The Program

November 5, 2010  All Times Tentative and subject to change

Loscon 37 Panel Info

Friday
– 12:00 p.m. – Marquis 1

The Most Toxic Substance in the World: Ideas: It’s been
said that no army is so powerful as an idea whose time has come. In a
world where ideas can be delivered instantly at practically no cost,
what are the means of defense? Education? Censorship? Technological
barriers? A more virulent idea?

Friday
– 12:00 p.m. – Marquis 2

Creature From the Black and White Lagoon: One of the big hits
on DVD has been Universal’s “Classic Monster”
collection. Our panel discusses the reawakened interest in early
horror films.

Friday
– 12:00 – Marquis 3

Fans Behind the Scenes: Why would anyone risk the slings and
arrows of outrageous fandom by running a science fiction convention?
A group of fans talk about how and why they still run conventions and
why you should too.

Friday
– 12:00 p.m. – Dallas

A Tribute to Bugs Bunny

Classic
cartoons featuring the Wascally Wabbit.

Tom
Safer

Friday
– 12:00 p.m. – New Orleans

Things That I Wish A Pro Had Told Me When I Started

Many
aspiring writers waste time and brain cells when they first
enter the world of writing professionally. Learn from industry pros
many of the things you can avoid to save years of frustration and
yes, brain cells, too.

Friday
3:00 p.m. – Marquis 1

SF’s Ability To Forecast the Present
Some genius said
that sf is never about the future but always about the present. What
makes this genre such a good tool for social commentary?

Friday
– 1:30 p.m. – Marquis 2

An Introduction to Historical Costuming

Historical Costuming doesn’t have to be intimidating. Our
panelists will give you the basics that you need to start an enjoying
the hobby of historical costuming.

Friday
– 1:30 p.m. – Marquis 3

Maintaining Momentum in Fiction

What keeps a good story going? Authors reveal the tricks and tools
they use, or have seen others apply to hold the readers’
attention.

Friday – 1:30 p.m. – Dallas

Dawn Mission – Encounter with Vesta

A presentation by Robert Gounley of JPL.

Friday – 1:30 p.m. – Chicago

Collecting SF Art

Appreciating works of SF art is one thing – but how do you go about
collecting it? How do you find the art you’re interested in,
how much should you be paying for it, and how do you display and
store it? An introduction to taking your love of art that one further
step – and what to expect when you do

Friday – 1:30 — Boston/Atlanta

The Future of Privacy

Technology has made it easier for people to find and share
information. At the same time it’s become much more difficult
to preserve personal privacy. How will the challenge to privacy
affect us over the next 50 years? Is this a right to be protected, or
is the concept of privacy an illusion – for example, how much
privacy did people have living in small towns before mass
communications?

Friday 1:30 p.m. — Philadelphia

Breaking Into The SF Field

I’ve written a novel! er, how do I sell it?

Friday 1:30 p.m. – New Orleans

Stimulating
Your Muse

Where
do great ideas come from and how can you nurse those creative genes
without a hangover?

Friday
3:00 – Marquis 1

The Science Fiction Television Year In Review

Friday
3:00 – Marquis 2

Let’s
Build an Extraterrestrial!

Friday
3:00 – Marquis 3

Supporting Casts

Sidekicks, girlfriends, coworkers, pals, neighbors and friends. Your
hero needs them. Your story needs them!

Friday
3:00 – Dallas

Steampunk
Film Festival

Friday
3:00 – Chicago

SF at the Freeway’s End

Heinlein’s “crooked house” was in LA, and so was
the lanai apartment in Ellison’s “Shattered Like A Glass
Goblin.” Bradbury’s Venus sounds like LA in February! How
have local sf and fantasy writers mined the experience of living in
Los Angeles for fictional purposes? Is this city a uniquely fertile
source of ideas?

