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Friday: 4pm-7pm
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Friday: 4pm - 1am(ish)
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Friday: 4pm - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Semi-Final Program Grid

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. The program listed should be mostly stable, but changes can occur throughout the convention due to circumstances beyond our control.

Grid of Scheduled Events

(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)

2012-10-12 Friday
 FrederickRockville/PotomacRoom 254Salons A & BBethesdaKaffeeklatsch Area
4:00 pmRequired readingComic relief
4:30 pmReading Craig Alan Loewen
5:00 pmThe Mayans Are ComingPopular DystopiasReading Lawrence M. SchoenFall TV Discussion
5:30 pmReading Walter Hunt
6:00 pmPhillip K DickSo you want to be a Writer?Reading Scott H. AndrewsCapclave Book Club, Friday
6:30 pmReading Catherine Asaro
7:00 pmSmall Press an ebook perspectiveHorror- More than scary stories?Reading John G. HemryFast Forward: Capclave Edition Michael Dirda
7:30 pm
8:00 pmHere Kitty KittyPrincess of Mars' 100 Year ReignReading Katie HartloveFast Forward Capclave Edition John Scalzi
8:30 pm
9:00 pmThe (non) Holy BibleAlien Autopsy, the Xenobiology panel.Paper Golem Book LaunchFast Forward Capclave Edition Nick Mamatas
9:30 pm
10:00 pmJonah KnightCan you hear me now?Fast Forward Capclave Edition Neil Clarke
10:30 pm
11:00 pmFriday Filk CircleCharacter abuse
11:30 pm
2012-10-13 Saturday
 FrederickRockville/PotomacRoom 254Salons A & BBethesdaKaffeeklatsch Area
9:00 am"Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?"Back when I was a gamerReading Allen WoldOnline PresenceClassics With Class
9:30 am
10:00 amDoublespeakAlternate Alternate HistoryReading Aly ParsonsAs you willUnsung Author
10:30 amReading Sherin NicoleDoctor Who Roundtable Discussion
11:00 amWold's Writers WorkshopNot Rocket ScienceReading John ScalziRejection
11:30 am
12:00 pmThe Future of YAReading Edward M. LernerThe Heritage of Edgar RIce BurroughsReviews, what are they good for?
12:30 pmReading Jamie Todd Rubin
1:00 pmQuantum Mechanics, Reality, & YouReading Darrell SchweitzerAuthor, editor, candlestick maker21st Century ClassicsEdgar Rice Burroughs' Successors
1:30 pmReading Andrew Fox
2:00 pmNick Mamatas's WorkshopBuilding GrantvilleReading Morgan KeyesScience fiction without SciencePublish or Perish?Scalzi Kaffeeklatch
2:30 pmReading Mattie M. Brahen
3:00 pmMultiple PersonalitiesReading Jennifer PellandRomancing the ParanormalWhat's new in 1632?Capclave Book Club, Saturday
3:30 pmReading Bud Sparhawk
4:00 pmChoosing an Ebook by its EcoverReading Tom DoyleYoung, Adult, or Both?Has Steampunk gone mainstream?WSFA Podcast Discussion
4:30 pmReading Danielle Ackley-McPhail
5:00 pmReviewer WorkshopFTL what the hellReading James MaxeyMamatas and Scalzi discussionGolden Age SF
5:30 pmReading Dina Leacock
6:00 pmThe Unwritten Secrets of Writer GroupsRIP Bookstores or Not Dead Yet?Reading Chris DolleyDressed for SuccessMamatas Haikasoru Kaffeeklatch
6:30 pmReading Eric Choi
7:00 pmReading David BartellWhat is the WSFA Small Press Award
7:30 pmMass Signing
8:00 pm
8:30 pmSmall Press Awards
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pmMaugornWho are the Early Masters of Modern Science Fiction?They can’t do that!
10:30 pmI Swear It’s All True
11:00 pmSaturday Filk CircleOur lonely futureShortest fiction
11:30 pm
2012-10-14 Sunday
 FrederickRockville/PotomacRoom 254Salons A & BBethesdaKaffeeklatsch Area
9:00 amMirror Mirror, the Reverse panelThe End is NighThe Future of Reading
9:30 am
10:00 amWriting MarinesCthulhu- An autobiographyMy Buddy, My BetaCapclave Book Club Sunday
10:30 am
11:00 amResearch to WriteWWI comebackMunchkin Cthulhu
11:30 am
12:00 pmWorld Wide WritersMy First Time
12:30 pm
1:00 pmWold WrapupHow Many Years in the Business Before They Stop Calling Me a New Writer?Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture
1:30 pm
2:00 pmToo DetailedThe Infinite Series: Book #Ten MillionOnline publishing: From blogs to e-magazines
2:30 pm
3:00 pmThe Bradbury EffectCapclave WrapupStories in a Series
3:30 pm

Items are sorted by Category, Date/Time, Room and Event Name

(NOTE: All items are subject to change. Please check back often.)


Friday 4:00 pmFrederickRequired 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?
Rockville/PotomacComic 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 5:00 pmFrederickThe Mayans Are Coming (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Brian Lewis (M), John Scalzi
Why does everyone assume that the statement/prophesy that the world, as we know it, will change with the end of the Mayan Long Calendar in a little over 2 months? A new baby will completely change the life of the parents and is, usually, considered a positive event.
Rockville/PotomacPopular 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 pmFrederickPhillip 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.
Rockville/PotomacSo you want to be a Writer? (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda Clough, Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. (M), Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Nick Mamatas, Jim Stratton
Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n’t) Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Friday 7:00 pmFrederickSmall Press an ebook perspective (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Chris Dolley, Katie Hartlove
Small press editors discuss ebooks. How are ebooks affecting the small press industry? How do you compete with the big boys?
Rockville/PotomacHorror- More than scary stories? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Dina Leacock (M), Craig Alan Loewen, Darrell Schweitzer
What Defines Horror? Is horror based on setting or plot? Or does it need both? Is horror without a supernatural element a separate genre?
BethesdaFast 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 pmFrederickHere Kitty Kitty (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Brenda Clough (M), Dina Leacock, Jennifer Pelland
Don’t touch that cat! Beat up the kids, kill the spouse, but don’t mess with your character’s cat or fans will react with pitchforks. Authors describe their experiences writing about and around cats.
Rockville/PotomacPrincess 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?
BethesdaFast Forward Capclave Edition John Scalzi (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: John Scalzi
The crew from Fast Forward will film an interview with John Scalzi in front of a live studio audience.

(Limited audience space)

Friday 9:00 pmFrederickThe (non) Holy Bible (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Not that one, but a series bible for your series. How do writers keep track of the myriad of facts in a series? What isthe difference with shared world bibles and those for authors’ own series? Do writers plan the bible in advance, as they go, or fill in afterwards? What information goes in and why?
Rockville/PotomacAlien Autopsy, the Xenobiology panel. (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell, Alisha Brown, Sam Scheiner (M)
What is xenobiology? What does the science say? How do writers create alien creatures and what writers have the most realistic alien biology?
Room 254Paper Golem Book Launch (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence M. Schoen
Paper Golem launches its newest book, Cucurbital 3. Get a look into the inner working of nine authors' minds in this anthology that required them all to start with the same three prompts: Madness, Darkness, Mattress!
BethesdaFast Forward Capclave Edition Nick Mamatas (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Nick Mamatas
The crew from Fast Forward will film an interview with Nick Mamatas in front of a live studio audience.

(Limited audience space)

Friday 10:00 pmFrederickJonah Knight (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Jonah Knight
Jonah Knight performs
Rockville/PotomacCan you hear me now? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Elaine Stiles
What is the future of communication? How is social interaction changing in the age of Facebook and Twitter? Asimov wrote about Spacers who never left their homes, with Skype, video conferencing, and telecommuting people can actually do this. How will this affect the world?
BethesdaFast Forward Capclave Edition Neil Clarke (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke
The crew from Fast Forward will film an interview with Neil Clarke in front of a live studio audience.

