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Semi-Final Program Grid for Doug Fratz

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Doug Fratz 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 4:00 pm: Comic relief (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Doug Fratz, Larry Hodges, James Maxey (M), Lawrence M. Schoen
How much comic relief can you put in a book before it gets shifted into the humor category? Does humor hurt or enhance a serious novel? Does it throw you out of the story if you expect Song of Ice and Fire and get a line right out of Xanth? What are examples of writers who get it right/wrong?
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 5:00 pm: Reviewer Workshop (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Doug Fratz
A good reviewer does more then read free books and say "I like that." Doug Fratz demonstrates the hallmarks of a good review and how to create one. (Limit 10) It is preffered that participants bring a copy of a review they have written and 10 copies. Please send an electronic version to the workshop coordinator in advance as well.
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?
Saturday 11:00 pm: Our lonely future (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell (M), Doug Fratz
What if we are alone in the universe? Is a universe with no life outside of Earth realistic? Aside from the Foundation series, what other science fiction has space travel without aliens?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Doug Fratz, Sherin Nicole
Some books are just meant to be on the bigscreen. What books are begging to be a movie? If I could turn only one book into a movie what would it be? Why? Can it be done as a single movie or would it need a mini-series? Why do some book to movies transfer fail and what can bedone to make your book choice work?

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