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The WisCon Chronicles

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  • Copyright: 2007-08-31
  • Publisher: Pathway Book Service
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The WisCon Chronicles is a collage of essays, interviews, panel notes and transcripts, and short fiction documenting and celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of WisCon, the annual feminist science fiction literary festival held on Memorial Day Weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The world's largest feminist science fiction convention, which many of the sf genre's luminaries attend, WisCon has become so popular that the ceiling limiting attendance to 1000 participants tops out months in advance. More than half those attending are women; and since the convention is openly feminist, women's issues dominate the programming. People attend to meet up with friends from other parts of the country (or the world) whom they?ve come to know online; they attend because the programming goes far beyond thefeminism 101? that is the most they can hope for from most other science fiction conventions. But above all they come to experience the kind of community they can?t get elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
The WisCon Questions; A Coven of People Who Attended WisCon 30 Answer Random Personal Questions Posed by Eileen Gunn
Q&A: Julie Phillipsp. 8
Wonder Woman: Lesbian or Dyke? Paradise Island as a Woman's Communityp. 9
Q&A: Suzy Charnasp. 17
Welcome Back to the Beginningp. 19
Feminist Think Tanks: Panel transcript notesp. 22
A Think Tank Thing for Feministsp. 32
Q&A: Carol Emshwillerp. 38
Q&A: Mark Richp. 39
Q&A: Ellen Klagesp. 40
Lord of the Monstersp. 41
Q&A: Ted Chiangp. 50
Q&A: Ursula K. Le Guinp. 51
Q&A: Liz Henryp. 52
Notes on the Feminist Romance Panelp. 53
Is Reading Feminist SF a Theory-Building Activity?: Panel transcript notesp. 57
Q&A: Lisa Tuttlep. 73
Piercy's Gendered Cyborgs: Hope, Threat, and Blurred Boundariesp. 74
Q&A: Diantha Day Sprousep. 82
Uncomfortable Politics in Feminist Writing: Panel transcript notesp. 84
Notes and Commentary on the "Cultural Appropriation and Writing Fantasy Outside the Western Tradition" Panelp. 98
Researching WisCon Stories: Revisionist History or Re-visioning the Past with the Future in Mindp. 102
Q&A: K. Tempest Bradfordp. 107
Q&A: Spike Parsonsp. 108
Who Wants a Revolution? Will a Reform Do?: Panel transcript notesp. 109
We Aren't Civilized Yet: Reflections from the WisCon 30 Panel on Women Warriorsp. 132
"A Man Is Like A Nut": Gender and Magic in Ursula K. Le Guin's Later Earthsea Novelsp. 143
The Legendary Joanna Russ, Interviewed by Samuel R. Delany: Transcriptp. 155
Q&A: Jeanne Gomollp. 164
A Forty-Year-Old Con-Virgin Goes to WisConp. 167
Sympathy and Power: L. Timmel Duchamp Asks Samuel R. Delany a Questionp. 170
Dry Eyesp. 179
No Man's Land: A short storyp. 183
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