Capclave 2021!

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.
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September 30, 2021

I am so excited to be attending Capclave this coming weekend. It’ll be my first in-person convention since ConFusion in January 2020 and oh, I have missed my friends and I have missed being on programming.

(I did a virtual panel at Readercon this past summer and it was fine, but I find that I rely a lot on audience feedback and you just don’t get that on virtual panels. Alas.)

I feel relatively safe going to Capclave because not only do they have a mask mandate, they also have a vaccination mandate. I believe this is more or less the same policy at Worldcon (which I will also be attending–my first Worldcon! Eeee!).

All that said, I am on a whopping three panels and I’m hoping that was not a Bad Life Decision on my part. I hope that if you’re at the convention, you come to one of them or stop and say hello to me and my pandemic hair.

Friday, 5:00 pm
Why Aren’t They Writing Like They Used to? Eisenhower Room
Participants: David Bartell, Eric Flint, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Natalie Luhrs
How has SF evolved in the last 50 years and why? How has this been positive and negative?  Would past classics work in today’s market?

Saturday, 2:00 pm
All Writing is Political
Truman Room
Participants: Natalie Luhrs, Michael Swanwick, Caias Ward, Joy Ward, A.C. Wise (M)
Some critics say SF, Fantasy, and Comics have become too political. Has there been a change in the political content from the days of Brave New World, 1984, and Starship Troopers? Should entertainment be free from politics? Is it even possible? When something claims to be apolitical, what is it actually supporting? How can we be more conscious of the political implications of our own work?

Saturday, 5:00 pm
What I Did to Survive the Great Pandemic
Washington Theater
Participants: Mary Fan, Natalie Luhrs, Suzanne Palmer, Jean Marie Ward, Ted Weber (M)
What did people do to survive the pandemic? What changed in their lives? How are they adjusting to getting their life back? How comfortable are you with post-pandemic conditions? What does normal mean? How will your life be different? When will you give up your mask?

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