Potlatch 19: March 5-7, 2010


as of February 25, 2007


7:30-8:00 PM: Reading
David D. Levine

8:00-9:00 PM: Effective Subversive Fiction
Ursula LeGuin, Eileen Gunn, Vonda McIntyre, Kate Schaefer, Molly Gloss
If they shave your head for collaboration, what do they do for subversion? Panelists offer a little red book of subversive action. Other panelists subversively inquire what subversion subverts.

8:00-9:30 PM: Reading
Ellen Klages


10:00-11:30 AM: Themes in Robert Sheckley
Lenny Bailes, Sharon Sbarsky, David Bratman
Sheckley is one of our favorites, and yet finding people who know his work today is more difficult than it should be. Picking a book of honor that was in print would have been impossible without the help of NESFA Press. A discussion of themes and keeping them in print ensues.

1:00-2:30 PM: Ethical Issues in Science Fiction
Deb Notkin, L. Timmel Duchamp, Stef Maruch
How do various stories raise, deal with, and duck issues of ethics and fairness.

2:30-4:00 PM: Environmental Disasters: Beyond the Hollywood Version
Mary Rosenblum, Marilyn Holt, Amy Thompson
We all know the awful things that could happen. Rising oceans, nasty plague, the seven point nine quake off the western US -- Hollywood plasters it all over the screen. But what do they really mean -- as in getting up tomorrow, paying the rent next month? Long term disasters or short term, what do you need to think about next time you go to the store, deposit a check, or vote?

4:00-5:30 PM: Humor in Science Fiction
Ellen Klages, Jay Lake, David Levine, Eileen Gunn
Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

8:00-10:00 PM: Clarion West Benefit Auction

10:00-11:00 PM: Sheckley Reading
David Levine, Marc Wells, Patty Wells
The Potlatch division of the Not Ready for Sidereal Time Players presents a staged reading of "Bad Medicine" by Robert Sheckley.


2:00-3:00 AM: Daylight Saving Time Begins

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Banquet

1:00-2:30 PM: Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings
Dave Clements, Grant Kruger, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Nisi Shawl
Even a well-intentioned traveler can commit a horrid faux pas because of deep-seated cultural differences. These cultural misunderstandings can be humorous or horrific or both, and they can make great fiction. What can we learn from today's world that can be used in the future?