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Program Schedule


Schedule of Events

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Fr1700O Welcome to Your First Con
Fri 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Oak
Blaschke, Harvia, Siros, Wentworth, Wolf*
You're finally at the con, but now what to do? Our panelists will explain the wide variety of activities available throughout the weekend.
Fr1730LC Reading
Fri 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Learning Center
Lillian Stewart Carl
Fr1800LC Reading
Fri 6:00 PM-6:30 PM Learning Center
Jay Lake
Fr1930C Opening Ceremonies
Fri 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Hill Country C
Friesner, Harvia, Keyes, Palencar, Weisskopf, Williams*
Fr2030BF Meet the Pros Party
Fri 8:30 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom Foyer
Fr2130LC Reading
Fri 9:30 PM-10:00 PM Learning Center
Roxanne Longstreet Conrad
Fr2200LC Reading
Fri 10:00 PM-10:30 PM Learning Center
Patrice Sarath
Fr2200C Farscape
Fri 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Hill Country C
C. Conrad*, Fletcher, Klaw, Reisman
Farscape has been the flagship program on the Sci Fi channel for the past several years. What is it about this show that makes us like it so much?
Fr2230LC Reading
Fri 10:30 PM-11:00 PM Learning Center
Alexis Glynn Latner
Fr2300LC Reading
Fri 11:00 PM-11:30 PM Learning Center
Jonathan Lyons
Fr2300C Back From the Grave: Horror Fiction
Fri 11:00 PM-Midnight Hill Country C
Cupp*, Hopkins, Richerson, Rohrig, Wade, Webb
The popularity of this literary genre seems to be on the rise. Could this be related to world political events?
Fr2330LC Reading
Fri 11:30 PM-Midnight Learning Center
Melanie Fletcher
Sa1000LC Reading
Sat 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Learning Center
Bill Baldwin
Sa1000C Writing Media Tie-ins
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Hill Country C
Allston*, Barrett, Crider, Keyes, Kimbriel, Wells
Many authors have written stories set in the worlds of their favorite SF/F movies and TV shows. What's the attraction? What are the freedoms and limitations of professionally-published licensed novels and amateur-published fan fiction?
Sa1000Ma Baen Coming Attractions
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Maple
Our Editor Guest talks about exciting new books coming soon from her company.
Sa1000Mi Sculpting with Clay: A Chocoholic Dragon
Sat 10:00 AM-Noon Mimosa
Watch a sculptor create a work of art.
Sa1030LC Reading
Sat 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Learning Center
Susan J. Kroupa
Sa1100LC Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Learning Center
Cary G. Osborne
Sa1100C Special Guest Interview
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Hill Country C
Friesner, Moon*
Sa1100Ma Tor Coming Attractions
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Maple
See what books Tor will be publishing this year.
Sa1100DR Autographing
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Dealers' Room
Allston, Crider, Keyes, Kimbriel, Palencar, Wells
Sa1130LC Reading
Sat 11:30 AM-Noon Learning Center
Lee Martindale
Sa1200LC Reading
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Learning Center
Michael Moorcock
Sa1200C Editor Guest Interview
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Hill Country C
Weisskopf, Siros*
Sa1200Ma JPL Mars Missions Slide Show
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Maple
Our local representative from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Solar System Ambassador's Program will share some out-of-this-world photos.
Sa1200Mi Digital vs. Traditional Art
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Mimosa
Anderson, Harvia*, Palencar, Picacio, Spencer
What new capabilities do the new media bring? What are the drawbacks?
Sa1200DR Autographing
Sat Noon-1:00 PM Dealers' Room
C. Conrad, R. L. Conrad, Martindale, Stoddard, Ward
Sa1300LC Reading
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Learning Center
Elizabeth Moon
Sa1300C Guest of Honor Interview
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Hill Country C
Keyes, Babcock*, Wolf*
Sa1300Ma Online Publishing
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Maple
Berls, Fletcher, Hopkins, Minz, Richerson*
Is the World Wide Web a viable distribution medium for fiction? How do you find the good stuff? How does an online writer get respect?
Sa1300Mi New Directions for Hard SF
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Mimosa
Dalton-Woodbury, Gibbons, Latner, McDevitt*
SF with a heavy emphasis on science has come a long way since the Golden Age. What recent developments in scientific research are stepping stones to the groundbreaking SF stories of tomorrow? What literary techniques need to be tried in a hard SF setting?
Sa1300DR Autographing
Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Dealers' Room
Blaschke, Klaw, McKiernan, Moorcock, Picacio
Sa1400LC Reading
Sat 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Learning Center
William Browning Spencer
Sa1400C Fan Guest Slideshow
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Hill Country C
Sa1400Ma Starting and Sustaining a Series
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Maple
Allston, Baldwin, Lindskold, McKiernan, Minz, Weisskopf*
Much commercially successful SF/F is in the form of book series. How much planning is needed before starting a multi-volume work? How do you get the reader (and writer) to keep revisiting the same world and characters?
