Autistic Hero*ins

MagicCon 6 | Vortrag | Autistische Held*innen | Mel Grebing

Autistic protagonists in fantasy

Fantasy is becoming more and more diverse. This increases the hope of finding protagonists who are similar to you in ways you never dared to hope for before. But, are there autistic protagonists in fantasy yet?

There aren’t many protagonists out there yet. I would like to introduce these lone fighters, embedded in basic knowledge about autism. I am not interested in subtext and interpretation, but in protagonists who are loudly, openly and honestly autistic.

Contents of the presentation:

  • Autism – a short outline
  • Clichés and reality
  • Vespertine by Margaret Rodgerson
  • Unseelie by Ivelisse Housman
  • A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane (comparison original & millenium edition)
  • Mentioned in passing: autistic protagonists in Sci-fi
  • Time for questions

The books are unfortunately not (yet) available in German. However, the lecture will be presented in German.

Lecturer: Mel Grebing
Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: german
Mel Grebing is a non-binary autistic and fantasy fan. For a long time there was no official representation in sies favorite genre. Now sier has finally come across more than one title without having to write them himself.

Mel is over 40, works full time in human resources, and is writing (in English) toward publication. (When sier isn't sewing cosplays instead. Or playing computers.) A first short story (sadly, without an autistic protagonist) is available in June in the collection Tumbled Tales from Wandering Wave Presse.

On sie's blog, Mel occasionally writes about autism in the writing world, both as representation between the covers of a book and the challenge of being autistic on the road to publication.

Sources & additional links for Autistic Hero*ins:

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