This, for those of you who will be at MidAmericon II, is where you can find me during the convention. I’m really looking forward to crawling out from under a rock and seeing people :)
Gateway Reading: Getting New People into Science Fiction and Fantasy
Wednesday 14:00 — 15:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
So… you want to engage a reader who is new to our genre. What factors should you consider? Which books or short stories, classic or recent, make the best entry points, and which should be avoided?
Michelle (Sagara) West, Don Sakers, Mrs. Jen Midkiff, Arthur Chu (M)
Writing Major Minor Characters
Wednesday 16:00 — 17:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Do you ever read a book and come across a character that is so wonderful you want to know everything about them, yet you know you never will because they aren’t the main character? Such characters add immeasurably to our reading experience and yet they are very hard to write. This session discusses how to do just that.
Michelle (Sagara) West (M), Julia Mandala, Connie Willis, Rosemary Kirstein
Reviewing the Reviews
Thursday 11:00 — 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
The internet makes it easy to find reviews of just about any book published. But not all reviews are created equal. How can you find reviews of value, that offer depth and analysis? Which review sites are better than others? Do Amazon reviews really mean anything?
Gary Wolfe, Michelle (Sagara) West, Rich Horton
Kaffeeklatsch: Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Jerry Pournelle, Michelle (Sagara) West
Thursday 14:00 — 15:00, 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center)
Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Jerry Pournelle, Michelle (Sagara) West
Female Friendships FTW
Friday 11:00 — 12:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)
Female friendships are increasing in genre TV with nary a chat about boys in sight. Friends like Peggy Carter and Ana Jarvis, Laurel Lance and Felicity Smoak from Arrow. We ask whether this changes the flavor of television. Does having female friendships in the forefront change societal perceptions? Are females as platonic heroines and friends on the rise or is television still predominantly dominated by male characters?
Aurora Celeste, J.R. Johansson (M), Jessica Guggenheim, Chelsea Mueller, Michelle (Sagara) West
The Place of Bookstores
Saturday 10:00 — 11:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Rather than failing, bookshops are allegedly on the rise, but is this the case for all kinds or just a special few? Current and former bookstore managers, owners and users discuss the realities of selling books in an online and e‑book world.
Lauren Roy, Carrie Vaughn, Cynthia Ward, Neil Clarke (M), Michelle (Sagara) West
Reading: Michelle (Sagara) West
Saturday 15:00 — 16:00, 2203 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
Michelle (Sagara) West
Autographing: Sarah Beth Durst, Arnie Fenner, Jerry Pournelle, Cerece Rennie Murphy, John Scalzi, Ferrett Steinmetz, Michelle (Sagara) West
Saturday 17:00 — 18:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)
Sarah Beth Durst, Arnie Fenner, Jerry Pournelle, Mrs. Cerece Rennie Murphy, John Scalzi, Ferrett Steinmetz, Michelle (Sagara) West
Stroll with the Stars: The Hugo Hangover
Sunday 08:30 — 09:30, Marriott Lobby (Marriott) (Kansas City Marriott Downtown)
As we recuperate from the pageantry of the Hugo Awards join authors, artists, editors, fans and scientists as we look for the perfect hangover cure. We will be walking for a leisurely mile and the route is fully accessible and expected to take a little less than an hour. We hope you will join us for great conversation.
Jeff Orth (M), Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman, Cat Rambo, Tex Thompson, David Brin, Eva L. Elasigue, Carol Wolf, Perrianne Lurie, Michelle (Sagara) West, Mr Alan Stewart