As always, I'm on the road again. This time I'm off to Boskone
for a weekend of intellectual adventure. Checking the weather report, however, I discover that we probably won't have the traditional winter blizzard to contend with.
I dunno. It just won't feel the same without being able to sit in the lobby bar, Martini in hand, watching the slow come in and obliterate the city.
Still, one stand up to adversity. Or the lack of it. In any case, here's my schedule:
Future Through Hard Science Fiction
Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Marina 1 (Westin)
The driving force in hard science fiction is science that is
not just possible, but highly probable at some point in a likely future. What
actual predictive value can hard SF claim? What does it tell us about our near-
and far-term futures, technologically speaking? Is it safe to assume that if we
can dream it, future scientists can build it? And even if they can: should
they? Finally, what line should be drawn between science and fiction, if any?
Vincent Docherty (M) Frank Wu, Dr. Martin Elvis (Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory), Jon Singer, Michael Swanwick
Great Novels That
Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Harbor II (Westin)
Which marvelous masterpieces of science fiction, fantasy, or
horror don’t really measure up? Why? Do they feature faults that genre fans
forgive more readily than regular readers? Did these stories get sprinkled with
plot hole dust by the That Don't Work Fairy? Are they still great, in spite of
not working? Or even—as in the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, where flaws
perfect the whole—because they don’t work?
Grady Hendrix (M),Allen M. Steele, Bracken MacLeod, Michael
Swanwick, Brianna Wu
Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Marina 3 (Westin)
Is it still possible to write a future history? Is it still
worthwhile? How do you build a future history, anyway? How about alternate
futures based on alternate pasts? Let's dive into the great what-ifs and maybes
Mark Olson (M), Dr Jonathan McDowell (Center for
Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian), David B. Coe/ D.B. Jackson, Sharon Lee
(Liaden Universe), Michael Swanwick
Saturday 16:00 - 16:50, Harbor I (Westin)
In the words of Ursula Le Guin, "Resistance and change
often begin in art. Very often in our art — the art of words." Arguably,
science fiction and fantasy are at their very hearts genres of subversion,
challenging the status quo. Let's talk about the art of subversion, and how we
as artists and readers support and promote social change through the creation
of ideas and the power of imagination.
Paul Di Filippo (M), Walter Jon Williams (Word Domination,
Ltd.), Jeffrey Ford, Michael Swanwick, Suzanne Palmer
From Book to the
Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Harbor I (Westin)
What actually happens when a novel is picked up and made
into a film? It doesn't always turn out the way readers, viewers, or the
original writer imagines. From characters to plot changes, the act of
adaptation has the potential to transform key elements of the story. So how can
authors stay involved in the process, when should they step away, and what
should fans expect?
Holly Black, Charlaine Harris, , Michael Swanwick, Rajnar