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Banned Books

'If you've got a blacklist, I want to be on it...'

Science fiction and fantasy books feature prominently in the pantheon of banned books. Books that seem inoffensive to today's readers, such as The Wizard of Oz, were previously considered so dangerous that schools and libraries refused to hold them. Classics of the genre including Slaughterhouse Five and ...

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The Meat-Grinder of History: Tatyana Tolstaya's 'The Slynx'

The Meat-Grinder of History: Tatyana Tolstaya's 'The Slynx' as Post-Communist Dystopia

Withdrawn due to other commitments.

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Tintin (Damian & Heather Magee)

Looking at the history of the character throughout books, cartoons, and films. We will examine the history of the series, why we still enjoy reading Tintin today and our favourite stories.

Join us in exploring Tintin on screen both animated and live.

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Opening Ceremony (Maia Bobrowicz)

Come one and all to the Opening Ceremony for Contact: Swancon 2009!

The convention committee will introduce and welcome our guests and members, tell you about the key events planned for the con, and cover some necessary administrivia.

This will be followed by a "Guide to Swancon" session designed for new members but open to all. Experienced and ...

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Best and Worst of Anime (jetblackvalias)

Celebrating the finest (and the not so finest) moments in Anime. Come and find out what to look for and be inspired! Find out what to avoid... or seek out if that's your thing.

Adult themes.

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Trailer Park Anime version (Andy)

Come along to watch the latest trailers for 2009's biggest anime productions, as well as some more obscure releases coming in under the radar.

Adult themes.

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Closing Ceremony

All good things must come to an end... come and farewell Swancon for another year.

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The Ultimate Fight

Show, tell and discuss a series of stand-out fight scenes.

Adult themes.

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Where do Swancons come from?

Pending 2010 committee wanting to run this.

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Vidding 2008/2009 - Original content (Cathy Cupitt)

Best short media of 2009 from the internet Original content

No panellists - not this year.

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Vidding 2008/2009 - Transformative fanworks (Cathy Cupitt)

Best short media of 2009 from the internet Transformative fanworks

No panellists - not this year.

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Video Quiz (Damian Magee)

Now in its third successful year, join in the fun and test your powers of observation by watching snippets of clips from film & TV, and try to answer those questions...

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Digital art (Cathy Cupitt)

Holograms, online archives, mashups... how does it compare to traditional art practices? Discussion with examples.

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Vidding 'how to'. Workshop/Presentation (Cathy Cupitt)

Tips and techniques for everyone from beginners to advanced vidders.

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Rock Band (Brendan Ragan)

It rocked the house at GenghisCon and now Brendan will bring the Rock Band to Swancon!

Participate at your own risk!

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Masquerade

With a theme of Other Worlds, we are looking forward to seeing the costumes that arise from the mists of the minds. Dust off that old Star Trek uniform, grab that long multi-coloured scarf from the broom cupboard, polish up that battle armour, or start working on your Other Worlds costume. Thrill, dazzle or horrify with the mystery, the magic and the fear of ...

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Hack Your Hardware (V2.0b) (John Parker)

Flashing your firmware, bashing you box - Welcome to the wonderful world of modding. We look at simple hacks for your phone, camera and game console. A reprise of the panel at Wasteland II: Age of Iron.

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Apollo 11 Turns 40, But Did It Happen At All? (Paul Talbot)

July 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. In preparation for increased media coverage and renewed speculation, Paul Talbot will make a presentation on the various claims that the mission was a hoax.

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The Year - 1969 (Damian & Heather Magee)

Come join the panelist as we look down memory lane through various clips of 40 years of landing on the moon, films, TV, the events and music that shaped the year of 1969.

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Web pilots

More and more media is being released via the web. Discuss! Doctor Horrible, Sanctuary, BSG webisodes, New Who Tardisodes, Eureka.

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Hayao Miyazaki Screening - Howl's Moving Castle

Following the discussion on Hayao Miyazaki, we will be screening Howl’s Moving Castle, with key commentary.

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TV Pilots

What's coming up? What looks good? What looks terrible but we're going to watch anyway?

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Trailer Park (Ongoing event)

Another year, another batch of Hollywood blockbusters vying for film-going public's attention. Come along to watch the latest trailers for 2009's biggest science fiction and fantasy blockbusters, as well as some more obscure releases coming in under the radar. From the team who predicted Pirates of the Carribbean would be great (it was), Hellboy would be a...

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Fine Fellows of (Spec) Fiction (Purrdence)

Join our panelists as they discuss the good (and not so good) qualities of selected male characters from genre fiction and films. Then decide their fates in 'Shag, Marry or Cliff'.

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Rebel Empire (Kaneda)

Fight Choreography, in the theme of Star Wars. See what has spawned from last years Jedi Boot Camp and more! Feel free to dress up in costume! Suitable for children young and old.

Spectate at your own risk! (Never underestimate the power of the Force)

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The Battle for Copyright: Fandom versus Mega Corporations (Cathy Cupitt)

This paper is driven by two questions: What is copyright? and How should it work? One common view of copyright is that it’s a way for authors to protect their hard work. While this is true, it is not the whole story. In particular: it is not individual authors who control and influence copyright law -- it is corporate authors, such as Disney, and government ...

