IMG_0364 Paolo Bacigalupi, Ari Marmell, Elizabeth Bear and Martha Wells
in "Building a Fictional Society from the Ground Up" panel.
When writing "Windup Girl", Paolo Bacigalupi visited Thailand to create a more authentic vision of the Thai society of the future. He said it's one thing to know that Thai people have deep respect for monarchy, it's another thing to see everyone on the street wearing yellow on Monday. It suddenly becomes tangible. (I still didn't catch why wearing yellow shows respect to the king, or why do Thai people do it only on Mondays.)
To research Elizabethan society, Elizabeth Bear read both fiction and non-fiction books about that era. Eventually she could tell which novelists used which books for their research. Elizabethans had quirky color names, not the least of which was Dead Spaniard, and every author of a novel set in that era dropped this color name into their book. As a result, she swore to never use it.
My blog posts from Armadillocon 2011:
ArmadilloCon 2011: What is Texas Weird, and other gems of wisdom from the writers' workshop.
What You Should Have Read This Year: writers, booksellers, critics, and other well-read people talk about the must-read science fiction and fantasy books of the year.
"Imagining the Future Without Fossil Fuels" panel -- will it be apocalyptic?
Technological Singularity panel: panelists analyze the feasibility of the common Singularity-related tropes.
Or see all my blog posts from Armadillocon 2011 as one page.