It starts Thursday night with a multi-author event at Pandeamonium Books and Games, Cambridge MA, with me, Ada Palmer, Charlie Stross, Fran Wilde, Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch. We'll play a game, do Q&A and sign. Do come if you can!
Then Boskone starts Friday.
Using History in SF and Fantasy
Friday 16:00 - 17:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
From alternate history to vaguely familiar settings in a unique story world, history is a great resource for inspiration. What are some of the most creative uses of history in fiction? How much research is needed before writing and fleshing out the story? Panelists discuss examples of how history has enriched some of our favorite novels. But can sticking to history hobble your creative instincts? When should we deviate from historical truths and strike out into the creative unknown?
Roger Zelazny: _Lord of Light_
Friday 17:00 - 18:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
This Hugo-winning and Nebula-nominated novel created a sensation 50 years ago. Does it still excite the modern reader? Was its mix of SF and fantasy elements influential on other writers, or did it stand alone? Are the Hindu/Buddhist elements mere decoration, or do they provide a backbone for the story and its world? The book's episodic structure allows individual chapters to contain complete stories. How do those stories coalesce to create a complete novel?
Kaffeeklatsch: Jo Walton
Saturday 11:00 - 12:00, Harbor I - Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)
Jo Walton (email@example.com)
Saturday 15:00 - 16:00, Galleria - Autographing (Westin)
From Rapiers to Ray Guns
Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, Marina 1 (Westin)
From epic fantasy to space war, speculative fiction is rife with useful tools and weapons that can be used in battle. How much does a writer or reader really need to know about these weapons for fictional frays to feel real? What weapons work best for close-quarters or downrange combat in specific settings?
Boskone 54 Awards Ceremony
Saturday 20:30 - 20:50, Harbor II+III (Westin)
Saturday night's theatrical extravaganza continues with the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) event in which we present our annual Skylark and Gaughan awards. The Skylark Award honors the work and personal qualities of an exceptional contributor to science fiction. The Gaughan Award is presented to a talented emerging artist. Tonight, we will also be announcing the winner of the annual NESFA Short Story Contest.
Reading by Jo Walton
Sunday 10:30 - 11:00, Griffin (Westin)
Will be reading from Poor Relations!
Words Have More Than Meaning
Sunday 11:00 - 12:00, Marina 3 (Westin)
Words carry flavor, color, temperature, and sound. They have emotional impact and established associations. They sound harsh, funny, smooth, or soothing. We'll discuss word choice and how to achieve these visceral reactions with your writing. We'll even look at how words might lead to new perspectives in setting and plot, through some short demonstrations. Learn about the subtle power of carefully chosen language.
Abracadabra! Making Magic Real
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00, Marina 1 (Westin)
In writing fantasies — from epic to urban — how do you keep your story's magic feeling fresh and new? It's a challenge. Rules and boundaries can help, but how do you make the "science" of the supernatural seem, well, natural? Panelists discuss the perils and potentials of using magic in fiction.
This all sounds great, really looking forward to it!