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Races in Fantasy & Racism

Races in Fantasy & Racism

Orcs, goblins, and elves — the races of fantasy have generated their own encyclopedia of tropes. Unfortunately, they also have a history of real-world racial coding. Have these races become problematic in and of themselves, or are they a viable vehicle for painting a critique of our own world? P.L Stuart (M), Elijah Kinch Spector, …

Queer Themes in Horror

Queer Themes in Horror

The horror genre has deep roots in themes surrounding LGBTQ+ identities. We deconstruct some of the most prevalent ones, their positives and negatives, and what they have to say about society as a whole. Izzy Wasserstein (M), Lauren Raye Snow, Catherine Lundoff, Brandon O’Brien Atlanta/New York

Colonial Gaze/White Gaze

Colonial Gaze/White Gaze

Too often the default assumption is that a writer’s primary audience is white. How does this affect the work of BIPOC writers. What are some of the stark differences we see when looking at white vs BIPOC stories? Moses Ose Utomi (M), Steven Barnes, Chikodili Emelumadu, Angeli Primlani Atlanta/New York

Fantasy and the Civil War

Fantasy and the Civil War

There is a tradition of using speculative fiction to process societal trauma. The Civil War left a rough legacy on the entire United States, and on Missouri in particular. What works of fantasy delve into this dark piece of our history, and what do they have to say on the shadows of human nature versus …

LGBTQ+ Characters Done Well

LGBTQ+ Characters Done Well

Does an author have to identify as LGBTQ+ in order to create a believable LGBTQ+ character ? Are there cishet writers who have written this kind of representation respectfully, wisely, and kindly? Ellen Klages (M), Elizabeth Leggett, Alex Jennings, Naseem Jamnia, Fiona Moore Atlanta/New York

The Upcoming Impact of AI on Media

The Upcoming Impact of AI on Media

By now, we’ve all heard the buzz: generative AI is ripping into the art and publishing worlds and leaving a giant mess in its wake. What do we expect the long-term impact will be? And how can artists and authors safeguard their work from the data scrapers? Nancy Jane Moore (M), R.W.W. Greene, Jared Shurin, …