The Guests of Honor for WisCon 42 are Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due. My schedule is as follows:
Continuing the conversation from the past two years, we will talk about all aspects of translating speculative fiction and which books from other countries are available in the US.
Neopronouns in Speculative Fiction: A Writing Workshop | Fri, 4:00–6:00 pm, CIRC | #WisConWorkshops
S. Qiouyi Lu (moderator)
Recent high-profile works in speculative fiction, such as JY Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven and Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth, include prominent nonbinary characters that use they/them pronouns. However, singular they isn’t the only option for gender-neutral pronouns—as early as 1976, Marge Piercy used the invented pronoun, or neopronoun, “per” in Woman on the Edge of Time. This workshop, led by nonbinary writer and editor S. Qiouyi Lu, will explore the history of neopronouns, discuss examples drawn from speculative fiction, and provide participants a welcoming space to draft their own work that uses neopronouns. This session will accommodate 5 participants.
How do those of us with non-mainstream gender identities navigate mainstream social and professional spaces? What are some strategies for being out about using non-binary pronouns and honorifics without spending your whole day correcting and explaining your identity to professional acquaintances and contacts? Are we letting down the ~cause~ if we choose to fly under the radar in some situations? What are good ways for getting cis and binary-gendered allies and coworkers on board with supporting us professionally? What professional networking opportunities exist that are inclusive of nonbinary, genderqueer, etc identities?
We are five trans/genderqueer artists reading a variety of deeply personal work in a bewildering array of formats, including prose, poetry, personal diary, Twitter threads, and comics.
Are They Really Going Out With Them? Dating And Relationshipping As A Non-Binary Trans Person | Sat, 7:30–8:45 pm, Conference 1 | #ReallyWithThem
eL (moderator), Nino Cipri, S. Qiouyi Lu, Mo Ranyart
Let's talk about being non-binary and in a romantic relationship, or being in a relationship with a non-binary person. There are so many different angles to tackle. Respect, pronouns, fun, flirting, introducing to friends and family, boundaries. I recall a few years back a fun panel on dating for single and poly folks at WisCon - I would love this panel to be like that - but for non-binary people (and folks that love them)!
Westworld and Wynonna Earp are mining the American West for both science fiction and supernatural horror in what are essentially closed societies. What makes the West so suitable for being Weird? What does the setting contribute to these shows in particular? And how are these shows commenting on the outside world?
This round table will explore the use of pronouns that get beyond binary assumptions of gender and sexuality. What pronouns help see the characters as the author intends? What identifiers help point out other aspects of relationship and social location? Drawing on diverse cultures as well as diverse writing, this discussion will help authors expand their sense of options for their writing.
Why Does Alternate History Still Mean Colonial History? | Sun, 4:00–5:15 pm, Caucus | #AlternateHist
Richard F Dutcher (moderator), Talks-with-wind, Alberto Yáñez, S. Qiouyi Lu, Moondancer Drake
Can we imagine alternate histories without just shifting the identity of the oppressor?