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Saturday, May 14 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Redefining the Aliens of the Future

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In early SF, aliens were often used as stand-ins, to represent groups of Others in our own societies. They are still sometimes inappropriately inserted into lists of marginalized groups by people attempting to downplay bias. In SF worlds where the human condition is portrayed with full diversity, what new roles can aliens take on to keep their relevance to their core genre?

Moderators
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Juliette Wade

Juliette Wade has appeared in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Clarkesworld and several times in Analog magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in Analog and in Lightspeed's special issue, Women Destroy Science Fiction. She uses her expertise in linguistics, anthropology and Japanese language and culture to enhance her writing and worldbuilding. She lives the Bay Area of Northern California with her husband and two children, who support and inspire... Read More →

Speakers
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PJ Schnyder

Author
“PJ" began her writing career as “PJ Schnyder” writing award-winning sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk. She has received the FF&P PRISM award for her work as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award. | Now, PJ writes romantic suspense as Piper J. Drake. The bestselling True Heroes series and the Safeguard series incorporating her interests in training working dogs and the military into her writing.

Nebula Nominees
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Charles Gannon

This year’s novel nomination is Chuck Gannon's third, all set in his hard sf series. He also collaborates with Eric Flint in the Ring of Fire series, and has won awards and written best-sellers across the genre and for various imprints/venues. He also worked in game design/writing, and as a scriptwriter/producer in NYC (clients included the U.N., W.H.O, PBS). | | Other life credits include being a Distinguished Professor of English (St... Read More →
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Fonda Lee

Author
Fonda Lee is the author of the Andre Norton-nominated novel Zeroboxer (Flux/Llewellyn, 2015) and the forthcoming Exo (Scholastic, January 2017). A former corporate strategist for Fortune 500 companies, when she is not writing, she can be found training in kung fu or searching out tasty breakfasts. Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon. You can find her at www.fondalee.com and on Twitter @fondajlee.


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LaSalle 1

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