Mythcon 41 - July 9–12, 2010

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Mythcon 41
War in Heaven

Crowne Plaza Suites—Dallas
Dallas, Texas
July 9-12, 2010

Tim Powers

Guests of Honor

Tim Powers - Author Guest of Honor
Tim Powers is a science-fiction and fantasy author. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his works, including the World Fantasy Award for his novels Last Call (1992) and Declare (2000). He has been nominated for four Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, winning the award in 1990 for The Stress of Her Regard.

Janet Croft

Janet Brennan Croft, Scholar Guest of Honor
Janet Brennan Croft is the editor of Mythlore, one of the premier periodicals on the Inklings and fantasy literature. She has published many articles and three books on J.R.R. Tolkien, including War in the Works of Tolkien (2005) that won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.

Schedule and Other Information

July 8, 2010: We have made some final updates to the schedule, adding more information about “extra-curricula” activities and accounting for some last-minute cancellations. This is the schedule that we sent to the printer on Thursday before the conference and that will be included in mythcon/mc41/the registration packets.

Download the full Mythcon 41 schedule.

Mythcon 41 Registration

Mythcon 41 Room & Board

Mythcon 41 reports

Denise Roper reports

War in Heaven

Call for Papers

From the great epic poems of ancient Greece and ancient India to the Book of Revelation and the Poetic Edda; from John Milton and William Blake to J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams; from Philip Pullman to Neil Gaiman and beyond, theomachy (conflict amongst and against the gods) has been a perennial theme in mythology and mythopoeic literature. Moreover, the conference year of 2010 marks our theme with special significance as the 80th anniversary of the publication of Charles Williams’s novel War in Heaven. We hope to encourage new conversations on Williams, too long overshadowed by Tolkien and Lewis.

Papers dealing with the conference theme are especially encouraged. We also welcome papers focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. Each paper will be given a one-hour slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society. Paper abstracts of no more than 300 words, along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the address below (e-mail preferred) by May 15, 2010. Please include your A/V requirements and the projected time needed for your presentation.

All paper presenters must register for the full conference.

Robin Anne Reid
Mythcon 41 Papers Coordinator
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce TX 75429

Other Guests

A. Lee Martinez
Author. A Nameless Witch, Monster, Too Many Curses, Divine Misfortune

Will Clarke
Author. Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles, The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story

John D. Rateliff
Scholar. The History of The Hobbit

Jason Henderson
Author. Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising

Diana Pavlac Glyer
Scholar. The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community

Suzanne Frank
Author. Reflections in the Nile, Shadows on the Aegean; Director, SMU CAPE Creative Writing Program

Shanna Swendson
Author of the Enchanted, Inc. series as well as scholarship on such works as Pride and Prejudice and Firefly

Lou Antonelli
Author of Fantastic Texas, dozens of short stories, and recipient of ten honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction

Writers’ Track

Mythcon is always a great event for aspiring writers, but this year we are partnering with the SMU CAPE Creative Writing program to offer a special writers’ track. This will include panel discussions and presentations with a variety of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror writers, many of them from North Texas. Amateur and professional writers alike are invited to join our special guests for in-depth conversations about the craft of fiction -- with special emphasis on the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. And be sure to bring your copies of the authors’ books for autographs!

Saturday, July 10

Sunday, July 11

Important Registration Dates & Deadlines

The registration deadlines have been finalized for Mythcon 41, to be held on July 9-12, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Please keep these dates in mind.
The current registration rates for Mythcon 41 are valid until May 15, 2010; registration can be completed online from the Mythcon 41 Registration page.

The following table shows how the rates will change from now until the conference: after July 2, registration can only be completed at the door.

July ’09 - Feb 15 Feb 16 - May 15 May 16 - July 2
Members $60 $65 $80
Non-Members $70 $75 $90
Students * $55 $55 $60
* Please bring student ID for confirmation at Mythcon

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