Friday

Time Panem End-World Obernewtyn The Capitol Entrance The Capitol Deadlands Orphancorp
5:00PM Shakespeare and SF Assumed Knowledge in Fandom So You Want to be a Book Reviewer
 6:00PM In Parallel Chosen Queerbaiting, Representation and Censorship
7:00PM The Weather Report Very Disco Feminism and Tabletop Roleplaying Games
8:00PM Opening Ceremony
8:30PM Norma K Hemming Award Ceremony The Most Ambitious Crossover Event Panel Is It Worth Learning Polish? Meet the GUFF Delegate
9:30PM Welcome! Everything is Fine Bogan Avenging Living Legends Squad Ask the Doctor

 

Saturday

 

Time Panem End-World Obernewtyn The Capitol Entrance The Capitol Deadlands Orphancorp
10:00AM Breaking the Mould  Middle Grade Magic Ditch the Drone: How to Read Your Work Out Loud
11:00AM Zine Show and Tell The Monstrous Feminine Everyone Dies at the End
12:00PM  Guest of Honour Hour: Cat Sparks
1:00PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
2:00PM  Show Us YA Worldbuilding Zombie Politics  

Fan Fund Auction

3:00PM  Actually, Frankenstein Is the Name of the Doctor, Not the Panel Speculative Ethics
4:00PM SF in YA Horror in Translation Try to be Kinder: Entitlement in Fandom Book Launch: We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson
5:00PM Australian Shadows Awards Ceremony Mental Health in Speculative Fiction Australian Fandom in the 1960s Book Launch: The Edge of Time by Thalia Kalkipsakis  Conrunners Confab
6:00PM Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
7:00PM
8:00PM Costume Parade and Contest
8:30PM Maskobalo
9:00PM

 

Sunday

 

Time Panem End-World Obernewtyn The Capitol Entrance The Capitol Deadlands Orphancorp
10:00AM  The Legacy of Le Guin Deep Dive: Laura E. Goodin and Tansy Rayner Roberts The Romance of Structure
11:00AM Hey, Where’s My Space Age Future? Deep Dive: Melissa Ferguson and Jason Nahrung Fannish Legal Shenanigans
12:00PM Guest of Honour Hour: Alison Evans
1:00PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
2:00PM Book Launch: Mother of Invention Deep Dive: Bismuth Hoban and Rachel Nightingale Agent Q&A
3:00PM The Inequality of Magic Deep Dive: George Ivanoff and Tehani Croft Utopia from Dystopia
4:00PM This Panel is its Own Grandfather  

 

Deep Dive: Isobel Blackthorn and Likhain

Out in the Open  

4:30

Sword Fighting Workshop

5:00PM Reading: Cat Sparks, Alison Evans, Janeen Webb, Tansy Rayner Roberts  Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Sensitivity Reading But Were Too Afraid To Ask Book Launch: Mountains of the Mind/The Time of Ghosts
6:00PM Dinner Break Deep Dive: Naja Later and Claire Fitzpatrick Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
7:00PM Dinner Break
8:00PM  Comfort Reading and Watching Secondary Worlds Sans Magic Universal Monsters  

 

Karaoke

9:00PM Trailer Panel You Be The Judge: An Interactive Reading Supergirl

 

Monday

 

Time Panem End-World Obernewtyn The Capitol Entrance The Capitol Deadlands Orphancorp
10:00AM Buffy Comes of Age Deep Dive: Gillian Polack and Mai Su Space: The Human Frontier
11:00AM Speculative Detectives Deep Dive: Cat Sparks and Rivqa Rafael One Star
12:00PM Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
12:30PM Non-Binary Pronouns Deep Dive: Creatrix Tiara and Emilie Collyer
1:45PM Closing Ceremony

 

Panel List

Actually Frankenstein is the Name of the Doctor, Not the Panel
Alex Hardison, Joshua Bulleid, Robert Hood, Cat Sparks, Craig Hildebrand

Arguably the first true SF novel, we’re here to talk about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the influence of this seminal work and the recent resurgence of adaptations.

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Agent Q&A
Sam Hawke, EJ Beaton

In this session, Sam Hawke and E. J. Beaton discuss the path to finding representation for the international fantasy market. The journey to get an agent can be an epic quest in itself.

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Ask the Doctor
Stephanie Lai, Dr Freya Marske

Q&A between Stephanie Lai and Dr Freya Marske, including audience submissions and possibly Twitter questions, about all the gory or interesting medical stuff you’ve wondered about in your writing.

