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Sweconpoddar 08 – AI & Robots in film, TV and literature

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How have the role of AI and robots changed in sf over time? Which are the best, worst or most interesting depictions, and why? What aspects have been considered or missed?

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping – Sweden.

Participants: Patrik Centerwall (mod), Madeline Ashby, Tommy Persson, Oskar Källner, Thomas Padron-McCarthy

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Madeline Ashbys favourite AIs, the Tachikoma from Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex.

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 07 – Hugopanel, with Puppygate

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Panel discussion on the Hugo-nominated novels. Quality? Which one deserves to win and why? The nominations this year have been intensely discussed since two groups calling themselves the Sad Puppies and the Rabid Puppies have succeeded in obtaining many nominations by telling people to nominate from a prepared list. The panel will discuss all the nominated novels and also which novels they think would have been nominated without this procedure. How might “Puppygate” change the future of the Hugo award?

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping – Sweden.

Participants: Marianna Leikomaa (mod), Jukka Halme, Kjartan Lindøe, Flemming Rasch, Tommy Persson

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 06 – Conventions today and tomorrow

Dealers room. En plats som har växt för varje år i och med att allt fler författare och mindre förlag har börjat ge ut ny svensk fantastik.
Dealers room. A place that has grown for each year as more and more authors and small prints are publishing new swedish fantastic literature.

Conventions today and tomorrow (an hour of navel-gazing)

SF conventions in Sweden are continuously developing. New young fans arrive. The panel will discuss how the conventions are changing. What is expected from programme items and activities today? Has a Fan Guest of Honour any function today? Do we need a convention booklet? What is the role of the bar? Do we long for the banquet? How will and should the conventions develop? How are they influenced by the fact that many new authors are present and want to market themselves and their books? What is done abroad that is worth testing here? Are there any conclusions from Archipelacon?

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping – Sweden.

Participants:  Saija Kyllönen, Anna Davour, Johan Anglemark, Eva Holmquist, Fia Karlsson and moderated by Karl-Johan Norén.

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

SweconPoddar 05 – Tough chicks

05 - though chicks in SF and FTough chicks; A discussion about gender in Fantastic literature

There are many stories with tough chicks. Still, chicks often just act like men in a world with only male characters. They are “men” in a new packaging. Are there any signs of development of gender roles or just the same old ones in new clothes, the same tired stereotypes? How are the gender roles developing? And how is the male role in fantastic literature changing?  Are men still usually the “main” and most important character? The world changes. But does sf/fantasy? Are there any good examples of interesting and/or different portrayals of gender?

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping – Sweden.

Participants:  Therese Norén, Anna Jakobsson Lund, John-Henri Holmberg, Anna Blixt and moderated by Suzanne van Rooyen

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

SweconPoddar 04 – Fantastiknoveller som gjort avtryck

Astounding science fiction okt 1953Panel på Swecon 2015 – Confuse i Linköping.

Sf-noveller som är minnesvärda och som påverkat panelisterna och kanske deras syn på livet eller världen. Vilka sf-noveller har påverkat fantastiken? Vad gör en novell klassisk? Hur väl står sig de klassiska novellerna jämfört med dagens? Var hittar man bra noveller, och vad är speciellt viktigt för att den ska uppskattas? Vilka novellsamlingar och antologier kan rekommenderas om man vill hitta klassiker respektive nyare verk?

Medverkande: Eva Holmquist, John-Henri Holmberg, Anders Hedenlund, Johan Frick, Tomas Cronholm (mod)

Den som vill läsa eller lyssna på novellen The Cold Equations av Tom Godwin som nämns i avsnittet, kan göra det via Drabblecast.

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

SweconPoddar 03 – Telling stories in different media

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Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse i Linköping.

A discussion about the differences and similarities of storytelling and of telling stories in books, games, comics and TV.

Participants: Ben Aaronovitch,  Alexander Hallberg, Thomas Årnfelt, Tobias Bodlund and moderated by Jessica Elgenstierna.

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

SweconPoddar 02 – What’s in a name

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Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping.

How do you invent names for your invented characters? Names that should fit with your, sometimes invented, places and cultures or with a certain time period. What mistakes can be made?

Participants: Kristina Hård, Thomas Årnfelt, Marcus Olausson and it was moderated by Suzanne van Rooyen.

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

SweconPoddar 01 – Svenska förläggare samtalar

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Panel på Swecon 2015 – Confuse i Linköping.

Förläggarna berättar om sina erfarenheter och samtalar om hur det är att ge ut fantastik i Sverige. Hur har marknaden för fantastik utvecklats och hur ser den ut idag. Hur hittar man författare som man vill publicera? Vad letar man efter/tittar man på när man bedömer ett erbjudet verk? Finns det några trender eller något specifikt uttryck hos svenska fantastikförfattare?

Medverkande: Elin Holmerin, Anna Vintersvärd, Kerstin Aronsson, Britt-Louise Viklund (mod)

Musiken är en nedklippt version av Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0