WisCon 41

Saturday, May 27th, 1:00–2:15 pm
From Airships to Elder Gods
Tor.com authors and friends deconstruct steampunk, Lovecraftian monsters, and other richly deserving genre tropes. Ruthanna Emrys will read from her new novel Winter Tide. Maurice Broaddus will read from the recently released Buffalo Soldier. Anne M. Pillsworth will read from Redemption’s Heir, her Neo-Lovecraftian YA series. Samantha Lynn, a Long Hidden contributor, will read from her suburban Chicago dystopia-in-progress.
Maurice Broaddus, Ruthanna Emrys, S Lynn, Anne M. Pillsworth

Saturday, May 27th, 7:30-8:45 pm
Gaming (The Craft and Business of Writing)
People from a wide variety of career paths collaborate to make video games, including producers, programmers, directors, artists, and writers. However, the mythic ‘Ideas Guy’—the lone visionary genius at the center of a project—simply doesn’t exist. In this panel, video game developers will discuss their jobs and other jobs in the industry—and offer an inside look at how games are made.
M: Ann Lemay. Maurice Broaddus, Tanya D., Ceri Young

Saturday, May 27th, 9:00-10:15 pm
Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Gaming)
A recent Beyond Good & Evil 2 trailer featuring a picture of a rhinoceros with prominent dreadlocs. Black hairstyles offered as accessories for nonhuman characters. Nonhuman characters standing in for POC in otherwise white games. Let’s talk about the various ways that video games treat POC as other, and why the games industry needs to cut it out.
M: Tanya D., Kenzie Woodbridge. Maurice Broaddus, Na’amen Gobert Tilahun