The Purpose of Critics
5:00 PM, Friday 19 Apr 2019 (1 hour)
Dinner Friday 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Critics have always been around to analyse, discuss and consider works of art of all genres. They play a firm role in science fiction, fantasy and horror works as well, whether on screen or on the printed page. In recent years, however, their role has been challenged and even dismissed by some readers and viewers. What is the purpose of the critic in the 21st century –- what do they provide to the speculative fiction community, and how should they interact with both artists and audiences?