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Sunday, May 27 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Science Fiction and Fantasy Characters as Dramatis Personae

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Science Fiction and Fantasy (SFF) literature and television offer us textual and visual representations of what possible futures might look like, what challenges are likely to arise in in the digital age of progress, and how we might handle encountering the unknown, including the probable existence of alien life. But parallel to their ethical and speculative dimensions, SFF literature and television offer for our consideration various complex characters through whose development the text’s innermost meaning becomes intelligible, and the “human condition” is highlighted.

Upon closer examination however, many of the characters created within SFF appear to be constructed with various stock roles or “masks” in mind. This is a paper presentation panel. Presenters will analyze the functions of specific dramatic personae and the presence of stock characters in science fiction and fantasy literature, television and film, examining their roles in the construction of SF worlds, canons, cult classics, and in the interrogation of ethics.

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LG Ransom

L.G. Ransom, the author of Hollin's Heir and Conquering Mount Ta-Ta,  was born in Miami, Florida but grew up living in various countries around the world including Europe and the British West Indies. She is an accomplished artist who’s computer art and canvasses have graced... Read More →

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Robert Aldrich

Robert V. Aldrich is a novelist and writer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. He writes mostly sci-fi/fantasy, and draws inspiration from anime, video games, comics, lucha libre, and even opera (no really, it’s true). Robert has three books published through Caffeine & Ink Books... Read More →
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PJ Manney

author, PJ Manney
PJ Manney is the author of the P.K. Dick Award-nominated (R)EVOLUTION, book 1 in a trilogy with (ID)ENTITY, and the upcoming (CON)SCIENCE, out April 27, 2021. She also writes non-fiction and consults about emerging technology, future humans, empathy-building through storytelling... Read More →
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Gary Morgenstein

Gary Morgenstein’s new science fiction novel A Mound Over Hell, set in 2098 following America’s defeat by Islam in World War Three as baseball begins its final season ever, has been called “1984 Meets Shoeless Joe.” It’s the first book in The Dark Depths series. His previous... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
 Woodrow Wilson D
  Literature, Film