This is just a taste of what we hope to bring you at Continuum 13. So as not to overwhelm, we’ll be updating the list with new panels every month, make sure to keep checking back!
To volunteer for any of the panels below, please fill out the panelists form. We welcome volunteers from diverse backgrounds and identities.
While there’s still more to come you can still suggest panels, workshops or presentations here.
Bogan Avenging Living Legends Squad
We’re inundated with Superheroes, mostly American, but where are our Australian ones? Come create and debate a league of our own, including nemeses, and some uniquely Australian super powers.
Are all chosen ones by their nature Mary Sues? Do we care? How much does it suck to be a chosen one? Is the trope overplayed? You don’t have to be a humble peasant destined for greatness to sit on this panel, but it might help.
Cityscapes: fake cities, real cities, aspirational cities
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 want people to talk about design, urban infrastructure, feng shui, landscape paintings and speculative fiction.
With Coal Hill Academy sitting on the alien equivalent of the hellmouth, and the Doctor off running around the universe, can this group of misfits keep earth safe? Come discuss the new generation of Doctor Who spinoff and how they stack up to the rest.
Canada’s feminist biopunk drama is coming to an end. While Tatiana Maslany gets ready for a long stretch of playing one character at a time, we want to know your thoughts on its successes, failures, and where you think it will end.
Communicating with other lifeforms: starting with life on Earth
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!)
Cosplay for Everyone
If you love cosplay, put your hand up for this panel, where we want to share tips on purchasing or making, screen replicas, gender swaps, everyday cosplay and more.
Fannish Legal Shenanigans
Would the Enterprise pass OH&S inspections? Should parents sue Hogwarts for child endangerment? Are unicorns on the protected species list? We’re looking for people to discuss the legalities often overlooked in SFF. Legal professionals and OHS officers are especially welcome to volunteer.
Filing the Serial Numbers Off
We’re looking for writers to to discuss turning your fic into pro fiction.
Filk and Fan Music
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.
Forgotten and Overlooked Women of SFF
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. We’re looking for fans to talk about their favourite books and importance of these oft neglected authors.
Horror in the 21st Century
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?
I Had Novels to Write So I Wrote Them
Come celebrate, discuss and explore Octavia Butler’s work and legacy.
It’s Okay to Quit
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?
Melbourne Urban Legends
Know all about the secret morgue at Crown Casino? The ghost of the Princess Theatre? Share some stories of the weird, inexplicable, creepy and just plain improbable legends of Melbourne.
Once Upon a Time…
Fairy tales were dark and not for children, they are being reclaimed with empowered female protaganists or being told from a different pov. What role do fairy tales have in 21st century and how have modern sensibilities changed, for good or ill, these enduring stories?
Put Your Damn Underwear On The Inside – Superhero Burnout
Superheroes are dominating the pop culture landscape, so what do you watch if you don’t like them? Join us to talk about all the great non superhero stuff out there.
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.
Safety Lights are for Dudes: Ghostbusters 2016
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!
Saving the Future with Science Fiction!
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?
Space Oddity: the Bowie panel
From Starman to a Goblin King, come talk about David Bowie’s love of and influence on SF.
Stealth Cosplay: nerdy nails, Disneybounding and more
Want to rep your Hogwarts House at work … without violating the dress code? Want to know what Disneybounding is? (Yes, you can google it if you want.)
Truman Capote wouldn’t begin or complete a piece of writing on a Friday. Isabel Allende, however, always starts a new novel on the same date (January 8). Many more are the authors who will avoid speaking about works in progress lest they “Jinx” them, or adopt special procedures when sending in submissions. Come talk about yours!
With tabletop gaming more popular than ever we’re looking for gamers discuss the current state of play, their favourite games and what new games to look out for.
We’re looking for people to discuss the current role of book blogging and BookTube in the publishing industry.
The Franchise that Lived
After a few years of dormancy, the world of Harry Potter is coming back to life. Did Cursed Child restore your fannishness to life? Or did you never leave Hogwarts? Was it Fantastic Beasts that finally made you a fan? Or do you wish it would just finally come to an end? Let us know!
The Legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Arguably the first true SF novel, we’re seeking panelists to talk about the influence of this seminal work and the recent resurgence of adaptations.
The Marvel Netflix Universe
Netflix shows us a much more diverse and grittier MU with reluctant heroes. Come chat all things Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Daredevil.
The Panels Men Don’t See
Thanks to the recent biography and Letters to Tiptree, iconic feminist SF writer James Tiptree Jr is back in the spotlight. We want panelists who can talk about her work, her influence and her place in the modern spec fic landscape.
The Problem of Susan
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.
The Upside Down
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.
To be continued…
Serialized 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?
The classic 1973 Hugo and Nebula nominated movie (based on the novel by Michael Crichton) 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?
When spec fic becomes reality
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 how relevant Synners by Pat Cadigan is to current day. We’re seeking people to chat about books that are far less fictional now than they were when written.
Women in Star Wars
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.