Blood Feuds and All the Sensations: TorCon 2021 Highlights
Space is gay!
With books like Everina Maxwell’s Winter orbit, Charlie Jane Anders Victories greater than death, and Ryka Aoki’s Unusual starlight, it is not surprising that the space is more and more cheerful. But moderator KM Szpara (First, turn to ashes) kicked off the panel by asking authors to define what they even mean by space. For Aoki, it was the feeling of needing space: “If there’s one world you need a break from sometimes, it’s the world we live in as queers. Anders compared the genre, with its interstellar escapades and gallantry, to one of the best romantic tropes: “It’s like there is only one bed, but with the whole cosmos around you. “
“There is only one pod!” the panel sang in chorus, and we knew this was going to be a gallant for the ages even though we were stuck on dry land. But it wasn’t just riffs: when asked what should be made gay after space (dinosaurs and cyberpunk came to mind), Aoki pointed out that our work in space wasn’t over: “she said,” make him queer and trans. “
This panel had some of the scam’s most glittering jokes, with this self-proclaimed spacecraft crew of authors plotting a gay space flight involving tactical ball gowns, stealing Elon Musk’s inevitable space bank and knowing exactly where to hide a body on a space station. Even when discussing more serious topics such as the need for gay scientists and educators (in addition to science fiction writers), Aoki got the panel and audience to applaud: “Imagine Bill Nye the Science Bi!
Conjuring the Diaspora: Myths, Legends and Classics Reinvented
Moderator Lily Philpott started this panel, on the intersections between the Asian diaspora and speculative storytelling, by acknowledging how vast the diaspora is, inviting panelists to talk about each of their ancestors and formative myths and legends. With these authors based on three different continents, no one had the same point of view on identity. Namely, by discussing the disparate influences on Unusual starlight, Ryka Aoki said, “I’m not doing this to show you how many places I can be, I’m doing this to show you how many places I can be. a m. Regarding rediscovering a link to her family history in Japan while losing another, Aoki said, “I refuse, with this book and with many of my books, to see myself as fragmented.” that Nghi Vo (The chosen and the beautiful), whose family is Vietnamese and Hakka Chinese, said that while she enjoyed the wholeness discussion, “I have no interest in being whole. I have a lot of identity in fragments.