Worldcon

My Worldcon 2015 Schedule

In which I tell you about my schedule for Worldcon 2015. What? Panels, a reading, a signing, and a… gameshow?

My schedule for Worldcon has now been confirmed by the organizers, and here it is!

(1) Wednesday 19th, 13:00-13:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)  Autographing. Bring books, book plates, crockery, random objects. I’ll sign anything that isn’t offensive. The full list of participants at this event: Erin Lale, Gerald Nordley, Alan Smale.

(2) Wednesday 19th, 19:00-19:45, 300D (CC)  Panel: To Include or Not To Include… Evaluating Writing Critiques. “When you’ve had a manuscript critiqued, you’ve gotten feedback… likely tons of it. But how do you sort out the good advice? What do you do with conflicting advice? New and mid-level writers can be led astray by critiques as easily as helped by them. This panel will discuss how to choose the advice that benefits your writing while still keeping it your story.”  Panelists: Alan Smale (M), Karen G. Anderson, Jennifer L. Carson, Scott Edelman, Patricia Briggs.

Having participated in a Writers of the Future workshop, Taos Toolbox, and two Rio Hondos, and having had a variety of beta readers for books and stories over the years (and critiqued many other writers too), I may have some opinions about this. 😉

(3) Thursday 13:30-14:00, 301 (CC)  Reading. From Clash of Eagles, or the upcoming sequel Eagle in Exile? You choose! 

(4) Thursday 19:00-19:45, Bays 111B (CC)  Panel: Connecting Your World’s Past with its Present. “The sense of ancient history in The Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire is palpable and helps to make these series particularly rich.  When you develop a speculative environment, do you build the ancient history early on, or do you write the current history and then go back to weave in elements of the past?  What are some examples of where developing the past worked seamlessly…and examples where it seemed grafted on?”  Panelists: Julia Smith (M), Peter Charron, Patricia MacEwen, Alan Smale, Lezli Robyn.

I’ve never seen a panel title like this before. Quite thought-provoking, and should be fun – especially as my old friend Peter Charron from Taos Toolbox will be on the panel too, and I know -he’ll- have smart things to say…

(5) Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, Grand Ballroom: Salon III (Doubletree)  Panel: Sub-Genre Games. “SpoCon Presents: Sub-Genre Games. Are you deep for dystopia? Crazy for cyberpunk? Feverent for urban faerie? Soft on steampunk? We’re pitting ten sub-genres against each-other to see which should shed its “sub” prefix and become a fully-fledged genre alongside the towers of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Does YOUR favorite sub-genre have what it takes to stand alone?”  Panelists: Jessica Rising (M), Taiyo Fujii, Caren Gussoff, Frog Jones, Nick Mamatas, Christie Meierz, Steven Silver, Alan Smale, Kaye Thornbrugh, Dan Wells.

I’ll be honest: I have no idea what to make of this one. I guess we’ll all just show up and see what happens. I anticipate mayhem and shenanigans!

And if you don’t make it to any of these, feel free to stop me in the corridor and say hi. Hi!