Well, a couple of days in the hospital last week set me back a whole week in my preparation for Miscon, the world's most fun science fiction convention, but I'm almost caught up now. It's held in Missoula, Montana every Memorial Day weekend, and if you're in the area I urge you to stop by. Here's my schedule:
Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Fiction Slam Reading, Tent By the Trees (1)
I'll be reading a humorous short story at 11:20.
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Not Your Average Short Story Panel, Glacier
Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Dean Wells
If you’re tired of hearing the same old advice on short stories, this is the panel for you. Let’s delve deep into what makes a short story work. Is it like writing the last chapter of a book? Or more like a vignette? Does it include the same ups and downs as a novel? How do you know when it’s done?
Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, You Got Military in my Sci Fi, Gallatin
Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham
How does military SFF parallel our current geo-political situation? How does it differ?
Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Current Trends in Sci/Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, Pavilion (2)
Moderator: S. A. Bolich; Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Manny Frishberg, Andrea Howe, Frog Jones
Let’s discuss the current trends in genre. Are we finally leaving grim dystopia behind? Is it possible for SF to imagine hopeful futures again? Is message fiction our future, or is there still room for silly fun? This will be an audience-participation panel where we talk about what people really want to see/read, as opposed to what the media and the big houses are focused on.
Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Maps and Stories, Ballroom C
Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Brenda Carre, Vandy Hall, Todd Lockwood, Laurey Patten
How can storytelling and cartography influence each other?
Mon 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Write a Story on the Fly, Pavilion (2)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Diana Pharaoh Francis (Di), Krista Wallace
In this panel, the panelists will improv a story on the fly, one sentence at a time. It will be written down as they go, and will be read aloud at the end. Promises to be a rolickin’ good time!
I hope to see you there!