Here are my panels etc. for WorldCon 77, Dublin, Ireland, which runs August 15-19, 2019:
Orville vs Discovery
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
One is seen as the next version of True Trek. The other is canonical Trek, by definition, since it has the imprimatur of being a Trek production. Fans usually love one or the other, but rarely both. We delve into the mystery of what sets the two apart and whether it is possible to love them both.
Gillian Clinton (Clinton Research), Lise Andraeson, Prof. Kenneth Schneyer, Kelvin Jackson, Anna Stephens (HarperVoyager UK)
Academics and acolytes: learning in SFF worlds
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 12:30 – 13:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)
Whether they’re apprenticed to an assassin, a grunt in basic training, downloading knowledge from an online academy, or learning spells from wizardly professors, characters often need to gain skills and qualifications of some kind. How and when they do this is an important element of worldbuilding and there are endless options. What does it tell us about the Discworld that wizards attend university and witches are apprentices? How does Starfleet Academy differ from the Imperial Academy? From Hogwarts to Brakebills to the Oha Coven, how does magical instruction differ?
Dr. Shaun Duke (Bemidji State University / The Skiffy and Fanty Show), Karen Simpson Nikakis (SOV Consulting LLC -SOV Media), Prof. Kenneth Schneyer, Ali Baker (University of East London)
Kaffeeklatsch: Kenneth Schneyer
19 Aug 2019, Monday 10:00 – 10:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)