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Saturday, May 25 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Space Opera: Culture of the Sci/Fi Tragedy-Comedy Epics

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The classic SF form of the Space Opera locates its origins in late-1920s pulp magazines, and has since expanded to include wide array of texts, such as Dan Simmons’ Hyperion, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series, as well as epic cinematic productions including Star WarsFarscapeFirefly, Battlestar Galactica, and arguably, newer shows such as The Orville and The Expanse as well. Despite its wide array of manifestations however, space opera still relies on many of the same character archetypes, plot devices, and melodramatic expositions as it did when the genre started. Come join us for an interdisciplinary discussion of space opera - how it works, what it takes, and why we love (or love to hate) it - from the varied perspectives of literature and cinema to the material realities of film production and acting. Featuring Farscape’s Gigi Edgley.

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

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Kristi Chadwick

Kristi is the Science Fiction & Fantasy columnist for Library Journal. She is also a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System, supporting libraries throughout the Commonwealth. She has been a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, starting back when Marvel's New Mutants... Read More →
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Patrick Sharp

Professor of Liberal Studies, Cal State Los Angeles
Patrick B. Sharp is Professor of Liberal Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written several articles and two monographs on science fiction, including Savage Perils: Racial Frontiers and Nuclear Apocalypse in American Culture (2007) and Darwinian Feminism... Read More →
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Gigi Edgley is an internationally renowned actress originally from Australia. Edgley has starred in numerous film and television series including FX’s Feud, USA’s The Starter Wife, Enuattii: Face off Designer’s latest feature, Diminuendo, Rescue Special Ops, Tricky Business... Read More →

Saturday May 25, 2019 2:15pm - 3:05pm EDT
Panel 3 (WW D)
  Literature, Film
  • Moderator Aisha Matthews