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3/6-8 Elwin Cotman @ FOGcon

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2020 by 6GPress

Hitting up FOGcon 10 MARCH 6-8 at the Walnut Creek Marriott? So is Elwin Cotman, who will have copies of The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (& possibly Hard Times Blues if they get there in time) you can buy off him.

He’s also doing these panels & reading (probably from the new one, Dance on Saturday, which comes out in June from Small Beer Press):

Portal Moments
Type Program
Description A “portal moment” is when a character realizes the world is not what they grew up expecting. They step through a wardrobe, find out that their aunt is a witch, are attacked by tentacled creatures, watch an alien spaceship landing… How does a character respond to this revelation? How do we know if authors’ depictions of such moments are realistic when, almost by definition, they have no equivalents in real life? Or do they? Are portal moments solely the domain of speculative fiction? Which authors depict it in the most convincing way?
Location Salon F
Schedule Fri, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Debbie Notkin. Elwin Cotman, Bonnie J Erwin, Alex Gurevich, Dominica Phetteplace
History Is Not White — and Neither Is Alternate History
Type Program
Description Many of the common tropes/subjects of alternate history are based on European histories — and thus don’t take much of the rest of the world, and non-white people, into account. There are notable exceptions — Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Years of Rice and Salt,” or our Honored Guest Nisi Shawl’s “Everfair” — but what are some other examples? What are the benefits (and the dangers) of tackling this approach? What are some of the (currently) missed golden opportunities for alternate histories involving POC?
Location Salon F
Schedule Sat, 4:30–5:45 pm
Panelists M: Endria Richardson. Keyan Bowes, Elwin Cotman, Jewelle Gomez, Terry Weyna
The Value of Hopepunk
Type Program
Description According to a 2019 article by Vox.com, “hopepunk” says that genuinely, sincerely caring about something requires bravery and strength. In a repressive regime, realistic optimism can be a radical act. How do hopepunk and solarpunk offer tools to counter corruption, social inequity, and repression? How does the subgenre help us defeat cynicism and defeatism, or does it?
Location Salon A/B
Schedule Sun, 10:30–11:45 am
Panelists M: Alyc Helms. Keyan Bowes, Jon Chaisson, Elwin Cotman, Ian K. Hagemann
Reading #10
Type Reading
Description
Location Santa Rosa
Schedule Sun, 1:30–2:45 pm
Panelists Elwin Cotman, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Andrea Stewart