10 AM Writers Workshop
11 AM Expanding the Realms of Fantasy
Fantasy literature is not confined to a pseudo medieval world with kings, princesses, elves and wizards. Find out what other kinds of rich fantasy literature is out there waiting for you to discover it.
Cat Rambo, Tiffany Trent, Vladimir Verano, Mark Ferrari
3 PM Fantasy as Social Commentary
Fantasy and Sci Fi have long provided "safe" ways for authors to discuss the real world they lived and struggled in. Examine fantasy realms and lift the thin veil to look at social critique on racism, sexism, religion, politics and more.
Michael Ehart, Cat Rambo, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Spencer Ellsworth
1 PM Writers Workshop
2 PM Envisioning the Future: Can We Change the World Through Science Fiction?
Tomorrow isn't just a new version of the ipod, it's the definition of 'human', our effect on climate and our oceans, it's bio-technology that can make you 'better' or immortal. SF stories and art both past and present have helped us to more clearly see the trajectory we're on. Let's think about the choices we're going to have to face...before we face them.
Leslie Howle, Todd Lockwood, Gordon Van Gelder, Cat Rambo, Judith Herman, Mary Rosenblum
4 PM E-stuff
Are e-books, e-magazines and e-catalogs finding an audience to support the publishing industry? What about self-publishing/vanity publishing - is it really the kiss of death?
Bluejack, Patrick Swenson, Bob Kruger, Cat Rambo
7:30 PM Reading
Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut – Superhero Fiction - Rated R
8:00 PM Talebones Live!
11 AM Twitter, Facebook, or Myspace
Using Web 2.0 for promotion. What works? What doesn’t work?
Leslie Howle, Cat Rambo, Donna Barr
2 PM Why Super Heroes Don’t Wear Capes - Writing Action Scenes for Characters in Costume
This panel is a demo of things you can and can't do in a costume, which when plotting a story can make the difference between a believable and a laughable scenario in a book or a game. How would a character in full armor really fight in a battle? Or a fencing duel while wearing capes? A tightly corseted woman putting on a pair of boots? Our panelists will bring props to let you to test some movements you could only imagine until now.
JoAnne Kirley, Carmen Beaudry, Richard Stephens, Cat Rambo