Human readers of fiction often identify with animals. From Anne McCaffrey’s dragons to Christopher Rowe’s “knowledgeable creatures” and Kij Johnson’s foxes and ponies, what makes us want to connect with animals? Panelists will discuss the books that draw us into animal characters, and what makes them believable.

Laura Anne Gilman (M), Kij Johnson, Rich Horton, Rachel Neumeier

Empire A/B