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Panel announcement for Arisia 2017

Arisia 2017 is approaching and I'm happy to report that I've gotten my preliminary panels!

I'm going to describe them briefly and share a final schedule with you as we get closer to the convention.

The first panel is "The Alien in the Alien," which I'm interpreting as a look at the use of 'very alien' aliens in SF literature - entities with thought processes very different from human beings. I'm also on the "Preacher" Gone to Texas (and TV)" panel which is going to look at some of the issues surrounding the recent television adaption of the beloved comic book series. As mentioned, this comic book was a big influence on me, and I'm curious what sorts of reactions people have had to the show versus the comic book.

I have two literature themed panels on the last day of the convention: one looking at the power of SFFnal literature to shock and discomfort readers. As readers of this blog know, this has been topic of interest to me this year. I will also be participating in a panel on short fiction in speculative literature which I hope to use to discuss some of my favorite short stories I've talked up on this blog.

All of these are very interesting possibilities requiring a little bit of research. In particular, I'm going to need to read through Preacher again and track down some of the influences Garth Ennis had in creating this classic.

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