Theme: The Traveler
“All great literature is one of two stories; someone goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”
- Leo Tolstoy
From The Odyssey to Dr. Who, Margery Kempe to Alyx, the Traveler is an iconic figure. This trope evokes a whole class of stories in both SF and fantasy in a compact and emotionally suggestive form. The titles practically jump into mind: Stranger in a Strange Land; The Hobbit, or There and Back Again; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Picnic on Paradise, and so many more.
We will explore such topics as modes of travel, evolving attitudes toward the idea of an alien realm, the range of metaphors travel stands for, changing expectations about the experience of earthly or space travel, and how to be an extreme wilderness hiker - or an extreme hitchhiker. And lots more.
Honored Guests: Kim Stanley Robinson, Catherynne M. Valente, Joanna Russ (posthumous)