The NASFiC, or North American Science Fiction Convention, is a WSFS-affiliated event that happens only in years when WorldCon is outside of North America. This year Worldcon was in New Zealand. Of course only the New Zealanders got to go, but a NASFiC had already been selected. No one can go to that physically either, but the lovely folks in Columbus, Ohio are running a virtual con anyway.
It is free to attend, though they are accepting donations. You can sign up here.
The con started this afternoon my time. I’ve already watched one panel (on historical fiction) which was great. And of course I am spending a lot of time hanging out on Discord, where we have a table for Westercon 74 in (very) sunny Tonopah, Nevada.
Everything has been thrown together in a bit of a rush, so I am well impressed that things appear to be going very well. I have two confirmed panels as follows (times are US East Coast, so 5 hours behind the UK and 3 hours ahead of California):
Roots in Two Places: Writing from a Dual Culture Experience
Saturday 2:00 PM Olentangy Room
Alma Alexander, Cheryl Morgan, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, and Vikram Paralkar
Our panelists, all with roots in two or more separate cultures — look at the ways having dual culture and language has guided their worldbuilding and storytelling.
Running SF/F Organizations
Sunday 12:00 PM Scioto Room
Cheryl Morgan, Eileen Gunn, Mary Anne Mohanraj, and Sumana Harihareswara
Creators, directors, publishers, and nonprofit leaders discuss the trials and victories of running magazines, publishing companies, and other SF/F businesses and organizations. They discuss logistics, strategy, budgets, and the effects of gender and race on their experiences as leaders. And they share what they wish they’d known ten years ago.
There may be a second panel on Sunday. I’m still waiting to hear back on that one.