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Saturday, June 4 • 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Class and Privilege in Epic Fantasy

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What assumptions do writers (and readers) make about class and privilege in epic fantasy? Things like ‘everyone has a horse’ or ‘all the soldiers have armor’ or ‘the beggar has a sword’ or ‘the farmer is permitted to leave his land’ all carry assumptions that might not have held true back in the day. How can you write/read more accurate epic fantasy and still tell a stirring tale? (Hint: Steal the horses.)

Moderators
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Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel SHADOW AND FLAME (Orbit Books, March 2016) which is the fourth and final book in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; IRON AND BLOOD: THE JAKE DESMET ADVENTURES, a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and VENDETTA: A DEADLY CURIOSITIES NOVEL in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Solaris Books) and the... Read More →

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Natania Barron

Author, editor, geek, reformed academic
Natania Barron is a word tinkerer with a lifelong love of the fantastic. She has a penchant for the speculative, and has written tales of invisible soul-eating birds, giant cephalopod goddesses, gunslinger girls, and killer kudzu, just to name a few. Her work has appeared in Weird Tales, EscapePod, Steampunk Tales, Crossed Genres, Bull Spec, and various anthologies. She is also the founder of The Outer Alliance, a group dedicated to queer... Read More →
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Emily Lavin Leverett

I'm a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror (in that order). I'm an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. I'm an English professor--a medievalist, though I teach much more than just medieval lit. I'm a hockey fan. I'm a cat owner. For a sample of my work, check out The Big Bad and The Big Bad II, co-edited by me and John Hartness.
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Larry N. Martin

DreamSpinner Communications
Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, Alien Artifacts, and Gaslight and Grimm with more to come. Larry and Gail also have... Read More →
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Edmund Schubert

Editor, InterGalactic Medicine Show


Saturday June 4, 2016 4:00pm - 4:55pm
Carolina A/B

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