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Semi-Final Program Grid for Tom Doyle

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Tom Doyle may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Friday 5:00 pm: Popular Dystopias (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. (M), Tom Doyle, Diana Peterfreund
Why are so many dystopias being written, especially for YA? Is this a reaction to the current political economic situation? Why do people want to read about depressing circumstances? And what will be its effect on readers, especially younger readers? Should there be a counter-utopian trend?
Friday 6:00 pm: Phillip K Dick (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle, David Louis Edelman (M), Doug Fratz
Many of his works have made it to the big screen, is anyone going to be able to match him? What makes his stories resonate decades later.
Saturday 10:00 am: Unsung Author (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Michael Dirda (M), Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox
Robert Sheckley. He was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. SFWA awarded him the 2001 Author Emeritus award. Learn more about his career and writings.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Reading Tom Doyle (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle
Saturday 5:00 pm: Golden Age SF (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, Tom Doyle, Jamie Todd Rubin (M)
The Golden Age defined and discussed.
Saturday 10:00 pm: Who are the Early Masters of Modern Science Fiction? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Dirda, Tom Doyle, Doug Fratz (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Darrell Schweitzer
Most fans know Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle, but there who else were early pioneers of SF? How have they influenced modern SF or have today’s writers rejected their predecessors?

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