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Schedule of Events

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Th1400A Was REH the First of a Line of Weird Small Town Writers?
Thu 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Ballroom A
Barrett, Denton, D. Duncan(m), Hobb, Lord
Small towns and big imaginations seem to go together. Panelists discuss how living in small towns influences their fantasy and speculate on how growing up in Cross Plains may have affected Howard’s fiction.
Th1400W Setup
Thu 2:00 PM-6:00 PM Wedgwood
Th1400Br Reading
Thu 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Brazos
Melanie Rawn
Th1430Br Reading
Thu 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Brazos
Sam Enthoven
Th1500A The Small Press in the Big Woods
Thu 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom A
O'Neill, Roberson(m), Van Pelt, Wallace
What role does the small press play in fantasy? What do they contribute to the field? Are small presses the experimental labs of fantasy or hothouse gardens?
Th1500Br Reading
Thu 3:00 PM-3:30 PM Brazos
Martin Owton
Th1530Br Reading
Thu 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Brazos
Patrice Sarath
Th1600A In Remembrance: Jim Baen, Charles L. Grant, and Other Absent Friends
Thu 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Ballroom A
Fantasy lost many bright lights in the last year. Come share thoughts, memories, and stories about the authors, editors, artists and others who cared so much about fantasy.
Th1600Br Reading
Thu 4:00 PM-4:30 PM Brazos
Leo Grin
Th1630Br Reading
Thu 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Brazos
Jayme Lynn Blaschke
Th1700A Why Does Fantasy Dominate Massively Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games?
Thu 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Ballroom A
Allston(m), de Orive, McHugh, Mixon, W. Spector
Worlds of Warcraft, Everquest, and their ilk dominate online gaming sales. Why are people so eager to go to battle on their computers with swords and armor? What is there about fantasy that makes it so appealing in the game format?
Th1700Br Reading
Thu 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Brazos
Jay Lake
Th1730Br Reading
Thu 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Brazos
Eileen Gunn
Th1800A Dinner Break
Thu 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Ballroom A
Th1800W Dinner Break
Thu 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Wedgwood
Th1800Br Dinner Break
Thu 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Brazos
Th1930W Open for Seating
Thu 7:30 PM-8:00 PM Wedgwood
Th2000W International Horror Guild Awards
Thu 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Wedgwood
Th2030Br Reading
Thu 8:30 PM-9:00 PM Brazos
David Keck
Th2100Br Reading
Thu 9:00 PM-9:30 PM Brazos
Patrick O'Leary
Th2130Br Reading
Thu 9:30 PM-10:00 PM Brazos
Alan DeNiro
Th2200A The Lone Star State of Fantasy
Thu 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom A
Klaw, Marin, Siros, C. Spector(m)
Our panel of Texans -- authors, editors, and booksellers -- discusses current trends in fantasy in the state and recommends both old and new Texas fantasy fiction.


Fr1000A It's Not A Cliché… Yet
Fri 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom A
Cook, C. N. Douglas, Flint, Gill, Modesitt(m)
Pirates and Arthur are fantasy clichés, as are dragons. What about Nazis, dinosaurs, ninjas, and talking gorillas? Do elements of such ideas exclude them from frequent use in fantasy, preserving them from becoming clichés? Or is it only a matter of time?
Fr1000W Regional Differences in Fantasy
Fri 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Wedgwood
Lake(m), McIntosh, Phillips, Williamson
Panelists from four major English-speaking nations discuss the idea of national and regional styles and themes in fiction generally and in fantasy in particular. Do readers demand different things from their fantasy in different places?
Fr1000Br Reading
Fri 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Brazos
Maria V. Snyder
Fr1000Bo Reading
Fri 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Bosque
Julianne Lee
Fr1030Br Reading
Fri 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Brazos
Melissa Mia Hall
Fr1030Bo Reading
Fri 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Bosque
Chris Roberson
Fr1100A Editor Guest Interview
Fri 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom A
Herman(m), Lord
Fr1100W Taking One for the Team: Memorable Supporting Characters
Fri 11:00 AM-Noon Wedgwood
D. Duncan, J. Moore, Rawn, Stevermer, W. Wheeler(m)
Why do some supporting characters, good and evil, stick in the reader's mind? Who are these characters? What do such characters contribute to their story?
