CONvergence 2017 - Day 2

If you didn't read the previous post, CONvergence 2017 - Day 1, I would suggest checking that out first. The panels that I was on, "Speculative Fiction Against Colonialism" and "Avoiding Tokenism in Comics & Sci Fi Characters," were both directly related to today's panels, "Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Science Fiction" and "50 Shades of Blackface."


Diversity, Class Systems, and Equality in Science Fiction

The comic Ten Thousand by XKCD was brought up - it is a reminder to not make fun of people for not knowing something. Let us remember that not everybody knows what people think that everybody must know.

List of media to check out:

"Take My Wife" - TV Series on Seeso by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher
Kindred - by Octavia E. Butler
Lilith's Brood (previously collected in the now out of print volume Xenogenesis) - by Octavia E. Butler
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress - by Robert A. Heinlein
"Steven Universe" - Cartoon Series on Cartoon Network by Rebecca Sugar
The Neanderthal Parallax - by Robert J. Sawyer
"Firebringer" - Musical on YouTube
Lifelode - by Jo Walton
The Tale of the Five - by Diane Duane
Heralds of Valdemar - Mercedes Lackey
Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements - Compilation of works
The Dancers of Arun - by Elizabeth A. Lynn

Quote in Octavia's Brood: "For those of us from communities with historic collective trauma, we must understand that each of us is already science fiction walking around on two legs. Our ancestors dreamed us up and then bent reality to create us." - Walidah Imerisha

Panelists: Lana Rosario (mod), Emilie Peck, Justin Grays, Peregrine Johnson, Gregory Parks

More Reading: "Why Include Disability Diversity In Sci-Fi?" by Emilie Peck


50 Shades of Blackface

Audio recording provided by Jason Thibeault. This is the rough cut - not normalized or trimmed. Enjoy it in the raw.
And this is the cleaned up cut - Jason cut off the ends pre- and post-panel, normalized, noise reduced, and a little leveling so you can hear the audience questions better. Enjoy it here.

Panelists: Justin Grays, Stephanie Stensland (mod), Sarah Molasky, Morgan Strickland, Charlene Holm


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