Friday 3:00 – Boston/Atlanta

Imperial Rome’s Solutions To Today’s Problems

There aren’t really any new social, diplomatic or economic
problems, are there? And Imperial Rome’s solutions kept an
empire together for centuries. What would happen we dealt with
today’s world problems in the classic Roman way?

Friday
3:00 p.m. – Houston

Neurocinematics

Neurocinematics is the study of how the brain responds (on MRI scans)
to imagery in movies and ads. Will allow directors to see how engaged
the viewer is during action shots or emotional scenes. Will allow
advertisers to identify what sets off a pattern of brain activity
that says “I want to buy this.” Movie trailers tweaked to
reliably give you a rush…the science of manipulation advances.

Friday
3:00 p.m. – Philadelphia

Jules Verne and Beyond

Or, “The Other White Meat:  French
Science Fiction (More than just Jules Verne, Planet of the Apes, and
Tintin).
” Brad Lyau, whose book on French popular
science fiction from the 1950s will be released by McFarland &
Company this year, will reveal the hidden treasury of French SF.

Friday
3:00 p.m. – New Orleans

I
Have A Great Idea…Now What?

Now
that you’ve got an idea worth writing about, what do you do with it?
It’s not easy getting started on that best-selling novel or short
story, but there’s some important steps to take and choices to make
that will get the ball rolling and the keyboard clicking.

Friday
4:30 p.m. – Marquis 1

Clarke’s 2010 and Other Continuations

When Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick developed 2001: A Space
Odyssey
they created a science fiction masterpiece. Clarke
continued the story through three sequel novels set in 2010, 2061 and
3001. 28 years after it was first published, we’ve finally hit
the title year of 2010: Odyssey Two. How does Clarke’s 2001
saga stand up today? How can these kinds of literary sequels advance,
affect or even damage the quality of the original works?

Friday
4:30 p.m. – Marquis 2

Fan Editors Panel

Fanzines have different audiences, frequencies, means of
distribution, and editorial attitudes. Editors explain why they
publish a fanzine. Thinking of publishing a fanzine? Encouraging
words will be offered.

Friday
4:30 p.m. – Marquis 3

Hour
25

Warren
James, Emma Bull, Phil Foglio, Jordan Brown, Kim Marks Brown

Friday
4:30 — Dallas

Orbital
Power Beaming for Extraterrestrial Exploration

Seth
Potter, Dean Davis

The
Boeing Company, El Segundo, CA

Collecting
solar energy in space for use on Earth has been considered for many
years, but has been held back for cost reasons. However, there may be
nearer-term uses for this technology in exploring the Moon, Mars, and
other bodies in space. By collecting energy in space and beaming to
assets on the surface of a planet, the mass needed to be landed on
the planet’s surface for power generation/collection may be
decreased. Lunar exploration may benefit through the ability to
receive power on a solar array during the two-week-long lunar night.
Mars polar exploration may benefit through the ability to receive
power during the long Martian winter, when the sun is not visible.
The availability of beamed power at laser wavelengths can facilitate
base operations as well as propellant production from in situ
resources.

Friday
4:30 – Chicago

Re-Reading

Most fans re-read. All critics do. What is it we gain from
re-reading, do some texts bear more re-reading than others? And does
this notion of comfort reading have any validity?

Friday 4:30 – Boston/Atlanta

Military SF Fights On

Military SF is a popular genre with a strong fan base. Does it have a
mission beyond entertainment? What do readers learn from it about
warfare in the real world? Is there a responsible way to present
science fiction warfare? Why is military conflict such an enduring
concept in SF?

Friday 4:30 p.m. – Houston

Classics of Science Fiction: What Mad Universe
by Fredric Brown

Let
us enjoy this wonderful book. What are its best moments? Seeing the
run-down Space Girl in the criminals’ bar after the dazzling
Betty Hadley has explained the costume? Realizing that a man who can
write will always be able to earn his way – maybe? Discovering
why things are so strange?

