A super-quick pass through.
I managed to agree to a 4:00 conference call with the judge assigned to a case, so Chad will be driving out separately and I am unlikely to make really any Friday panels. But if I do, it will be:
- Friday 8:00 pm Gardner: Weblogs - Addiction or Force for Social Change?
- Mary Kay Kare (m), Parris McBride, Sandra McDonald, Chad Orzel
- (even though my first reaction is, "Yes. Next question?")
- Friday 9:00 pm Exeter: Einstein
- 2005 is one hundred years after Einstein's Annus Mirabilus when
he wrote four papers, each of which had a huge impact on physics
and would have capped a career for anyone else. And it's fifty
years since he died. Take a look back at the man, what he learned
about the universe, and how it changed us.
Robert A. Metzger, Mark L. Olson (m), Chad Orzel
- (Go Chad!)
Saturday is much more likely for panel going.
- Saturday 11:00 am Hampton: Where Are We Going: Trends in SF
- Far future, near future, no future? Fantasies with rivets, or
hard skiffy with fairy fasteners? Slash fanfic so perverted, it's
about heterosexual couples? Utopias, dystopias, kakitopias? Stories
of AIs, by AIs, for AIs? All tie-ins all the time? Does anybody
have any new ideas?
Charles N. Brown, Don D'Ammassa, David G. Hartwell, Fred Lerner (m)
- (could be interesting)
- Saturday 12:00 noon Republic A: Why Fans Get Lost
- What's going on on that island? Deadly rumbles in the jungle,
survivors from another party, possibly paranormal powers, freakin'
polar bears — this stuff would scare the pith out of
Professor Challenger's helmet! Panelists exchange wild-eyed
surmises and reasons for the popularity of this new ABC-TV series
among genre fans.
Claire Anderson, MaryAnn Johanson, Michael Marano, Priscilla Olson (m)
- Saturday 12:00 noon Republic B: Fiction for Free-Range Children
- What's wrong with most of the so-called "YA science fiction"
published in the past twenty years? Consider the thesis is that
modern YA sf is mostly not science fiction. It isn't interested in
kids going out, exploring the galaxy, and staying out there to
change the universe. Instead, it wants children to go out into the
galaxy, discover it's a really scary place, learn some lessons and
come home to apply those lessons to home and family. Instead of
socialising children to move outwards, these stories are
socialising children to come home.
Orson Scott Card, Kathryn Cramer, Farah Mendlesohn (m), Jane Yolen
- (I'm only noting this down because I realized I've been reading YA fantasy rather than sf. I have no opinion on the topic of the panel as a result.)
- Saturday 12:00 noon Clarendon: Rewriting History
- When writing fiction set in the past, how do you avoid the
impression of inevitability? How can you generate surprise? Is
historical worldbuilding any different from the SF kind?
Gregory Feeley, Alex Irvine, George R. R. Martin, Juliet E. McKenna, Faye Ringel (m)
- (Add magic, ahistorical characters, or minor deviations; see prior answer; and no. Next panel?)
- ETA: Saturday 1:00 pm: meet @ consuite
- Saturday 2:00 pm Gardner: Edged Weapons - And How Writers Get Them Wrong
- They're heavier to hold than to read about. They cause more
accidental damage than you'd think. They go dull if you so much as
look at them. What else haven't we been told about Excalibur and
its edgy ilk?
James D. Macdonald, Tamora Pierce
- (I went to something like this at Worldcon, but they give good panel.)
- Saturday 2:00 pm Kent: J. D. Robb Review Group...
- Eve Ackerman, Timothy E. Liebe, Priscilla Olson (m)
- (This is always fun, and I actually have something to say about the latest. Dilemma!)
- Saturday 3:00 pm Dalton: Coming Catastrophes
- We all know about global warming (or was that the return of the
Ice Ages?) and the Big Falling Rock. But the recent Big Wave was a
bit surprising, really. What else might that mother, Nature, have
headed our way anytime soon?
Chad Orzel (m), Alastair Reynolds, Don Sakers
- (Go Chad!)
- Saturday 4:00 pm Republic B: The Fairy Tale
- The original fairy tales were for adults who believed in
fairies. Later, they included moral lessons, and happy endings.
Many popular fairy tales now are being re-interpreted and usurped
in mainstream fiction. What about the fairy tale continues to
inspire readers and writers? What makes them memorable?
Judith Berman, Greer Gilman, Kat Macdonald (m), Jane Yolen
- (The shape of fairy tales interests me because I often don't care for it. "Usurped" is an odd word to use here, don't you think?)
- Saturday 5:00 pm Gardner: Sweat and Blisters: How Much Reality Can We Stand in Fantasy Quests?
- Why do people on quests in fantasy literature never sweat? How
do you handle all the inconveniences like potty breaks, rain, bugs,
rocks under your blanket, carrying enough food and water, etc.?
Does it matter?
Rosemary Kirstein, George R. R. Martin, Tamora Pierce (m)
- (A possibility. I haven't read Kirstein yet, though I've meant to.)
- ETA: Saturday 6:30 pm: dinner
- Saturday 11:00 pm Republic B: Atlanta Nights Reading
- James D. Macdonald, Allen Steele
- Sunday 10:00 am Hampton: The Joy of Space Opera
- Is it more than just simple-minded fun featuring soaring
emotions, exotic worldbuilding, hardy heroes, vile villains, Very
Large Objects and the even larger explosions that obliterate them?
Why is it more enjoyable than satire, or horror, or mythology, or
dystopia? Is there a fantasy equivalent? Who's writing space opera
right today, and how?
David G. Hartwell (m), Chad Orzel, Frederik Pohl, Allen Steele
- (One of these things is not like the other . . . If you have suggestions for Chad, feel free.)
- Sunday 11:00 am Republic A: Layout & Design
- Do you love good graphic design, lovely fonts and great layout?
Join two graphics artists to talk about their craft.
Irene Gallo, Geri Sullivan
- (This could be interesting; Tor always has really good covers.)
- Sunday 11:00 am Gardner: Beyond Sex
- Writing sex scenes is easy, but conveying the ebbs and flows of
a meaningful romantic relationship is harder to do. How do authors
do this successfully?
Eve Ackerman, Timothy E. Liebe (m), Kat Macdonald, Victoria McManus
- (Another possibility.)
- Sunday 12:00 noon Republic A: Pratchett's Women
- Esther Friesner, Kat Macdonald, Parris McBride (m)
- (Could be fun.)
- Sunday 12:00 noon Hampton: Let's Hear It for the Rohirrim!
- J. R. R. Tolkein deliberately modeled the Rohrrim on the Anglo-Saxons who were the original English and whose kingdom was overthrown in 1066 by William the Conqueror. In the books Rohan fascinates, but in Peter Jackson's movie a strong case can be made that Rohan was the most well-realized of the peoples of Middle-Earth. What did he do right and what wrong? Why does the culture of Rohan and of the Anglo-Saxons fascinate us today? Westhu, Rohan, hai!
- Debra Doyle, Merle S. Insinga, Mary Kay Kare (m)
- (More likely this.)
Either I am cranky tonight or getting more picky about programming. Possibly both.