Sweconpoddar 22 – Updating our nightmares beyond 1984

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We hear a lot about surveillance these days. NSA people know all about us, at least if they want to. People still talk about Big Brother and use Nineteen Eighty-Four as a common point of reference for understanding how we are being watched. But this is probably not a perfect image of the situation we are living in now. Should we update our nightmares, and how can we do that? How is science fiction today addressing these issues?

Participants: Cory Doctorow, Chris Wooding, Johan Schimanski, Thomas Recktenwald, Hans Persson (m).

Sweconpoddar 19 – Den svenskspråkiga fantastiknovellen

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Denna panel spelades in på Swecon 2014 – Steampunkfestivalen i Gävle.

Det finns knappt några tidskrifter längre, men istället har det kommit en del
antologier de senaste åren. Hur är läget för den svenskspråkiga fantastiknovellen
idag? Är det stycksålda e-noveller som är framtiden? Och vart tog fantasyn vägen?

Medverkande:
Johan Jönsson, Karin Tidbeck, Elin Holmerin, Nahal Ghanbari (m).

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

Sweconpoddar 18 – Three authors, three countries, three cultures

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Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping.

What is it like to be an author in Canada, UK and Sweden? How do the conditions differ, especially for writers of sf and fantasy? How is genre literature looked upon in the different countries? Is it becoming more or less appreciated, by the public and critics?

Participants: Madeline Ashby, Ben Aaronovitch, Kristina Hård, Patrik Centerwall (mod)

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

Sweconpoddar 17 – Efter debuten: Att skriva bok nr två

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När den första boken är utgiven, hur är det att skriva den andra? Vilka farhågor/svårigheter finns? Hur övervinner man dem? Vad är lättare andra gången och varför?

Participants: Jenny Milewski (mod), Lisa Rodebrand, Mattias Engström, Anna Jakobsson Lund

Panel på Swecon 2015 – Confuse i Linköping.

Musiken från Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 16 – Star Wars – recollections and expectations

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Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping.

At last, a new Star Wars film! The panel remembers the old films, the favourite scenes, the characters, good or less good. Were the first three films really that good or is it the influence of the “nostalgia filter”? How are they holding up today? And what is there to say about the later trilogy? Was it really so bad? Does the opinion differ between different fan generations? And what are the expectations for the film that is released this year? What would the panel like to see and not see in that film? Is it at all possible for it to fulfil the expectations? And are the sf-films not more sophisticated nowadays? Can a new Star Wars film meet the expectations of the public of today without losing the charm of the first films?

Participants: Roger Klein, Helena Kiel, Sten Rosendahl, PC Jørgensen (mod), Dave Lally.

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

Sweconpoddar 15 – Animating locations

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Participants: Johan Jönsson (mod), Jenny Milewski, Kristina Hård, Ben Aaronovitch.

Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse i Linköping.

Many authors write about a place that they and perhaps also the readers know well, but although it is a common place it is given a “soul” or a specific personality. How do you as author give an ordinary place these properties? Will some places work better than others – London is often used? Are there any places that are harder/impossible to animate? Do you have any examples of successful animations? Examples in addition to the participating authors: Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, Nene Ormes.
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The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0