(Limited audience space)

Friday 11:00 pmFrederickFriday Filk Circle (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Crystal Paul (M)
Rockville/PotomacCharacter abuse (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Dave Klecha, James Maxey, Allen Wold (M)
Do your characters have human rights? You put them through hell, don’t they deserve a little love? Authors relate how they treat their characters and discuss what is the line between interesting development and abuse.
Saturday 9:00 amFrederick"Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?" (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: David Bartell (M)
The show is hosted by Michelle Rodriguez.
Rockville/PotomacBack when I was a gamer (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Chris Dolley, Craig Alan Loewen (M), Mike McPhail
Gaming is wide spread and it doesn’t just keep authors from writing, it can lead to stories and series. Authors share their gaming experiences and how they came to be a part of their writing.
Salons A & BOnline Presence (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Morgan Keyes, Nick Mamatas, Jamie Todd Rubin (M), John Scalzi
Suggestions on how to manage your online life. Politics, religion, and sex are these things to avoid? One wrong word and it may be over. And it isn't just the author, what about the comments?
BethesdaClassics 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 amFrederickDoublespeak (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?
Rockville/PotomacAlternate Alternate History (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, John G. Hemry, Dave Klecha (M)
Is Alternate History alternate enough? What is the best way of making a history alternate -- little or big changes? How much is enough? Are authors failing in ambition or taking the easy way out? If the divergent point is more than a generation ago, would there be any recognizable people?
Salons A & BAs you will (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Bud Sparhawk
Anything goes? A panel without preconception or plan. Panelists talk about anything and everything.
BethesdaUnsung 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 11:00 amRockville/PotomacNot 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?
BethesdaRejection (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Eric Choi, Alan Smale, Gayle Surrette (M), Sean Wallace
Thank you for submitting your story, unfortunately… Nobody sells everything. How do authors cope with rejection? What do editors do to help?
Saturday 12:00 pmRockville/PotomacThe Future of YA (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Warren Buff (M), Victoria Janssen, Sherin Nicole, Diana Peterfreund
What is the next big trend in YA now that Vampires and Dystopian have had their big hits? Will the audience for YAs continue to build or has it overexpanded? As YA books get longer and more sophisticated, is there really a need for a separate YA label?
Salons A & BThe 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?
BethesdaReviews, what are they good for? (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Brenda Clough, Gayle Surrette (M), Jean Marie Ward
They said what!?! What is the value of book blogs and review sites? Should you engage?
Saturday 1:00 pmRockville/PotomacQuantum Mechanics, Reality, & You (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead
Behold the weird! Wigner & his panel of babies! The case of the highly charged cat! The collapse of the collapse of the wave function! And quantum chess! What's new with quantum mechanics & what does it all mean?
Salons A & BAuthor, editor, candlestick maker (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, Katie Hartlove, Mike McPhail
Some people wear many hats. How do they balance all of the different activities without shorting the others?
Bethesda21st 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 2:00 pmRockville/PotomacBuilding Grantville (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Virginia DeMarce
Virginia DeMarce describes the process of creating the Grantville database of characters by using Census and other data.
Salons A & BScience fiction without Science (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Eric Choi, Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D. (M), Inge Heyer, Edward M. Lerner
Can the improbable work without some basis to science in science?
BethesdaPublish or Perish? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke (M), Katie Hartlove, James Maxey, Sean Wallace
How is publishing changing in the Internet Age? What has caused the explosion of the small presses? Are publishers still adding value in selecting, editing, and proofing books or are authors better off self-publishing? Aside from Baen, are publishers doing anything to establish an identity and attract a consistent base of readers?
Saturday 3:00 pmRockville/PotomacMultiple Personalities (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner (M), James Maxey, Alan Smale, Allen Wold
Introverts extroverts and creating a persona for public consumption. Many authors need to be in the public, even if they would prefer to be reclusive. How do you overcome your fears and hangups. Additionally, how much of your controversial beliefs should you share. Are ideals worth the loss of sales?
Salons A & BRomancing the Paranormal (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Sherin Nicole, Jean Marie Ward
Witches and werewolves and vampires in love. Why has paranormal romance become so popular? Is this a fad or a lasting subgenre? Have publishers started cutting back? How much romance needs to be in the book for it to be paranormal as opposed to urban/modern fantasy?
BethesdaWhat's new in 1632? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, Virginia DeMarce, Walter H. Hunt
Authors from the popular 1632 universe share the latest news and provide hints as to what was/is coming.
Saturday 4:00 pmRockville/PotomacChoosing an Ebook by its Ecover (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke (M), Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Sherin Nicole
How does format affect art and does it matter to readers? How do you stand out in from the rest?
Salons A & BYoung, Adult, or Both? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Victoria Janssen (M), Morgan Keyes, Diana Peterfreund
How does a YA differ from a children’s book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?
BethesdaHas Steampunk gone mainstream? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Jonah Knight (M), Alan Smale, Elaine Stiles, Jean Marie Ward
New York editors are acting like gears and coal-fired engines are the new vampires. Has the genre become too popular--and is that a bad thing? And what exactly is steampunk and is it fantasy or science fiction?
Saturday 5:00 pmRockville/PotomacFTL what the hell (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, John G. Hemry, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Bud Sparhawk
Space the final frontier, how do you get characters there? Does the feasability of the described propulsion make or break a story?
Salons A & BMamatas and Scalzi discussion (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Nick Mamatas, John Scalzi
Capclave's guests of honor do what they do best.
BethesdaGolden Age SF (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, Tom Doyle, Jamie Todd Rubin (M)
The Golden Age defined and discussed.
Saturday 6:00 pmFrederickThe Unwritten Secrets of Writer Groups (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Capobianco, Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Aly Parsons (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Jim Stratton
What are Writers Groups and how do they help or hinder writers? What are some of your own experiences with writer groups? Please share the good, the bad, and the interesting.
Rockville/PotomacRIP 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?
BethesdaDressed for Success (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, Victoria Janssen, Diana Peterfreund
How detailed should your clothing descriptions be in your story. Does the clothing have anything to do with the character. Does it describe them or allow them to certain things. Do the readers care?
Saturday 7:30 pmSalons A & BMass 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.
Saturday 8:30 pmSalons A & BSmall Press Awards (Ends at: 10:25 pm)
Saturday 10:00 pmFrederickMaugorn (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Maugorn
Maugorn performs
Rockville/PotomacWho 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?
BethesdaThey can’t do that! (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, John G. Hemry, Dave Klecha, Mike McPhail (M), Bud Sparhawk
What are the commonly known tropes that writers get wrong in Military SF? Why it is important to get the facts right? What are the facts?
Saturday 10:30 pmSalons A & BI Swear It’s All True (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Panelists regal fans with their best “true” stories about things that happened to them. The moderator will give prompts, “Things that happened when I was supposed to be writing,” “Craziest thing that happened at a convention,” “Weirdest interaction with an editor or agent,” and “How I learned a lesson I’ll never forget.”
Saturday 11:00 pmFrederickSaturday Filk Circle (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Crystal Paul (M)
Rockville/PotomacOur 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?
BethesdaShortest fiction (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Larry Hodges, Dina Leacock, Craig Alan Loewen, Jennifer Pelland, Jamie Todd Rubin (M)
There is Flash Fiction, Tweets, and Drabbles. How to write for an instant gratification society.
Sunday 9:00 amFrederickMirror Mirror, the Reverse panel (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Katie Hartlove, Alan Smale
What do authors/editors etc. want to know from fans? What do fans want authors to know about them? The panelists pose questions and the audience answers.
Rockville/PotomacThe 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? What’s 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?
BethesdaThe Future of Reading (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Chris Dolley, Sam Lubell (M)
Bookstores are disappearing and ebook use is growing. Online zines and podcasts are replacing print magazines. How does this affect readers and writers and sellers of science fiction and fantasy? How can new writers and books by midlist writers get to readers? What will the reading world of 2020 be like?
Sunday 10:00 amRockville/PotomacCthulhu- An autobiography (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Nick Mamatas, Darrell Schweitzer (M)
Who is Cthulhu and why is he important? How much of an impact does Cthulhu still have in horror? How does he compare with other superpowerful horrors?
BethesdaMy 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 isn’t quite right?
Sunday 11:00 amRockville/PotomacResearch to Write (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Iver Cooper (M), A. C. Crispin, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale
When writing historically based fiction, the details matter to many readers. What are the best sources for the different eras of Earth?
BethesdaWWI comeback (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Tad Daley J.D., Ph.D., Andrew Fox, John G. Hemry, Victoria Janssen (M), Jean Marie Ward
It has been nearly a hundred years since the War to end all wars, is this a setting that still has potential? Will the movie "War Horse" and the tv show "Downton Abbey" spark a new interest in fiction set during World War One?
Sunday 12:00 pmRockville/PotomacWorld Wide Writers (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Nick Mamatas, James Morrow, Kathyrn Morrow
Beyond Terry Pratchett, there’s 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?
BethesdaMy First Time (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Larry Hodges, Diana Peterfreund (M), Alan Smale
Authors discuss their first science fiction and fantasy novels. Have those novels stood the test of time. Did they spur you to become a writer.
Sunday 1:00 pmRockville/PotomacHow Many Years in the Business Before They Stop Calling Me a New Writer? (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Pelland, Diana Peterfreund (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Alan Smale
Authors that have only been at it a couple years share their experiences and offer advice. How did they break into writing? How have they learned how to improve their craft? What would they have done differently if they had only known…
BethesdaSoon 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?
Sunday 2:00 pmFrederickToo Detailed (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: David Louis Edelman, Jennifer Pelland
How accurate do you need to be? When to infodump and when to gloss over it. Does a less clear description prevent a story from becoming dated?
Rockville/PotomacThe Infinite Series: Book #Ten Million (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: John G. Hemry, Dave Klecha (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Once, even lowly hobbits could defeat a darklord in just three books. Now series seem to go on and on and on. Why? Whose fault is it – publishers, authors, or readers? What if the author wants to write something else? Can we shorten the series?
BethesdaOnline publishing: From blogs to e-magazines (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Brenda Clough, Sherin Nicole, Sean Wallace (M)
What are the advantages and disadvantages of publishing online? Who are some of the best online publishers and what do they do? What can be learned from some pioneers? And how can new would-be publishers get started?
Sunday 3:00 pmFrederickThe Bradbury Effect (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Roger MacBride Allen, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Andrew Fox (M)
How Ray Bradbury affected authors through his writing and contacts.
Rockville/PotomacCapclave Wrapup (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: George Shaner (M)
Let the Concom know what went well and not so well.
BethesdaStories in a Series (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda Clough, Sam Lubell, Bud Sparhawk (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Some authors use short stories to explore aspects of a series' universe that aren’t enough for a whole novel. Or to write about the backstory of minor characters or fill in the gaps? What writers do this well? How can you make these stories understandable to those who have not read the series and let readers of the novels know about stories?


