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Program

Friday

Time Corn Maze Pumpkin Field Haunted House Fallout Zone Last Chance Saloon
5:00PM To Be Continued… The Romantic Roots of Fantasy The Upside Down
 6:00PM  Lotus Blue and Crossroads of Canopy Launch Creativity and Mental Health Not What They Seem: Twin Peaks Continuum 101 Workshop: Crochet
7:00PM Brain Undead Thirteen Dubious Lessons from History An Ecclectic Collection of Stuff and Things and Matters Arising Launch Moderating 101
8:00PM Opening Ceremony
8:30PM Asian SFFH Mad Max 1001 Ways to Die in Space Workshop: From the Inside Out
9:30PM The Great KPOP Party DCTV Saving the Future with Science Fiction Parallel Universes

 

Saturday

 

Time Corn Maze Pumpkin Field Haunted House Fallout Zone Last Chance Saloon
9:00AM Workshop: Goofball Dancing Safety Lights are for Dudes The Art and Science of Publishing Light In Shadows: How to Effectively Apply Fear in Games
10:00AM Fun With Fan Funds Bioware Games Continuum 101 Workshop: The Mechanics of Short Speculative Fiction
11:00AM It’s Okay to Quit Which Way Do I Go? Writing Interactive Fiction Boxed In
12:00PM Guest of Honour Hour: Likhain
1:00PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
2:00PM Fae in the City Anime and Manga Fan Fund Auction Workshop: What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction Workshop: Trial By Dice
3:00PM That’s Not a Puppet, This is a Puppet! Secondary Worlds in Weird Fiction
4:00PM Genre Conventions Clone Club When Spec Fic Becomes Reality
5:00PM  Maskobalo Set Up Saturday Morning Cartoons Spectacular Panels and Prejudice Tabletop Renaissance
6:00PM  Maskobalo Set Up The Panels Men Don’t See Westworld Generation Starships in Science Fiction: A Bubble in Glass
6:30PM  Maskobalo Set Up Launch: Harlequin’s Riddle
7:00PM Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
8:30PM Costume Parade and Contest
9:00PM Maskobalo
(2hrs)

 

Sunday

 

Time Corn Maze Pumpkin Field Haunted House Fallout Zone Last Chance Saloon
10:00AM Once Upon a Time… Author Readings Launch: How to Bee by Bren MacDibble Workshop: Visual Storytelling: The Art and Science of Writing Comics
11:00AM Pass the Bleach: Whitewashing in SF Cosplay for Everyone Kid Stuff
12:00PM Guest of Honour Hour: Seanan McGuire
1:00PM Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
2:00PM Journey to the West Galactic Suburbia Podcast Recording Fandom – Where Did We Come From Workshop: Writing Other Cultures
3:00PM Queering Space Cli-Fi
4:00PM Women in Star Wars Launch: Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler Filk and Fan Music
5:00PM Cityscapes I am one with the force. The force is with me: On Screen Representations of Disability The Faster Than Light Barrier  

NatCon Business Meeting

6:00PM Keyholes and Secret Doors The Marvel Netflix Universe Launch: Dreaming in the Dark by Jack Dann
7:00PM Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
8:00PM Ditmar Awards Ceremony Trailer Panel  TBA  TBA
9:30PM Karaoke
(1.5hrs)
The Problem of Susan In Defence Of… The Belt and Beyond: Exploring the Expanse

 

Monday

 

Time Corn Maze Pumpkin Field Haunted House Fallout Zone Last Chance Saloon
9:30AM Forgotten Mothers of Fantasy Communicating With Other Life Forms:
Starting With Life on Earth
Pokemon Going The Martian Drive-In Podcast
10:30AM Fantasy Food Riverdale Horror in the 21st Century On Beyond Binary: Pronoun Edition
11:30AM Snack Break Snack Break Snack Break Snack Break
12:00PM Down Among the Sticks and Bones Launch Doctor Who Debrief Stories for Climate Action Speculative K-Drama
1:00PM Fan Fiction and Fan Art Humans Are Special  TBA TBA
2:00PM Closing Ceremony

 

Panel Descriptions

1001 Ways to Die in Space
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, authors of Illuminae, Gemina and the upcoming Obsidia, are here to chill your spine as they come up with increasingly strange, horrifying and unpleasant ways to die … in space.

