That Which We Call Reality, By Any Other Name ...

What:
Panel
When:
Saturday Mar 26   08:30 PM to 09:30 PM (1 hour)
Where:
Presidential Suite
Tags:
Literature
Discussion:
0
In many speculative stories, reality is stubbornly stable: a lot of readers love their worldbuilding to be consistent. But in an important strand of the field, which includes the work of writers such as Carol Emshwiller, Philip K. Dick, and Kelly Link, reality is something more subjective, contested, arguable. What is the appeal of such stories, for readers and writers, and how do they achieve their effects? Do they contain distinctive types of characters or narratives? And can we identify differences of approach or effect depending on whether a given writer's starting point is literary experimentation, philosophical enquiry, or scientific exploration?

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