My LoneStarCon3 Schedule
17h00-18h00 Living In Another Language Does being exposed to different languages on a day to day basis change the way you write? Is it beneficial? How does it compare to living in a monolingual society?
20h00-21h00 C.J. Cherryh's Worldbuilding Mallory, Nuin, Sten Duncan, Pyanfar Chanur, Emory. Cherryh's wonderful characters are drawn against civilizations and worlds rich in detail and so believable. The Foreigner, Alliance-Union and the Chanur spheres -- which is your favorite?
Friday 30th August
12h00-13h00 The Romance of Train Travel. No one associates romance with any other form of modern transport. What is it about train travel that evokes such passion?
14h00-15h00 The What-If Moments of History How would things have turned out if Charlemagne died as a young man held hostage by the Turks? What if Henry Wallace succeeded FDR instead of Truman, and made a different decision about using nukes on Japan in WWII? What if Pizarro's quest to conquer the Inca failed (as it should have!). What's your favorite turning point?
16h00-17h00 Literary Beer Like a kaffeeklatch, I guees. Sign up in advance.
Saturday 31st August
14h00-16h00 SUNDOWN I'm just listing this here so I can share my excitement about being able to see it, finally! Yay! Sundown! I was so sad I had to miss the first performance at Balticon, and I'm so thrilled to see it now.
16h00-17h00 Brain Melting Non-Fiction That Every SF Writer and Fan Should Read J. B. S. Haldane said, "The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose." Can reality provide the same sense of wonder as speculative fiction? Panelists will recommend and discuss works of nonfiction, from ancient history to modern science, that offer the same hit of strangeness and wonder as the best science fiction and fantasy.
Sunday 1st September
10h00-11h00 Disability in SF and Fantasy Disability is a theme treated fairly often in SF and fantasy, but not always with complete objectivity and accuracy. How are disabled characters portrayed in SF and fantasy literature? What are the common misinterpretations and common stereotypes of disabled life in speculative fiction, and how can writers work to avoid these errors? What does speculative fiction have to say about the way that disabilities will be treated or managed in the future? Finally, are there unrecognized or hidden disabilities that deserve more attention in speculative fiction literature?
16h00-17h00 How To Get Your Poems Published How to break into the world of a published poet!
Monday 2nd September
11h00-12h00 The Left Hand of Darkness Le Guin's work about a stranger in a strange land (a male human on a world of aliens with shifting genders) is widely regarded of one of the best works of fiction about gender. Longtime fans of the books talk about what The Left Hand of Darkness has meant to them, and if their views of the book have changed over time.
14h00-14h30 Reading I will be reading from my exciting new novel My Real Children, coming from Tor in May 2014.
Hoping to see some of you there. Who else is going?