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Anime and Manga
Bryce Campbell, Likhain, John Samuel. Laura Wilkinson, Candice

A panel discussing classic, contemporary and obscure works of anime and manga.

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The Art and Science of Publishing
Tehani Croft, Donna Maree Hanson, Sam Hawke, Devin Madson, Robert New

Indie, small press or the big four? How do you choose? How do you succeed? What happens if you fail?

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Asian SFFH
Devin Jeyathurai, Stephanie Lai, Likhain

Exploring the speculative fiction of our neighbours and their diaspora.

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Author Readings
JS Bruekelaar, Michael Pryor, Corey J. White

All three authors will read from their work, and Michael Pryor gives a sneak peek of his new novel.

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The Belt and Beyond: Exploring the Expanse
Liz Barr, Terry Frost, Donna Maree Hanson, Alex Pierce, Craig

It’s a working class view of the colonisation of the solar system, it’s Raymond Chandler in space, it’s a bestselling series of novels and now a successful TV adaptation. Let’s talk Mars, marines, Belter lingo, women in refrigerators and not whitewashing the characters.

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Bioware Games
Liz Barr, Kat Clay, Elaine Cuyedkeng, Bismuth, Emma Osborne, Rivqa Rafael

Bioware games! The good, the bad, that “rub the back of your neck and shift your weight” gesture they all have…

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Boxed In
Creatrix Tiara, Michelle Goldsmith, Gillian Polack, Lyss Wickramsinghe, Darren

Labels are used as a shorthand to identity, but this reduces people to the expectations and assumptions about that label, when the reality is a label is only part of one’s identity. Our panelists discuss labels in books and movies, how they affect the people who are identified by them, and how it’s possible to move past the shorthand and see a more interesting story.

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Brain Undead
Figgy, Seanan McGuire, Rob Hood, Justin Woolley

For decades zombies have been mindless undead seeking only to feast on the living. Recent movies and series like Warm Bodies, iZombie and Santa Clarita Diet have given them back their humanity. Are the new generation really zombies or just people with a penchant for eating brains?

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Cityscapes: fake cities, real cities, aspirational cities
Aidan Doyle, Stephanie Lai, Likhain, Gillian Polack, Andrei Seleznev

Australian lit talks incessantly of death by landscape; Scandinavia brings us cold murders and the USA brings us the lie of the wild west. how does the construction of space impact our reading, our writing and our worldviews? We talk design, urban infrastructure, feng shui, landscape paintings and speculative fiction.

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Cli Fi
Bren MacDibble, Jason Nahrung, Sue Parritt, Cat Sparks, Elaine Walker

When fiction deals with climate change, is that science fiction? Or just realism? Talk about the classics, the tropes, the cliches and the politics of climate change in fiction!

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Clone Club
Elaine Cuyegkeng, Melissa Ferguson, Lynelle Howell, Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Figgy

Canada’s feminist biopunk drama is coming to an end. While Tatiana Maslany gets ready for a long stretch of playing just one character at a time, we’re talking about its successes, failures, and where we think it will end.

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Communicating with Other Life Forms: Starting with Life on Earth
Katherine Phelps, Corey J. White, Hespa, Nuke

Never mind the aliens. Dolphins might have near-human intelligence, and octopi can use tools. How close are we to communication with animals, and how would society change if we achieved that? (Bonus points to any prospective panelists who can talk about seaQuest!)

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Continuum 101
Danny, PRK, Sharon

New to Continuum? Come chat to Continuum veterans about what to expect and how to get the most out of your convention.

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Cosplay for Everyone
Captain Patch-It, Rachel Holkner, Zen Fletcher, Lyss Wickramsinghe, Darren

No matter your skill level, if you want to cosplay you can! Whether purchasing or making, screen replica, gender swapped, your own interpretation or everyday cosplay our panelists will give you ideas where and how to start and pro tips.

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Creativity and Mental Health
Mary Borsellino, Creatrix Tiara, Likhain, Lauren E. Mitchell, Dorian

From histories of brilliant artists with mental illnesses to deconstructing the trope of the suffering creative, to exploring our own experiences.

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DCTV
Tori, Mitch, Craig, Julia, Alice Clarke

The DC TV universe is self-contained and completely different in tone and style to that of the movies. Does this make it harder or easier for new fans to jump into the comics? Which series is best, and which do we want to see improve? What’s the crossover event of our dreams?

