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Lonestar3, San Antonio, 2013

Posted in Appearances.

It’s just occurred to me that I won’t actu­ally be home for the release day of Cast in Sorrow.

I’ll be in San Antonio, for the Worldcon. And this is what I’ll be doing there, officially:


Thursday 14:00 — 15:00


Best Prac­tices from Booksellers

Thursday 21:00 — 22:00

Our experts discuss hand selling, commu­nity-building, and other tips and tricks for new authors.

Gini Koch (M), Michelle Sagara, Michael J. Walsh, Peggy Hailey, Lawrence Person


Stroll with the Stars Friday

Friday 09:00 — 10:00

Neil Clarke, Brenda Cooper, Ellen Datlow, Michelle Sagara, Bobbie DuFault, Gay Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, John Berlyne, Paul Cornell, Scott Edelman



Saturday 13:00 — 14:00

(I have 50 minutes! I am already trying to decide what to read)


The Shift from Print Publishing to E‑Publishing

Saturday 16:00 — 17:00

The accep­tance of (and enthu­siasm for) elec­tronic publi­ca­tion has increased dramat­i­cally in the past two years. E‑book sales are up, and fans are replacing phys­ical books with elec­tronic copies. Where are we in this tran­si­tion, and what is the prog­nosis for the next two to five years?

Kirsten Gong-Wong (M), Michelle Sagara, John Klima, Betsy Mitchell, Hugh Howey


The Enduring Popu­larity of Firefly

Saturday 17:00 — 18:00

Firefly lasted one short season, yet it has a very enthu­si­astic fan base, that wants to talk about it, watch it, and hope for more.

Michelle Sagara (M), Ginjer Buchanan, Kate Baker, Steven Brust, Selina Rosen


But is it Science Fiction?

Sunday 11:00 — 12:00

Why do some reviewers, authors, and acad­e­mics seem to confuse the sub-genre of space opera with the entire field of science fiction? What do main­stream authors miss when they write SF without being aware of what’s already been written? How can SF authors gain cred­i­bility in wider literary circles, or is it even impor­tant to do so?

Daryl Gregory (M), Adam Troy Castro, Nancy High­tower, Michelle Sagara, Gary K. Wolfe


Auto­graphing: Charles E. Gannon, Michelle Sagara, Rachel Swirsky, Sheila Williams

Sunday 14:00 — 15:00


As You Know, Jim…

Sunday 15:00 — 16:00

Expo­si­tion is never easy. How can writers commu­ni­cate the details of a setting, magical system or incred­ible scien­tific break­through without losing half their audi­ence? What makes a readers eyes glaze over and how do you avoid it?

Michelle Sagara (M), Tanya Huff, Karl Schroeder, Jack McDe­vitt, Walter Jon Williams

14 Responses to Lonestar3, San Antonio, 2013

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard says:

    Have Fun!

  2. Tanja says:

    Sorry to miss the con — hope it goes well and you all have fun!
    I pre-ordered your book, so I’m hoping I’ll be doing some reading at around that time… :)

  3. Chris G. says:

    Sounds like an inter­esting and wide-ranging collec­tion of panels (though I’ve never been to a Con with panels, so maybe it’s normal?). 

    In any event, I hope that you enjoy what­ever you decide to read and have an enjoy­able and produc­tive time overall.

  4. Rachelle says:

    Have a great time at Worldcon! I wish I could be there for the Firefly panel.

  5. I hope you have fun, meet lots of old friends, make new ones and don’t get con crud.

  6. Hilda says:

    I imagine that when you attend a few of these confer­ences is because you get some enjoy­ment out of them, and get to meet some of your fans. You prob­ably get some ideas for your craft, although I think in your case is much more giving to younger writers and listeners. SF writing is your job, like mine was legal writing. One confer­ence topic interest me. How people are turning to e‑reading more than books. I have been carrying books for years and years, home to home. Thou­sands. Some I donated. A year ago, I finally moved from a very large home to prob­ably my last and smaller home. I had thou­sands of books; all read one time and hoping to read at least once more. Donated dozens of boxes with a heavy heart. Reality is that, with very few excep­tions, they were read just once. I have only read yours more than once, but also you have so much I could read that it was only a month or so ago that I bought another author’s book (Dan Brown’s Inferno). I absolutely love books since I was a child; every time I opened a book, it was like trav­eling into an unknown world full of people. I was given a Nook; but holding it in my hands absolutely can not compare with holding a real book. I got some of yours that were not avail­able in book format.I think kids now a days will never get to discover the plea­sure feeling of what is hiding between the covers of a new book. But maybe what they will come to love is what is hiding in a blank screen

  7. Ralph says:

    Unless life throws me another curve­ball, I hope to attend Lonestatr3.I want second every­thing Hilda said. That panel inter­ests me also. Growing up, there was no toy or present that could compare with a book. I still remember the very first book I was given as a present. It was Jack London’s Call of the Wild. I was in the third grade. I hid behind our living room couch and read it cover to cover. My family thought I had run away because no one could find me.
    That feel of a new book is inde­scrib­able! I sincerely hope this E‑book gener­a­tion will enjoy that same feeling from a screen. I have purchased Michelle’s books in paper and elec­tronic. More to support Michelle, but with the aware­ness of the space limi­ta­tion that is rapidly approaching.

  8. Hilda says:

    My first book was a book of legends with pictures of incred­ible people and animals. From there, I quickly went to all the legends of the world. By 10 I was writing my own legends which enter­tained my family a lot. I don’t go anywhere without a book in my hands.
    My dentist 2 weeks ago asked me about Michelle Sagara’s books.

  9. michelle says:

    True confes­sion: I love phys­ical books, still, because that’s what I grew up reading, and books were a large, large part of my life.

    But…I love ebooks because my father, whose eyesight has never, ever been good, can read them — he just adjusts the font size in the iPad so the font is very large. It means he can read what­ever he likes without having to cart around a magni­fying glass, because Large Type books aren’t all that common.

    My sons read phys­ical books, in part because I haven’t been able to interest them in iPads, and possibly because the books they’ve seen me read are phys­ical books.

  10. michelle says:

    Unless life throws me another curve­ball, I hope to attend Lonestatr3.

    If you do make it, make sure you intro­duce your­self :D. (I assume you’ll also be busy with panels & friends, etc., while you’re there :))

  11. easyreader says:

    I have been known to bring books to parties, just on the off chance that I get a moment to read. I currently own a Nook, a Kindle and an ipad and still buy hard­cover and paper­back books.
    I have pre ordered Cast in Sorrow for my Kindle, but intend to stop at the book­store on the way home and buy the book as well. I have been reading since the age of 4 and do not intend to stop until I no longer compre­hend what is happening. To para­phrase Charlton Heston, they will have to pry my books from my cold, dead hands.

  12. Kat says:

    I live in Melbourne and I got a call from my book­shop. It’s here! So exciting, I have never got it on release day (earlier really given time zones). It usually takes a couple of weeks. I’m giddy with antic­i­pa­tion! Can’t wait for work to finish so I can go grab it.

  13. Joey says:

    Hope you have a fun and happy time! I won’t be there as I opted to go to World Fantasy Con instead this year.

  14. controuble says:

    It was wonderful seeing you again and meeting M. Finally finishes Cast in Sorrow a couple days ago — loved it! Now waiting for Touch and/or Oracle.

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