Reading: Alastair Reynolds
2021 Philip K. Dick nominee Alastair Reynolds reads from his upcoming novel, Inhibitor Phase. Rated G.
Alastair Reynolds (M)
21st Century Season of the Witch
The Covington Witches, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and American Horror Story: Coven are just a few examples of television geeking out over witches lately, and there are many more. Why are witches so popular again? What cultural magic/folk traditions are being portrayed? Are they being portrayed well, or without real cultural awareness or anything to say? Which witch shows do you like best?
Evan J. Peterson (M), Amélie Mantchev, Julie McGalliard
Destigmatizing Mental Health
For many with mental health struggles, being public about it can mean losing jobs, having others change the way they interact with you, or becoming a scapegoat. Yet a major way to destigmatize mental health is to encourage folks to be more public about their conditions and experience. This panel addresses the good and bad sides of being public about mental health conditions.
Stella Harris (M), Xander Odell, Elisabeth Van Every, keerawa
Dye Me A Rainbow
Mt. Baker Stage
You have the idea for the costume, but you need just the right color… Or maybe you want to try a dye technique, such as tie dye, shibori, batik, or serti, but don’t know where to start. We’ll walk through the most common ways to get color into different types of fabric, where to source your materials, and what kind of equipment you’ll need to get started.
SunnyJim Morgan (M), Astrid Bear, Dr. Susan Langley, Joy Alyssa Day
Female Relationships in Genre Fiction
Mt. Rainier Stage
Though great strides have been made in recent years, we still hunger for depictions of complex relationships between women, whether familial, platonic, or romantic. What are we still lacking? What stories about female love would make the panelists’ hearts sing?
Rhiannon Held (M), Sarina Dorie, Jasmine Silvera, Mikko Azul
Lady Heather in Concert
Grand Ballroom Stage
Lady Heather is a classically trained singer who studied voice in Glasgow, Scotland. As she explains: “I sing Italian at people.” Now the former student is a teacher of voice lessons. Besides opera, she likes to sing just about any genre of music and may just take requests during her show. She also likes to muse on the comical side of her experiences.
J. Grace McKelvy (M), Lady Heather
Pass the Story
Working together to build a story is exciting, particularly when you don’t know what is coming next. We’ll work together as a group to create a new story with the help of our friends! For younger storytellers.
Kate Ristau (M), Rebecca A. Demarest, Dale Ivan Smith, Sonja Thomas
Reading: Leigh Harlen
Blood Like Garnets. Leigh Harlan reads from their debut short story collection. Rated R.
Leigh Harlen (M)
Success in Space
No planet, no problem. Well, there are a few. Okay, let’s start with gravity!
Dave Davis (M), Corry L. Lee, Tracy Furutani
WFIRST, Europa Clipper, and other NASA Science Missions
The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope will be a Hubble-class telescope with a far wider field of view and a 288-megapixel camera, intended to find extrasolar planets and evidence of dark energy. Europa Clipper will orbit Jupiter to make repeated passes by its namesake Jovian moon, to make scientific observations and select a landing site for a proposed follow-on Europa Lander. We’ll discuss these missions, their hardware, their goals, and their prospects.
Dan Dubrick (M)
Steen Schuler, Art in Action
Art in Action Booth, Arena or Twitch
Steen Schuler demonstrates how she virtually repurposes old, well-worn objects into little mechanical creatures.
Steen Schuler (M)
Reading: Jonathan Tweet
Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution. Wiggle like Grandmother Fish and hoot like Grandmother Ape! The first book to teach evolution to preschoolers was informally tested at Norwescon in 2014, self-published in 2015, and published by Macmillan in 2016. Now it’s in Italian, Chinese, and Japanese. The book was created by a local author-artist team and was 15 years in the making. See how to use this book to teach evolution to children. Kids welcome. Rated G.
Jonathan Tweet (M)
Reading: Elwin Cotman
2021 Philip K. Dick Award-nominee Elwin Cotman reads a short story from his forthcoming collection, Things I Never Learned in Caitlin Clarke’s Intro to Acting Class. Rated R.
Jonathan Tweet (M)