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Live Tweeting the 80th World Science Fiction Convention: Panels & Readings

We went to Chicon, and live-tweeted more than a dozen events on writing craft, the state of genre fiction, history, music, culture and more. Here are the threads.

The Fabulist went to Chicon, the 80th World Science Fiction, and live-tweeted the heck out of it. We covered panels on writing craft, fiction publications to watch, the new “golden age of the novella,” medieval history, music, inclusion, and much more. Oh, and two excellent readings! Here’s a list with links to each of the threads, in all their misspelled, mis-attributed, and paraphrased glory.


“Ask an Editor: Short Fiction,” featuring Neil Clarke, Arley Sorg, Mur Lafferty, Sheree Renee Thomas, and moderator Jonathan Strahan.

“The Gene Wolfe Renaissance,” with Craig Brewer, Michael Swanwick, Joan Gordon, J.T. Greathouse, and Paul Weimer.

“A New Golden Age of the Novella,” with Ellen Datlow, Fran Wilde, Jenny Rae Rappaport, Tania Chen, and moderator Rick Wilber.

“The Middle Ages Weren’t Actually Bad,” with Ada Palmer, Jo Walton, David M. Perry, Ursula Whitcher.

“The Fantastical, Speculative, Science-Fictional City,” with Arkady Martine, Fran Wilde, Meg Elison, Micaiah Johnson, and moderator Victor Manibo.

“When Rock’n’Roll and SFF Collide,” with Danny Miller, Matthew S. Rotundo, Sarah Pinsker, Luna, and Sunni K. Brock.

“We Are Not Metaphors: LGBTQIA+ Representation,” with AJ Odasso (m), Foz Meadows, Leah Roman, Mike Riley, Ryann Fletcher.

“Hope Punk Five Years In,” with David M Perry (m), Ruthanna Emrys, Su J Sokol, Terry Franklin

A reading! By Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz.

A reading! By Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

“Beyond Left Hand, Beyond Handmaid’s Tale,” with Joan Gordon (m), Brooke Williams, Sandra J Lindow, Sim Kern, Xiran Jay Zhao.

“Barring The Door: Keeping White Supremacy Out,” with Dr. Jeana Jorgensen (m), Gina Saucier, Penelope Flynn, Steven Barnes.

“Star Wars: Controlling the Universe,” with Ric Bretschneider! (m), Dave Creek, Erin Underwood, John Coxon, Matthew S. Rotundo.

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