CONvergence Schedule

Posted: June 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

I’ll be at CONvergence in Minneapolis next week. I’m looking forward to meeting up with fellow Skiffy & Fanty Show co-hosts Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer and Mike Underwood. I hope to meet some of you then too! Here is my schedule:

Thursday, July 3:

12:30-1:30 PM: Godzilla vs. Kaiju.

Is the new Godzilla movie a true Godzilla movie? How does it relate to the past movies and to the genre as a whole? Panelists: David Annandale, Dave Margosian, Shaun Duke, Melissa Kaercher

2:00-3:00 PM: Skiffy & Fanty Show – Live at CONvergence!

A live episode of the Skiffy & Fanty Show ( with guest authors CL Patel and Martha Wells. We’ll discuss influences on SF/F lit from gaming, comics, etc. with authors who write SF/F fiction but have experience writing for other formats. Panelists: Michael R. Underwood (mod), Carrie Patel, Martha Wells, David Annandale, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer

5:00-6:00 PM: Many Faces of Dracula

From Bela Lugosi to Christopher Lee, Gary Oldman to Thomas Kretschmann, many have portrayed Dracula on the silver screen. Join us to discuss the movie depictions of Dracula over the years. Panelists: David Annandale, Brian Salisbury, John Heimbuch, Jenny Milos, Joel Arnold

10:00-11:00 PM: Are Zombies Dead (Yet)?

No, really, haven’t we done it all? Let’s wrack our brains (heh…) and see if there’s a single original Zombie concept left. Panelists: David Annandale, Ryan Alexander, Regan Wolfrom, Eric Staggs, Rae Anderson (mod)

Friday July 4:

9:30-10:30 AM: Where’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon?

By now every other Universal Monster is basically a genre unto itself, with movies in the dozens. When’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon gonna get some love? Panelists: David Annandale, Joel Arnold, Lathan Murrell

12:30-1:30 PM: Reading

I.e. Me. Reading from stuff. That I wrote.

8:30-9:30 PM: Signing – Martha Wells / David Annandale

Saturday July 5:

5:00-6:00 PM: How to Structure a Novel

What are the required elements? How do you use your geeky experiences to fashion your characters, plot, and themes? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, Will Shetterly, Kelly McCullough, David Annandale, Lee Harris

Sunday July 6:

12:30-1:30 PM: Sequels: Deja vu or Level 2?

Sequels are usually considered the toughest books to tackle. Some series (Hunger Games) retread similar themes to give fans more of what made them love the first book. Others take the reader in new directions. What are the advantages and risks? Panelists: Wesley Chu, Scott Lynch, David Annandale, Kelly McCullough, C. Robert Cargill

2:00-3:00 PM: From Gaming to Writing

Many novels started life as roleplaying games. Are you a GM using a game to figure out the world for your novel? Or have you had such a great time running or playing in a game that you’re working on making it into a book? What are the perils and pitfalls? Panelists: Elizabeth Bear, David Annandale, Ozgur K. Sahin, Michael R. Underwood, Emmy Jackson

  1. Liliedhe says:

    Hi, this is off topic, but I am not on twitter to ask that way.

    I recently read The Gallows Saint and the end presented me with a giant neon question mark.

    Spoilers follow, obviously. 😉

    When the titular saint is asked if he wishes to repent for his crime, he declines. Yarrick is astonished at that, at his dedication to playing the villain he is supposed to be. That makes no sense.

    The guy is a faithful follower of the Imperial Creed and he committed no crime. He goes to the gallows as a sacrifice to the “greater good”. What does he have to repent for? He is sacrificing himself, accepting execution for a crime he did not commit and as such embodying the principles of the Imperial Creed. Why would he have ANY need to repent of anything?

    • You’re quite right that he doesn’t need to repent. What I hoped to convey there is not Yarrick’s surprise at the lack of repentance, but rather how struck he is by, as you say, Holten’s willingness to play the role all the way. He is doing far more than simply accepting his fate.

  2. Gontex says:

    Hello, this is also off topic, but I couldn’t help but ask. And I find your work great, you perfectly capture the atmosphere of 40k and the Horus Heresy, such as the Death of Antagonis and the Traveller, respectively. I am looking forward to the Damnation of Pythos and am currently enjoying The Tribute of Flesh. On that note, will we be seeing anymore of the Black Dragons?

    I really like the character of Volos and the path he is on, the path of the Emperor’s monster.It’s fascinating stuff and I do hope to see more of him and his ilk in the future. I am worried that this great story arc will be overshadowed by all the work you are currently doing, with the Heresy and Yarrick and what not.Fire and Bone!

    • Thanks for your comments, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the stories. I certainly do hope to do more with Volos. There ain’t anything on the immediate horizon for him, but I am very attached to the character, and would like to show more of his journey.