In three weeks (!!!) I’ll be up in Spokane for Sasquan aka Worldcon! I’ll be appearing on several panels throughout the weekend, which is very exciting, as it’s my Worldcon programming debut.
ETA: Click thisaway for the fancy interactive online schedule!
Me, Jeffrey Cook, Edward M. Lerner, Kaye Thornbrugh, Gwen Whiting
11 AM, Hall B. Pretty straight forward. I will sign things you bring me. I will also chat with you if you just want to do that. I’ll probably also give away a free short story.
Does SF/F Need Young Adult Magazines?
Deby Fredericks (M), Neil Clarke, Me, Jessica Rising
4 PM, Bays 111C. Anime and computer games are a huge trend among youth world-wide, but many of these potential readers are less in tune with “printed” science fiction and fantasy. How do we tap into this community of young fans to share with them the depth and breadth of SF/F short stories? Moreover, is there a viable market for a digital or print teen magazine? What would it take to get one going? And what are the potential benefits and pitfalls of putting one together for younger readers? Join parents, teens and editors to discuss the ins and outs of a YA SF/S magazine for the next generation of fans.
31 Flavors of Fantasy Devoured by Kids and Teens
James Van Pelt (M), Alma Alexander, Me, Esther Jones, Brandon Sanderson
5 PM, 401C. Fantasy has become a catch all category for all of the subgenres featuring “fantastic” elements from action adventure to urban and epic fantasy, romantic fantasy, and more! How many subgeneres are hout there and what elements help to define them? Does the reader’s age affect the growth or definition of a subgenre? Join our panel of young adult and middle grade authors for a lively discussion that gives you a little taste of each subgenre as they share some of their favorite works across the fantastic spectrum that help to define the various subgenres.
Spoiler: CHOCOLATE CHIP oh never mind that’s ice cream
Do We Live in the Marvel Universe? Marvel Conquers TV, Movies & Comics
Ajani Brown, Me, Annalee Flower Horne, Tom Smith
1 PM, Bays 111A. Are the Marvel movies now driving the comics universe? Is this good? And what about Agent Carter?
Spoiler: EARTH-1218 WAS DESTROYED IN SECRET WARS wait how am I typing this
What Prose Writers Can Learn From Comics
Daryl Gregory (M), Me, Grá Linnaea, Esther Jones
3 PM, Spokane Falls Suite A/B (Doubletree). Prose and comic writing are different. How a prose writer can apply some of the techniques from comics to help them become a better writer.
Spoiler: HOW TO DESTROY OUR REALITY IN A SUMMER CROSSOVER EVENT
Diversity within YA & Middle Grade Fiction
Wesley Chu, Me, Kate Elliott, Fonda Lee, Cynthia Ward
4 PM, 300A. Everyone is talking about diversity within science fiction and fantasy, but how are we doing with diversity within the young adult and middle grade subgenres? What writers should we be reading? What characters should we be looking to as examples? And what new fiction are we looking forward to reading?
Spoiler: MOAR DIVERSITY