Friday 7:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgEminent Domain (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Survey the galaxy to expand your civilization – will you colonize nearby planets, or take them over by force? Harvest resources for trade, and do research to improve your technology. Build the best civilization and win the game!

Eminent Domain is a civilization-building game in which your civilization's abilities are based on a deck of Role cards. At the beginning of the game each player has the same deck of cards, with just two cards for each Role in it. Every turn you must choose a Role to execute (and your opponents will get a chance to follow suit), and in doing so you will add one of those Role cards to your deck. When executing a Role, you can boost its effect by playing cards out of your hand matching the Role you have chosen. For example, the more you Research, the better you get at Researching (because you'll have more Research cards in your deck).

Saturday 11:00 amDarnestown/GaithersburgRace for the Galaxy (Ends at: 11:55 am)
In the card game Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by playing game cards in front of them that represent worlds or technical and social developments. Some worlds allow players to produce goods, which can be consumed later to gain either card draws or victory points when the appropriate technologies are available to them. These are mainly provided by the developments and worlds that are not able to produce, but the fancier production worlds also give these bonuses.

At the beginning of each round, players each select, secretly and simultaneously, one of the seven roles which correspond to the phases in which the round progresses. By selecting a role, players activate that phase for this round, giving each player the opportunity to perform that phase's action. For example, if one player chooses the settle role, each player has the opportunity to settle one of the planets from their hand. The player who has chosen the role, however, gets a bonus that applies only to him. But bonuses may also be acquired through developments, so one must be aware when another player also takes advantage of his choice of role.

Saturday 3:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgLords of Waterdeep (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Waterdeep, the City of Splendors – the most resplendent jewel in the Forgotten Realms, and a den of political intrigue and shady back-alley dealings. In this game, the players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force!

In Lords of Waterdeep, a strategy board game for 2-5 players, you take on the role of one of the masked Lords of Waterdeep, secret rulers of the city. Through your agents, you recruit adventurers to go on quests on your behalf, earning rewards and increasing your influence over the city. Expand the city by purchasing new buildings that open up new actions on the board, and hinder – or help – the other lords by playing Intrigue cards to enact your carefully laid plans.

Saturday 6:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgWalnut Grove (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Walnut Grove is a cross between jigsaw puzzles and worker placement, with the players as farmers who find their plots merging into a single landscape as time passes and their holdings grow. Come fall they must head to the city with their goods as winter will soon return.

The goal of the game is to develop your own ranch. The better the ranch, the more points you will score at the end of the game. Players can improve their ranch during the game by adding new land tiles to it, hiring more workers, building improvements, etc

The game play is divided into eight years, and each year is divided into Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter phases. During Spring, players add land tiles to their ranch. During Summer, players place their workers to gather resources from the fields. When Autumn comes, all players get to visit the city. Finally, during the Winter phase, players need to feed their workers and heat their homes.

In the city you can hire workers, trade goods to coins, build improvements, and so on. Each player may do only one action in the city though. The city is a kind of rondel that is divided into halves; each time you cross the midline you have to pay a coin. Therefore it is wise to move as slowly as possible on the rondel, but then again, you have to consider what actions you want to take!

The land areas will produce resources when you place the workers there. Also, the tiles do not need to match, but you want them to, as larger areas of the same type will give you greater production.

Sunday 11:00 amDarnestown/GaithersburgGamers' Choice 1 (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Your choice of game demos (by popular vote) from the following:

7 Wonders            Qwirkle
Agricola            Saint Petersburg
Amun-Re            Small World
Carson City            Ticket to Ride
Innovation            Vegas Showdown
Power Grid            Yspahan

Kaffeeklatsch AreaMunchkin Cthulhu (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Steve Strote orgsnizes a Munchkin Cthulhu Card Game(or a blend of different Munchkin genres, by popular vote). Hosted by Steve Jackson Games MiB GM.
Sunday 2:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgGamer's Choice 2 (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Your choice of game demos (by popular vote) from the following:

7 Wonders            Qwirkle
Agricola            Saint Petersburg
Amun-Re            Small World
Carson City            Ticket to Ride
Innovation            Vegas Showdown
Power Grid            Yspahan


Saturday 11:00 amFrederickWold's Writers Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: A. C. Crispin, Allen Wold, Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. Session will be for 3 hours on Sat. and for those interested, a 1 hour follow-up on Sunday. Number of Participants is limited to 12. (Full)
Saturday 2:00 pmFrederickNick Mamatas's Workshop (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Nick Mamatas
'If you don't use your imagination someone else will use it for you.'—Ronald Sukenick

