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Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, and Ableism at Mizzou

Over the last few months I’ve been rather disappointed in a variety of non-responses from my alma mater’s leadership in addressing a wide variety of -isms and the increasingly hostile climate for minorities on campus. The fact it has erupted into protests from a sizable number students and has what looks like strong faculty and staff support says a lot about the current environment. The recent race-related events are just the tipping point of what has been a longtime problem (and one I am sure exists on other university campuses as well). As a concerned alum, the best I can do is make my displeasure known.

The Alum Supports Mizzou Students - Mizzou Logo on Black

 

 

My First Ever PhilCon Schedule!

I’ve never been to PhilCon before! I’m so excited to make this trip and even more excited for the panels. Below is my schedule. Don’t they sound awesome? I’m also looking forward to meeting several people. I know of them mostly through online activities (mostly Twitter) and so it’ll be great to connect in person!

Saturday 12:00 pm: BEYOND LONDON’S GASLAMPS  Plaza 3
Panelists: Hakira D’Almah (M), Robert C Roman, Day Al-Mohamed, T. Patrick Snyder, Savan Gupta, Siobhan CarrollPlenty has been written- and drawn, and costumed- concerning the concept of an alternate England where steam instead of electricity powers the world’s technological advances. But what about the rest
of the world? What would the shop of a Japanese gearsmith have looked like? What about the clothing of an airship crew from Mumbai? Or the design of the Panama Canal?
Saturday 1:00 pm: WOMEN IN COMICS Plaza 6
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed (M), Muriel Hykes, Scheherazade JacksonWomen write, draw, and buy comics…and they’ve been doing it just as long as men have. But as of 2014, women make up the lion’s share (53%) of comic-buyers, and hold more company positions than ever. What was a trend has now become a transition period in the industry. And with a slew of new writers like Marguerite Bennett (DC Bombshells), G. Willow Wilson (A-Force), Ming Doyle (Constantine),
Alisa Kwitney (Mystic U), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), artists like Marguerite Sauvage, (DC Bombshells, Wonder Woman) Stacey Lee (Silk), Babs Tarr (Batgirl), Sara Pichelli (Spider-Man), Annie Wu (Black Canary),  and Marvel editor Dana Amanat’s promotion to Director of Content and Character Development, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. What impact has this had on fandom?
Saturday 3:00 pm: READING Executive Suite 623
Saturday 6:00 pm: SCIENCE FICTION AND THEORIES OF HISTORY Plaza 2
Panelists: Siobhan Carroll (M), Christopher Weuve, Day Al-Mohamed, Michael F. Flynn, John Grant, Robert FenelonSF stories such as Dune or the Foundation series frequently deal with long stretches of time and the historical process itself. Some of them are based on specific theories such as those of Spengler,
Marx or others. How does this influence the way we think and write about the future?
Sunday 10:00 am: CYBERPUNK TODAY Plaza 3
Panelists: Fran Wilde (M), Day Al-Mohamed, Vikki Ciaffone, Chris Fuller, Robert C RomanWe live in a world of full of technology, mega-corporations and paranoia. The Cyberpunk future has become reality. Is it possible to write Cyberpunk that is not real life fiction?

 

My CapClave Schedule!

CapClave DodoVery excited to be attending Capclave again this year. This my neighborhood convention so I cannot miss it. In addition, as posted previously, my story was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award for Best Short Story.

I’m also really looking forward to attending a couple of the panels on the schedule. The content alone promises to amazing. And I’m already researching and taking notes for my panels to make sure we give you the best panel possible.

Friday 6:00 pm: Ask Authors Anything (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
Authors answer questions from the audience. Anything goes.
Saturday 10:00 am: Democracy… IN SPACE! (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Larry Hodges, Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum (M)
With all these space empires around, why are there so few space democracies? What authors see a future for democracy? Why are there so few democracies in fantasy novels not set in the real world?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Non-Western Influences In Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Ann Chatham, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick (M)
Traditionally, most fantasy has been based on Western folklore, usually with a medieval-inspired setting. However, alternative settings and concepts are becoming more common with writers mining Asian, African, Native American, and Middle Eastern sources. What writers do this most effectively? How do you decide what traditions/concepts to adopt and how do research/use them? Is it cultural appropriation when writers incorporate themes from other traditions, and how do you so appropriately?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Separating The Author From The Work (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed (M), Bill Campbell, Shahid Mahmud
Should works of fiction be judged independently of their authors? If an author has good books but bad politics should they be shunned? What if the author has a character say bad things in a book (and what if that character is the hero?)

USCG Reflections and the 9/11 Boatlift Story

11 September 2001- Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. aircraft, crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

US Coast Guard units, including Reservists and Auxiliarists, were among the first military units to respond in order to provide communications, security, evacuation by water and render assistance to those in need. Coast Guardsmen assisted in the search and rescue efforts as well as the cleanup operations after the attacks. – From USCG Northeast

We remember the events that happened today with a promise to be Semper Paratus for our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen in their time of need.