As promised, I am posting my scheduled panels at Ad Astra, Toronto’s premier speculative fiction convention, which runs from April 10-12! Hope to see you there.
Saturday, April 11
Spicing up your Game Setting
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Jungles, deserts and tundras, oh my! from tribal wanderers to megacities and more! Panelists discuss how you can step away from the monoenvironmental, the monocultural, the monoboring and make your setting varied, alive and deeply interesting.
From The Tabletop To The Side Table
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Panelling with: Chris A. Jackson
From Books to TV Shows and Movies, tabletop roleplaying has been a subtile guiding hand for many story, setting and character inspirations. And in some cases, not so subtle. Panelists discuss the process of taking a tabletop game or characters and set pieces and translating it to a different medium for an audience rather than active participants.
The Shadow Over Lovecraft
Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Room: Markham B
Modern horror fiction inspired or derived from H.P. Lovecraft. What influence has his fiction had? What makes Lovecraftian fiction work? The best and worst texts, both in literature and films. Why all the odd pop culture appearances? Is he really that great? And how do we handle his xenophobia and racism, and the modern-day controversy it has generated?
Saturday, April 12
Reading with fellow Ottawa-area author Marie Bilodeau!
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM