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Semi-Final Program Grid for Michael Dirda

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Michael Dirda 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 7:00 pm: Fast Forward: Capclave Edition Michael Dirda (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Dirda
The crew from Fast Forward will film an interview with Michael Dirda in front of a live studio audience.

(Limited audience space)

Friday 8:00 pm: Princess of Mars' 100 Year Reign (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Dirda, John G. Hemry, Bill Ross, Darrell Schweitzer, Lee Strong (M)
The magazine version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic was published 100 years ago. How has it influenced science fiction? Is it still readable today? And what about the movies?
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 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 12:00 pm: The Heritage of Edgar RIce Burroughs (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Capobianco, Iver Cooper, Michael Dirda, Dr. Stan Galloway (M), Huck Huckenpohler, Cole Richardson
One hundred years ago, a former pencil sharpener salesman created a universe of action, adventure and excitement that has inspired artists, authors, actors, astronomers, rocket scientists, and, of course, hundreds of millions of readers to this day. How well does Edgar Rice Burrough's work translate to modern audiences? John Carter is the most recent attempt, but there have been many throughout the past century. What has worked and what hasn't?
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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