Lassen, Fred Schepartz, Stephen Eley, Paula Guran, Rachel Swirsky

Imagination as Resistance
Sunday, 11:30-12:45 A.M. Senate B
M: Andrea Hairston, Pamela Freeman, Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Ben Phillips


On Being an Aging SF Writer
Monday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. ♦ Conference 4
M: Carol Emshwiller, Richard Chwedyk, Eleanor Arnason

The SignOut-- most of us

Add to that, K. Joyce Tsai will be organizing spontaneous programming on Shoujo Bodies in Shoujo Manga. For anyone interested in seeing the complete topic listing for each item above, see to the WisCon programmng page.


Lesley Hall said...

Also, though up against some rather strong competing strands (which I shall alas miss):

Strong Or Stroppy?: Annoyingly Feisty Female Protagonists

Reading,Viewing, & Critiquing Science Fiction and Fantasy ♦ Saturday, 10:00-11:15 A.M. ♦ Conference 4

M: Vito Excalibur, Lesley Hall, Alma Alexander, Paula Fleming, Jennifer Stevenson

Timmi Duchamp said...

I've added that item to the list, Lesley, thanks. (I thought I'd included it, but I guess it somehow slipped past me.) It's a condition of WisCon, of course, always to have to miss programming you want to attend because you've been scheduled opposite it or are attending something equally or slightly more tantalizing. Sometimes that abundance of choices drives me crazy. On the other hand, it sure beats other cons, where I often can't find anything I want to attend in a given time slot.