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Equal Time for Non-Vampires
Vampires, werewolves, zombies, fairies: they all have great stories, but surely there are other kinds of monsters out there. What are the best of the less-familiar monsters, in fiction or in legend? Who are the authors doing a great job with creatures we haven’t yet seen thirty times over?
Mickey Phoenix, Anaea Lay, Marie Brennan, Jaym Gates
What I Reread and Why
When many readers start slipping into depression, we compulsively re-read a set of books and series that comfort us. For example, each of these books/series may have a strong female protagonist who, after being misunderstood or rejected by her birth family, goes on to create a new family that understands. Do other people find themselves re-reading certain books or series under specific conditions? What books? What do we gain by this re-reading? Is it different than random re-reading? More generally, what books, or types of books, do we re-read? Are there books that you really enjoyed that you will never again pick up? What do we gain by revisiting a story when we already know the plot?
Lynn Kendall, Anaea Lay, Jackie Gross, Andrew Clark
Who Are You?
Exactly what is a body? Is it just the usual two arms and two legs? How does how we look or how we are shaped affect what we think of as us? Does a wheelchair become part of a person over time? Let’s also discuss cybernetics, and their integration with a person’s self-image.
Betsy Lundsten, Courtney Eckhardt, Guy Thomas, Anaea Lay
Liz Henry, Anaea Lay, Julia Dvorin