We’re coming up on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, which means it’s time for Continuum, Melbourne’s annual Speculative Fiction convention. It runs from June 8-11 at the Jasper Hotel on Elizabeth Street. This year I’ll only be there on the Saturday, due to some hectic travel plans I’ve made for the following week, but I’m going to be on a panel!
The panel is called Everyone Dies at the End, and it’s about finales. A lot rests on the end of a series – whether it’s books, films or television shows – and how it’s perceived affects how the series is perceived in the future. I’m currently in discussion with my fellow panellists about what we’ll discuss, but Lost will probably be covered since this is a science fiction convention.
I know a few other great people who are speaking at Continuum as well! Author, academic and amateur church bell-ringer Laura E. Goodin is speaking on Shakespeare and Science Fiction, Reading Your Work Out Loud and is making a 20 minute presentation on Diversity in Victorian Era Fiction. Co-founder of the All Star Women’s Comic Book Club, academic and person who is moving house soon Naja Later is making a presentation on the role of monsters in fiction. She wrote her PhD on horror films. My friend Liz Barr, who is on the programming subcommittee and dressed up as Janet from The Good Place last Halloween is on a panel called Fannish Legal Shenanigans, which sounds like a blast.
And there are so many more! I’ve just had a quick skim of the programme since I can’t make it, but you can have a look at it here. If you’re not sure whether this is your kind of thing, you can buy membership for the Friday for just $5, it’s great value. There’s also a panel on The Good Place on the Friday, and I would be there if I could make it. There’s a lot happening in Melbourne this weekend, maybe I’ll see you there!