Esther Friesner is the author of over thirty novels and over 150 short stories, in addition to published poetry, nonfiction articles, a professionally produced comedy, and an advice column, "Ask Auntie Esther." She is also the editor of seven anthologies including the popular CHICKS IN CHAINMAIL series. Her stories, "Death and the Librarian" and "A Birthday" won the Nebula Award in successive years. In addition, she has been a Nebula finalist three times and a Hugo finalist once. Educated at Vassar College, she went on to receive her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish form Yale University, where she taught before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Connecticut, is married, and is the mother of two. This is her second visit to Japan.
Recently published - TEMPING FATE (Penguin/Dutton) 2006 NOBODY'S PRINCESS (Random HOuse) 2007
|Thu||1600||Evil Leaders||Evil leaders in history and literature are fascinating. What makes them evil, and why do they interest us? What is evil? Can an evil leader benefit his people? Does writing about evil help us understand the reality? Should a writer feel obligated to say something profound, or just have fun?||Dave LUCKETT, David D. LEVINE, Esther FRIESNER|
|Sat||1600||Religion in Fantasy||Does C. S. Lewis's and J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy promoted Christianity, while Philip Pullman's subverts it? Too simplistic? How is creating a credible religion like creating a workable economy? Who are the best at this? Must you believe, even a little, in a god you make yourself?||Lisa C. FREITAG, Esther FRIESNER, Lillian CSERNICA|
|Sun||1000||Is Fantasy Necessary?||We never would have flown without Icarus. Alchemy came before nanotech. But fantasy is mired in kings and cookie-cutter dragons not the dreams, concerns and requirements of modern life. Fantasy can be seen as anti-democratic and racist. How can fantasy address the complexities of the 21st century? Should it?||Anne HARRIS, Delia SHERMAN, Esther FRIESNER, Kirsten (KJ) BISHOP, Stephen SEGAL|
|Mon||1000||The History of _Your_ World||The layers of deep history underlaying Lord of the Rings gave it a depth and richness missing from Conan. Does a world need a history which rarely shows up in the stories. If so, how is it built? On what is it based? Can there be too much history?||Esther FRIESNER, Lawrence M. SCHOEN|