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Doctor Who Debrief
Julia, Melissa

Come chat about the Twelfth Doctor’s final season and the new vitality we’re seeing in the show. Is it the magic of Bill Potts? Capaldi’s hair? Or is it all an evil spell cast by whoever is in the Vault?

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Fae in the City
Jason Franks, Seanan McGuire, Freya Marske, Amanda Pillar, Ju

Does the Unseelie Court run on espresso? What happens when a hipster eats the food in fairyland? When the rural tradition of the fae collides with contemporary urban sprawl, shenanigans — and a hugely successful urban fantasy subgenre — ensue.

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Fandom – Where Did We Come From?
Bruce Gillespie, Merv Binns, Helena Binns, Dr Leigh Edmonds, Lee Harding, Carey Handfield, Rob Gerrand, Dr Dick Jenssen

History is about where we came from.  It helps us understand why we are as we are and why we do what we do.  Where did conventions come from?  How did they evolve to become what they are today?  How has fandom reflected the changes in society and culture and how has the activity of fans helped to create a viable science fiction industry in
Australia.  A bunch of old time fans will talk about their experiences and discuss where fandom came from to be where it is today.’

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Fan Fiction and Fan Art
Liz Barr, Elaine Cuyegkeng, Likhain

Remixing, reimagining and transforming media: how writers and artists perceive and interact with their fandoms.

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Fan Fund Auction

Roll up, roll up!

Expand your collections and get way ahead of your Christmas shopping, while supporting fan funds at the annual Fan Fund Auction

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Fun With Fan Funds
Donna Maree Hanson, Lynelle Howell, Fe Waters, Paul Weimer

Fan funds enable people to attend conventions they wouldn’t normally be able to access due to geography and expense, and reinforce the fannish community. Our delegates discuss their fan fund campaigns and the future of the concept.

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Fantasy Food
Cary Lenehan, Likhain, Gillian Polack, Fe Waters

You can eat a Gobstopper and wash it down with Soylent Green — sometimes the food and drink of speculative fiction becomes real. How do fans develop recipes for foods that don’t exist?

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The Faster Than Light Barrier
Nathan Cooper, Michael Sisley, Elaine Walker, Nuke

How can realistic SF deal with this immutable physical law in a way that doesn’t involve magic “Hyperjumps” or other devices?

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Filk and Fan Music
Narelle M. Harris, Lynelle Howell, Seanan McGuire, Ann Poole, David Witteveen

Are you a filker? A wizard rock aficionado? A creator or consumer of extremely nerdy music? We would love to have you on this panel.

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Forgotten Mothers of Fantasy
Jodi McAlister, Sam Hawke, Seanan McGuire, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Cat Sparks

There is a rich and huge back catalog of SFF written by women but when best lists, history of the genre and influence are discussed they are left out in favour of their male counterparts. Our panelists discuss their favourite books and the importance of these oft-neglected authors.

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Galactic Suburbia Podcast Recording

Join Alisa, Alex and Tansy as they record an episode of their award-winning podcast.

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Generation Starships in Science Fiction: A Bubble in Glass

The opportunities offered by stories of slower-than-light travel to another star system. How do generations survive in space without the comforts of a planet, not knowing what we will find, or who we will be, when we arrive?

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Genre Conventions
JS Breukelaar, Jason Franks, Laura E. Goodin, Likhain, Earl Livings

There’s a longstanding tension between “literary fiction” and “speculative fiction”. How do genre styles and tropes assist authors, and how do they hold them back? Is the whole Lit v SF division entirely artificial? (Spoilers, yes. Maybe? Probably?)

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Great KPOP Party: Speculative Fiction in Korean Music Video Clips
Candice

The success of a song in the Korean music industry is measured with many metrics – including YouTube hits. The way to get more YouTube hits is to make an amazing video clip. Come witness the spectacle of amazing clips from the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

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Guest of Honour Hour: Likhain

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Guest of Honour Hour: Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant

Join Seanan McGuire for an audience Q&A session, followed by a signing.

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Horror in the 21st Century
Jason Franks, Claire Fitzpatrick, Michelle Goldsmith, Kirstyn McDermott

Technology has advanced rapidly in the last decade, but what new horrors lurk within and how are writers, filmmakers and other creators using these new frontiers to scare us?