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Assumed Knowledge in Fandom
Rivqa Rafael, Devin Jeyathurai, Hespa

What do we take for granted that people are familiar with when they enter fandom, whether they’re reading fantasy or science fiction for the first time or attending their first con?

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Australian Fandom in the 1960s
Lee Harding, Rob Gerrand, Bill Wright, Leigh Edmonds

Four fans with long memories talk about the 1960s, the decade they can barely remember because they were well into it and all it had to offer.  They will cover such topics as the state of science fiction in Australia then, the effect of the ‘New Wave’, the Big Name Fans of the period, the 1966 convention at which Australian fandom was revived and the emergence of modern fandom through the pages of the Australian Science Fiction Review.

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Bogan Avenging Living Legends Squad
Bismuth, Jane Routley, Lyss Wickramasinghe, Terry Frost

We’re inundated with superheroes, mostly American, but where are our Australian ones? Our panellists come up with a league of our own, including nemeses, and some uniquely Australian super powers.

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Breaking the Mould
Devin Madson, Marisa Wikramanayake, Rachel Nightingale, Gillian Polack, Joanne Tindale

Where are the grannies, mothers and middle-aged heroines in speculative fiction, and what powers do they wield to change the world?

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Buffy Comes of Age
Bismuth, Claire Fitzpatrick, Marlee Jane Ward, Natalie Haigh

21 years ago Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared on our screens and changed the landscape forever. We take a look back at this remarkable show, the influence it left and what it means to us.

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Chosen
Carolyn Denman, Devin Madson, Sam Hawke, Kimberley Gaal

Are all chosen ones by their nature Mary Sues? Do we care? How much does it suck to be a chosen one. Life once the Chosen One task is over.

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Comfort Reading and Watching
Alice Clarke, Devin Madson, Hespa, Marlee Jane Ward, Natalie Haigh

What books, movies and tv shows do you return to again and again, and why?

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Con Runner Confab

Come chat about all aspects of organising conventions, share tips, brainstorm ideas and see what other organisers are doing. BYO coffee.

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Deep Dive – Laura E. Goodin and Tansy Rayner Roberts

20min presentations plus Q&A

Laura E. Goodin: Allowed to be a Hero: Disruptive Diversity in Victorian Genre Fiction

Tansy Rayner Roberts: Ancient Roman Celebrities in Xena: Warrior Princess

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Melissa Ferguson and Jason Nahrung

20min presentations plus Q&A

Melissa Ferguson: De-extinction (bringing extinct species back to life through cloning)

Jason Nahrung: The Future, In Pieces: how Australian SF writers use mosaic fiction to tackle climate change

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – George Ivanoff and Tehani Croft

20min presentations plus Q&A

George Ivanoff: Kids’ Stuff – The complexities of creating a genre children’s book series

Tehani Croft: Terms & Conditions: Awards and their value

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Bismuth Hoban and Rachel Nightingale

20min presentations plus Q&A

Bismuth Hoban: The Klingon Forehead and the Wireframe: notions of essential humanity and desire in SFF

Rachel Nightingale: Playing with Tricksters

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Isobel Blackthorn and Likhain

40min presentations plus Q&A

Isobel Blackthorn: From vampires to sorcery and beyond: Representing the occult in fiction

Likhain: An Inheritance of Chains: Facing Empires in Science Fiction and Fantasy as a Postcolonial Reader

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Naja Later and Claire Fitzpatrick

20min presentations plus Q&A

Naja Later: Why do we need monsters?

Claire Fitzpatrick: Body horror, and the aspects of the body in speculative fiction.

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Gillian Polack and Mai Su

20min presentations plus Q&A

Gillian Polack: Cultural conjugation

Mai Su: The Three World Problem

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Cat Sparks and Rivqa Rafael

20min presentations plus Q&A

Cat Sparks: From Ecocatastrophe to Anthropocene fiction: full circle or new terrain?

Rivqa Rafael: Abandoned wenches and rebellious hussies: convict women in Van Diemen’s Land

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Deep Dive – Creatrix Tiara and Emilie Collyer

20min presentations plus Q&A

Tiara: These Ain’t Your Bog-Standard White Dude Magicians Folks!

Emilie Collyer: The Speculative Stage

For the full Deep Dive blurb, click here.