Friday
4:30 p.m. – Philadelphia

How
to Write Filk

The
basics of writing filk, including where do you get your ideas?

Friday
4:30 p.m. – New Orleans

Developing
Good Writing Habits — Avoiding the Bad

Often,
novice writers are advised just to sit down and write…but many of
us are easily distracted by the world around us. Some write at night,
others at the crack of dawn. Seasoned pros discuss how to develop a
set of good writing habits that works for you.

Friday
6:00 p.m. – Dallas

The Reference Shelf

What non-fiction books are an essential addition to your shelves?

Friday 6:00 p.m. – Houston

Working
in Hollywood

These
fans are living their dreams acting and directing in Hollywood.

Friday
6:00 p.m. – Philadelphia

Fan
History – Why Bother?

Should
the history of fandom be preserved? For who? What documents and other
artifacts should be included?

Friday 6:00 p.m. – New Orleans

Recording Your Work: Podcasting

Panelists discuss the basics of podcasts and audible books; how to do
it and how to incorporate it into your business/marketing plan as a
writer.

Friday 7:30 p.m. – Houston

Don’t Start with This Book

When you want to turn a friend onto a favorite author, this is
the book you stay away from. For example, some would say don’t
choose The Silmarillion as somebody’s introduction to J.
R. R. Tolkien. What is that book for other famous F&SF writers?

Friday 7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia

SF Poetry: What Next?

A discussion on science fiction poetry: its small press history, some
acceptance by large publishers, the Rhysling Award, SFaiku and some
editorial perspectives. Is science fiction poetry really that
different from other poetry?

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – Marquis 3

Space
Diving: from Dream to Reality

A
former skydiver and current rocket designer shows how a space diver
will leap from above the atmosphere to re-enter supersonically and
land safely. The ultimate E ticket…

Doug
Jones

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – Chicago

Media Science Fiction Conventions: How We Laugh at Ourselves

A discussion of “Galaxy Quest,” “Trekkies” and
“Free Enterprise” and how fans can laugh at themselves
through these films.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – Houston

Should
Some Things Remain Forever Secret?

Are
any secrets too harmful to reveal or trusts too sacred to violate?
We’re not talking about a long wait, like Mark Twain insisting
100 years pass before the release of his autobiography. We’re
talking forever. Like the English bank that refuses to answer
questions about the finances of a Regency nobleman – just not
done, you know. Or certain Nazi documents about the loyalties of
partisans. Or like…?

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – Philadelphia

Costuming on a Budget

How to use thrift shops and scavenging techniques. How to make an
inexpensive item mimic an expensive one.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. – New Orleans

The
Fine Art of Writing Short Stories

Everybody
believes they can write a short story. But writing a good one, worthy
of publication in an anthology or magazine is a craft of its own. Get
tips on the best way to use an economy of words to tell a compelling
story of any size.

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – Marquis 3

The
Past Through Heinlein’s Tomorrow

The
theme of William Patterson’s biography
Robert A.
Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948):
Learning Curve
is that Heinlein is
significant to us because of his struggles with the important matters
of the 20th century, both personally and as a writer. Anyone’s vision
of the future is usually a reflection or commentary or engagement
with their present and that’s why Heinlein’s Future History
became such an important storytelling device in the history of
science fiction.
The panelists will
discuss his life, works and continuing influence.

William
Patterson, Dr. Robert James, Mitch Wagner

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – Dallas

GRAIL
Explores the Moon – A Mission of Gravity

Presented
by Robert Gounley of JPL.

Robert
Gounley

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – Chicago

Delphic
Oracle

A
lineup of writers and fans will be asked open-ended questions (“How
will we know when the recession is over?”) or given an
open-ended situation (“You’re a student at summer camp
writing a letter home.”) Each participants gets to say one (and
only one!) word, then the next person adds on, building sentences
with hilarious results.

