At next week's Conflux conference that I mentioned (so I could pick your brain about a banquet for overspace guests—and your advice, menus, and reading recommendations) here, there is yet another panel that I'd like to get your input on, whether you are human or not.
Animalians, Vegetalians, Minerinvasivans—Non-humans who people fiction & other arts
A discriminatory exploration of non-humans in fiction (humanoids will be shunned, even if they threaten to bite and are called 'The Doctor'). Many non-humans have been the good bones, uh, flesh and, uh – living substance – of a great story. Who are they? And in our age when few humans interact with other species willingly, are real non-humans (with complex personalities) endangered? Panelists: Marilyn Pride and Anna Tambour. Participation from the floor will not only be encouraged, but if everyone sits like inanimate objects, they should expect to be stimulated by the odd non-human animal and tendril.
What do you think? What would you recommend?
Starting the discussion with a list of 5 great stories—creepy, haunting, fun, outrageous, and all published recently —
Explanations are Clear by L. Timmel Duchamp (in Never at Home)
Fjaerland by Rudy Rucker and Paul Di Filippo (in Flurb #12)
The Bird, the Bees, and Thylacine by Thoraiya Dyer in the Andromeda Spaceways #51)
Leng by Marc Laidlaw (in Lovecraft Unbound)
Fossil by Angelo R. Lacuesta (in A Time for Dragons)