I’m excited to be attending my first World Science Fiction Convention since 1988, when I joined my Clarion-mates in New Orleans. This year the party is in Spokane, Washington. It begins tomorrow, but I arrive Thursday.
My two scheduled events are:
Friday, 5-6 pm: I’ll be signing copies of The Dangerous Type at the SFWA table in the Dealers’ Room. That’s in Hall A of the Riverside Exhibition Hall, tables E16 and E17.
Friday, 7-9 pm: I’m participating in the Broad Universe Really Fast Reading at CC-300C. More info is here.
Oh, and I’m excited to announce that Edge Publishing will have the paperback copies of nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery, and the Macabre in the Dealers’ Room. That’s the Poe-inspired anthology that contains my story, “The Drowning City.” I haven’t seen the book yet, so I’m looking forward to that.
My schedule is light, so I’m trying to arrange as much networking as possible. If you’re around, ping me. I’d love to meet you for coffee.
Highlights of the convention that I’m looking forward to:
On Beyond Ripley: Woman and Warriorship
Thursday August 20, 08:00 PM to 08:45 PM (45 minutes)
CC – Conference Theater 110
The “Strong Female Lead” trope and surrounding controversy (we need more of them! vs. Sophia McDougal’s call for a wider variety). Dissection of gender, and our perception of warriors. Analysis of historical and SF/F figures that meet our expectations, those who break them, and the impact this archetype has on our culture.
New – PG-13
Saturday August 22 02:40 PM to 02:56 PM (16 minutes)
CC – 205
Director: John Harden
NEW tells the story of an elderly couple who choose to be cryonically preserved (chilled to sub-zero temperature) at the time of their deaths. They are revived, centuries later, their health and youth totally restored. Together they face the joys and challenges of a second life in a strange, distant future.
The New Space Opera
Saturday August 22, 03:00 PM to 03:45 PM (45 minutes)
CC – 302AB
We’ve come a long way since the days when “space opera” was a derogatory term. Many of SFs best writers over the last 20 years have written space opera. What’s made the difference?