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 (skiffyandfanty.com) 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