Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Aqueduct Goes to WisCon-- a preview

Once again, Aqueduct will be at WisCon. Kath has packed up her station wagon with Aqueduct books and party supplies and will be heading off on the long haul to Madison later today. Tom and I will fly in on Thursday. Fewer of our authors will be attending this year, but those who do will be helping us to celebrate our Fifth Anniversary. And, no small thing, Nisi Shawl will be accepting the Tiptree Award on Sunday night.

Besides me, the other Aqueduct authors will be attending: Eleanor Arnason, Eileen Gunn, Lesley Hall, Andrea Hairston, Liz Henry, Sylvia Kelso, Ellen Klages, Nancy Jane Moore, Geoff Ryman Nisi Shawl, and Anne Sheldon. In addition, some of the members of our blog who aren't authors will be attending, as well. Aqueduct will be in the Dealers Room beginning early Friday afternoon. Come and see us and admire our fabulous list of-- can you believe it?-- 42 titles.

We won't be putting our newest titles, What Remains by Ellen Klages and Geoff Ryman and the WisCon Chronicles, Vol. 3, ed. Liz Henry, onto Aqueduct's orders page until after WisCon. We'll be bringing 150 numbered copies of What Remains and be selling them for $8 apiece in the Dealers Room. Those that we don't sell will retail, after the con, for $12. 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. And of course we'll have plenty of copies of the new volume of the WisCon Chronicles on hand.

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


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


Writers' Workshop—Rachel Swirsky
Fri 9:00AM - 12:00PM Room 634
M: Rachel Virginia Swirsky

Cultural Appropriation 101 Workshop
Fri 2:30 - 3:45PM Assembly
E. Cabell Hankinson Gathman, Victor Jason Raymond, Nisi Shawl

Where Are the Minority Mad Scientists?
Fri 4:00 - 5:15PM 629
Moderator: Jessica Lynne Morris. Email Jessica Lynne Morris, Lesley Hall, Jenny Sessions, Betsy Urbik

We Do The Work
Fri 4:00 - 5:15PM Conference 4
M: Fred Schepartz, Eleanor A. Arnason, Chris Hill, Michael J. Lowrey, Diana Sherman

Urgent and Essential: The Role and Function of Science Fiction in the Societal Stabilizing the Converging Technologies/Romance of the Robot: From R.U.R & Metropolis to Wall-E
Fri 9:00 - 10:15PM Conference 3
Rosalyn Berne, Andrea D. Hairston

Turns Out This Is Your Dad’s SF/F
Fri 9:00 - 10:15PM Senate B
M: David D. Levine, Eileen Gunn, Chip Hitchcock, Brad Lyau, Pat Murphy

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Fri. 10:30 PM Assembly
M: Nancy Jane Moore, J. Kathleen Cheney, Tina Connolly, Lori Devoti, Moondancer Drake, Gwynne Garfinkle, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Kathryn Sullivan, Katherine Mankiller, Morven Westfield, Phoebe Wray


The Mismeasure of Man and the Rest of Us, Too: Science, Colonialism, Genocide and Science Fiction
Sat 10:00 - 11:15AM Senate B
M: Rachel Virginia Swirsky, Evelyn Browne, John H. Kim, Micole Iris Sudberg, K. Joyce Tsai

Book View Cafe: A New Venture in Online Publishing
Sat. 10 - 11:00 AM Conference 5
M: Nancy Jane Moore, Sylvia Kelso, Madeleine Robins, Jennifer K. Stevenson

Keeping Up with Science
Sat 1:00 - 2:15PM Capitol B
M: Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Eleanor A. Arnason, Gary Kloster, Chris Stockdale

Feminism, Anarchism, & Power: The Marq'ssan Cycle
Sat 2:30 - 3:45PM Senate A
M: Kate Mason, Lesley Hall, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Alexis Lothian

Ask A Pro
Sat 2:30 - 3:45PM Capitol A
M: Eileen Gunn, Shana Cohen, James Frenkel, Jack McDevitt, M Rickert, Geoff Ryman

Genuinely Multicultural Panel
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM Wisconsin
M: Alan Bostick, Rachel Kronick, Isabel Schechter, Ekaterina G. Sedia, Nisi Shawl

The Treatment of Aging in SF and F
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM Capitol A
M: Eleanor A. Arnason, Gerri Balter, Richard J. Chwedyk, Magenta Griffith, Diana Sherman

A New Paradigm: Reading by Book View Cafe Writers
Sat. 4 PM, Michelangelo's
Anne Harris, Sylvia Kelso, Nancy Jane Moore, Madeleine Robins, Jennifer K. Stevenson

The Fiction of Geoff Ryman
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM Conference 5
M: Margaret McBride, Eileen Gunn, Sandra J. Lindow, Farah Mendlesohn, Steven E. Schwartz, Delia Sherman

Taboo II: Electric Bugaloo
Sat 4:00 - 5:15PM Conference 2
Vylar Kaftan, Ted A Kosmatka, Jennifer Pelland, Rachel Virginia Swirsky

