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Semi-Final Program Grid for Michael D. Pederson

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Michael D. Pederson 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.

Saturday 9:00 am: Classics With Class (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Eric Choi, Michael Dirda, Walter H. Hunt, Michael D. Pederson (M), Darrell Schweitzer
There are many seminal works in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Some still seem as great as you remember while others have become dated and dull. How often do you re-read the classics of the genre and what books do you think hold up well? What books do you think should be removed from the list of classics? Why?
Saturday 1:00 pm: 21st Century Classics (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Larry Hodges, Walter H. Hunt, Michael D. Pederson (M)
What makes a book a classic? What modern works, published since 2000 do you think should be added to the list of classic SF and Fantasy works. What do you think people will still be reading in 50 years? Will Harry Potter be an eternal children’s must-read like Narnia?
Saturday 6:00 pm: RIP Bookstores or Not Dead Yet? (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew Fox, Katie Hartlove (M), Michael D. Pederson, Steve Stiles
With the growth of Amazon online, the demise of Borders, and the rapid adoption of ebooks, does the traditional bookstores have a future? What is the role of bookstores in the age of instantly downloadable ebooks and Amazon Prime? Can we do anything to save the bookstore?

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