The Space Cowboys panel, held at Lunacon 50, covered the range of sources from knights-errant to Samurai Films, with Keith R.A. DeCandido, Marvin Kaye, and Ernest Lilley participating. — ed. N.E. Lilly

A look at how the subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) mixture of the Western and Science Fiction genres has endured since the early days of Science Fiction. What is causing its modern re-emergence (Cowboy Bebop, Firefly/Serenity, Daisy Kutter)? Where did Space Westerns come from and why haven’t they just mosied off into the sunset?

  1. Introduction by N.E. Lilly (0:00)
  2. Keith R.A. DeCandido (0:25)
  3. Marvin Kaye (0:52)
  4. Ernest Lilley (3:15)
  5. What is a Cowboy, anyway? (4:26)
  6. Mixing genres is fun (11:15)
  7. Stock characters (15:37)
  8. Why are Space Westerns made? (17:11)
  9. Necessary Space Western elements (20:51)
  10. The conflict of morality (24:15)
  11. Railing against slavery (27:00)
  12. Space Westerns other than Star Trek and Firefly (29:20)
  13. Space Western stories and novels (33:07)
  14. Remade in the Space Western Image (38:52)
  15. Does the Western in Space have a future? (44:11)

Keith R.A. DeCandido

has written several billion novels, short stories, eBooks, essays, and comic books in a huge variety of media universes, as well as editing anthologies, playing percussion, and generally making trouble.

Ernest Lilley

Marvin Kaye

N.E. Lilly

Nathan E. Lilly is the editor-in-chief of and a man who wears many hats.

Nathan E. Lilly is the editor-in-chief of and a man who wears many hats.

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