Aqueduct Press/Carl Brandon Society party
9 p.m-- ?? Room 607


Why You Should Write Book Reviews
Sun. 10:00 - 11:15 AM Senate A
M: L. Timmel Duchamp, John M Gamble, Steven H Silver, Gretchen Treu, Gary K. Wolfe

Andrea Smith's Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
Sun 10:00 - 11:15AM Senate B
M: Micole Iris Sudberg, Andrea D. Hairston, Diantha Day Sprouse, K. Joyce Tsai

Something Is Wrong on the Internet!
Sun 10:00 - 11:15AM Capitol B
M: Vito Excalibur. Vito Excalibur, Piglet, Liz Henry, Julia Sparkymonster

"Going Native": Gender, Colonialism, and C.J. Cherryh
Sun 1:00 - 2:15PM Conference 4
Panelists M: Micole Iris Sudberg, Matthew H. Austern, Chip Hitchcock, Janine Ellen Young

Aqueduct Press Reading I
Sun 2:30 - 3:45PM Conference 2
Eileen Gunn, Liz Henry, Sylvia Kelso, Pat Murphy

Aqueduct Press Reading II
Sun 4:00 - 5:15PM Conference 2
Eleanor A. Arnason, L. Timmel Duchamp, Andrea D. Hairston, Nisi Shawl, Anne Lane Sheldon

The Anvil Chorus: Historical Fiction and Social Justice
Sun 4:00 - 5:15PM Wisconsin
M: Lesley Hall, Jane Acheson, Ellen Klages, Deepa D.

Birthing a Writer's Community
Sun. 4 PM Conference 4
M: Diane Silver, Stickshift Bear, Nancy Jane Moore, Michelle Murrain, Monica Valentinelli


Writing SF While Living in a SF Disaster Novel
Mon 8:30 - 9:45AM Senate A
M: Suzanne Allés Blom, John Joseph Adams, Eleanor A. Arnason

Not Enough Tricksters
Mon 10:00 - 11:15AM Senate B
M: Joell M. Smith-Borne, Charlie Anders, Lesley Hall, Julia Sparkymonster

Mon 11:30AM - 12:45PM Capitol/Wisconsin
John Joseph Adams, Barth Anderson, Eleanor A. Arnason, Melodie Bolt, F. J. Bergmann, Alex Bledsoe, Suzy Charnas, Richard J. Chwedyk, Lori Devoti, Moondancer Drake, L. Timmel Duchamp, Carol F. Emshwiller, Eileen Gunn, Anne Harris, Deborah Lynn Jacobs, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Sylvia Kelso, Marianne Kirby, Ellen Klages, Naomi Kritzer, Ellen Kushner, Ann Leckie, David D. Levine, Kimberley Long-Ewing, Kelly McCullough, Sarah Monette, Nancy Jane Moore, Pat Murphy, Larissa N. Niec, Nnedi Nkemdili Okorafor, Jennifer Pelland, Sarah B. Prineas, Mary Robinette, Margaret Ronald, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Geoff Ryman, Fred Schepartz, David J. Schwartz, Ekaterina G. Sedia, Nisi Shawl, Delia Sherman, Kristine Smith, Jennifer K. Stevenson, Caroline Stevermer, Kathryn Sullivan, Catherynne M. Valente, Monica Valentinelli, Joan D. Vinge, Morven Westfield, Laurel Winter, Phoebe Wray, Patricia C Wrede, Doselle Young, Janine Ellen Young

1 comment:

Carol Klees-Starks said...

Hello, Timmi. Toward the end of the Wiscon 33 panel, "The Mismeasure of Man and the Rest of Us, Too: Science, Colonialism, Genocide & SF," John H. Kim made the sharp observation that Economics pretends to be a scientific process, but is actually social behavioralism (or something to that effect). However, opinion shifted away from this idea as the open discussion fixed upon the notion that Economics is most often perceived as a Science (capitalization intended).

I piped in at the last moment (shy creature that I am) that a popular book released recently (paperback is due out in early June) looked at the insane volatility of Wall Street as purely a product of human knee-jerk behavior rather than the consequence of verifiable, quantifiable mathematical Science. Unfortunately, I could recall neither the author nor the title of the book at the time(and hate it when that happens...).

A quick search revealed the source -- and happily, it's a short read due to its limited focus (pardon the "shouting" format; the HTML tags are misbehaving):

SWAY: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Rom and Ori Brafman (Broadway Business, 2008). Some reviewers mention it in the same breath as recent landmark titles such as Gladwell's OUTLIERS and Levitt and Dubner's FREAKONOMICS. I haven't read Gladwell's book, but Freakonomics supports John Kim's assertion that there is more Behavioral than Hard Science in the field of Economics.

I hope you enjoyed the panel as much as I did. Nothing is more pleasurable than being in the same room as a batch of brilliant people engaged in energetic social- and scientific discourse. Except, perhaps, having to hit the library to track down the dozen-plus books recommended by panel members. (So many books, so little time!)


Carol Klees-Starks