marthawells: (Default)
I got to World Fantasy in San Antonio on Wednesday night, and right after checking in we bolted down to the Riverwalk to head down to Iron Cactus and have drinks and snacks. (The tamale pops were delicious.) This part of the Riverwalk is outside the normal tourist loop which is closer to the convention center, and we'd never really spent any time up here, so it was interesting to see. It's basically lined with restaurants and shops and hotels, some with entrances at river level, others with balconies overhanging the river, and it's really nice.

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The con had a guest dinner that night, so we met up with everyone in the lobby and walked to Acenar, which was a really nice restaurant up on street level with a broad balcony overlooking the Riverwalk. Me and one of the friends who came with me got to meet and sit next to Tananarive Due, and it was really fun getting to talk to her and hang out a little.

Thursday the con started, and I moderated the guests of honor panel with Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, David Mitchell, and Gregory Manchess, where we talked about the con's theme of Secret Histories. Big room, lots of people, and it seemed to go really well. Then we wandered around a bit and checked out the dealers room, and then met up with Sharon Shinn to go down the Riverwalk again for dinner. After that Sharon and I were on a panel with Elizabeth Moon and Nancy Kress, on badass older women protagonists in fantasy. Again, lots of people were there, even though it was an 8:00 panel.

Friday I had my guest of honor interview (From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells), and Rachel Neumeier and I met up early at 9:00 to make sure we knew what we were going to do. I had made a powerpoint presentation of art from and based on the Raksura books, so we had to make sure that worked. (Shout-out to Tom Becker and Chuck Siros for working for 30 minutes to make sure it looped throughout the interview like we intended it to.) So that was a lot of fun and seemed to go really well.
marthawells: (Zoe)
https://www.tor.com/2017/11/07/unbury-the-future-martha-wells-full-speech-from-the-2017-world-fantasy-awards/

Tor.com has the full text of my speech at the World Fantasy Awards banquet. Below is an excerpt:

Weird Tales had women poets, a woman editor named Dorothy McIlwraith, women readers who had their letters printed in the magazine. There were women writing for other pulps, for the earlier Dime Novels, lots of them. Including African American Pauline Hopkins, whose fantasy adventure novel appeared in a magazine in 1903.

These women were there, they existed. Everybody knew that, up until somehow they didn’t. We know there were LGBT and non-binary pulp writers, too, but their identities are hidden by time and the protective anonymity of pseudonyms.

Secrets are about suppression, and history is often suppressed by violence, obscured by cultural appropriation, or deliberately destroyed or altered by colonization, in a lingering kind of cultural gaslighting. Wikipedia defines “secret history” as a revisionist interpretation of either fictional or real history which is claimed to have been deliberately suppressed, forgotten, or ignored by established scholars.

That’s what I think of when I hear the words “secret histories.” Histories kept intentionally secret and histories that were quietly allowed to fade away.

https://www.tor.com/2017/11/07/unbury-the-future-martha-wells-full-speech-from-the-2017-world-fantasy-awards/
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)


Registration for World Fantasy 2017 in San Antonio ends Oct 21, banquet seats still available until Oct 27, and the final program schedule is now online:

http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/programming/program-schedule/


Panels include:

Paging Doctor Tavener and Carnaki: Occult Detectives Old and Newly Reinvented

Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic

Exceptional Characters in Horrible Times

Metaphors & Metadata: Libraries in Fantasy Literature

Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy

From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells [Spotlight]

Exploration of Gender in Fantasy

Calamity Jane Defeats Conan—the Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature

Kitsune & Dragon: Thoughtful Approaches to Alternate Eastern Asias

Greg Manchess: Short Take on a Long Career in Illustration [GoH Spotlight]

Hild and Hilt: the Female Monk, the Lone Woman Protagonist

Hidden Secrets [GoH Spotlight] ( Tananarive Due will discuss the role of history, especially hidden history, in her work and in black horror in general, which is emerging as a sub-genre in the wake of Jordan Peele's Get Out. How horror serves as trauma narratives, or even healing narratives, to help artists and readers come to grips with the past.)

Borrowing from History: Intention and Appropriation

The Role of the City in Fantasy Settings

Religions of the African Diaspora: Beyond Zombies, Ancestors, and Giant Apes.

Urban Legends in the Age of Fake News (Engaging Our Theme IV)

Everybody Was There: Diversity in Fantasy Then and Now

Remembering Zenna Henderson: A Centennial Discussion and Appreciation

Women Authors That Men Don't Read --- Or Do They?

Reinventing the Fantastic Other

Pulp Era Influences: the Expiration Date

New Graphic Novels You Should be Reading
marthawells: (The Serpent Sea)
I'm toastmaster for the World Fantasy Convention which is in San Antonio, TX, this year. The headliner guests are: Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, and Gordon Van Gelder.

And the full programming schedule has now been posted: http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/programming/program-schedule/


and here's my schedule:

Thursday

* 2:00 I've Got a Secret: Introducing our Guests
Part interview, part get-to-know-you chat, our Toastmaster will ask our honored guests to share their thoughts on "secret history" -- their own, or the importance of "secret history" in their work.