Fr1100Br Reading
Fri 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Brazos
Peter S. Beagle
Fr1100Bo Reading
Fri 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Bosque
Lillian Stewart Carl
Fr1130Br Reading
Fri 11:30 AM-Noon Brazos
Joe Haldeman
Fr1130Bo Reading
Fri 11:30 AM-Noon Bosque
Esther Friesner
Fr1200A Lunch Break
Fri Noon-1:30 PM Ballroom A
Fr1200W Lunch Break
Fri Noon-1:30 PM Wedgwood
Fr1200Br Lunch Break
Fri Noon-1:30 PM Brazos
Fr1200Bo Lunch Break
Fri Noon-1:30 PM Bosque
Fr1330A Artist Guest Selected Portfolio and Q&A
Fri 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Ballroom A
Fenner(m), Palencar
Fr1330W Curb Your Hound of Evil: Finding the Dark Woods in an Urban World
Fri 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Wedgwood
Coe, Hobb, T. S. Jones, Lindskold(m), Link
Panelists discuss how the urban/modern world works as a backdrop to modern fantasy/dark fantasy. Where do we find "The Dark Woods" in the urban world, and what lies within? How much is left to explore in urban fantasy?
Fr1330Br SFPA Poetry Reading
Fri 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Brazos
Bobet, Graham, Haldeman, S. Henderson(m), Lunde, Schwabach, Trimm, Voss
Fr1330Bo Reading
Fri 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Bosque
K. D. Wentworth
Fr1400Bo Reading
Fri 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Bosque
Walter Jon Williams
Fr1430A Fantasy Roundup: Should Reads of the Last Year
Fri 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Ballroom A
Beatts(m), C. N. Brown, Datlow, Fletcher, Morgan
Panelists discuss fantasy they have read, enjoyed, and recommended since the last World Fantasy Convention.
Fr1430W Special Item TBA
Fri 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Wedgwood
Fr1430Br Reading
Fri 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Brazos
Glen Cook
Fr1430Bo Reading
Fri 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Bosque
Lisa Tuttle
Fr1500Bo Reading
Fri 3:00 PM-3:30 PM Bosque
Sharon Shinn
Fr1530A GoH Interview: Robin Hobb
Fri 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Ballroom A
Hobb, Sherman(m)
Fr1530W What if Robert E. Howard Struck Oil Instead?: Alternate History in Fantasy Literature
Fri 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Wedgwood
Alexander, Grant, Howle(m), Park, Waldrop
Alternate history spans the breadth of fantastic literature and has been used by writers as varied as Sinclair Lewis and Mary Gentle. The writers on this panel use "what if this had happened instead" in wildly different ways and will discuss the place of alternate history in their own work and in the fantastic literature of others.
Fr1530Br Paranormal Romance Reading
Fri 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Brazos
Dayton, Owens, Smith-Ready, Swendson
Fr1530Bo Reading
Fri 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Bosque
Daniel Abraham
Fr1600Bo Reading
Fri 4:00 PM-4:30 PM Bosque
Steven Erikson
Fr1630A Interpreting REH's Fiction in Art
Fri 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Ballroom A
Gianni, Martin(m), Palencar, Picacio
Artists who have illustrated Robert E. Howard and other heroic fantasy present and discuss their work. What are the appeals and challenges of working with heroic fantasy concepts, especially Howard's worlds and characters?
Fr1630W Fantasy, Social Networking, and the Blogosphere
Fri 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Wedgwood
Bear, Cardin, Flewelling(m), Levine, A. Wheeler
What are the benefits and drawbacks of community development and audience interaction in the new online environments? Does the ease and speed of feedback change the nature of the fantasy writer's process and work?