Sa1400Mi Small Press SF/F Publishing
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Mimosa
Anderson, Barrett, Bracken, Carl*, Jackson
Small publishers provide a valuable service, printing wonderful books with too small a potential market for a mainstream publisher. But the limited resources and staff level of many small presses can make selling a novel and getting it published a challenge for all concerned. Our panelists relate their experiences.
Sa1400DR Autographing
Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers' Room
Fletcher, Hopkins, Ledet, Moon, Mosiman, Reasoner
Sa1430LC Reading
Sat 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Learning Center
Bradley Denton
Sa1500LC Reading
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Learning Center
Jack McDevitt
Sa1500C Artist Guest Slide Show
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Hill Country C
Sa1500Ma How to Sell a Novel
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Maple
Friesner, Mallory, Mosiman, Osborne, Reasoner, Spector*
Once you've written a great novel, how does it get from your computer screen to the shelves of your local bookstore? This panel will discuss preparing manuscripts, finding the best potential markets for your work, and advice on landing a contract and getting paid.
Sa1500Mi The Evolution of Cyberpunk from Gibson to Stephenson and Beyond
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Mimosa
Lyons, Person*, Sterling, Williams
The major literary SF movement of the mid-80's was cyberpunk. Its early history and stories by most of its major contributors were captured in the Mirrorshades anthology. A decade and a half later, a new crop of writers is producing a different kind of cyberpunk. Which of these new writers are interesting, and why? How has cyberpunk evolved, and where is it going?
Sa1500DR Autographing
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Dealers' Room
Baldwin, Bracken, Carl, Jackson, Mills
Sa1600LC Reading
Sat 4:00 PM-4:30 PM Learning Center
Jane Lindskold
Sa1600Ma Aliens in Stetsons - Texas SF
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Maple
Barrett, Cupp, Denton*, Moorcock, Spencer
Our panelists discuss the wide variety of SF written by Texans and/or featuring the Lone Star State.
Sa1600Mi Advanced Techniques for Writers
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Mimosa
Dalton-Woodbury*, Kroupa, Mills, Rohrig, Sarath, Wheeler
Learning to be a good writer involves a lot more than mastering grammar and spelling. Our panelists will discuss what they feel are the important guidelines and tips of the writing craft.
Sa1600DR Autographing
Sat 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Dealers' Room
Harvia, Lyons, McDevitt, Sherlock, Spector, Sterling
Sa1630LC Reading
Sat 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Learning Center
Don Webb
Sa1700LC Reading
Sat 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Learning Center
K. D. Wentworth
Sa1700C Fannish Feud
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Hill Country C
Babcock, Harvia, Friesner, Keyes, Palencar, Siros, Weisskopf, Williams*
Join the fun at our fans-vs-pros game of trivia.
Sa1700Ma Filk Demo
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Maple
Learn about this uniquely fannish form of music.
Sa1700Mi Ursa Major Brown Bag Auction
Sat 5:00 PM-6:30 PM Mimosa
Sherlock, Ward
A San Antonio SF club raises money by selling books in plain brown wrappers.
Sa1700DR Autographing
Sat 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Dealers' Room
Kroupa, Lindskold, Sarath, Spencer, Webb
Sa1730LC Reading
Sat 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Learning Center
Dennis L. McKiernan
Sa1800LC Reading
Sat 6:00 PM-6:30 PM Learning Center
Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Sa1900LC Reading
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Learning Center
Walter Jon Williams
Sa1900Ma Politics and SF
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Maple
Jackson, Martindale*, Person, Siros, Sterling
How has SF handled Earthly and extraterrestrial politics? Are current events shaping what gets written and published?
Sa1900Mi Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Mimosa
Berls*, R. L. Conrad, Richerson, Reisman, Wells
This monster show has been delighting audiences for years with its clever blend of humor, drama, and horror. Recently its viewership has grown due to widespread reruns. Our panelists will celebrate the joys of the show, and try to analyze its lasting appeal. Maybe they can even create a scorecard for its large recurring set of characters.
Sa2000LC Reading
Sat 8:00 PM-8:30 PM Learning Center
James Stoddard
Sa2000C Olympic Fencing Demo
Sat 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Hill Country C
Our Guest of Honor will teach a workshop on Olympic fencing and put on a demo.
Sa2000Ma Humorous and Horrible True Stories of Publishing
Sat 8:00 PM-9:00 PM Maple
Carl, Ward, Webb*, Wentworth
Selling a piece of fiction is rarely easy, and sometimes a writer must go to extreme lengths to get something published. Several veterans of the publishing wars will relate their best anecdotes.
