Here is my provisional program schedule for Aussiecon 4.
Trans characters in YA spec fic
An exploration of Trans characters in YA speculative fiction.
Thursday 1700 Room 213
Is criticism dead?
What role does the literary critic play in modern science fiction? Do readers continue to base their book choices on critical recommendation, or are they more easily swayed by their friends and by cover design and marketing? A no-holds-barred look at the role of the critic in the 21st century – are we a dying breed?
Friday 1300 Room 204
Science fiction and graphic novels
The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story was introduced in 2009, bringing an entirely new medium of SF into formal consideration. Two years into use, how is this new category working out? Is the best science fiction and fantasy in graphic form being nominated? A look at what is currently being produced in science fiction and fantasy comics, manga and graphic novels at the moment, where the five 2010 nominees fit in, and where SF fans should be looking to for next year’s best candidates.
Saturday 1500 Room 212
I’m sorely tempted to wear a zombie costume to the “Is criticism dead?” panel, but I have no space in my luggage allowance for fun stuff. (This is due to the internal flights I’m taking which have 20kg limits.)