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – Boston/Atlanta

SF Noir and Its Relationship to Crime Stories

Saturday 11:30 a.m. – Houston

Urban
Fantasy’s Celtic Sources

Our
panel of experienced storytellers will trace the strong connection
between Celtic fairy lore and urban fantasy stories.

Kenny
Klein, True Thomas, Nick Smith

Saturday 11:30 a.m. — Philadelphia

The Myth of Fannish Tolerance: Fans claim to welcome everyone
with open arms, but on closer inspection. . .

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – New Orleans

Structuring
Your Novel/Plotting And Pacing

Screenwriters
are classically taught to write in three acts, with specific places
for plot points and builds, action and dialog. But does that
hold true for novelists? How do you keep the reader and story moving
forward page after page and know when to blow up spaceships or avoid
boring your reader?

Saturday
1:00 p.m. – Marquis 3

Is Steampunk Anachronistic?

Writers of fiction inspired by the Age of Steam often pay close
attention to the technology and fashion, but what about the way the
characters think and behave? To what extent do characters remain
faithful to Ninteenth Century thought processes, beliefs and
understandings about the world around them? Is steampunk inherently
anachronistic? If it is, does anyone mind?

Saturday
1:00 p.m. – Dallas

The
Show I’d Love But Can’t Sell, The Show I Could Sell But
Can’t Love

Saturday
1:00 p.m. – Chicago

How Do I Review a Movie?

Critics reveal their techniques for reviewing a movie.

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – Boston/Atlanta

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – Houston

Getting the Details Right: Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance

How hard is it to learn basic science and tech, if you’re a
writer who skated through that part of his or her education? How can
that be overcome? Or does it matter, because all starship drives are
goobledygook anyhow? How does credible science in a story bolster the
believability of the parts that are obviously fabricated?

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – Philadelphia

My Library Has A Small House In It

Help, I’m running out of room. What do I do with all these
books, videos, CDs, DVDs, etc?

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – New Orleans

Writing
Formidable Women

Making
sure they’re formidable. Making sure they’re women.

Saturday 2:30 p.m. – Marquis 3

Getting
to Space: Can Uncle Sam or Delos Harriman Do It Better?

One
of the biggest decisions in the space community today is between
having the government do it vs. letting private companies do it.

Saturday
2:30 p.m. – Dallas

Fantasy
Art Photoshop Demo: Watch Artist J. Corsentino

Artist
Joseph Corsentino uses Photoshop to bring his photographs to new
heights of fantasy.  In this demo, Joseph will create a fantasy
image starting with a base photograph.  You will get to see the
master use his skill from the beginning of the process to the end, if
time permits.  Bring your Photoshop questions and curiosity.

Saturday
2:30 p.m. – Chicago

3-D Cinema: Art or Marketing Ploy?

What does 3-D offer to filmmakers? Is 3-D a revolution in filmmaking,
or simply a cynical attempt by the studios to part audiences with
more of their money? Do we need a new visual language for the next
generation of cinema?

Saturday 2:30 p.m. – Boston/Atlanta

Heinlein Society Meeting

Mike Sheffield

Saturday 2:30 – Houston

Todd and Ed Plan Another Disaster for L.A.

Ed Green and Todd McCaffrey think out loud about the impact and
consequences of various disasters, natural and man-made, on this
sprawling city of ours.

Saturday
2:30 — Philadelphia

Maritime
for the Fannish – From Nemo to Firefly…and Beyond

Writers,
reenactors, producers and fans of all kinds will benefit from this
discussion of operating traditional-rigged sailing ships. An
experienced captain will discuss how all genres, SF, Romance,
Fantasy, Time Travel, Steampunk, etc. are tied to traditional sailing
ships, and he’ll provide basic terminology and resources for
writing about the subject accurately.