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Ditch the Drone: Reading Your Work Out Loud
Laura E. Goodin

Between readings, launches, signings, podcasts, interviews, and festivals, most writers will be called upon – and sooner rather than later – to read their work out loud. The skills to make your readings as riveting as your writing are straightforward, and they can be learned. In this workshop, experienced performer and slam poet Laura E. Goodin will teach you how to perform your work in a way that lessens your stage fright, keeps listeners’ interest, and presents your writing in the very best light.

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Everyone Dies at the End
Carolyn Denman, Devin Madson, Leah Rocke, Kimberley Gaal, Sean McMullen

What do people want from a grand finale? Some final books (or movies) read like a checklist of loose ends that need to be tied off. Others just fizzle out, leaving us frustrated and wanting more. Others still drag on long after the climax. Let’s talk controversial and disappointing endings. (Warning: spoilers. Probably.)

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Sensitivity Reading But Were Too Afraid to Ask
Creatrix Tiara, Jess Flint, Marisa Wikramanayake, Sangeetha Thanapal

Sensitivity readers are an important and necessary part of the writing process, but the concept is still very new. Where do you find one? How do you pay them? What should you do when they don’t like your work? Here, Creatrix Tiara, Jess Flint, Marisa Wikramanayake and Sangeetha Thanapal talk about the sensitivity reading process and discuss the best way to develop a professional, mutually respectful relationship with your sensitivity readers.

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Fannish Legal Shenanigans
Cecilia Quirk, Laura Wilkinson, PRK, Ashleigh, Liz Barr

OH&S on the Enterprise; suing Hogwarts for child endangerment; is that unicorn endangered?

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Feminism and Tabletop Roleplaying Games
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Bismuth, Tania Walker, Lexie (Darren), Brit Snaggel

Games that foster diversity and inclusivity. Games that specifically open space for genderqueer, asexual or disabled characters. Games that don’t necessarily focus on epic tales of heroism, but treat relationships and the domestic sphere as worthy of focus.

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Guest of Honour Hour – Alison Evans

Join our guest of honour for a conversation and Q&A session, followed by a signing.

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Guest of Honour Hour – Cat Sparks

Join Cat as she talks about her engagement with fandom and writing across the past 25 years or so.

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Hey, Where’s My Space Age Future?
Jess Flint, Gillian Polack, Julia, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans

Science fiction literature, rather than inspiring assistive technology advancement, tends to erase disability by cure. But if you have a disability then you’re never represented or have a place in the future. We discuss the impact of that, disability in science fiction and how sci fi can imagine a better future for people with disabilities.

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Horror in Translation
Kat Clay, Likhain, Stephanie Lai

Ghosts, zombies and hell screens – discussing the history and influences of Asian horror stories, plus what’s happening now and who you should be reading/watching.

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The Inequality of Magic
Lexie (Darren), Dorian Manticore, Jane Routley, Marisa Wikramanayake, Gillian Polack

Traditionally in fantasy there has been a very clear difference between the magic women can do and men can do. Wizards get to do great and powerful things, while witches are either evil sorceresses or confined to working in a small community. Wizards get formal training, whereas witches usually live solitary lives. Over thirty years after Pratchett published Equal Rites, how much has changed?

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In Parallel
Corey J. White, Alison Evans, Gillian Polack, Kathryn Anderson

Parallel universes: many-worlds, alternative timelines, the one where everyone’s evil and has a goatee. What are the best? The smartest? Does anyone have really strong feelings about Sliders?

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Is it Worth Learning Polish? Meet the GUFF Delegate
Kat Clay, Marcin “Alqua” Klak

Have you ever wondered how SF literature and fandom do look like in Poland? Whether there are some authors worth reading or conventions you should attend? Marcin Klak – this year’s GUFF delegate will talk about Polish genre literature and his love for fandom – both in Poland and other European countries.

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The Legacy of Le Guin
Ann Poore, Marcin “Alqua” Klak, Rachel Nightingale, Rjurik Davidson

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin and her vast body of work, and the many impacts and influences she’s had on speculative fiction.

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Mental Health in Speculative Fiction
Kirstyn McDermott, Laura Wilkinson, Lauren E. Mitchell, Pete Aldin, Justin Bennett

Depictions ranging from the good, the poorly informed and the downright insulting; plus, the rise of #ownvoices and the future.

