August 15-19, 2019
The World Science Fiction Convention is the longest running SF convention in the world. The first Worldcon, retrospectively known as Nycon I, was held in New York in 1939 with an attendance of 200 people.
Send in the crones: older women in SFF
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Very often SFF stories centre on young women, with older female characters being consigned to background dressing at best and cliched depictions of elders and antagonists at worst. Is anyone writing stories that focus on older women? Where are the middle-aged heroines?
Lauren Roy, Ali Baker (University of East London), Sam Hawke (M), Devin Madson, Julie C. Day
The Sleeper Awakes
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Room-2 (CCD)
You wake up… and the whole world is different. The panellists will discuss the trope of a character waking up from a coma or a long sleep and needing to deal with the complexities of a new world. Why is this such a popular plot? Is it just to simplify exposition, or is there another reason we love it? What are the downsides and is it just a way to avoid exposition? Let us explore sleep together.
Julie C. Day (M), F. D. Lee, Dr Bradford Lyau (Globosocks LLC), Leah Bobet
August 22-25, 2019
NecronomiCon Providence is an expansive exploration and celebration of all the greats of weird fiction, including predecessors and contemporaries of Providence’s H.P. Lovecraft and the many authors and artists who have forged their own paths of weird.
World Fantasy Convention
October 31-November 3, 2019
Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel
Los Angeles, CA
The World Fantasy Convention is an annual convention of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of fantasy. This year’s theme is Fantasy Noir.