Captain
Erik Berliner

Saturday
2:30 p.m. – New Orleans

Make
It Or Break It (Your First Three Pages And Your First 50)

You
hear from editors and agents that if the first paragraph you write
isn’t strong enough, they won’t read the first page, let alone the
first fifty. Separate fact from fiction and remain true to your
story.

Saturday
4:00 – Dallas

Science Fiction at Its Most Graphic

Comics aren’t just superheroes anymore. What graphic novels
bring to science fiction.

Saturday 4:00 – Chicago

David Gerrold Memorial Garage Cleaning Auction

Help David raise money for his favorite causes!

David Gerrold

Saturday 4:00 p.m. – Boston/Atlanta

Moviemakers and Writers in an Ideal World

Films adapted from sf and fantasy stories are often criticized on the
basis of whether they have been “faithful to the book.”
Differences between the visual and print mediums impose certain
modifications when a novel is turned into a movie. Our panel
discusses ways the collaborative creative process between filmmakers
and writers would work better if they could define the relationship.

Saturday 4:00 p.m. – Houston

Classics of SF: Mission of Gravity by Hal
Clement

Called
a perfect hard-SF novel by many thoughtful readers, this is a
remarkable character study – of its alien protagonists, for
whom the human visitors we so sympathize with are the author’s
foils. He was active as both fan and pro. The title is typical of his
puns.

John
Hertz, Greg Benford

Saturday
4:00 p.m. – Philadelphia

Fantasy and Monarchy

Many fantasy novels revolve around kings and queens, princes and
princesses, tyrannical emperors and long-lost heirs to the throne.
How much of fantasy’s appeal is grounded in a monarchic
setting, and how can this long-standing tradition of genre be updated
or refreshed, or abandoned entirely?

Saturday
4:00 p.m. – New Orleans

A
jury of peers – When to join a critique group.

Congrats!
You’ve finished your story. Ready to have someone else read it? How
about joining a Critique Group? Learn the benefits and pitfalls from
those who have been through it all.

Saturday
4:00 p.m. – Marquis Patio (outside ballroom entrance)

Shotokan
Karate Workshop

The
Shotokan Karate Workshop, held at previous Worldcons and Loscons, is
a non-contact workshop that presents the basics of Karate. No
experience is necessary. However experienced fans can come and won’t
be disappointed.

Keith
Kato, Kenn S. Bates

Saturday
5:30 p.m. – Dallas

In
the Wake of the Sea People, in the Footsteps of Goliath: The Bar-Ilan
and University of Melbourne Excavations at Tell
es-Safi/Gath

Description: To be a ‘Philistine’ has
entered our language to mean uncouth or barbaric, a perception deeply
situated in Biblical thought. Just as the Greeks described non-Greek
neighbors as ‘Barbarians,’ so too did the Biblical
writers describe people settled along the southern coast of the
Levant in derogatory terms. My presentation will discuss the Aegean
and Cypriot origin of the Philistines, who were reputed to be among
the Sea People wreaking havoc in the Mediterranean at the end of the
Bronze Age (ca. 1180 BC). I will present recent results from the
archaeological excavations at the Philistine site at Tell
es-Safi/Gath (Israel), the city associated with Goliath in the
Bible.  The archaeological remains of the Philistines reveal
them to be a socially and economically advanced, technologically
innovative (iron production), artistically sophisticated (decorated
Mycenaean-Greek style pottery), and cosmopolitan culture that
positively influenced the surrounding region.

Louise
Hitchcock

Saturday
5:30 p.m. – Houston

What’s
New in the World of Dinosaurs?

Saturday
5:30 p.m. – Philadelphia

How To Kill Off a Character

After taking all the trouble to create a character, why bump him off?
As the Wicked Witch said, these things must be done delicately.

Saturday 5:30 p.m. – New Orleans

Beyond
the first draft (editing, or what to expect of the second draft)

Okay,
so you finished that big first draft. Is it done, or are you just
getting started on the real work? Pros discuss the top tips on what
to look for and how to turn that rough draft into a polished gem.

