So it turns out that my long run today turned into a medium run, because red-blood-cell-depleted me couldn’t make it up the big hills. Ooops.
In better news, my Boskone schedule!
Friday 18:00 – 18:50, My Origin Stories, Harbor I ( Westin)
How did you become a genre reader? What was the first book you read? When did you realize other fans existed? When did you decide to become a writer/artist/editor/agent? How did you break into the biz? What do beginnings tell us about a person’s character or arc in life? Our panelists will start us off — then get ready to add your own startup stories.
Steve Miller (M), Joshua Bilmes, Elizabeth Bear, Jim Frenkel
Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, “The Paper Menagerie:” Anatomy of a Winning Story, Burroughs ( Westin)
Ken Liu’s 2011 short story “Paper Menagerie” is the first fiction to win all three of SF’s major honors: the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. Let’s all read it beforehand, then talk. (PDF at http://ow.ly/flrU7) How does it do what it does? What makes a story so popular? What makes a story great?
Theodora Goss (M), S. C. Butler, Elizabeth Bear, David G. Hartwell
Saturday 12:00 – 13:00, Kaffeeklatsche, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2 ( Westin)
Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Writing Advice: The Next Level, Harbor II ( Westin)
Writer Nick Mamatas says, “By the time someone finds their way to a panel at an SF con, stuff like ‘Don’t quit your day job’ and ‘Read widely’ and ‘You have to finish a story before you submit it’ is no longer necessary…There is certainly a need for higher-level advice. I had a student recently who had never heard of Freytag’s triangle.” So let’s elevate the answers, people–and the questions.
Jeanne Cavelos (M), Elizabeth Bear, Beth Meacham, David Anthony Durham, Kate Baker
Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Worlds You Won’t Forget, Harbor I ( Westin)
Sometimes a created world is so vivid or unusual, it becomes a character in its own right. From old favorites like Ringworld, Riverworld, and Middle Earth to newer, less well-known places like Shellworld, Earwa, or Umayma, what fantastic landscapes do you remember best? What makes a world come alive? Is detailed worldbuilding always worth it for the reader?
David Anthony Durham (M), Charles Stross, Melinda Snodgrass, Vernor Vinge, Elizabeth Bear
Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Podcasting a Wide Net, Griffin ( Westin)
It started with monologues and interviews, but panel shows and fiction readings now generate the most buzz for SF/F/H’s new-tyme ‘radio.’ It’s like a con in your computer (or your pocket), whenever you want! What are today’s must-listen podcasts? How can you create, distribute, and promote your own? How do first-class casters keep the talk flowing?
Bob Kuhn (M), Heather Dale, Elizabeth Bear, Julia Rios, Kate Baker
Sunday 13:00 – 14:00, Autographing, Galleria-Autographing ( Westin)
Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, The Genre’s All A-Twitter, Harbor II ( Westin)
Which SF/F/H writers, editors, artists, and fans on Twitter are worth following? How do the pros use this most microscopic of social media to keep their fans informed and amused? What makes a great tweet? Is this your best chance to get noticed by Neil Gaiman?
Gillian Daniels (M), Charles Stross, Elizabeth Bear, Shira Lipkin