“Your Mythology is Much Like My Mythology” panel at #WorldCon75

Here are some pictures from my Mythology panel at the World Science Fiction Convention in Finland where I got to talk about ancient Filipino deities, sweet potato farming rituals and manananggals with authors and experts like Irish novelist Peadar Ó Guilín; poet, author and Classicist Jenny Blackford, Fantasy novelist Alexandra Rowland; and Elli Leppä from the University of Helsinki.

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Front row (L to R): Jenny Blackford, Peadar Ó Guilín (moderator), Alexandra Rowland. Back row me and Elli Leppä.

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The panel was more popular than I expected. They actually had to turn people away.

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All-in-all it was great fun and I was happy to raise the flag for Philippine and Southeast Asian mythologies.

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My Late Post regarding the 2017 Hugo Awards

Here are the pictures from this year’s Hugo Awards ceremony during The 75th World Science Fiction Convention (commonly in Helsinki, Finland last 11 August. Despite the efforts of the self-described “Sad Puppies,” and their alt-right equivalents, the “Rabid Puppies, women almost completely swept the Hugo Awards, taking home the top prizes for literature in the science fiction community (Woohoo!). The full list of winners can be found here.

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Welcome to the Hugo Awards!

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The very, very, very, very long queue to get in.

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Look at that audience!

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Which includes me and my lovely wife, Patricia.

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The esteemed host Dr. Karen Lord and the inimitable George R. R. Martin.

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The Song of Ice and Fire Chronicler and German actress Sibel Kekilli (Shae on GoT).

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The dapper winner of one of the 2017 Seiun Awards, Ken Liu

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More Ken Liu

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Best Fan Artist: Go Likhain!

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Best Fan Writer: Go Natalie Luhrs!

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Best Novelette: Go Fran Wilde!

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With a real-life ISS astronaut – Dr. Kjell Lindgren, a member of Expedition 44/45 to the International Space Station (ISS), and a NASA Distinguished Service Medal recipient (2016).

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Patricia with Game of Throne’s Shae, the 2-time Lola winner Sibel Kekilli.

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Fan boy with the great Nalo Hopkinson!

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The Hugo Award winners and presenters.

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Amazing writers and artists Aliette de Bodard, Fran Wilde and Likhain!

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That’s all folks!

 

Loncon 3 Panels

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I am quite pleased to announce that I will be speaking about Filipino and Singaporean SF/F on two panels at Loncon 3 today. These are:

The World at Worldcon: SF/F in South and South-East Asia

Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, London Suite 2 (ExCeL)

South and South-East Asia include a huge span of nations, cultures and languages, so does it make any sense to talk of “Asian SF”? What are the traditions and touchstones of fantastical storytelling in South and South-East Asia? What is the state of genre there, and how have shared myths and a joint heritage of colonialism influenced it? A panel of writers and critics from India, Pakistan, Malaysia and The Philippines compare notes.

Mahvesh Murad (Moderator) , Zen Chow, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Victor Fernando R. Ocampo, Aishwarya Subramanian

Saving the World. All of It.

Saturday 20:00 – 21:00, Capital Suite 13 (ExCeL)

When aliens invade, why do they almost always hit New York? With a few partially-honourable exceptions, such as Pacific Rim and District 9, the American-led alliances of Independence Day and its ilk are still the norm for SF cinema’s supposedly global catastrophes. What is it like to watch these films outside the Anglophone world? Do attempts to move away from American exceptionalism feel real, or are they just window-dressing? And how do different countries deal with apocalypse in their own cinematic traditions?

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo (Moderator) , Yasser Bahjatt, Irena Raseta, Aishwarya Subramanian, Naomi Karmi