My Boskone Schedule
Writers on Writing: In the Mood
Friday 17:00 - 17:50
One of the most elusive qualities a story may possess, mood is also one of the most lasting memories that certain stories evoke. How does a writer accomplish this effect? What are a writer's most important mood-making tools: Word choice? Pace? What the characters themselves feel? Voice? Setting? What works have been most successful at setting a mood and making it memorable?
Mary Kay Kare (M), Jo Walton, Michael F. Flynn, Greer Gilman
Why You Want to Go to Florence
Friday 20:00 - 20:50
Join Jo Walton and Ada Palmer for a dialog on food and Italy/Florence, where Walton's new book My Real Children is largely set. They will share a survey of art, architecture, and food as well as of how travel and history can be used in fiction.
Ada Palmer, Jo Walton
The Fantasy and Science Fiction of John M. Ford
Friday 21:00 - 21:50
He wrote a prize-winning alternate history fantasy named The Dragon Waiting that doesn't have a dragon in it, a Star Trek book that's kind of a musical comedy, an SF juvenile about teens playing games on a train (on the Moon), and a Christmas card that won a World Fantasy Award. Neil Gaiman called him a "writers' writer." Certainly John M. "Mike" Ford (1957-2006) delighted in defying expectations. But let's try to give you some hints about what to expect when you read his work.
Jo Walton (M) , Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Beth Meacham
Gateway Drugs: The Stories That Turn People Into Fans
Saturday 11:00 - 11:50
Panelists discuss the works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that captured their imaginations and opened the floodgates to fandom. What stories hooked them? What was it about these works that made them want more? What newer tales might have that power to intoxicate?
Joe Siclari (M), Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jo Walton, Steve Davidson, Ellen Asher
Reading by Jo Walton
Saturday 12:00 - 12:25
I will be reading from My Real Children
Poetry in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
Saturday 14:00 - 14:50
The purposes of poetry are myriad: commemorating love or loss, capturing oral histories, imparting lessons, making political declarations, telling stories. And poetry included genre elements long before the coinage of such terms as science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Join panelists for a lively discussion of their favorite poems and poets, as they touch on why genre themes continue to ignite the poetic imagination.
Jane Yolen (M), LJ Cohen, Merav Hoffman, Jo Walton, F. Brett Cox
What Is Storytelling For?
Saturday 15:00 - 15:50
Why tell stories? What is the purpose of narrative fiction in culture? Are the world and characters a massive counterfactual conditional and the narrative an extended consequence ... i.e., if things were thus, then this might happen? Or are we just telling lies?
Debra Doyle (M) , Jo Walton, Ada Palmer, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Michael Swanwick
Saturday 17:00 - 17:50
Kaffeeklatsche with Jo Walton
Sunday 11:00 - 11:50
And Sassafrass have two concerts, Saturday evening 20.00-21.00 and Sunday 13.00-13.50! They'll be doing different things, obviously.
In addition to that, Ada Palmer has a reading on Saturday from 10.30 to 10.55. She'll be reading from the first volume of Bridger, which pnh recently bought. And this is the first convention reading she has ever done, though not the first time the book has ever been read from at a con, as Patrick read from it at Farthing Party.
Bridger is wonderful, one of the most brilliant things I've ever read. It's the kind of science fiction that has everything -- great characters, great world, fascinating speculation, exciting plot, and really chewy ideas. It's the kind of book that science fiction is for -- it's fun, and it also pushes out the possibilities. This is what I'm always hoping I'll find and so seldom do. I've read it three times and it isn't even published yet. If you like my work at all, if you trust my recommendations at all, you can start getting excited now. You can expect to hear me raving about it some more when it comes out in 2015 (and once the first volume actually has a title -- the second, third and fourth books have excellent titles already) but for now, you can hear a 20 minute reading from it if you're lucky enough to be at Boskone. Well worth getting up for!
There will also be other interesting panels I'm not on, and other great people reading, including Jane Yolen, James Cambias, Greer Gilman, Lila Garrott, Debra Doyle & James Macdonald, Guy Consolmagno, Elizabeth Bear...