Stone of Remembrance

August 15, 2011

Worldcon 2011 in Reno

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 19:22

Here’s my schedule for Worldcon, which begins here in Reno in just a few days:

Thursday, August 17

13:00 – 15:00, Writers Workshop, Section G (Workshop), Naples1 (Peppermill)
with Gerri Balter, Elaine Isaak

We’ll be reviewing and commenting on some novel excerpts we received in advance.

18:00 – 19:00, Online Networking Before Social Networks (Panel), A09 (RSCC)
with Tom Negrino, Brad Templeton, Lynn Gold
I am the moderator for this panel.

Before MySpace, LinkedIn and Facebook, there were CompuServe, AOL, GEnie and USENET. Yes, people were married, divorced, friended and unfriended (remember kill files?) online before 2005.

19:00 – 20:00, 1632 and Beyond (Panel), A04 (RSCC)
with Eric Flint, Chuck Gannon

What happens when a West Virginia town is transported through time and space to 1632 and finds itself in the midst of the Thirty Years War? The panel discusses the challenges of writing such an alternate history and how they collaborate to bring the universe to life.

Friday, August 18

11:00 – 12:00, Autographing: Fri 11:00 (Autographing), Hall 2 Autographs (RSCC)
with Brad Beaulieu, Jim Young, Kay Kenyon, Jean Johnson, Ellen Datlow, Greg Bear

13:00 – 14:00, Who is this Robert E. Lee person? — How Much Background Information is Really Needed in Historical SF (Panel), A05 (RSCC)
with Harry Turtledove, Connie Willis, Caroline Mullan

Writers of SF based set in historical periods or of alternate histories have to maintain a fine line between supplying enough information that the reader understands the situation but not so much as to insult most of the readers. Does a writer need to explain what Gettysburg was? How about the Little Round Top? How about who Robert E. Lee was?

Saturday, August 19

13:00 – 13:30, Reading: Walter H. Hunt (Reading), A14 (RSCC)

14:00 – 15:00, KaffeeKlatsch: Sat 14:00 (KaffeeKlatsch), KK1 (RSCC)
with Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Harry Turtledove

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