Barring unforeseen circumstances, my wife and I will be at ApolloCon next weekend. Here is my program schedule:
Friday 8 p.m. Sm'tkRoyani and Bob - It's one of the great unspoken rules of Sci-fi and fantasty: don't let your characters' names make the reader wonder whether your cat walked over the keyboard. Still, you might not want to call your alien buffalo-squids Dick and Jane, either. How can you create inventive, original, internally-consistent names, and what are some of the best (and worst) examples in pupular fiction?
Saturday 10:00 a.m. What We Know Now - Twentieth-century writers predicted many different technological advances. What do we have in 2015 that these writers didn't foresee?
12:00 p.m. That Old (Black?) Magic - Discussion of what makes magic believable and examples of magic systems that work well or don't
3:00 p.m. Changing Your Underwear - Like other garments, fashion in underwear changes. Panelists discuss underwear and foundation garments of the past, present, and future.
4;00 p.m. Small Press Pros & Cons - An honest look at the pros and cons of publishing with a small press. Audience questions are welcome.
Sunday 1 p.m. Reading - I will be reading my Hugo-nominated short story "On a Spiritual Plain".