Semi-Final Program Grid for James Morrow
This is the Semi-Final program schedule. James Morrow 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: Required reading (Ends at: 4:55 pm)|
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, James Morrow, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Students are required to read many novels. Is this a good thing? Can High School students truly relate to the Joads? Does being forced to read hold back students?
|Saturday 10:00 am: Doublespeak (Ends at: 10:55 am)|
Panelists: James Maxey, James Morrow (M)
The proliferation of information beyond the control of any one authority is a good thing that can topple dictators and hold powerful corporations accountable. But, falsehoods can be spread just as easily as truth, and seemingly neutral, objective data can and is manipulated by people with political agendas. How are we to navigate the growing maze of truthiness that surrounds any subject?
|Saturday 11:00 am: Not Rocket Science (Ends at: 11:55 am)|
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D., Edward M. Lerner, James Morrow, Sam Scheiner (M)
Hard science fiction usually focuses on physics and space. What about the other sciences? How can they be treated seriously as hard SF? What are the best authors who have focused on biology or the social sciences?
|Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)|
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, David Louis Edelman, Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Morgan Keyes, Dave Klecha, Jonah Knight, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.
|Sunday 9:00 am: The End is Nigh (Ends at: 9:55 am)|
Panelists: John Ashmead, David Louis Edelman, James Morrow
After the end of the world as we know it, do you feel fine? Whatís next after the end of all things? Post-apocalyptical fiction has become popular (especially in YAs). Why? What do authors and readers like about this setting? What is worth reading?
|Sunday 10:00 am: My Buddy, My Beta (Ends at: 10:55 am)|
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, David Louis Edelman, James Morrow, Aly Parsons (M), Jim Stratton
I want your honest opinion about how you really love my book. Can your friends and family function as your beta readers to advise you on your story/novel and help you improve it? Can they give your manuscript a reality check before sending it to the editor? Who do authors choose as their reader and what kind of feedback do they get and give? Is it hard to tell a friend their story isnít quite right?
|Sunday 12:00 pm: World Wide Writers (Ends at: 12:55 pm)|
Panelists: Nick Mamatas, James Morrow, Kathyrn Morrow
Beyond Terry Pratchett, thereís a whole world of writers. Who are the authors not from the U.S. or Canada that people should know about and read? Why do American publishers rarely translate books? How can Americans get a hold of these books? In what ways is non-American sf/fantasy different from the local variant?
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