My program for Continuum 8 Melbourne – Friday 8 June & Sat 9th June

Panel: Splicing Genres Friday 16:00 (60 Minutes)Jane Routley, Jenny Blackford, Lisa Hannett, Claire Corbett
Fantasy murder mysteries, horror spy novels, science fiction romance… do the best stories defy genre boundaries?

Backyard Speculation Saturday 10:00 (60 Minutes)Tor Roxburgh, Jason Nahrung, Gillian Polack, Claire Corbett, Lachlan Walter

Speculative fiction drawing on Australian settings and cultural themes is all too rare, and so disappointing when it’s done carelessly. So how do you go about writing thoughtful Australian spec fic? What are the big issues, pitfalls and rewards?

Humanity Enhanced Saturday 15:00 (60 Minutes)Russell Blackford, Adam Ford, m1k3y, Claire Corbett
Explore the potential of self-directed human evolution. Discuss its personal and social implications. Are you ready for your upgrades?

Readings Saturday 16:00 (60 Minutes)Claire Corbett, Angela Slatter, Lisa Hannet, Felicity Dowker

Writing Storyworlds – New Versus Existing Saturday 18:00 (60 Minutes)Colin Harvey, Claire Corbett, Louise Cusack, Danny Oz
A discussion of the processes involved in creating convincing storyworlds from scratch compared with writing material for existing storyworlds such as Doctor Who, Highlander and Dan Dare.

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