So, I’ll be at Philcon next weekend. Have I mentioned that? Probably not. But I’ll be there! I have a schedule and everything!
Below, subject to change, is where I’ll be when. Will you be there, too? If so, drop by and say hi! And regardless of whether you’re there or not, do you have any brilliant ideas of subjects I should cover in any of my panels? I have a pretty good idea of what I want to say but I’d love to hear your suggestions for Lovecraftian fiction you want people to know about, non-US authors you want people to read, resources for new writers, women in fantasy, the best work of 2012, or any of my other panel topics. Hell, feel free to weigh in on things that have nothing to do with my panel topics. I’ll yell your suggestions at people in the bar and/or the Dealers’ Room, which is where I anticipate spending most of my time when I’m not on panels.
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza III
Panelists: John Ashmead (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, Marvin Kaye, A.C. Wise, Neal Levin
Is anyone writing good cosmic horror today? What new directions has cosmic horror been taken in?
Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza IV
Panelists: Patricia Wake (mod), Eric Avedissian, A.C. Wise, Brian Thomas
It is not just “cyberpunk” and “steampunk” anymore. Now we have “Fairypunk”, “Dieselpunk”, and even “Arrowpunk”. What unites all of these? Do elements make a story “punk”, and do they even turn up in these stories?
NON-US SF AUTHORS
Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza V
Panelists: A.C. Wise (mod), David G. Hartwell, Andrew C. Murphy, Alex Shvartsman
There are a lot of great authors that just aren’t as popular in the US as in other countries. Who are some of the writers that don’t get a lot of attention here that we should be reading?
IF SCIENCE FICTION IS THE NEW MAINSTREAM , WHY DOESN’T IT SELL LIKE IT?
Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza IV
Panelists: Glenn Hauman (mod), David G. Hartwell, Ellen Asher, A.C. Wise, Patricia M. Cryan
Everyone goes to science fiction movies. Science fiction ideas are familiar to almost everyone in the society. Why don’t we see more science fiction novels on the best seller list?
BEST SF AND FANTASY OF 2012
Sat 2:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two
Panelists: A.C. Wise (mod), Gardner Dozois, Lisa Padol, Alex Shvartsman
What are some of the great novels, novellas, and stories out there this year? What is likely to be nominated for awards in the field and why?
RESOURCES FOR NEW WRITERS
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (mod), Keith R.A. DeCandido, A.C. Wise, Tim W. Burke, Meg Howard, Bill Olver
What books, websites and other research materials are essential for the new and prospective writer?
WOMEN IN FANTASY
Sat 5:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three
Panelists: Oz Drummond (mod), Barbara Barnett, D.L. Carter, KT Pinto, A.C. Wise
Regardless of the historical period that they are borrowing from, female protagonists in fantasy are typically strong and feminist and have mindsets that would be at home from the 1970s on. Is this required for modern readers, and is this becoming a cliche?
WRITING SCIENCE FICTION EROTICA
Sat 11:00 PM in Executive Suite 623
Panelists: Stephanie Burke (mod), Shelby Morgen, Bernie Mojzes, Thomas Willeford, A.C. Wise
Experienced practitioners (of WRITING…) give us the inside scoop on this specialized part of the publishing industry.