Sa2030LC Reading
Sat 8:30 PM-9:00 PM Learning Center
John K. Gibbons
Sa2100LC Reading
Sat 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Learning Center
Bruce Sterling
Sa2100Ma B Movies
Sat 9:00 PM-10:00 PM Maple
Allston, Crider*, Cupp, Klaw, Williams
While "A" films with big budgets and big stars get most of the attention, it's delightful to find a great small film. Our panelists will discuss some of their favorite (and least favorite) small-budget, little known SF/F films.
Sa2200LC Reading
Sat 10:00 PM-10:30 PM Learning Center
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Sa2230LC Reading
Sat 10:30 PM-11:00 PM Learning Center
Carrie Richerson
Sa2300LC Reading
Sat 11:00 PM-11:30 PM Learning Center
Judi Rohrig
Sa2330LC Reading
Sat 11:30 PM-Midnight Learning Center
Brian A. Hopkins
Sa2400LC Reading
Sat Midnight-12:30 AM Learning Center
Michael Bracken
Su1000O SFWA Regional Meeting
Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Oak
Attendance is restricted to members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Su1100LC Reading
Sun 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Learning Center
Caroline Spector
Su1100C SFWA Musketeers Fencing Demo
Sun 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Hill Country C
Moon*, Fletcher, Martindale
Come see a display of modern day swashbuckling.
Su1100Ma SF: What's the Next Big Thing?
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Maple
Blaschke, Lake, Minz, Person, Sterling, Weisskopf*
As with all types of fiction, SF often has hot trends (New Wave, cyberpunk, humanist) and hot writers (Gibson, Stephenson, etc.). What writers and/or literary trends should we be looking for?
Su1100Mi Hard Urban Fantasy
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Mimosa
Allston, Friesner, Lindskold*, McKiernan, Williams
While the term "urban fantasy" is largely used to describe the work of several writers in Canada and Minnesota, another set of writers is attempting to produce contemporary fantasy with a more rigorous approach to worldbuilding. A classic example is Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams. Where is this movement going? What are the essential works?
Su1130LC Reading
Sun 11:30 AM-Noon Learning Center
Lynn Ward
Su1200LC Reading
Sun Noon-12:30 PM Learning Center
C. J. Mills
Su1200Ma Pictionary
Sun Noon-1:00 PM Maple
Anderson, C. Conrad, Harvia, Sherlock
Come watch artists compete in a game of fast drawing and creativity.
Su1200Mi Space Opera
Sun Noon-1:00 PM Mimosa
Cupp*, McDevitt, Reasoner, Wentworth
From E. E. "Doc" Smith to C. J. Cherryh to Peter F. Hamilton, Space Opera has been around since the early days of SF. What is this subgenre, what are its attractions, and why are most of its recent practitioners British?
Su1230LC Reading
Sun 12:30 PM-1:00 PM Learning Center
Tess Mallory
Su1300LC Reading
Sun 1:00 PM-1:30 PM Learning Center
Billie Sue Mosiman
Su1300C What You Should Have Read This Year
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Hill Country C
Minz*, Person, Siros, Sterling
Too much SF and fantasy was published this year for any reader to consume it all. Our panel of well-read experts will tell you about all the good stuff you might have missed.
Su1300Ma Mythology and Speculative Fiction
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Maple
Keyes*, Kroupa, Friesner, Lindskold, McKiernan, Richerson
Mythology and SF have been entertwined since at least as far back as the Gilgamesh epic. Writers often mine ancient myths for story ideas and resonances. What world mythologies have been used in classic SF, and are there any left untouched?
Su1300Mi Classic Young Adult SF/F
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Mimosa
Blaschke, Crider*, Kimbriel
What stories that today's writers read as kids are still good reading for today's kids? What holds up well upon rereading as an adult?
Su1300DR Autographing
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Dealers' Room
Barrett, Denton, Mallory, Wentworth, Williams
Su1400LC Reading
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Learning Center
Neal Barrett, Jr.
Su1400C Fan Guest Interview
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Hill Country C
Harvia, Virzi*
Su1400Ma ArmadilloCon Charity Auction
Sun 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Maple
Come bid on items to help raise money for the con's official charity, the Safe Place shelter for women and children.
Su1400Mi New Century Art Trend: Fine Art Illustration
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Mimosa
Anderson*, Palencar, Picacio
For years the art world has distinquished between fine art shown in galleries and commercial illustrations published in magazines and books. Our panelists will discuss a recent trend in which an artist and his work may be accepted in both traditions.
Su1400DR Autographing
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers' Room
Fletcher, Osborne, Richerson
Su1500LC Reading
Sun 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Learning Center
J. Gregory Keyes
Su1500C Worldbuilding
Sun 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Hill Country C
Kimbriel*, Osborne, McKiernan, McDevitt, Wells
Science fiction and fantasy stories usually take place in a world unlike our own. Often these worlds are merely interesting scenery, but sometimes an author creates something special like Dune or Discworld. How does an author find or create such a world?
Su1600C Reading
Sun 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Hill Country C
Esther Friesner

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