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My ConZealand panels

Grenadine link here. Colossus, Skynet, or the Culture? Format: Panel Thursday 30 Jul 2020, 10:00 – 10:50 NZST/8:00am – 8:50am AEST, Programme Room 2 (Webinar) (Programming) If and when our AI rulers arrive, will they be an emergent property of the future internet, be deliberately built by people, or some other thing we haven’t thought of? Will they rule us, destroy us, or partner with us? Our panellists discuss the possibilities. Corey J. White, Cat Sparks (M) Jason Wodicka, Mark Van Name.  Modern SF Criticism Format: Panel Thursday 30 Jul 2020, 12:00 – 12:50 NZST/10:00-10:50 AEST, Programme Room 2 (Webinar) (Programming) There is fantastic critical work being done. As more and more critics come from fandom the work on sf and fantasy, and on fandom itself has got deeper, richer, ever more inflected by intersectionality and ever more responsive to aesthetic discussions. Crucially it long ago stopped worrying about justifying our love…

Done and dusted!

I have been approved to graduate from Curtin University with my PhD, Capitalocene Dreams: Dark Tales of Near Futures & The 21st Century Catastrophe: Hyper-capitalism and Severe Climate Change in Science Fiction, the non-embargoed bulk of which is available to read online. Yippee!

Conflux and Ecopunk!

This year’s Conflux speculative fiction convention was a total blast. Amongst other things, Liz and I launched Ecopunk – speculative tales of radical futures with the aid of an appreciative, cupcake-loving crowd. Photos here, and you can get a copy of the anthology from here!

Aurealis Awards and Swancon

I attended Swancon in Perth last weekend and co-chaired the Aurealis Awards with Glenda Larke. Managed to slip in another launch for Lotus Blue, despite the fact that Stefen managed to sell all copies before guest launcher Sean Williams had a chance to utter a word. It’s always such a treat to catch up with my Perth buddies.

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