Saturday
7:00 p.m. – Philadelphia

Magic Mean Streets: The City as a Fantasy Setting

Fantasy novels may explore vast terrains or linger within the
confines of a city. What is the appeal of the fantasy city, how does
it contribute to the tone and plot of the fantasy novel, and how much
detail do writers need to develop to make their fantasy cities work?

Saturday
8:30 p.m. – Houston

Sunday
10:00 a.m. – Marquis 2

Alternating Current Events: What news that’s happening
under our noses today will switch the course of history into
unexpected channels?

Sunday 10:00 a.m. – Marquis 3

One-Way
Ticket to Mars

Recent
reports say NASA believes a one-way mission to Mars is
technologically feasible. The astronauts left on the planet would
receive supplies from Earth periodically but would be expected to
become self-sufficient as soon as they could. Is this a good idea? It
certainly would cost less than a round-trip voyage. Who would want to
volunteer?

Sunday
10:00 a.m. – Dallas

A
Tribute to the Walter Lantz Studios

Classic
cartoons with Woody Woodpecker and friends.

Tom
Safer

Sunday
10:00 — Chicago

Bad Sci-Fi Movies

Sci-fi movies that should have been entirely left on the cutting room
floor.

Sunday 10:00 – New Orleans

There
goes 15% – why and when do you need an agent?

There’s
a time and a place for everything, and at some point every
novelist needs a good agent. But what do they really do for you?
Can’t you save that commission and do it yourself?

Sunday
11:30 a.m. – Marquis 1

Yesterday’s
Vision of Tomorrow

The
visual signatures of science fiction art – how and when to
break the mold?

Sunday
11:30 a.m. – Marquis 2

Does Copyright Have a Future? In recent years the debate over
copyright law has become increasingly vigorous, with some people
defending the existing law, others promoting alternatives, some
willfully resisting copyright altogether and others wanting more
protective laws. Panelists provided a look at the future of
copyright.

Jordan Brown, David Bratman, Craig Miller, Phil Osborn

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Marquis 3

Shadow Unit

Shadow Unit is the innovative, interactive, online science
fiction project about a secret investigative unit at the FBI.

Emma Bull, Will Shetterly

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Dallas

Cassini’s Extended Mission

Come see the amazing new pictures from the two-year extension of the
Cassini Mission to Saturn. The Saturnian Equinox occurred last year,
turning the ring system edge-on to the sun and resulting in some
awesome images and adding to Cassini’s impressive store of data.

Bridget Landry

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Chicago

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

New writers hear this phrase a lot. It’s about time somebody
showed you what it means! Our panel explains how they live out this
axiom in their own storytelling.

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Boston/Atlanta

Earth As Predictor

Real people are stranger than SF aliens. Using what we already know
about humanity as the starting point for thinking about alien
societies.

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Houston

Twilight
Trivia for Chocolate

On
this “trivia for chocolate” panel
emcee Joyce Sperling poses questions about everything Twilight and
tosses chocolate candy to the people who get the answers right. Yum!

Joyce
Sperling

Sunday
11:30 a.m. – Philadelphia

Villains vs. Evil

Is a great bad guy essential for certain stories to work? What makes
for a truly scary villain? Is a villain necessarily evil?

Sunday 11:30 a.m. – New Orleans

What —  My Work Doesn’t Sell Itself?

Building a Platform as an Author

An
author has to wear many hats nowadays. It’s not just enough to
write a great book, the publishers now expect the author to help with
the marketing, and in more cases than ever, be the entire media
campaign. Here’s an overview of issues and answers.

Sunday
1:00 p.m. – Marquis 1

Phil Foglio Reads from The Girl Genius Novel

Phil Foglio

Sunday
1:00 p.m. – Marquis 2

Science Fiction and Live Theatre

Science fiction and the theatre don’t seem to be the most
obvious bedfellows, but science fiction has and continues to be
presented on the stage from time to time. Every medium brings its own
benefits and drawbacks. What are the challenges that face playwrights
when creating science fiction? What can you achieve with the theatre
that you can’t achieve in any other media?

