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May 27, 2011
4:00 PM – Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Conference 2, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Members of Broad Universe, an international organization dedicated to promoting and celebrating women in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between, will present snippets of available and on-going work. Expect the touching and irreverent, humorous and frightening, action-packed and emotional, poems and prose, and at least a few surprises! Additional readers: Katherine Mankiller, Kimberly Long-Ewing, Deidre Murphy, S A Bolich
May 28, 2011
2:30 PM – The Future’s Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed
Room 634, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Many SF books presuppose dramatic technologically-led transformation for the human race. But even in a high-tech society, not everyone can or will adopt technology at the same rate. Will developing countries leapfrog the industrialized world and go right to the newer technologies, as several countries did with cell phones? What will happen to the late adopters when the singularity comes?
May 29, 2011
4:00 PM – Where Is the Indigenous American Fantasy?
Wisconsin, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin
Why is American fantasy so Eurocentric? If you believe our fantasists, American cities are populated with imported Romanian vampires, Russian werewolves, Celtic faeries, Nordic gods, Germanic witches, and the (very) occasional African god or Arabic djinn, but scarcely a homegrown magical being to be found. In fact, indigenous magical beings abound in the Americas and their stories of magic, wonder and horror are widely told by spoken and written word. North American mythology is rich with magical beings. Do these stories get adequate air time? Is it easier to imagine an Old World teeming with supernatural beings than to visualize a North America enchanted with indigenous mythical beings? Is it difficult to believe that we live in a naturally magical place? And if we did, what would it look like?

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