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Humans Are Special
Kathryn Andersen, Jason Franks, Michelle Goldsmith, Hespa

Technology has advanced rapidly in the last decade, but what new horrors lurk within and how are writers, filmmakers and other creators using these new frontiers to scare us?

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I am one with the force. The force is with me: On Screen Representations of Disability
Jax Jacki Brown, Carly Findlay, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Jessica Walton, Julia

Disabled people are 25% of our population but only 4% on our screens. Join us as we discuss the good, the bad and damaging representations of disability on tv and in movies.

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In Defence Of…
Alice Clarke, Lynelle Howell, George, PRK

Here’s the format: the moderator calls on the audience to suggest widely derided media, and the panel has to defend it. Lively discussion ensues! We hope!

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It’s Okay to Quit
Seanan McGuire, Lauren E. Mitchell, David Witteveen, Figgy, Tori

Sometimes we fall out of love with a series — but breaking up can be hard to do. How do we know when it’s time to move on? What happens if you’ve stayed too long?

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 西游记 Journey to the West
Stephanie Lai, Grant Watson

Coming from different introductions to <西游记> / Journey to the West, Stephanie and Grant discuss the various adaptations of this Chinese classic, their own interpretations coloured by their backgrounds, and what makes it such a classic. Includes clips from a number of Chinese versions, the infamous BBC dub of the Japanese tv adaptation Monkey, and the upcoming Netflix adaptation

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Keyholes and Secret Doors
Sebastian Edwards, Jason Franks, Seanan McGuire, Freya Marske, Paul Weimer

Do you really need to “outgrow” the fantasy worlds you discovered in your youth? Our panelists discuss the obsession with childhood and innocence in fantasy, revisiting hidden worlds in adulthood, and still having your magic.

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Kid Stuff
Stephen Higgins, Fran La Fontaine, Michael Pryor, Rivqa Rafael, Dirk Strasser

Come hear about the SF from our youth that made us the fans we are today.

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Launch: An Ecclectic Collection of Stuff and Things by Edwina Harvey and Matters Arising by Simon Petrie

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Launch: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Join Jodi McAlister as she launches Seanan McGuire’s newest novella, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, book 2 in the Wayward Children series.

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Launch: Dreaming in the Dark by Jack Dann

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Launch: Harlequin’s Riddle by Rachel Nightingale

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Launch: How To Bee by Bren MacDibble

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Launch: Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks and Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer

Jack Dann and Janeen Webb launch of Cat Sparks debut novel Lotus Blue and Thoraiya Dyer’s debut novel Crossroads of Canopy.

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Launch: Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler

Join Twelfth Planet Press as they launch their latest collection, Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler.

 

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Light in Shadows: How to Effectively Apply Fear in Games
Brian Holland

Fear is one of the most primal emotions, why is it so difficult to get right? Join us as we discuss the varying aspects of fear, deconstruct the nature of horror games, and analyse how best to apply fear to your game.

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Mad Max
Dan Berryman, Nathan Cooper, Dorian Ellis, Rachel Holkner, El Naismith

A tour through the movies, world and themes of the franchise.

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The Martian Drive-In Podcast

Join Terry Frost as he records an episode.

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The Marvel Netflix Universe
Terry Frost, Tansy Rayner Roberts, David Witteveen, Darren, Tori

Netflix shows us a much more diverse and grittier MU with reluctant heroes. Come chat all things Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil.

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Moderating 101
PRK, Stephanie Lai, Jason Nahrung

A quick and dirty guide to wrangling panelists and audience members, from some of our most experienced and effective mods.

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Not What They Seem: Twin Peaks
Hayley Inch, Narelle M. Harris, Grant Watson

Get yourself a cup of coffee and some damn fine pie and pull up a log — it’s time to go back to Twin Peaks.

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On Beyond Binary: Pronoun Edition
Alison Evans, Bismuth, Lauren E. Mitchell, Cecil Wilde

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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Once Upon A Time…
Kirstyn McDermott, Seanan McGuire, Freya Marske, Amanda Pillar

Fairy tales were once dark and not for children. Now they’re being reclaimed with empowered female protagonists or being told from a different perspective. What’s the place of fairy tales in the 21st century, and how have modern sensibilities changed, for good or ill, these enduring stories?

