Boskone is this weekend and yet, oddly enough, it looks like there won't be a blizzard. I really don't know what to make of this.
Nevertheless, here's my schedule. If you see me, why not say hi?
Jurassic Park and Dinosaurs v. 5.0
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, Marina 2 (Westin)
Twenty-five years ago, an islandful of dinosaurs tore up the Hollywood box office. Four flicks later (in June, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will make five), these reptile relics continue to slay us. Why is the thought of a dinosaur theme park still so cool? (And by the way, what’s funny about the concept of dinos in space?) More broadly, why would the idea of the prehistoric past colliding with our present/future hold such fascination? And would we be better off letting sleeping saurians lie?
Bob Eggleton, Elise Sacchetti (M), David McDonald, William Hayashi, Michael Swanwick
Autographing: Michael Swanwick
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, Galleria - Autographing (Westin)\
Breaking the Laws of Magic
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 14:00 - 15:00, Harbor III (Westin)
Brandon Sanderson, in his First Law of Magics: "An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to how well the reader understands said magic." George R. R. Martin: "I want hints of the unknowable. I want awe and wonder. I want mystery. I want to discover but also be unsure of what I’m about to encounter. I guess that means I want magic!" Is it important to have a system of magic? Once you've defined a given magic system's limits, is it OK to break them?
Faye Ringel (M), Walter Jon Williams, Julie Holderman, Michael Swanwick, Clarence Young
Kaffeeklatsch: Michael Swanwick
17 Feb 2018, Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, Harbor I - Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)
18 Feb 2018, Sunday 13:00 - 14:00, Burroughs (Westin)
Expand your to-be-read list, as well as your horizons. Our intrepid panelists will recommend a classic SF book, a current SF book, something brought in from outside SF that is a must-read — and, if they wish, something sexy as well!
Fred Lerner, Paul Di Filippo, Geary Gravel, Michael Swanwick, Edie Stern (M)