Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Next up: Conquest

Hot on the heels of my return from Ravencon, here is my schedule for Conquest in Kansas City May 27-29:

Authors Reading Their Favorite Authors FRI 6 PM
Authors will select and read their favorite scenes from other author's books.

Reading  SAT 10:30 AM

The Legacy of H.G.Wells (M) SAT 4 PM
2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. This panel will discuss the works of H.G. Wells, their influence on authors and
literature. There will also be discussion of the portrayal of H.G. Wells
in media including television and movies.

Writing The Future: Imagining What We Can't Possibly Know SAT 5 PM
An SF story depends on a high level of current scientific and
technological knowledge not end up dated before even hitting the shelves. And that's the easy part, because even respecting that vast breadth of knowledge an SF story needs to look beyond the known and innovate in ways that even the current engineers and scientists aren't thinking of. Panelists discuss the burden of SF to inspire, innovate and remain relevant in a world where science and technology are accelerating expeonentially.

Navigating the World of Short Story Submission SUN 11 AM
This would be a repeat of last year's panel, which was very well attended and had a really good response.

Future of Space Travel SUN 1 PM
Panelists discuss the future of space travel and science fiction books and stories imagining it.

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