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Panels and Prejudice
Jodi McAlister, Kat Clay, Donna Maree Hanson, Freya Marske, Tansy Rayner Roberts

It is a truth universally acknowledged… Don your regency gown and fetch a dish of tea while we talk Jane Austen’s works and fandom, and her influence on speculative fiction.

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The Panels Men Don’t See
Michelle Goldsmith, Likhain, Seanan McGuire, Alex Pierce, Gillian Polack

Thanks to the recent biography and Letters to Tiptree, iconic feminist SF writer James Tiptree Jr is back in the spotlight. Learn about her work, her influence and her place in the modern spec fic landscape.

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Parallel Universes
Geoff Allshorn, Shane Morrissey

Shane and Geoff have many parallels within their lives. They are both gay men living in Melbourne, and they have both been lifelong science fiction fans. Perhaps most pointedly, they have both founded two science fiction clubs, and in each case one of their clubs has lasted for decades. In this panel, they will reflect upon success in fandom, and what queer perspectives might contribute to a genre that highlights otherness. They also ponder inclusivity in SF, and what role (if any) white male privilege may play in the genre.

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Pass the Bleach: Whitewashing in SF
Creatrix Tiara, Devin Jeyathurai, Stephanie Lai, Likhain, Tori

So many Asian stories — or western stories with Asian protagonists — are adapted with white people in the leading roles. Why does this keep happening? What is the impact?

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Pokemon Going
George Ivanoff, Lyss Wickramsinghe, Candice, Melissa, PRK

The battery-eating smartphone sensation of 2016 … now in panel form! Come hear  stories, tips, hilarious and
terrible experiences, thoughts on the future of augmented reality games, and strong opinions about Magikarp!

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The Problem of Susan
Likhain, Emma Osborne, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Laura, Leonie

At the end of The Last Battle, we are told that Susan is “no longer a friend of Narnia”. The ensuing decades have seen debate, rebuttals and even fiction about the place of adults — and adult women — in Narnia.

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Queering Space
Geoff Allshorn, Alison Evans, Cary Lenehan, Darren

From the unintentional subtext of classic Star Trek to the outright rejection of gender in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch books, queer people have always been a part of space opera.

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Riverdale
Liz Barr, Sarah Bassett, Zen Fletcher, George Ivanoff, Creatrix Tiara

It’s Archie Comics … but with a Twin Peaks twist and a dash of Gossip Girl. Sacrelige? Or the best comics adaptation on TV right now?

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The Romantic Roots of Fantasy
Janeen Webb

Modern fantasy has its roots deep in the ancient realms of myth, epic and medieval romance – forms that had largely fallen out of fashion until revived by the Romantic Movement with its emphasis on intense emotion and individual heroism.
Join us for a quick tour through the Romantic literature that inspired our greatest fantasists.

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Safety Lights are for Dudes: Ghostbusters 2016
Zen Fletcher, Seanan McGuire, Alex Pierce, Darren, Julia

Sure, we could talk about the controversy (women? busting ghosts?! OUTRAGEOUS!) — or we could talk about the important things: will there be a sequel? Will Kevin ever figure out how a telephone works? Come on in and ruin a childhood!

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Saturday Morning Cartoon Spectacular
Mitch and Julia

Join Mitch and Julia on a thrilling adventure as they take a trip in the way back machine and revisit some well loved, obscure and just plain bizarre cartoons! Rated M

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Saving the Future with Science Fiction!
Claire Fitzpatrick, Nuke, El Naismith, Rachel Nightingale

Could the new crop of sci-fi writers generate ideas for technological innovations or solutions to some of the world’s major problems, such as climate change?

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Secondary Worlds in Science Fiction
JS Breukelaar, Kat Clay, Michelle Goldsmith, Stephanie Lai

While much weird fiction takes place in our world, secondary worlds hold a large and memorable place in the canon of the Weird. What differentiates this work from dark and epic fantasy? We talk Bas Lag, Ambergris, Gormenghast and all the tentacles you can take.

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Speculative K-Drama
Candice

The success of a song in the Korean music industry is measured with many metrics – including YouTube hits. The way to get more YouTube hits is to make an amazing video clip. Come witness the spectacle of amazing clips from the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

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Stories for Climate Action
Blanche Verlie

Are you worried about climate change, frustrated that no one seems to be doing anything about it? PhD candidate and Climate for Change facilitator Blanche Verlie will talk about how stories – real and fictional – work to inspire change, including practical examples from, and opportunities to participate in, Climate for Change’s efforts to
create a social mandate for climate action in Australia.

