I'm at Denver Comic Con 2017 this coming Saturday, July 1st.
My friend and fellow science fiction author, Jason Kent, put together a fabulous DCC17 panel about happy endings in Science Fiction. Frankly, I'm tired of the dystopian mire the genre has fallen into. Why can't our favorite characters win in the end? (without killing them off in the process...well, at least not all of them).
Let the Wookiee Win should be a blazing good time, and a healthy dose of literary optimism. Stop by and sell hello.
- W. C.
More about the panel:
Location: DCC17 Panel, Keystone City Room, Saturday July 1st
Panel: Let the Wookiee Win
Summary: Save our favorite characters! No one else needs to die! Have we seen the end of the happy ending?
In a world where every other author and screen-writer feels the need to kill off our favorite characters, is there still a place for the happy ending? Explore this and other plot choices in your favorite science fiction stories. Can you still have a good story if the main character survives? Does culture require a tragic story and ending to be considered a success? Show of hands, who wants to see a happy ending and who wants to watch an unavoidable plunge into dystopian chaos? Writers will share the driving forces behind their stories. See what influences tales across the spectrum as authors explore their own nightmares or seek to inspire their readers to a brighter future. Even when facing the demons conjured up late at night, just remember, sometimes it's okay to have a positive, uplifting ending. Sometimes, you need to let the Wookiee live...er, win!