2:30pm - 3:30pm: Hyatt - Edgewood: SFWA “Regional” Meeting: I’m chairing a meeting of SFWA members for an hour of information about organizational business, programs, events, and matters of interest. All current members of SFWA are welcome.
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Vinings: Reading - Lee Martindale: With an hour, things are wide open in terms of what I’ll read. I’m leaning toward the title story for Bard’s Road, since only a handful of people have heard that one yet.
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy A-B: The Big Stuff: with Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Robert J. Sawyer, Lee Martindale (M), and Sam Ortega. The write-up: “Hard SF is known for the Really Big Stuff it throws at us, from space stations to Dyson Spheres and beyond. What is your favorite Big SF Thing?”
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Regency V: Politics in SF: with Michael Z. Williamson, Lee Martindale (M), S. M. Stirling, John D. Ringo, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, and Elizabeth Moon. The write-up: “How do politics of today inform the writers of science fiction?” Something tells me this one is going to fit squarely under the category of “spirited”.
7:00pm - 9:30pm: Hyatt - Regency VI-VII: Dragon Con Guest of Honor Awards Banquet
11:30pm - 12:30am: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Writing for the GLBT Market: with Lee Martindale (M). The write-up: Who's buying what? Developing great storylines that will catch the editor's and readers' attention.” I’ll either be moderating with panelists assigned at a later date, or doing a roundtable with the audience. Either way, it should be fun. And, yes, that last one starts waaay past my bedtime. But what the heck, it’s Dragon Con. And the Programming Powers were kind enough *not* to start the next day’s paneling before noon. At least so far.
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Worldbuilding 101: with Lee Martindale (M), Michael Bunker, Lynn Abbey, C. L. Wilson, Jim Butcher, and Jonathan Maberry. The write-up: “Where does a writer start? What's important to the reader? Who needs to know what and when do they need to know it? Build a better fictional world.”
2:30pm - 3:30pm: Marriott - International Hall South: Autographing - Lee Martindale. Other folks signing at the same time will be Beth Revis, Larry Niven, Debbie Viguié, Dr. Scott Viguié, and David Weber. The people-watching opportunities will be prime.
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Anthologies for Fun and Profit?: With Stephen L. Antczak, Lynn Abbey, Lee Martindale, Mike Resnick, and S. M. Stirling. The write-up: “Getting asked to participate in an anthology is great, right? What's involved? How does a writer get invited?” A great list of panelists for what is likely to be a very popular panel. What’s not to love?
11:30am - 12:30pm: Hyatt - Centennial I: Ask Me Anything!: With Lee Martindale (M), Allen M. Steele, Mark L. Van Name, Peter David, and Kevin J. Anderson. The write-up: Now is the time to ask the authors anything you may have not asked earlier in the con.”
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Hyatt - Embassy D-F: Werewolves, Vampires, Demons, Dragons-Oh My! With Lee Martindale (M), Gail Z. Martin, Cherie Priest, and Samantha Sommersby. The write-up: Learn to develop "classic characters" that stand out. What makes one better than another? What are the "rules" and how can they be broken?”
There’s not a panel on the schedule that doesn’t look likes it’s going to be a lot of fun. You’ll note that my moderator chops are being fully utilized, having been assigned moderator on all but one of the panels on my schedule. I’m good with that. One can do far worse than having that kind of reputation with programming folk. And the roster of folks I get to work with pleases me no end. Add to that the downright humane spread of the panels, with ample time for things like sleep and food, and I am one very happy gal.
This year’s Dragon Con is going to be blast!