Martha Wells (m), Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell


* 8:00 Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy
With the aging of our readership why do we have so few mature female characters in fantasy literature? Can the pernicious Youth Culture be subverted, or are we doomed to keep reading about fresh-faced young sorcerers eager to become saviors? Our panelists discuss representation, power and common tropes in fantasy works that include an older woman (middle aged and upward, such as in Tananarive Due's The Black Rose and Nancy Kress' The Prince of Morning Bells) as a protagonist, including examples of what they want to see more of, and why it matters.

Sharon Shinn, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Moon, Tracy Caulfield



Friday


* 10:00 Spotlight - From Angry Fairy Queens to Flying Lizard People: An Interview with Toastmaster Martha Wells
Rachel Neumeier interviews Martha Wells about her work and career, including her Ile-Rien series and the Books of the Raksura, her other fantasy novels including Wheel of the Infinite and City of Bones, her media tie-in and young adult work, and her new SF novella series The Murderbot Diaries.


* 8:00 Our Signature Event
Sometimes called the Autograph Reception, sometimes the Mass Autographing, there is only one autograph session at a World Fantasy Convention. Every convention member is invited to come to the Fiesta Pavilion, pick up their name plate and choose a seat at the autographing tables. This is a reception; hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Saturday


* 1:00 Reading - Martha Wells (1 hour)
(I'm not sure what I'm going to be reading yet. Maybe some Raksura and some new Murderbot.)


* 8:00 Art Ahow Reception


Sunday


* 1:00 Banquet and World Fantasy Awards Ceremony
marthawells: (Stargate)
The World Fantasy Convention (http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/) is November 2-5, 2017 in San Antonio, TX this year.

Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder and the toastmaster is Martha Wells (me!)

The con has posted the preliminary list of program topics:

Alternate Africas: The Growing List of Fantastic Alternate and Secret Narratives Set in Africa
Beards and Intrigue: Queering the Historical Fantastic
Calamity Jane Defeats Conan: The Persistence of American Folklore in Fantasy Literature
Exceptional Characters in Horrible Times
The Fiction of Mildred Clingerman
Gender Fluidity in Fantasy
History — Secret, Hidden, or Otherwise
Keeping Texas Weird
Kitsune and Dragon: Thoughtful Approaches to Alternate Eastern Asias
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Still our Modern Prometheus
Metaphors and Metadata: Libraries in Fantasy Literature
Molly Weasley Was a Bad Ass: Aged Protagonists in Fantasy
New Twists On Traditional Myths & Archetypes : What are the Pitfalls?
The Old West: Not Entirely Wild but Always a Fantasy
Once More Around the Bloch
The Other in Fantasy when Everyone is an Other
Place Matters: Geography’s Influence on Fantasy
Pulp Era Influences: the Expiration Date
Putting Historical Persons into your Fantasy
Religions of the African Diaspora: Beyond Zombies, Ancestors, and Giant Apes
Research, Research, Recherchez: History is Easy to Get Lost In
The Role of the City in Fantasy Settings
Small Presses that Open their Doors to the Unusual: Past and Present
Urban Legends in the Age of Fake News
What’s the Difference Between Dark Fantasy and Horror

The list of Award Finalists is here: http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/awards/2017-world-fantasy-awards%e2%84%a0-finalists/

The convention rules state that it can only sell 850 memberships, and right now there are only about 140 or so spots left.
marthawells: (Miko)
http://www.tor.com/2017/07/26/the-2017-world-fantasy-award-nominees-have-been-announced/

Congrats to all the nominees!

Novel

Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
Roadsouls, Betsy James (Aqueduct)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, Claire North (Redhook; Orbit UK)
Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

Long Fiction

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
“Bloodybones,” Paul F. Olson (Whispered Echoes)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

Short Fiction

“Das Steingeschöpf,” G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons 12/12/16)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron,” Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Little Widow,” Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
“The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)

Anthology

Clockwork Phoenix 5, Mike Allen, ed. (Mythic Delirium)
Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, ed. (PS Australia)
Children of Lovecraft, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Dark Horse)
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016, Karen Joy Fowler & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
The Starlit Wood, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)

Collection

Sharp Ends, Joe Abercrombie (Orbit US; Gollancz)
On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, Tina Connolly (Fairwood)
A Natural History of Hell, Jeffrey Ford (Small Beer)
Vacui Magia, L.S. Johnson (Traversing Z Press)
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, Ken Liu (Saga; Head of Zeus)

Artist

Greg Bridges
Julie Dillon
Paul Lewin
Jeffrey Alan Love
Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
Michael Levy & Farah Mendelsohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
Malcom R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company


The awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, which this year is November 2-5 in San Antonio, TX. http://wfc2017.org/wfc2017/

Headliner guests are Tananarive Due, Karen Joy Fowler, Gregory Manchess, David Mitchell, Gordon Van Gelder TOASTMASTER: Martha Wells

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