Sunday, August 18, 2013

LoneStarCon 3 Schedule

Hello all!

Barely recovered from my reading frenzy, I dive back in to prepare for my trip to San Antonio for the World Science Fiction Convention, LoneStarCon 3.

If you want to hear me pontificate, here is my schedule:

Texas Roadhouse Blues: Speculative Fiction and Rock and Roll
Thursday 15:00 - 16:00
Texas is a big music state. The music frequently drifts into the slipstream of Texas weird. How does this happen? What can we do to make it happen more often?
Sanford Allen (M), Bradley Denton, Josh Rountree, Peggy Hailey

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

Introduction to Texas Weird
Friday 11:00 - 12:00
Meet the modern practitioners of Texas Weird and find out what makes them tick. Why are Texas writers so weird, anyway? Is it something in the water? And how can you tell?
Peggy Hailey (M), Josh Rountree, Don Webb, William Browning Spencer, Joe Lansdale

You've Got Texas in My Epic Fantasy: The Lone Star State as Setting/Influence in Speculative Fiction
Saturday 12:00 - 13:00
Texas is a weird place. They have a whole city devoted to staying Weird. What makes Texas so weird? And how does the weirdness of Texas spill over into its massive creative community? Our panelists will attempt to futilely struggle with an answer that may be bigger than San Antonio.
Peggy Hailey (M), Don Webb, James L. Cambias, Howard Waldrop , Peni Griffin

Space is Really the Old West
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00
Wagon train to the stars is a familiar trope in SF. Firefly, Star Trek, Farmer in the Sky, Outland, Cowbows vs Aliens, Exterminator 17 are all examples of western stories set in space or featuring cowboys in one form or another. Immense distances of space form obstacles and difficulties analogous to those encountered by American settlers as they crossed and colonized the continent. Come and join in the discussion of this popular form of our genre.
Mary Morman (M), Steven Brust, Peggy Hailey, Elizabeth Moon, Janet Harriett

Where have the Ghost Stories Gone?
Sunday 17:00 - 18:00
Ghost stories used to be a major part of literature, from Victorian times though the first half the Twentieth Century. Charles Dickens, M.R. James, and others were major figures. Are ghost stories still a key part of literature? How have things changed?
David Nickle (M), Ellen Datlow, David G. Hartwell, Peggy Hailey

Even if you want to avoid me like the plague, that shouldn't be too difficult and there's plenty of interesting people and panels and readings to check out (not to mention the Dealer's Room, with buckets and buckets of books, among other things), so join me, won't you?

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