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Tabletop Renaissance
Darryl “Owlbear” Browne, Bryce Campbell, Aidan Doyle, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Laura Wilkinson

With tabletop gaming more popular than ever, our panelists discuss the current state of play, their favourite games, and which new ones to look out for

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That’s not a puppet. This is a puppet! or How I learned to stop worrying and love the animatronics
Phillip Millar

Negative preconceived notions and limiting definitions plague the fields of puppetry and robotics. People’s expectations are often disappointingly low. Come and experience what the world of high end animatronic puppetry looks like in 2017 and throw your limited definitions out the window. Discover how Melbourne based Creature Technology Company makes convincing life reconstructions of animals that no-one has ever seen and builds fantasy
beasts that come alive in front of audiences around the world.

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Thirteen Dubious Lessons from History
Dr Gillian Polack

History is full of glorious byways and charming anecdotes. This talk is not about those. Gillian will present thirteen lessons that your life is better without.

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To Be Continued…
Nathan Farrugia, Seanan McGuire, Gillian Polack, Tansy Rayner Roberts

Serialised fiction is making a comeback facilitated by modern technology like blogs and Wattpad, how does the reading experience change when you can only read so much of the story at a time and does it change the writing process?

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Trailer Panel
Mitch and Joe

Mitch and Joe screen trailers for upcoming genre films.

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The Upside Down
Zen Fletcher, Rachel, Lynelle Howell, Robert New

Stranger Things tapped into a deep love of 80s movies and nostalgia, we’re looking for fans to discuss the Duffer Brothers’ Netflix sensation and ponder what adventures season 2 will take us on.

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Westworld
Kathryn Andersen, Robert New, Emma Osborne, Corey J. White, Nuke

The classic 1973 Hugo and Nebula nominated movie has been turned into a stunning HBO series. What was great about the original, what’s changed and been modernised for the series and is this our future?

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When Spec Fic Becomes Reality
Rachel Nightingale, Emma Osborne, Cat Sparks, Corey J. White, Ju

Science fiction has been known to predict the future, for instance Octavia Butler wrote about a zealot who promised to “make America great again” in Parable of Talents, and Synners by Pat Cadigan is so relevant today. We’re chatting about books that are far less fictional now than they were when written.

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Which Way Do I Go? Writing Interactive Fiction
George Ivanoff, Leena Van Deventer

From ‘choose you own adventure’ books to computer games, interactive fiction that requires input from the reader/player has maintained its popularity over many years. But how do you write this sort of stuff?
Join Leena van Deventer (author of Game Changers, RMIT lecturer and game developer) and George Ivanoff (author of the You Choose series), as they take you through their processes, showing you how they plot and plan their adventures.

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Women in Star Wars
Liz Barr, Sarah Bassett, Donna Maree Hanson, Emma Osborne, Leonie

If you have strong opinions on Padme’s role in Revenge of the Sith and Leia’s slave costume in Return of the Jedi, or anything else to do with the female characters of the Star Wars universe, this is the panel for sharing them.

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Workshop: Crochet
Kathryn Andersen

Need something to do with your hands during long panels? Learn to crochet! Kathryn will introduce you to the basics, and provide a set of crochet hooks and two balls of yarn.

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/kFtNdLHKfgG8fDjO2

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Workshop: Goofball Dancing
Rachel Holkner

Interpretive dance has become a bit of a joke in arts circles, but it’s high(-kicking) time it was brought back and given the respect it deserves. This is a workshop for exploring what your body can do, listening and responding to music and not giving a pig’s fiddle what the person next to you thinks of it. Build confidence, work on some new brain connections, warm up for the Maskobalo, or shake off last night’s excesses. Whatever your reason this will be a safe and fun place for you to act like a total goofball. I promise there will be no Jane Fonda style aerobics, no Zumba and no flash-mobbing of any kind. Wear non-restrictive clothing and sports shoes.

No registration needed, just turn up on the day!

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Workshop: From the Inside Out
Aiki Flinthart

Many authors create characters beginning with appearance, name, and major past trauma – externals. This workshop will help them create richer characters, from the inside, out. Beginning with an understanding of the basic personality types (using an easy, 4-personality profiling system), attendees understand how these combine, conflict and complement each other; what motivates them; how they handle stress; how they express love.

