Hey all! I’m off to PhilCon this weekend, and if you’re around, please come say hello. Here’s my full schedule. And what’s my Special Presentation? It’s a surprise! (But it’ll involve a selection of readings. And almost no Rat Pack singing.)
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)—Fantasy Without Fantasy?
How much actual supernaturalism or other fantastic elements (dragons, magic, elves, etc.) does a fantasy story require? There are examples of books marketed as fantasy, set in imaginary places, that contain no fantastic elements- How do they function within the genre?
Jim Stratton (mod), Ken Altabef, Sally Wiener Grotta, Carl Paolino, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Anna Kashina
Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza IV (Four)—DCEU: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?
We all know that Warner Brothers has had a bit of the problem with their DCEU movies. But the latest trailers for Aquaman & SHAZAM look like they’re finally turning the page to a Brand New Day…
Barna William Donovan (mod), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Andre Lieven, Orenthal Hawkins
Sat 12:00 PM in Executive Suite 623—Readings: Saturday Noon
Marshall Ryan Maresca (mod), Sally Wiener Grotta
Sat 1:00 PM in Grand Ballroom A—Presentation by Special Guest Marshall Ryan Maresca
Marshall Ryan Maresca (mod)
Sat 4:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—The City
As a theme and an image in science fiction. Think of Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, New York 2140, and Metropolis. How does the nature of a city inform the stories set within it?
Carl Paolino (mod), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Tom Purdom, Kim Kindya, Eric Parmer, Ty Drago
Sat 5:00 PM in Autograph Table—Autographs: Saturday 5pm
Marshall Ryan Maresca (mod), Chris Kreuter
Sat 10:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two—Shows We’re (Still) Not Over The Endings Of
Whether it was because of a surprise cancellation that left us with a massive cliffhanger, or the intentional plotting of a Machiavellian team of writers, some series ended in ways that- even years later- make us want to shriek. What finale left you agape?
Tony Finan (mod), Marshall Ryan Maresca, Alyce Wilson, Hildy Silverman, Tee Morris
Sun 11:00 AM in Plaza V (Five)—Writing A Film-Friendly Novel
What elements should you keep in mind while writing a novel if you’re hoping to eventually see it onscreen?
Richard Stout (mod), Elizabeth Crowens, Barna William Donovan, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Carl Paolino, Michael D’Ambrosio
Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—When Less Is More
We’ve talked a lot over the years about how to avoid infodumping, or at least, giving your readers information in a way that is entertaining and easy to parse. But sometimes the question you ought to ask is not how to insert all the facts about the world you’ve built, but “is it necessary?”
Vikki Ciaffone (mod), Steven Brust, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Bernie Mojzes, Danielle Ackley-McPhail