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Middle Grade Magic
Sam Hawke, Thalia Kalkipsakis, Figgy, Sue Bursztynski, George Ivanoff

Why let the young adults have all the fun? Let’s talk about classic and new speculative fiction for readers aged nine to twelve.

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The Monstrous Feminine
Kirstyn McDermott, Likhain, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Sophie Yorkston

Female monsters and toxic femininity — from literal monsters (the Borg Queen) to the human kind (Serena Joy and Aunt Lydia of The Handmaid’s Tale, Rachel of Orphan Black).

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The Most Ambitious Crossover Event Panel
Julia, Mitch

Mitch and Julia return with even more cartoon fun, looking at some of the greatest and most ridiculous crossovers in animation history.

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Non-Binary Pronouns
Bismuth, Dorian Manticore, Lauren E. Mitchell, Alison Evans

What are non-binary pronouns, where are they currently being used in speculative fiction, and where could they stand to be used more? Will there ever be one standard non-binary pronoun? (The answer is a vehement no, but we’ll also explain why!)

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One Star
Devin Madson, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Figgy, Liz Barr

How to handle negative reviews — as an author and as a reviewer. Some forums, especially GoodReads, can foster an “Us versus Them” mentality. What’s the professional and respectful way to approach critical reviews?

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Out in the Open
Alis Franklin, Narrelle M. Harris, Ashleigh, Liz Barr

Fan fiction used to be hidden away, subject to takedown notices, and sometimes kept secret from friends and family. Now there are successful mainstream novels about fic writers and readers, and some creators allow writers to earn money from their work. Is this legitimisation or exploitation? What has been gained and what’s been lost in the process?

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Queerbaiting, Representation and Censorship
Ashleigh , Geoff Allshorn, Brit Snaggel

Where does one turn into the other? And how do we distinguish between them?

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Reading
Cat Sparks, Alison Evans, Janeen Webb, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Join some of Australia’s finest as they read from their work.

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The Romance of Structure
Carolyn Denman, Freya Marske, Jane Routley, Marisa Wikramanayake, Thalia Kalkipsakis

Whether you write your SFF as urban, epic, historical, dystopian or travelling through time, there’s much the romance genre can teach about structuring a novel. Join us for a discussion of hooks and plot points, and find out what keeps people coming back for more.

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Secondary World Sans Magic
Devin Jeyathurai, Lyss Wickramasinghe, Rachel Nightingale, Sam Hawke, Freya Marske

Swordspoint, Captive Prince, The Traitor Baru Cormorant — if a secondary world fantasy has no magic, is it still fantasy? Or historical fiction for writers who hate research? No dragons, just worldbuilding here in this panel!

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SF in YA
Jess Flint, Lyss Wickramasinghe, Marlee Jane Ward, Tehani Croft, Figgy

Some of the most interesting and successful modern science fiction is being written for teen audiences, but works for young readers are often overlooked by genre gatekeepers. As Worldcon prepares to introduce a new award for genre YA — separately to the Hugo Awards — we ask, why is that the case? And what are fans who don’t read YA missing out on?

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Shakespeare and SF
Freya Marske, Laura E. Goodin, Narrelle M. Harris, Robert New, EJ Beaton

From Forbidden Planet to, oh, about a third of Star Trek, the Bard has had a tremendous impact on speculative fiction. Is it the epic themes? The universal observations about human(oid) nature?

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Show Us YA Worldbuilding
Marlee Jane Ward, Alison Evans, Cally Black, Thalia Kalkipsakis

We know YA characters drive the narrative but how do YA all get YA Worldbuilding all up in there? Come and hear our YA panelists discuss YA Worldbuilding that works.

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So You Want To Be A Book Reviewer
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Marisa Wikramanayake, Figgy

An exploration of the best ways of getting on publisher lists, experiences had with publishers (positive or negative), and the pros and cons of e-copy of physical review copies…

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Space: The Human Frontier
Geoff Allshorn, Bill Wright

In Conversation, we explore science fiction as a medium that likes to cast itself as being progressive and accepting of diversity. In a genre that confronts alien life forms and explores strange new worlds, how effectively does SF actually address ‘otherness’ within the human condition?

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Speculative Detectives
Devin Jeyathurai, Josh Melican, Kat CLay, Narrelle M. Harris, Robert Hood

With shows and books like the Expanse and Altered Carbon, the cross-genre detective is making a comeback in a big way. Why is it so easy to mash-up the detective story with speculative fiction? And what makes a great genre-bending detective? These fans and authors discuss where these pulpy detectives come from, the best (and worst) stories and how to write one without falling into the trope traps of hardboiled PI meets femme fatale.

