My Sasquan Schedule

I’m excited to be attending Sasquan in Spokane, WA this August. I’ve been to my share of mid-sized regional conferences, and had a blast at DetCon One–last year’s North American Science Fiction Convention–but this will be my first Worldcon.

Will I see you there? If so, here’s where you’ll be able to find me:

Thursday 12:00 – 12:45PM, Bays 111C (CC) – Female Characters in Video Games

How are female characters rendered and scripted in video games? How can we get more realistic female characters rather than the juvenile male fantasy that predominates the field?

Tanglwyst de Holloway, Annalee Flower Horne, Lauren Roy

Thursday 5:00 – 5:45PM, 206A (CC) – How to Judge a Masquerade

What makes a good judge? What do judges need to consider? Just how hard is it to judge a masquerade? What are the judges looking for? How do they decide who wins? Why does it take so long?

Ms Suford Lewis (M), Annalee Flower Horne, Richard Stephens, Kathy Sanders

Thursday 8:00 – 8:45PM, 300C (CC) – Genre and the Global Police State

Thanks to the Five Eyes — the joint intelligence sharing treaty between the USA, UK, Australia, and others — and the total penetration of the internet by NSA/GCHQ monitoring, we now live in a society that is a secret policeman’s dream. Wikileaks and then Edward Snowden blew the lid off the scandalous subversion of western democracies by unaccountable secret government agencies. In past decades, SF and fantasy provided a vehicle for trenchant social and political commentary on on-going cultural changes (consider “The Forever War” as a comment on Vietnam), but where are the genre works dealing with the global police state?

Annalee Flower Horne, Karl Schroeder, Charles Stross, Jim Wright

Friday 1:00 – 1:45PM, Bays 111A (CC) – Do We Live in the Marvel Universe? Marvel Conquers TV, Movies & Comics

Are the Marvel movies now driving the comics universe?  Is this good?  And what about Agent Carter?

Ajani Brown, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Annalee Flower Horne, Tom Smith

Saturday 11:00 – 11:45, 206A (CC) – Costume Design for Writers

Designing real clothing for your characters that will fit the need of your story which allows your characters to move, indicate rank if needed, and give people an idea of your society.

E. C. Ambrose (M), Tanglwyst de Holloway, Annalee Flower Horne

Saturday 12:00 – 12:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC) – Alien Linguistics

Science fiction and fantasy often deals with alien or made-up languages. What makes a convincing language? What can we learn about creating such languages from the diversity of human languages?

David Peterson (M), Annalee Flower Horne, Lawrence M. Schoen, Julia Smith, Stanley Schmidt

Saturday 1:30 – 2:00PM, 301 (CC) – Reading!

Reasons you should come to my reading:

  1. Action! Adventure! Feats of daring-do!
  2. I’m a hit at parties.
  3. I tell only the highest-quality fart jokes.