Like so many events this year, Philcon 2020 will be entirely virtual. The con will run from November 20-22, and it’s free to attend with a suggested donation to help the organizers cover costs. Even though we can’t all gather in person, it promises to be a lot of fun, with panels, readings, a virtual dealers room, and an art show. Here’s where you’ll be able find me. I hope to see you there!
Not-So-Epic Fantasy – Saturday November 21, 11:30 a.m. EST – Plaza 3
A.C. Wise (moderator), Miriam Seidel, Anthony Dobranski, Aaron Rosenberg
Not all fantasies are epics. Novels such as Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman and The Goblin Emperor by Catherine Addison get away from the usual tropes and cliches. Are there new fantasy subgenres arising? What is interesting when an epic is not involved?
Cosmic Horror’s Recent Growths – Saturday November 21, 2:30 p.m. EST – Plaza 3
A.C. Wise (moderator), Miriam Seidel, James Chambers, Premee Mohamed
Works such as The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle, N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became, and Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country invoke Lovecraftian elements in intriguing new ways. How have the perspectives of these creators affected their choices as to how to use, expand upon or modify the original lore?
Science Fiction Horror – Sunday November 22, 2:30 p.m. EST – Plaza 2
Barna William Donovan (moderator), Darrell Schweitzer, James Chambers, Hildy Silverman, A.C. Wise
What are the best works in this subgenre? Which authors manage to nail down *both* the Science and the Horror elements? Why do they succeed (or fail)?
Reading – Sunday November 22, 4:30 p.m. EST
I haven’t quite decided what I’ll read yet. Space pirates? Exploding women? Something else? You’ll have to tune in to find out!
The full schedule for the con can be found here.