How external factors modify the personalities – family life/values/expectations, cultural values/norms/influences, past trauma, character age. Finishing with externals – personal ticks, appearance, habits. And how all of these can be used to drive narratives and conflicts.

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/CyKpHsyDKEoOsJ922

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Workshop: The Mechanics of Short Speculative Fiction
Cat Sparks

Crafting short stories is a specific skill that focuses on issues of language and structure. A good short story is transformative. A snapshot of the human condition, its concise suggestiveness engenders passion and can linger with you long after you have stopped reading.

This workshop aims to examine the elements required in creating a publishable short speculative fiction story, from opening hook through to closing sentence. We will examine story vs plot; inspiration; story structure; believable characters; strong beginnings, middle and ends; point-of-view; setting; conflict, and theme; tips on making every sentence count; paying markets; critique groups; how much revision is too much; cover letters and submission etiquette; rejection and how to deal with it.

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/qo1znNOfzc5zym7q2

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Workshop: Trial by Dice
Rachel Holkner

Think you’re a whizz with a board game? Ever tried making one? In this workshop you’ll be designing a brand new tabletop game using a cornucopia of mystery objects. This friendly contest will have you using your creativity, your expertise in game-play strategies and years of experience in fooling around with toys. Your team of four will have to cooperate well enough to come up with rules, instructions, board, everything, and in just 30 minutes!  Sign up individually, teams will be arranged on the day.

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/cPkghsLOGiwgearm1

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Workshop: Visual Storytelling: The Art and Science of Writing Comics
Jason Franks

Comics is the art of telling stories using a combination of words and pictures. Writing comics is a challenge, even for writers experienced in other media: you don’t have to be able to draw, but you do have to understand how to talk about art and how to sequence it into a narrative. In this two hour workshop, Jason Franks, writer of The Sixsmiths and Left Hand Path, will teach you all the tools and techniques you need to get started in turning your story idea a script that you can give to any comics artist.

Sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/I4WAjfnIbcPUl0JH2

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Workshop: What Writers Must Do To Write Professional Fiction
Jack Dann

Believe it or not, there is a secret to writing professional fiction; and it involves learning a bit of ancient cartography. (cartis = map and graph = write.)

This 2½ hour intensive with Nebula, World Fantasy, and Shirley Jackson Award winner Jack Dann is a results-oriented workshop that can change the way you approach the craft of writing. It offers participants a hands-on, step-by-step writing strategy and a unique opportunity to broaden their working understanding of speculative fiction with a writer of international renown.

This workshop will cover how to overcome the three(+) basic hurdles to writing saleable fiction It will also cover technical and thematic aspects of historical and fantastic fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about writing in the various genres (and the history of the genres); the essentials of writing cutting edge fiction and the nature of creativity; the workings of the Australian, British and American markets; the new e-commerce paradigms; how to get an agent (if necessary) and how to submit a manuscript. But most importantly, participants will learn how to overcome the basic mistakes that frustrate the inexperienced writer. They will also discover “the writer’s best friends”!

All participants will be given handouts, including “The Keys to the Kingdom”, which Jack wrote for Writers Digest, an updated “Books For Writers: An Essential List”, and a fistful of other “essential” material that Jack has found helpful for writers.

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Workshop: Writing Other Cultures
Dr Gillian Polack

This workshop is all about writing cultures and people from them into your fiction. What makes a culture? How do we see ourselves? How do we depict ourselves? How do we depict other people? Where do issues such as respect, appropriation, research and understanding come in and how should we handle them? This workshop will be useful for writers who use current or historic cultures in their fiction as well as for writers who are working with invented cultures.

The first section of this workshop looks at terms people use to describe culture, how they influence writing and writers, and the role of ethics. We will especially look at current uses of ‘appropriation’, ‘borrowing’ and similar words, both in their US and Australian meanings. The remainder of the workshop teaches methods analysing and of describing cultures. How do we learn about cultures and how does this affect our writing? How do we draw characters so that they work within their own culture rather than from within ours? What aspects of culture help us understand a specific culture  well enough to write about it convincingly and respectfully? What specific aspects of a culture help most with communicating that culture to readers?

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