Thursday, February 05, 2015

My ConDFW schedule

I will be at ConDFW in Dallas Feb. 13-15. In addition to these panels, author Stoney Compton and I will be sharing a table in the dealers' room.


Friday, 3pm: For Want of a Nail
Panelists: Lou Antonelli (M), Julie Barrett, Melanie Fletcher, Katherine Eliska Kimbriel, Rie Sheridan Rose
How big of a change is needed to change history? The traditional tale of losing a war due to not having a nail for a horseshoe is a perfect indicator that not much is needed. However, if you make small changes you need to be able to predict where the nail falls, so to speak. Our alternate history experts talk about how to alter history in ways which are quite subtle, but create huge results.

Friday, 5pm: Lou Antonelli, Stoney Compton


Saturday, 11am: Q&A with Sherwood Smith
Panelists: Lou Antonelli (M), Sherwood Smith
We put our Guest of Honor to the question!

Saturday, 4pm: Death of Cyberpunk
Panelists: Lou Antonelli (M), Katherine Sanger, Chris Donahue, Michael Ashleigh Finn, William Ledbetter
According to Wikipedia, Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction in a nearfuture setting, noted for its focus on "high tech and low life.” However, other genres have stolen some of Cyberpunk’s thunder: Steampunk with high tech in a unique setting, and Urban Fantasy with a more realistic nearfuture setting. Where are the new 1984 stories? Fahrenheit 451? Neuromancer? Our panelists look for answers and recommendations.

Saturday, 5pm: Larry Atchley Jr., Lou Antonelli


Sunday, 11am: Steam Powered: The Science of Steampunk
Panelists: Lou Antonelli (M), Stephen Sanders, Shanna Swendson, Michael Ashleigh Finn, Rachael Acks
Welcome to the wonderful world of fantastical gizmos! But what powers these devices? Something from Nikola Tesla? Ghost Rock? The aforesaid steam? Our panelists attempt to answer these questions and more as they describe how to write in the Steampunk genre.

Sunday, 1pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part Two – The Debunking
Panelists: Mel White (M), Sherwood Smith, Michael Ashleigh Finn, Rachael Acks, Lou Antonelli, Scott A. Cupp
The second of two panels where we inflict discover startling artifacts of OBVIOUS alien origin. Our experts tell us how wrong the previous esteemed panelists were! Last year, Sunday’s panel thoroughly debunked Friday’s experts. Help us, they can! Confuse us, they will not.

Sunday, 3pm: Adventuring in the Age of Chivalry
Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Adrian Simmons, Rie Sheridan Rose, Frances A. May, Lou Antonelli

A common thread through most fantasy novels is the armor that is worn usually dates to knights during the Dark Ages and the Renaissance. It is no surprise then that there are many novels that cover this age as well, from Arthur Pendragon to Canterbury Tales. Our panelists explore the details of this age, from the imagery of the noble knight to the realities that underlay feudalism.

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