Saturday, June 25, 2011

the hardest panel for an f&sf convention

The class and f&sf panel.

I'm feeling more sympathy for Wiscon now. Folks who I trust have told me that their attempts to do class panels have been disasters. Fourth Street Fantasy's attempt was a mess. Maybe it was a necessary mess--after all, if it was easy to talk about class, we would already be doing that. Conventions have been doing panels about gender and race for at least thirty years. Class continues to be the great taboo in a genre that, to a great extent, is created by and for the middle and upper class.

But I think it was a great learning experience, at least for the Brust and me. We'll take a different tack next time.