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Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Betty’s next public appearances will be at Capricon XXXVI, Feb. 11–14 in Wheeling, Ill. See her at these events:

  • Autographing
    Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Autograph Table

  • Political Propaganda in SF
    Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Birch B
    Science fiction and fantasy literature often has politics at the core of the story, and where there’s politics, there’s propaganda. What stories have done it well? What influence does the “real world” have upon authors in this aspect of the genre?
    With Amanda Daly, Chris Gerrib, Gail Z. Martin and Isabel Schechter.

  • Beginning, Middle, and End
    Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Willow
    Does structure matter when telling a story? Should there be a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end? Is it really needed? Can the end come first, or in the middle?
    With Tim Akers, Elizabeth Bear, Richard Chwedyk and Phyllis Eisenstein.

  • Just One Little Change
    Saturday, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Botanic Garden B
    How minor changes in the history of your world can drastically alter it and create alternative universes, dimensions, and realities.
    With Dale Cozort and Steven H. Silver.

—the blog team

Frederik Pohl Ray Bradbury
Frederik Pohl (2009)   Ray Bradbury (1975)

Does Fred get his due as an author? Here’s a 2008 interview by Liz Armstrong at, in which she asserts he doesn’t, particularly in comparison to Waukegan’s favorite son, Ray Bradbury.

She begins:

Screw Ray Bradbury and all his Midwestern sci-fi fame and glory. It’s great that he gets all moony over rolling fields of grass, and sure he’s a jolly read, but his characters never really tickle danger. Where’s the fucking, the profanity, the evil? It’s a bad gimmick, but what the hell, why not even toss in a random alien-zapping dickwad once in a while? He’s not writing sci-fi, he’s writing fantasy. For elementary school children. When Chicago declared a couple years ago that April 15 was officially Ray Bradbury Day, why was there no looting and rioting? Bradbury’s a longtime Californian, first of all, and second, he’s no Frederik Pohl.

Read what Fred had to say about it at Vice.

—the blog team

Bradbury photo by Alan Light.

From the blog team:
Betty Hull

This weekend, Betty is attending Windycon 42 this weekend in Lombard, Illinois. The convention runs from Friday November 13th to Sunday the 15th.

She is appearing at these events:

Friday 6:00 pm
Anniversaries (Lilac B): 2015 is the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the 50th anniversary of Dune, the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, and the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Why do some books and films deserve to be recognized on their anniversaries and others don’t? What is the cultural significance of long ago literature and events on our modern community?

Saturday 10:00 am
A Look Back at Fred Pohl (Lilac A): Frederik Pohl was a mainstay of science fiction from its beginning, and especially in Chicago, where he lived for so long. His presence is still missed. Michael Page has just published a look at
Fred’s life and work. Come and hear about the Fred Pohl you knew, or didn’t know.

Saturday 11:00 am
Synopsis vs. Review vs. Critique (Lilac A): A discussion about the differences between the different types of reviews, what they are trying to do, and who the audience is for each. When is each type of review appropriate?

Saturday 4:00 pm-4:25
Reading (Boardroom)

Sunday 11:00
Autographing (Hallway)

From the blog team:

Elizabeth Anne Hull

    Elizabeth Anne Hull

This weekend, Betty is attending ICON 40 in Iowa City, and appearing at these events:

Friday, 9 p.m.
“Harassment in Fandom and Life”

Saturday, 10 a.m.
“Cosplay Is Not Consent”

Saturday, 7 p.m.
“Is There Such a Thing as Being ‘Well Read’ in This Day?”

From the blog team:

Elizabeth Anne Hull

    Elizabeth Anne Hull

Safe travels to all you fen headed for the World Science Fiction Convention, Sasquan, in Spokane this week! Betty’s winging her way there, too. (Sadly, the rest of the blog team will have to follow con highlights from Chicagoland via Facebook.)

Those of you lucky enough to attend Sasquan, be sure to stop by and see Betty at her autographing, Sunday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Exhibit Hall B, and take a look at this panel:


Not Always Far Apart: The Mainstream Intersection with SF,” at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bays 111C, with Elizabeth Anne Hull, Robert Silverberg, Rich Horton, Rick Wilber and Gary K. Wolfe:

“It used to be that science fiction was considered the outlier. Now, it seems to be part of the mainstream. Is this good for science fiction? Is science fiction still a long ways away from mainstream topics?”

Sounds fascinating! (Not as fascinating as this year’s Business Meeting will likely be, perhaps, but no one there’s apt to start throwing punches, either. Stay safe!)

Prof. Betty will spend Thursday afternoon on a busman’s holiday, as one of the coaches in the writers’ workshop. If you’re an entrant, they probably told you when and where it is.

Have fun, everyone! Don’t let the Kolektinbugs bite … much.

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Here’s the schedule for Elizabeth Anne Hull’s upcoming appearances.