I'll be attending WorldCon again this year (labeled in 2015 as Sasquan, for it's Pacific NW location). Please feel free to say "hi" if you see me!
In addition to the panels I'll be moderating and guesting on, I'm also doing a reading and volunteering at the SFWA table on Friday morning. I've sold a very, very short (400 words) story to the new ezine Mothership Zeta, and it'll be circulating at the con on the back of a postcard. I'll try to bring some copies to hand out at my reading, as well as any extra copies of the Galaxy's Edge sampler I can nab (my story, "The Unchanging Nature of Stones" is in it), extra copies of my book, Loose Changeling, and Changeling Wars bookmarks. So there SHOULD be enough free stuff for everyone!
Female Characters in Video Games
Thursday 12:00 - 12:45, Bays 111C (CC)
How are female characters rendered and scripted in video games? How can we get more realistic female characters rather than the juvenile male fantasy that predominates the field?
Andrea G. Stewart (M), Tanglwyst de Holloway, Annalee Flower Horne, Lauren Roy
Worldbuilding And Sandbox Games
Thursday 15:00 - 15:45, 303A (CC)
Fantasy games such as Skyrim and Dragon Age: Inquisition, along with science fiction games such as Elite: Dangerous and Great Big Sky, provide an enormous open-world sandbox for players to explore. What is the draw of these games, and the challenge of designing them? What lessons can authors learn from games like these?
Brooks Peck (M) , Esther Jones, Lauren Roy, Andrea G. Stewart
We Won: How SF, Fantasy and Comics Have Taken Over TV
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, Bays 111B (CC)
Not very long ago it was hard to find any SF on TV, let alone good SF. But today, every night has multiple shows. Some of the most talked-about shows on TV -- Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead -- are genre shows, Doctor Who is a worldwide phenomenon, and even shows that started as thriller shows like Person of Interest are clearly SF. Agents of Shield, Grimm, The Flash, Gotham, Orphan Black ... the list goes on. And what about the shows that start of promising and collapsed quickly (Twelve Monkeys)? Is the zombie-takeover of TV starting to peter out?
Darlene Marshall (M) , David Peterson , Andrea G. Stewart , Annie Bellet
Reading - Andrea G. Stewart
Friday 13:00 - 13:30, 301 (CC)
The Best Video Games Ever!
Saturday 17:00 - 17:45, 300D (CC)
Halo? Tomb Raider? Mass Effect? Pac-Man? What are the best video games ever?
Joy Bragg-Staudt (M) , Caren Gussoff , David Peterson, Andrea G. Stewart