The Toronto Specfic Colloquium “Modern Mythologies” returns for its second year on October 15, 2011 The Colloquium features talks from major science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors with Guest of Honour Mike Carey.

What: The Aurora Award nominated Toronto SpecFic Colloquium is a one-day event featuring a series of lectures which will consider the importance of the stories that define humanity in the present age from the aliens hiding among us to the gates of Hell ripping open in our backyards. Current guests include authors Mike Carey, Peter Watts, Daniel Heath Justice, and Lesley Livingston and industry professionals.

Canadian speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) writing has been recognized internationally for the caliber of its authors. At their best, these books provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human. The theme for the 2011 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium is “Modern Mythologies.”

Where: The Toronto Underground Cinema

When: Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Time

9:00-9:45 Daniel Heath Justice, Indigenous Imaginaries: Contemporary Aboriginal and Native American Fantasists and the Decolonial Imperative

9:45-10:30 Peter Watts, Reality: The Ultimate Mythology

11:00-11:45 Daniel Rabuzzi, A Dragon of Their Own: Fairy Tale & Myth From a Feminist Perspective

11:45-12:30 Emily Pohl-Weary, The Battle for the Future: Intergalactic Quests, Utopia Building, and the Dream of a Better Tomorrow

14:30-16:00 Lesley Livingston and Caitlin Sweet, Intimate and Interactive with Caitlin and Lesley: Making up Worlds … and Words

16:15-17:30 Guest Of Honour Mike Carey (sponsored by The Beguiling), “Speak of the Dazzling Wings”: Myth, Language, and Modern Fantasy

17:45-18:30 Sandra Kasturi, Chadwick Ginther, Ben Trafford, Monica Kuebler, Rob Firing, State of the Field: Round Table Discussion

For event information visit Specfic Colloquium

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