Tuesday, August 04, 2015

My Sasquan schedule

Sasquan starts in about two weeks. Here is my schedule:

Reading - Lou Antonelli
Thursday 14:00 - 14:30, 303B
Reading Time 20 minutes

Writers Workshop Section 3 meets Thursday, August 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. Room: 201A
Moderator: Inanna Arthen
Industry professionals in attendance:
Lou Antonelli
Fonda Lee
Eric James Stone

Sidewise Awards & Panel: What if "Science Fiction" Had Been Called "Speculative History?"
Friday 14:00 - 14:45, 300D
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History will be awarded at the beginning of this panel.
While speculative fiction was born with the "what ifs" of Sir Thomas More's Utopia and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, many of the "what ifs" over the centuries have explored various historical incidents. Explore the history of speculative history, and think about "what if" the field had been more focused on history than science.
Steven Silver, Lou Antonelli, Eileen Gunn, Derryl Murphy
Standard item length at Sasquan is 45 minutes.

Kaffee Klatche - Lou Antonelli
Friday 16:00 - 16:45, 202A-KK2
Join a panelist and up to nine other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the 2nd floor. Requires advance sign-up.

Hugo Award Ceremony Rehearsal - General
Saturday 14:00 - 17:00, INB Performing Arts Center
Hugo Rehearsal for nominees; stop by briefly between 2 and 5 to see what the stage is like and to practice your acceptance speech onstage.

Autographing - Lou Antonelli, Walter H. Hunt, Nick Kanas, Sarah Pinsker, John Scalzi, Eric James Stone, Rick Wilber
Saturday 16:00 - 16:45, Exhibit Hall B

Hugo Pre-Reception
Saturday 18:00 - 20:00, Integra Telecom Ballroom 100A

Hugo Awards Ceremony
Saturday 20:00 - 22:30, INB Performing Arts Center (CC)

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"It’s possible that you haven’t run into the stories of Lou Antonelli. Since 2003, he’s been publishing delightful short tales of alternate history all over the nooks and crannies of the SF world. Thanks to Fantastic Books, we now have 28 of these little gems in one place. "Many of Antonelli’s stories have an unexpected twist ending. And many of them are what he calls “secret history” stories, which aren’t exactly alternate history—they’re set in our familiar history, but there’s always some element that contemporary observers missed. " -

- Don Sakers, The Reference Library, Analog July-Aug. 2014

A better path develops for a distraught man in “Double Exposure” by Lou Antonelli (debut 6/11 and reviewed by Frank D). Jake is about to end it all. He has been trying to keep his high maintenance wife happy for decades and has needed to embezzle to satisfy her spending habits. Now, on the verge of indictment and abandoned by his spouse, he buys a gun. Before he pulls the trigger, he spies a Kodak one-day photo hut. Curious, he pulls up to the window. They are holding pictures of him and his last girlfriend from 30 years before. The package is a lot thicker than it should be. Double Exposure” is listed as an Alternative History story but I would classify it as a Magical Realism tale. It is set as a second chance tale, a look into a life that should have been. The author is inspired by his memories of the old photo huts (I remember them) and of their disappearance. A cool idea (photos of another life), one that I could imagine would make for a great anthology.

- Frank Dutkiewicz, Diabolical Plots

“Great White Ship”: A traveler stuck waiting for a flight strikes up a conversation with an old airline employee. The Old Timer tells him a story of a Great White Airship that arrives from a most unusual destination. The story of a craft from an alternate reality and how it got there is only the precursor to the final act. This is one of my favorite stories from this site. I have a great passion for lighter-than-air craft and their potential as a future means of transport, which opens the story. The author uses this speculation to launch into an engaging tale. As fascinating as the main story line is, the alternate history premise that accompanies it is just as worthwhile. This story was well written and very well thought out. It is well worth the read. Recommended.

- James Hanzelka, Diabolical Plots

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