Fr1630Br Reading
Fri 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Brazos
Dave Duncan
Fr1630Bo Reading
Fri 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Bosque
Mary A. Turzillo
Fr1700Bo Reading
Fri 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Bosque
Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Fr1730A Vampire Powerhouse
Fri 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Ballroom A
Andersson, Charnas, Guran(m), Harris, Yarbro
Four vampire writers walk into a room... and the readers follow. Our distinguished panelists explore the vampire in modern literature. How has the vampire endured, matured, and transformed in modern fantasy?
Fr1730W Lone Rider or Ravening Horde: The Barbarian in Modern Fantasy
Fri 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Wedgwood
Drake, Finn(m), H. Jones, Martindale, McKiernan
Panelists discuss the changing role and significance of the barbarian as outsider hero and menace. Do barbarian hordes play a role in modern fantasy? Do the barbarian hero or the barbarian hordes in fantasy bear much resemblance to barbarians in reality?
Fr1730Br Reading
Fri 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Brazos
Diana Pharaoh Francis
Fr1730Bo Reading
Fri 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Bosque
Hal Duncan
Fr1800Br Reading
Fri 6:00 PM-6:30 PM Brazos
Michelle M. Welch
Fr1800Bo Reading
Fri 6:00 PM-6:30 PM Bosque
Jeffrey Ford
Fr1830A Dinner Break
Fri 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Ballroom A
Fr1830W Dinner Break
Fri 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Wedgwood
Fr1830Br Dinner Break
Fri 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Brazos
Fr1830Bo Dinner Break
Fri 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Bosque
Fr2000A Autograph Session
Fri 8:00 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom A
Fr2100PF Art Reception
Fri 9:00 PM-11:00 PM Prefunction Area


Sa1000A Effects of the Web and Online Publishing on Fantasy
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom A
Klima, Surrette(m), Turner, Valente, Wilson
How does online publishing fit into the fantasy field? Is there anything original and different that can be done online but not in hard print? Is the online threshold too low or too high?
Sa1000W Rules of Fantasy: Says Who and Why?
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Wedgwood
Cook, Elliott, Hobb, Powers(m)
Formula, stereotype, convention, archetype: call it what you will, fantasy carries a heap of rules that are followed more often than not. How are rules developed? Who keeps the rulebook? When does rule breaking succeed and when does it fail?
Sa1000Br Reading
Sat 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Brazos
Neil Williamson
Sa1000Bo Reading
Sat 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Bosque
Chris Nakashima-Brown
Sa1030Br Reading
Sat 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Brazos
Paul Park
Sa1030Bo Reading
Sat 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Bosque
Lee Killough
Sa1100A REH Artist Guest Slide Show
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom A
Sa1100W Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Other Fictions that Go Bump in the Night
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Wedgwood
Barron, Holder, Jens(m), S. Jones, A. VanderMeer
Panelists discuss the current state of horror, dark fantasy and related genres. Who are the authors to watch? What are the "don't miss" titles of the last year? What's cutting edge, what's played out and where is the dark side of fantasy going?
Sa1100Br Broad Universe Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-Noon Brazos
Bray, Burton, Casil, Cheney, Green, Isaak, Latner, N. J. Moore(m), Oliver, Rambo, Simner, Smith, Sullivan, Vanderhooft
Sa1100Bo Reading
Sat 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Bosque
Scott Edelman
Sa1130Bo Reading
Sat 11:30 AM-Noon Bosque
Cathy Clamp
Sa1200A Lunch Break
Sat Noon-1:30 PM Ballroom A
Sa1200W Lunch Break
Sat Noon-1:30 PM Wedgwood
Sa1200Br Lunch Break
Sat Noon-1:30 PM Brazos
Sa1200Bo Lunch Break
Sat Noon-1:30 PM Bosque
Sa1330A The God or the Machine?