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Dance Dance Revolution (Anna Hepworth)

Aerobics and dancing game. Get some exercise and humiliate yourself in public - go on, you know you want to. Think of all that pizza last night.

Participate at your own risk!

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Anime for casual viewers (alias_sqbr)

"Anime" covers a huge range of subgenres which can be daunting to the non-fan with specific tastes. Come find out about some of the great science fiction and fantasy anime ... now with giant robot and schoolgirl love. <strike>with a money back no giant robots or schoolgirls guarantee!</strike>.

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Spy Spoofs (Damian & Heather Magee)

More sci-fi than spies

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Homework for Swancon 2010 (PRK)

A Panel discussing the guests for Swancon 2010, their works, and suggested readings / activities over the year.

We'd tell you who we're discussing, but that would spoil the surprise of the 2010 launch!

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Anime Character Archetypes and Tropes (Phlebas)

It's been commented on that many Anime characters fall into one or more archetypes. This panel will explore what those archetypes are and how they differ from those used in 'Western' story telling. We'll discuss examples of some of the more common archetypes and why those archetypes are so prevalent in Anime. Come along and suggest how you would classify ...

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The 17th annual Doctor Who panel (Grant Watson)

In 1985 BBC Controller Michael Grade ordered long-running SF drama Doctor Who off the air for the first time in 22 seasons. It returned in 1986, its season truncated and its viewing figures shattered. The following year the series returned for its 24th season with a new time slot, a new script editor, new writers and a brand-new Doctor in Sylvester McCoy.

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I'd like that on a mug (Alicia Smith)

A step through practical demonstration workshop of how to get your image onto a bunch of items - I'd like to show how easy it is for people who already have their image. I'm sure I only scratch the surface with my online shops and the fun I have with the weekly shirt competition. I'd like to give a taste as to how it's done.

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Sorcerers and Storytellers (Dave Cake)

The astonishing crossover between magic in fantasy fiction, and magic as practiced by real occult practitioners. Some modern magicians work spells from Lovecrafts Necronomicon (despite knowing it doesn't exist), or embrace the cosmology of Michael Moorcock. Gods and monsters from 20th century fiction are being used for the same magical purposes as ancient ...

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Tolkien Criticism: Some Critical Comments ((Sunday afternoon only))

As the necessary preliminary to writing a study tentatively entitled: ‘Tolkien the Fascist? Debating the Politics of Middle-earth’. I've tried, and failed, to read all the critical literature on Tolkien's fantasies. The sheer volume of this material makes such an exhaustive reading impossible. But I've now been reading for two years, and have mastered ...

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Is there anybody out there?

In the last decade, the discovery of hundreds of extrasolar planets firmly pinned down our understanding of planet formation, and led to the conclusion that planets are extremely common. At the same time, the study of Archeabacteria 'extremophiles' has widened our horizons for the conditions where life can survive, including extremes of heat, cold, acidita...

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Channel Flicking (Grant Watson)

A presentation of some of the strangest film, television and animation clips you're likely to see. The funniest bits. The funniest bits that aren't intentional. The "oh god what were they thinking" moments of science fiction. An eclectic late-night presentation by Grant Watson and David Gunn.

Adult themes.

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Swancon 2010 Launch

Want to know all about next year's Swancon, including who the guests will be?

Come along and celebrate the Swancon 2010 launch!

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Ready, Steady, Genesplice!: Build a better Unicorn

It's The Future and you're in the brainstorming session for the latest pet craze! Does the market want a cat with wings? A dragon? A pocket unicorn? Easy! Three artists take audience suggestions and turn them into visual reality in their own very different styles. But there's a twist - some of the artists have animal ethical and wildlife watchdogs observing ...

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Fandom, Boobs, and the Internet: Big sister is watching you (Sarah Xu)

"This should be a better world," a friend of mine said. "A more honest one, where sex isn't shameful or degrading. I wish this was the kind of world where say, 'Wow, I'd like to touch your breasts,' and people would understand that it's not a way of reducing you to a set of nipples and ignoring the rest of you, but rather a way of saying that ...

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Furry Movies and TV That Won't Freak You Out (Much) (Purrdence)

Most people go straight to the lunatic fringe when they think of anthropormophic animal or 'Furry' films or television programs, missing out on the wealth of good stories that come under the Furry banner. Join husband and wife team, Desiree and Drhoz, as they discuss what's out there to see.

Adult themes.

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Accounts and Reflections: Literature on Neil Gaiman and his work

A survey of the critical and scholarly literature on Neil Gaiman and his work.

Abstract: Neil Gaiman is the multi-award winning and best-selling of some of the most critically acclaimed fantasy fiction published during the past 20 years. What I will seek to do in this paper is to conduct a brief survey of the existing scholarly critical literature on a...

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Science Fiction and the Sublime ((Sunday only))

This paper proposes to look at four pleasures of the sublime that lie within science fiction. The sublime is a historical idea that emerged as people began discovering the universe and the world around them in Europe. Thus, it is as Kant called it, the mathematical pleasures of this sublime that are one such pleasure. Another, also proposed by Kant, is the ...

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The Aliens are among us: The science fiction in John Lilly's science

The science fiction in John Lilly's science

Presented by: Tess Williams

Abstract: to follow

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