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Even though I'm dreadfully bogged down with work and school and other stuff, I decided that Philcon was close enough that I could afford a touch more over-commitment. That was, of course, before Hurricane Sandy knocked out my power last week and put me even further behind on things. Nonetheless, here's my schedule, and I'm sticking to it:

WOMEN IN FANTASY
Sat 5:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
[Panelists: Oz Drummond (mod), Barbara Barnett, D.L. Carter, KT Pinto, A.C. Wise]

Regardless of the historical period that they are borrowing from, female protagonists in fantasy are typically strong and feminist and having mindsets that would be at home from the 1970s on. Is this required for modern readers, and is this becoming a cliche?

THE PHILCON FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION MUSIC PANEL: MP3'S WELCOME
Sat 11:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
[Panelists: Rock Robertson (mod), Timothy Binder, Tony Finan, Jonah Knight, Patricia Wake, Barbara Barnett]

You Bring It, We discuss and play it. And we play our own stuff too. A DJ will be present at all times for your convenience.

If anyone has any song suggestions for the fantasy and SF music panel, suggest away. I have my own selections in mind, of course, but I like learning about ones I might not be familiar with or just hadn't thought of. 

And since I know women in fantasy is a topic of interest to many of my flisters (and myself, obviously), feel free to suggest any good/bad examples of strong (or supposedly strong) women in fantasy fiction that you think are worth bringing up on the panel.

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Date: 2012-11-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
Hope you have fun at Philcon! Loving the sound of both these panels, especially the "Women in Fantasy" one. I know it's definitely something I love to think and talk about. Too often it seems like a woman can only be considered strong in fantasy if she also has physical strength and is some kind of emotionally closed-off warrior. It makes me really appreciate books like Lynne Ewing's Daughters of the Moon series. Those girls are able to be both feminine and feminist, and don't even battle evil with violence. It's refreshing!

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Date: 2012-11-07 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babarnett.livejournal.com
I haven't read Daughters of the Moon. Another one to add to the massive to-read pile!

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Date: 2012-11-08 07:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] edgyauthor.livejournal.com
Hope you enjoy it if you ever get around to checking it out! It's been my favorite series for years. The books are harder to find now, though, unfortunately...

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