Sat 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Ballroom A
Chiang, Marley, Stackpole, W. J. Williams, Young(m)
When do "scientific" worldview elements move a concept out of fantasy? Systematic magic, planetary bodies, rudimentary experimentation, the cusp of alchemy into chemistry…
Sa1330W Aging Wonder: Writing and Reading Fantasy throughout the Lifetime
Sat 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Wedgwood
Beagle, Buchanan, D. Duncan(m), Haldeman, Lord
Conan was the creation of a man who never grew old. Do age and experience alter perception of and preference for fantasy, both as readers and as writers? As baby boomers head for retirement, will there be more fantasy with mature protagonists?
Sa1330Br Reading
Sat 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Brazos
Paul Witcover
Sa1330Bo Reading
Sat 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Bosque
Carrie Richerson
Sa1400Br Reading
Sat 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Brazos
Graham Joyce
Sa1400Bo Reading
Sat 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Bosque
Charlaine Harris
Sa1430A GoH Interview: Glen Cook
Sat 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Ballroom A
Anderson(m), Cook
Sa1430W The Phantom Book: Lovecraft, Borges, and Others
Sat 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Wedgwood
Bryant, H. Duncan, Roden, Schweitzer(m), Webb
Panelists discuss books that don't exist, especially ones that people believe are real. What does a fictional book add to a work of fantasy? What does it mean to have a book as a character?
Sa1430Br Reading
Sat 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Brazos
Carol Berg
Sa1430Bo Young Adult Reading
Sat 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Bosque
Durst, Millitello, Trent(m), Whittemore
Sa1500Br Reading
Sat 3:00 PM-3:30 PM Brazos
Patricia A. McKillip
Sa1530A Contemporary Art and Fantasy Book Covers
Sat 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Ballroom A
Anders, Gianni, Givens(m), Palencar, Vess
Does a successful 21st century fantasy cover necessarily have to be representational? What influences the degree of representation in a fantasy cover?
Sa1530W Forgotten Masters: Readings from the Deep Dark Past
Sat 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Wedgwood
Hartwell, Nevins, Park(m), Strauss
Which older works that new fantasy readers may not have discovered are "should reads"? What good old fantasy should be hunted out? Is electronic availability of previously published materials making the hunt any easier or more successful?
Sa1530Br Cross Plains Universe Reading
Sat 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Brazos
Cupp(m), Person, Reisman
Sa1530Bo Reading
Sat 3:30 PM-4:00 PM Bosque
Kate Elliott
Sa1600Bo Reading
Sat 4:00 PM-4:30 PM Bosque
L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Sa1630A Closed for Banquet Setup
Sat 4:30 PM-6:30 PM Ballroom A
Sa1630W GoH Interview: Dave Duncan
Sat 4:30 PM-5:30 PM Wedgwood
D. Duncan, Stirling(m)
Sa1630Br Reading
Sat 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Brazos
Holly Phillips
Sa1630Bo Reading
Sat 4:30 PM-5:00 PM Bosque
Thomas Monteleone
Sa1700Br Reading
Sat 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Brazos
Cecelia Holland
Sa1700Bo Reading
Sat 5:00 PM-5:30 PM Bosque
F. Brett Cox
Sa1730W Deconstructing Howard I: The Writer, His Life, and His Influence
Sat 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Wedgwood
Archer(m), Hardy, Lord, Louinet, Reasoner
How did Howard's life affect his writing? How did/does his work affect his readers? What is Howard's influence on the field of fantasy and on fantasy writers? What is his legacy?
Sa1730Br Reading
Sat 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Brazos
Robin Hobb
Sa1730Bo Reading
Sat 5:30 PM-6:00 PM Bosque
Mary Rosenblum
Sa1800Bo Reading
Sat 6:00 PM-6:30 PM Bosque
Joshua Palmatier
Sa1830A Open for Seating
Sat 6:30 PM-7:00 PM Ballroom A
Sa1900A Pre-Banquet Cocktails
Sat 7:00 PM-7:30 PM Ballroom A
Sa1930A Banquet and Awards
Sat 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Ballroom A


Su1000A Natural Progressions and Unnatural Spawn: Fantasy Crossovers
Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Ballroom A
Caine, Cook, Kushner(m), Stirling, Van Gelder
Why is fantasy so amenable to crossing boundaries and spawning hybrids?
