I’m one of the guests at AnomalyCon this year! If you’re in the greater Denver area, get on down to the con. If you’re already attending the con: hooray! Come find me.
The Source of Our Power | Fri 6pm in Mesa Verde A
Writing a story is one thing, but writing serial novels and then maintaining an audience and a relationship with that audience takes a lot of energy. Successful authors talk about the source of their (seemingly) endless reserves.
Panelists: Ken Liu, K. Tempest Bradford, Wesley Chu
Social Linguistics | Fri 7pm in Mesa Verde A
Words are created, coopted, morph in meaning, become empowering or divisive. A discussion on the evolution of the meaning of words through their social use, as well as the development of colloquiallism.
Panelists: S. Dunn, K. Tempest Bradford, Ekaterina Sedia
Defense Against the Dark Arts | Fri 9pm in Windstar
Being an activist, or sometimes just being a marginalized person who exists on the internet, or even writing a character the fans don’t expect, can result in a lot of harassment and online backlash that might even creep into your personal life. A discussion of how to protect yourself and your family as much as possible.
Panelists: A Milton Davis, K. Tempest Bradford, Tanya DePass, N. Lightfoot
Technology in Fiction | Sat 10am in Mesa Verde A
We’ve all seen those movies with implausible computers, old tech in a new age, etc. Join us as we discuss how to write believable technology, even if you’re not a techie yourself.
Panelists: K. Tempest Bradford, S. Dunn, K. Major, N. Lightfoot
The Best Science Fiction In The World | Sat 12pm in Mesa Verde A
Science Fiction is bigger than its founders ever imagined, and there’s so much out there. We talk about our favorites: the guilty pleasures, the big inspirations, and the things you should be reading or watching.
Panelists: K. Tempest Bradford, Ken Liu, Seanan McGuire, C. Kemp
Is it Possible to Like Problematic Things? | Sat 1pm in Wind River B
Tale as old as time. Something comes out in one of our favorite fandoms, but the author appropriated a culture or left out any diversity or filled the story with fridging tropes. Is it possible to enjoy but engage? A discussion that should be approached only after attendees have read K. Tempest Bradford’s 101 series.
Panelists: K. Tempest Bradford, S. Glassman
What’s So Funny? | Sat 2pm in Mesa Verde C
Humor is a coping mechanism, but it’s also a vital mechanic of fiction. Our authors talk about humor, and it’s sure to be a lark.
Panelists: K. Tempest Bradford, Milton Davis, S. Dunn
We Need Diverse Books | Sat 3pm in Mesa Verde C
You’ve been reading white authors all your life. Maybe you don’t even think about it. But you need to get your hands on these great and diverse stories.
Panelists: K. Tempest Bradford, Zetta Elliott, A. Howard
AnomalyCon Celebrity Tea Duel | Sat 5pm on the 12th Floor
The grandest excitement on stage! Our biggest guests battle each other for the best cuppa!
Hell Hath No Fury | Sat 7pm in Wind River A
Ways to impede, motivate, change and inspire female characters (that aren’t rape tropes).
Panelists: Seanan McGuire, K. Tempest Bradford, T.L. Morganfield
Queer Identities After the Apocalypse | Sat 8pm in Wind River B
Trans healthcare and queer reproductive choices in post-apocalyptic worlds, even if the topic is a little close to home.
Panelists: D. Edwards, S. Glassman, K. Tempest Bradford
The Messiah/Hero Complex | Sun 11am in Mesa Verde A
Many stories, video games, and legends revolve around the idea of a young “chosen one” who is going to progress through the hero’s journey regardless of what they do to get there. How much of that story is wrapped up in Christianity embedded in our Western storytelling? What storytelling goes beyond this timeless trope?
Panelists: Stant Litore, Tanya DePass, K. Tempest Bradford, A. Brooks