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10 March 2009 @ 03:03 pm
Online Con this Weekend!  
Hi all!  I've been helping out just a little bit with an online science fiction convention to be held this weekend, FlyCon 2009. I'm not the only one who loves both sci-fi/fantasy and Jane Austen, right?   In fact, I know I'm not, as one of the FlyCon 2009 panels is called "Jane Austen in and out of Genre".  Anyway, because there have to be people here who also loves fantasy, I thought I'd share more info about the convention:

Flycon 2009 is the first world wide online gathering for science fiction and fantasy-related writers, readers, artists, publishers, editors, and fans. It will be held over the weekend March 13th (starting midnight, Australian Eastern Standard Time) to Sunday 15th, with events happening round-the-clock. The con will be managed through Live Journal, with panels to be held in newsgroups on SFF.NET and author chats to be held in IRC. The con will not cost anyone more than a couple of hours of their time, and the normal costs associated with being online at their own computer. We have organized panels for horror/dark speculative fiction, science fiction & fantasy; workshops; an online masquerade ball; Dealers Room; and informal chat/forum lounges, plus chat hours for authors.

We are trying to draw writers, artists, and publishing industry people: agents, editors, publicists, small press, mainstream publishers, booksellers, etc, for panels and author chats, or to participate in the Dealers Room. Most of the panelist spots are nearly filled, but everyone (readers and fans included) can drop by the panels and participate. Panelists are just there to start things going, and then everyone talks, not just the panelists.

To find out more, check out our livejournal community, flycon2009. Also, the preliminary schedule for FlyCon 2009 (to be finalized tomorrow) has been posted.

It sounds like it'll be really interesting! Due to some family things that have cropped up, I won't be able to be there much, if at all, but the panel discussions should be accessible even after the con is over so I can go back and read what's gone on. Speaking of panels, here are some that I think could be interesting to people in this community:
  • Jane Austen in and out of Genre
  • Banter: How much fun do you get out of it?
  • Recommend Me Something Good: Do recommendations work?
  • Mannerist Fantasy and Georgette Heyer
  • Fantasy and History: Historians who write fantasy
  • Historical fantasy
  • Satire in genre
Anyway, come check it out! There should be some wonderful discussions going on between authors, readers, publishers, and editors!

((x-posted a few times, so sorry if you're reading this again!))
wytchcroft: fireflywytchcroft on March 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
and if you are jane espenson do i get to go for free for guessing right?? ;)
Book Addictbookaddict88 on March 10th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Um, no, I'm not Jane Espenson, whoever that is. You can go for free anyway, though! It really is a free con.
wytchcroft: excuse me? uh...wytchcroft on March 10th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
LOL:) Jane Espenson is a very fine screen writer, currently for Battlestar Galactica - but she also wrote for Star Trek DS9, Buffy and Firefly. Her Firefly episode IS Jane Austen in Space - and she wrote a very witty Austen styled Buffy comic too, some years ago. She is a self-confessed Jane Austen fan.
Book Addictbookaddict88 on March 10th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ah. Then I wish I could say I was she! But no, I'm just an avid reader of both spec-fic (well, mostly fantasy) and Austen, who's excited that there's now a con that I don't have to pay for or travel for!

I've not seen most of the TV shows you mentioned (though I've been meaning to see Buffy at least), which is probably why I didn't recognize the name! I have seen Firefly, though, and now that you mention it (and I looked up which episode you meant), I can definitely see how it was Jane Austen in Space. Fun!
wytchcroft: hooverwytchcroft on March 10th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
i'm intrigued to find other examples now in sci-fi (some aspects of Dune maybe) and fantasy, harder to think of except for very recent examples maybe - and probably a million books i haven't read but should have!:))
Book Addictbookaddict88 on March 10th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
You're right, that would be intriguing!

Let's see... there is that Jane Austen/Zombie book someone mentioned in the comm earlier, and I know the author Sherwood Smith recently wrote a short story "Jane Austen's Castle Tour", which she describes as "Jane Austen with vampires." Patricia C. Wrede has some YA alternative history/fantasy books set in the regency era, though it's been awhile since I've read them so I don't know how closely they compare to Austen's work in particular. Maybe some of Lois McMaster Bujold's works could work: her "A Civil Campaign" is dedicated to Jane [Austen?], Charlotte [Bronte?], Georgette [Heyer?], and Dorothy [L. Sayers?] and is said to be "a comedy of biology and manners".

Hmm...I don't think I can come up with anything else right now. I'm sure there is more, though! If I find them, I'll have to add them to my reading list.