Here is my updated schedule for ApolloCon this weekend:
Friday 4 p.m. That's Funny - Humor and strangeness go hand-in-hand. Panelists discuss the elements of humor in speculative fiction.
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 popular 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.
2:00 p.m. Autographing.
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 11:00 a.m. Autographing
Sunday 1 p.m. Reading - I will be reading my Hugo-nominated short story "On a Spiritual Plain".
This update reflects my autographings, plus a panel change - I was taken off the Saturday panel on Underwear and added to the Friday panel "That's Funny!"
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