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Speculative Ethics
Josh Melican, Laura Wilkinson, Tania Walker, Sangeetha Thanapal, Sam Kiss

Whether this is the battle between good and evil on Pelennor Fields, the Prime Directive of the Federation, or T’Challa’s decision for the future of Wakanda, Fantasy and Science Fiction have often raised difficult questions about what it means to be good, the obligations we have to each other and the implications which arise from our moral beliefs. As readers and viewers, we make moral decisions about these stories: Who ought sit on the Iron Throne of Westeros? Should we be Team Cap or Team Iron Man? Can I justify post-apocalyptic murder?

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Supergirl
Ashleigh, Alice Clarke, Heidi Butters-Stabb, Tehani Croft, Devin Jeyathurai

The DCTV series juggles overt mainstream feminism and queer themes with saving the city (or the planet), friendship, and wearing a whole superhero costume under normal clothes every day.

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Sword Fighting Workshop

Join Shannon Walker, president and head instructor at the Victorian Historical Combat Academy, to learn the art of sword fighting, how to write accurate sword fights, and what common misconceptions about weapon-based fighting too often creep into fiction.

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This Panel is its Own Grandfather
Corey J. White, Lexie (Darren), Josh Melican, Marlee Jane Ward, Thalia Kalkipsakis

Let’s talk about time travel: the good, the bad, the paradoxical. The works that exist, and the works that have not yet been released in this timestream

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Trailer Trash
Mitch, Joe

Join Mitch and Joe (a.k.a. The Massive Attack Podcast) as they take a look at some of the hottest upcoming movies and TV, including some you didn’t even know about but definitely need to see!

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Try to be Kinder: Entitlement in Fandom
Creatrix Tiara, Ashleigh, Gillian Polack, Tansy Rayner Roberts

In The Wicked + The Divine, Tara just wants to perform her own work, but her ‘fans’ demands that she perform her Divine Powers instead, booing her and abusing her when she doesn’t comply with her Goddess role. How does fan entitlement – to one’s energy, one’s attention, one’s creations – affect the way artists are able to create and present their work? How do artists deal with demands from fans and wider society of their work or their personal lives, simply because they’re in the public eye or occupy a particular demographic? Is there a way to differentiate valid requests from boundary-crossing demands?

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Universal Monsters
Terry Frost, Claire Fitzpatrick, Robert Hood, Sophie Yorkston

Universal studios bought some of the most iconic literary monsters to the big screen in the 30s and 40s, monsters we return to again and again. What is it that fascinates us about them, and what resonates with every new generation that discovers them?

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Utopia From Dystopia
Cat Sparks, Stephanie Lai, Sangeetha Thanapal

Which seemingly utopian ideas are really dystopian? And how do we construct a utopia for the 21st century?

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Very Disco
Liz Barr, Cecilia, Devin Jeyathurai, Ju, PRK

Star Trek: Discovery brings the venerable franchise into the 21st century, with more ambiguity, serialised storytelling and fungus than previous iterations. Let’s talk tropes, tribbles and Klingon subtitles.

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The Weather Report
Jane Routley, Cat Sparks, Stephanie Lai, Jason Nahrung

The current state of climate change science and science fiction.

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Welcome! Everything is Fine
Cecilia Quirk, Corey J. White, Josh Melican, Sangeetha Thanapal

Discussing The Good Place, comedy afterlives, ethics, moral philosophy and puns.

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You Be The Judge: An Interactive Reading
Jack Dann

Give Jack some audience feedback as he reads a story-in-progress about Martians, monsters, Melbourne, blood, gore, Mark Twain, and other things that go bump in the night.

 

Zine Show and Tell
Alison Evans, David Witteveen, Katherine Back

From sci-fi club newsletters to punk reviews to minicomics, zines have a long history with fandom. Come and join us for a show-and-tell session about why we love these these DIY publications. Bring along your own favourite zines to discuss, too!

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Zombie Politics
Dorian Manticore, Pete Aldin, Rjurik Davidson, Figgy, Julia

If vampires are aristocrats, are zombies the working class joes of the supernatural world? How would society adjust to a zombie apocalypse? (If Canberra is overrun by the undead, will anyone notice?)

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