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – Marquis 3

The Science of Battlestar Galactica

Kevin Grazier, author of The Science of Battlestar Galactica,
talks about the BSG universe and the new “Blood and Chrome”
series he’s working on.

Kevin Grazier

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – Dallas

Comedy Fantasy Theater 3000 B.C.

Charles Lee Jackson II, Tom Khamis

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – Chicago

E-Fandom

Instant communication has changed the face of fandom. No longer tied
to the vagaries of mimeograph machines and snail mail, fandom has
become more immediate and less parochial. Or has it? Is it still a
“Proud and lonely thing to be a fan”?

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – Boston/Atlanta

All Time Greatest Comics

Or comics plotlines? How do you decide?

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – Houston

Classics of SF: The Time Machine by H.G.
Wells

Of
our three classics, this is far the oldest – and best known
outside our field: why? The title is one of those brilliant coinages
which, once uttered, seem so obvious they pass into everyone’s
use. We in fact see only two times; the more gripping is narrated in
a way which, upon reflection, is quite suspect. And the Time
Traveller never returns for lunch.

John Hertz

Sunday 1:00 – Philadelphia

Favorite Science Authors

Forget the fiction, these authors write the real thing in a
meaningful and interesting way.

Sunday 1:00 p.m. – New Orleans

Selling
to the New Hollywood – What does it take to get past the Studio
Gatekeepers?

The
paradigm for selling to Hollywood has changed just as dramatically as
the literary business in New York. Many of the television and motion
picture studios are now operating with a different set of directives
and priorities that may drive some writers crazy, but afford the
smart ones to get there in style. Especially now that Science Fiction
and Fantasy epics dominate the summer box office, and have an
increasing presence in the TV schedule.

Sunday
2:30 p.m. – Marquis 1

No More Boots on the Ground?

Are robot and remotely piloted planes precursors of weapon systems
that will let human soldiers leave other parts of the front line? To
what extent will personal combat remain part of the future of war?

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – Marquis 2

Steampunk: Fish or Fowl?

Is it fantasy? Is it SF? Is it an approach to design? Whatever the
case, steampunk has been getting lots of attention lately. Writers
and readers explain what it means for them.

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – Dallas

We Know Where the Skeletons Are Kept!

One
cool story after another from the annals of fanhistory told by those
who were there and others who keep these legends alive: Bouncing
Potatoes, Jon Lackey’s masquerade torch, duels, rescues
and disasters!

Sunday
2:30 p.m. – Chicago

Finding the Right Voice: Accents and Speech Patterns

When representing different accents and ways of speaking in fiction,
some authors choose to add the occasional slang term or flourish
while others go to the lengths of writing entire novels in a
vernacular accent. How much is too much? Is it worth sacrificing
readability for authenticity? Tips, strategies and techniques for
accurately representing speech in fiction.

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – Houston

The Thought Police Are Real

Thought detection may be invented in the 21st century. What do you
think about that? You’re under arrest!

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – Philadelphia

Ancient and Medieval Economic Systems

Before there was money, there was barter. How, exactly, did economic
systems work when money was in short supply. And what made people
start trading stuff for those little metal disks with kings’
faces on them?

Sunday 2:30 p.m. – New Orleans

New Paradigms in Publishing for Independent-Minded Authors

And The Future of Small Press Publishing

The
publishing world is undergoing a world of change. There are more
places to publish than in New York and new ways to do so. New
technologies and platforms offer authors a whole new way to publish
and control and maybe even profit from their work. Where is this
reinvention taking us?

Sunday
– 4:00 pm — Houston

Brickbats
and Bouquets Panel

Sherri
Benoun, Scott Beckstead, Martin , Arlene Satin.

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