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Philcon Schedule & NaNoWriMo Progress

I got my Philcon schedule, and as always, I'd like some feedback from people for my two panels.




Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
WHAT WILL LITERATURE BE LIKE WHEN THE AUDIENCE IS NO LONGER ENTIRELY HUMAN?


[Panelists: Annette Curtis Klause (mod), Neal Levin, David Sklar, Jon Kilgannon, Alyce Wilson]

Imagine a post-human future, in which either evolution or artificial enhancements have made our audience more (or different) than the familiar, garden-variety human. What would post-humans write about? What would a cyborg with several extra AI brains jacked into him/it make of HAMLET? Wild speculation encouraged!


Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
BACK AWAY FROM MY CHILDHOOD!


[Panelists: Richard Stout (mod), Alyce Wilson, Matt Black, Gary Frank, Mark Leeper, Andre Lieven]

In this era of remakes ("The A-Team"? Really?), what parts of your childhood memories do you feel have been violated? What's been made better? And what will cause you to completely lose it if they go messing with it?



So here are my questions: for panel 1, what sort of post-humans come to mind when you read that topic? What sorts of "literature" can you imagine them reading? Or, alternatively, if you have any knowledge about pre-literate cultures you think would be worth mentioning, please fill me in.

For Panel 2, here's the obvious question: what has been remade from your childhood that makes you upset? What do you hope they never touch.

I didn't get much written yesterday, but I got almost two hours of writing in this afternoon while my Kung Fu Panda slept. I might stay up late and do more tonight, if I feel like it (though I usually don't after work).


15496 / 50000 words. 31% done!

Comments

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msstacy13
Nov. 17th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen a remake that was better than the original.
However, I did not realize how good an actor Mel Gibson really was
until I saw Glen Ford's "Ransom"

And each version of Lord of the Flies,
or Les Misérables,
reveals quite a bit about the time it was made,
how our perspective, as a society, has changed.
And that's the real point of remakes.
briansiano
Nov. 17th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
Why not ask, "Why do remakes of things from our childhood _make_ us upset?" After all, if the originals are still available, and our memories are so strong, then why should a crappy remake bother us at all?

Is it the possibility that the stuff we liked as kids was _garbage_, and we don't want to have to defend it against a newer, flashier, and perhaps better version? Is it because we resent the fact that other people recognized it as garbage _at the time_, and we don't want to have to confront our childhood lack of taste? Have the lambs stopped screaming, Clarice?
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