A week from today on October 18th I will speak at my very first panel at the Conjecture/Conchord25 at the Town and Country Resort here in San Diego. I am so exited I will be speaking at 4 panels and I will have an autograph session on Sunday at my table in the dealer’s room for my book Fantasy Time Inc. So if your near by on October 18th to 20th 2013, please come and support me.
Below are the panels I am taking part in, please check out the website; http://2013.conjecture.org/
Panel 1: Fri 10/18 8:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: A Degree in Geekdom
Participants: Amy Berner
Precis: Academic study of popular culture is now widespread. What makes a genre work suitable for academic study? (Consider Whoosh, the journal of the International Association of Xena Studies. Or Slayage, the Online International Journal of Buffy Studies. Smart Pop Press has been publishing anthologies of essays on everything from Stargate to Star Wars, but they’re not alone. Robert Chaires and Bradley Chilton, authors of Star Trek: Visions of Law and Justice from Texas A&M University Press, have declared “To say that Star Trek was just a television show is akin to saying Shakespeare just wrote plays.” Also, the Popular Culture Association studies the rhetoric of pop culture.)
Panel 2: Sat 10/19 4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Can’t Stop the Signal: Communications Tech
Participants: Kim Hutsell
Precis: While it’s rarely the focus of the story, the plot device of getting word from point A to point B (sometimes through hostile territory, or in a way that doesn’t expose more Bothans to death than absolutely necessary) is frequently an essential aspect of the narrative. What kind of features–or limitations–are assumed by authors when the plot needs a signal to get through (or fail to do so)?
Panel 3: Sat 10/19 6:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: Dreams of Space Lost
Participants: Sherri Rabinowitz
Precis: Going to the moon was once fantasy, then reality, then history… and is now sliding into legend, as it looks like we may never go back. Science fictional dreams of colonizing other worlds are looking more like fantasy as we face the incredibly difficult and expensive problems of protecting fragile meat bodies from vacuum and radiation. Our machines may go where we cannot, but how can we handle the loss of our dreams?
Panel 4: Sun 10/20 12 Noon, 60 minutes.
Title: Turning Fandom Into Fame
Participants: Brian Bielawski
Precis: When someone asks “What was your inspiration for your art?” you don’t always expect the answer “Geek Love!” But in this era where anyone with a blog can become just as powerful as the mainstream press, and anyone with a YouTube channel can be a celebrity, finding your audience can be as simple as “liking” the Star Wars page on Facebook. This panel seeks to look at this phenomenon, where geek obsession fuels, inspires, and enables artistic creation.
On Tuesday we welcome artist Debbie Solan who is originally from Dublin, Ireland and who founded The Fusionglass Co. with her partner, Paul Fernandes. They create gorgeous jewelry and home accessories from their gallery & studio in La Mesa, CA. She will talk about her creativity and helping others bring out their own! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/10/15/chatting-with-sherri
Tuesday, I had a wonderful and an insightful interview with the lovely Nancy Healy. We chatted about her new book Intersection! We also talked about creativity, inspiration and how fan fiction is a huge influence. We had a great time; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2013/10/08/chatting-with-sherri
My new issue of Sherri’s Jewel Box’s; Romance of Fall has reached the highest circulation ever! I am so proud of the new look and the new articles in it. The new issue of the magazine will come out at the end of November so please enjoy before it goes away! http://sherrisjewelbox.weebly.com