Su1000W The Weird Tales Triumvirate: The Shared Worlds of Lovecraft, Howard, and Smith
Sun 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Wedgwood
Burke(m), Connors, Drake, Powers
Panelists discuss how Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith collaborated. How did the authors, their styles, and their approaches interact? Why do they continue to win readers and influence writers today?
Su1000Br Reading
Sun 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Brazos
Charles de Lint
Su1000F Business Meeting
Sun 10:00 AM-Noon Frio
Su1030Br Reading
Sun 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Brazos
Laura Anne Gilman
Su1100A Fantasy is Fundamental: Young Adult Fantasy in the 21st Century
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom A
Black, de Lint, Freitag(m), Goldblatt, M. L. Williams
Fantasy is a core component of YA literature. Like all literature, YA fantasy develops in the context of its time. Our panelists discuss how the social, cultural, and political context of the new century is shaping, and will continue to shape, YA fantasy literature.
Su1100W Fantastic Adventures: 19th Century Heroes
Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Wedgwood
Crider(m), Cupp, Kesel, Nevins
Panelists discuss 19th century fictional heroes, some still remembered and some nearly forgotten, and show how characters as diverse as Sherlock Holmes and Natty Bumppo share in the fantasy heritage.
Su1100Br Reading
Sun 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Brazos
Robert Freeman Wexler
Su1130Br Reading
Sun 11:30 AM-Noon Brazos
Ellen Klages
Su1200A Lunch Break
Sun Noon-1:30 PM Ballroom A
Su1200W Lunch Break
Sun Noon-1:30 PM Wedgwood
Su1200Br Lunch Break
Sun Noon-1:30 PM Brazos
Su1330A Pirates in Fantasy
Sun 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Ballroom A
Cook, Denton(m), D. Duncan, Hobb
Panelists discuss their favorite portrayals of pirates in fantasy art and literature.
Su1330W WFA Judges' Panel
Sun 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Wedgwood
Lockley, Roden, Strauss, J. VanderMeer, A. Wheeler(m)
The World Fantasy Award judges discuss their process, their reading, and their choices.
Su1330Br Reading
Sun 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Brazos
Maureen McHugh
Su1400Br Reading
Sun 2:00 PM-2:30 PM Brazos
Howard Waldrop
Su1430A Art in the New Millennium: What is an Original?
Sun 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Ballroom A
Deen, Dringenberg, Palencar, Picacio(m), Snellings-Clark
With computer technology and a new generation of good artists using these tools, what constitutes an original?
Su1430W Deconstructing Howard II: The Research
Sun 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Wedgwood
B. Brown, Finn, Herman, Tompkins(m)
Who are the major Howard scholars? Who are REHupa? What are the current debates in the field?
Su1430Br Reading
Sun 2:30 PM-3:00 PM Brazos
Joe R. Lansdale
Su1500Br Reading
Sun 3:00 PM-3:30 PM Brazos
Bradley Denton
Su1530A Will Somebody Please Explain This Book?
Sun 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Ballroom A
Anders, Bey, Dedman, Groell, November(m)
We've all read at least one: the book that leaves us going "What the h***?" Our good-humored panelists discuss books they found obscure, convoluted, or just incomprehensible. What do such books contribute to the fantasy tradition, and what do they mean?
Su1530W Past Masters: The Persistence of What Has Gone Before in REH
Sun 3:30 PM-4:30 PM Wedgwood
Gould(m), Grin, Liu, Lord
What earlier writers influenced Howard in the development of his characters, his worlds, and his style? Which of his contemporaries had similar influences? How and why did they differ in their response to these influences?

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