Friday 1:30 p.m. – New Orleans
Stimulating Your Muse
Where do great ideas come from and how can you nurse those creative genes without a hangover?
Will Shetterly (m), Kathy Porter, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Aaron Mason, Gary Philips
Friday 3:00 – Chicago
SF at the Freeway’s End
Heinlein’s “crooked house” was in LA, and so was the lanai apartment in Ellison’s “Shattered Like A Glass Goblin.” Bradbury’s Venus sounds like LA in February! How have local sf and fantasy writers mined the experience of living in Los Angeles for fictional purposes? Is this city a uniquely fertile source of ideas?
Tim Powers, Gary Westfahl, Gary Phillips, Will Shetterly, Ken Estes
Saturday 11:30 a.m. – Boston/Atlanta
SF Noir and Its Relationship to Crime Stories
Cody Goodfellow, Mel Gilden, Will Shetterly, James Kerwin, Bill Warren
Saturday 4:00 p.m. – Philadelphia
Fantasy and Monarchy
Many fantasy novels revolve around kings and queens, princes and princesses, tyrannical emperors and long-lost heirs to the throne. How much of fantasy’s appeal is grounded in a monarchic setting, and how can this long-standing tradition of genre be updated or refreshed, or abandoned entirely?
Sherwood Smith, Will Shetterly, Rhondi Vilott Salsitz, Lynn Maudlin, Karen Anderson
Saturday 5:30 p.m. – New Orleans
Beyond the first draft (editing, or what to expect of the second draft)
Okay, so you finished that big first draft. Is it done, or are you just getting started on the real work? Pros discuss the top tips on what to look for and how to turn that rough draft into a polished gem.
Tim Powers, Will Shetterly, Marv Wolfman, Laurel Anne Hill, Todd McCaffrey
Sunday 11:30 a.m. – Marquis 3
Find out more about Shadow Unit, the innovative, interactive, online science fiction project about a secret investigative unit at the FBI.
Emma Bull, Will Shetterly
They didn't take my suggestion for a "class and f&sf" panel, but I suspect I'll have some of the same fun on "Fantasy and Monarchy." Where it appears I'll be the token male. Which amuses me, 'cause it follows a couple of SF panels that are all-boy affairs.
We may draft some extra folks for the Shadow Unit panel.