As some of you already know, this year, I had the honor of being invited to participate in the program at MidAmeriCon II (aka WorldCon) in Kansas City, MO. It's my first time at WorldCon and I am SOO excited. My schedule at WorldCon is as follows. If you're in the area, please come by and join in the fun. I'd love to see you there! XO - Cerece
What's Gonna Happen on Game of Thrones?
Thursday 16:00 - 17:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)
The books and the TV series are vying for being the first to share new bits of story. The question is....what comes next? Does it matter whether we learn it from the books or the show? What do we want to see and who's next on the chopping block? Beware of spoilers!
Priscilla Olson (M), Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy, Brooke Johnson, Ilana Myer, Erin Underwood
Afrofuturism in SF/F
Friday 14:00 - 15:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)
Our panel discuss how Afrofuturism continues to affect the SF/F landscape as both a literary and visual genre, whether it is starting to move more fully into the mainstream, and some of the pervasive legacies it has been responsible for creating.
Ajani Brown, William Hayashi (M), Dr Nick Wood, Bill Campbell, Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy
The Legacy and The Legend of Star Wars
Friday 17:00 - 18:00, 2502B - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)
It was a long time ago (actually, 1971) in a theater far, far away that George Lucas released THX 1138, his first feature film, which would heavily influence the creation of one of the most iconic and most loved films in history. Six years later he released Star Wars: A New Hope, which revolutionized the film industry. What made Star Wars such an important film? Why does the film and the series continue to have such a strong and lasting impact? Why make Greedo shoot first? Should we forget films 1-3? And where will the next series of films take us?
Todd McCaffrey (M), Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy, Dr. Claire McCague, Frank Wu, PJ Manney
Other Others in Urban Fantasy
Saturday 14:00 - 15:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Urban fantasy is packed with all kinds of characters, but what are you left with when you remove the vampires, zombies, and werewolves?
Evey Brett (M), Beth Cato, Belinda McBride, Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy, Max Gladstone
KidLit: What's New in Children's Fiction
Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)
The Middle Grade (i.e. Children's Literature) market continues to grow at an astonishing pace. With so much fiction to sort through, it’s difficult to know what’s worth reading and where to start. Let’s discuss the best books for kids from the time honored classics to the new books that are hot off the press for children who are ages 12 and under.
Stina Leicht (M), Sage Blackwood, Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy, Mr. Jeffrey Cook, Mary Thompson