Kay at World Fantasy

My World Fantasy Schedule in San Jose:

Panel (see below):10:00 a.m. Friday Oct 30.
Autographing: 8:30 p.m. Friday Oct 31.
Shop talk in the bar: most of the time

Writing Human Characters, Whether or Not They’re Human (Gold Room)

Our panelists will discuss the challenges of writing relatable non-human characters in heroic and mythic fantasy that are both alien enough to be something more than funny-looking people but also human enough for readers to relate to.
David B Coe (moderator), Kate Elliott, Kay Kenyon, Shauna Roberts, Laurel Anne Hill

5 Responses

  1. kateelliott says:

    My last convention was Denvention, and I was on a panel with you. Do I scent a trend?

  2. Kay says:

    Yes. I’m thinking that perhaps, by some mysterious parallel evolution, we have established a bit of a subgenre. Or they selected names by alphabetical.

  3. sdlidster says:

    Relatable non-human characters

    I think my favorite non-human race of characters are the arachnids from Vernor Vinge’s “A Deepness in the Sky.”

    Anyone who hasn’t read this masterful space opera would do well to give it a read.

    Wonderful irony that the most inhuman monsters in the novel are the human podmasters from Balacrea.

  4. Kay says:

    Re: Relatable non-human characters

    Know what you mean. I think my favorite nonhuman race may be the Hani in CJ Cherryh’s Chanur series. Remember Pyanfar. I love that name, among other things.

  5. sdlidster says:

    I’m hoping Vinge’s next Qeng-Ho novel takes us to Balacrea. “Focus” is one of the most frightening concepts I’ve come across in new or Golden/Silver age SF. If you run into him, tell him I said so. 😉

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