In SF/F a good idea can go a long way, but often the first ideas we think of for a story or novel are well-worn, and are probably already in the slush pile with another author's name on it. In this brief workshop, writers will be exposed to a stimulus and together with facilitator Nick Mamatas will generate three ideas and write a flash fiction based on a common theme. Participants will practice the skills needed to use their own imaginations, rather than having them used by "someone else." (Full)

Saturday 5:00 pmFrederickReviewer 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.
Sunday 10:00 amFrederickWriting Marines (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner
Are you now, or do you plan to write about aviation, the military, or some aspect of either (or both) in your next novel? Perhaps Space Marines or intergalactic dragons? Would you like some advice/tips/tricks on how to get it right? Then this workshop is for you, as you'll be come engage in a guided discussion with Marine Corps pilot and bestselling author, developed by Janine K. Spendlove, and Marine veteran and author, Ron Garner.
Sunday 1:00 pmFrederickWold Wrapup (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Allen Wold
A 1-hour wrap-up to Allen Wold's Writer's Workshop.


Friday 4:30 pmRoom 254Reading Craig Alan Loewen (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Craig Alan Loewen
He will be reading from his Opal Wine collection of short stories.
Friday 5:00 pmRoom 254Reading Lawrence M. Schoen (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence M. Schoen
Friday 5:30 pmRoom 254Reading Walter Hunt (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Walter H. Hunt
Friday 6:00 pmRoom 254Reading Scott H. Andrews (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews
Friday 6:30 pmRoom 254Reading Catherine Asaro (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro
Friday 7:00 pmRoom 254Reading John G. Hemry (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: John G. Hemry
Friday 8:00 pmRoom 254Reading Katie Hartlove (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Katie Hartlove
Saturday 9:00 amRoom 254Reading Allen Wold (Ends at: 9:25 am)
Panelists: Allen Wold
Saturday 10:00 amRoom 254Reading Aly Parsons (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Panelists: Aly Parsons
Saturday 10:30 amRoom 254Reading Sherin Nicole (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Sherin Nicole
Saturday 11:00 amSalons A & BReading John Scalzi (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: John Scalzi
Saturday 12:00 pmRoom 254Reading Edward M. Lerner (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Panelists: Edward M. Lerner
Think four-dollar gas is bad? It could get worse. Much worse. Edward M. Lerner reads from his new novel: the near-future, energy-crisis technothriller, Energized.
Saturday 12:30 pmRoom 254Reading Jamie Todd Rubin (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Jamie Todd Rubin
Saturday 1:00 pmRoom 254Reading Darrell Schweitzer (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer
Saturday 1:30 pmRoom 254Reading Andrew Fox (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew Fox
Saturday 2:00 pmRoom 254Reading Morgan Keyes (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Panelists: Morgan Keyes
Saturday 2:30 pmRoom 254Reading Mattie M. Brahen (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Saturday 3:00 pmRoom 254Reading Jennifer Pelland (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Pelland
Saturday 3:30 pmRoom 254Reading Bud Sparhawk (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Bud Sparhawk
Saturday 4:00 pmRoom 254Reading Tom Doyle (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle
Saturday 4:30 pmRoom 254Reading Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Saturday 5:00 pmRoom 254Reading James Maxey (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: James Maxey
Saturday 5:30 pmRoom 254Reading Dina Leacock (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Dina Leacock
2 short Halloween stories, "Leaves" and Bewitching Youth.
Saturday 6:00 pmRoom 254Reading Chris Dolley (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Chris Dolley
Chris Dolley will be reading from his new Reeves & Worcester Steampunk Mystery.
Saturday 6:30 pmRoom 254Reading Eric Choi (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Eric Choi
Saturday 7:00 pmRoom 254Reading David Bartell (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: David Bartell


Saturday 2:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaScalzi Kaffeeklatch (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: John Scalzi
Have your afternoon Coke Zero with GOH John Scalzi.
Saturday 6:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaMamatas Haikasoru Kaffeeklatch (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Nick Mamatas
An early evening Haikasoru sit down with GOH Nick Mamatas.

Round Table

Friday 5:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaFall TV Discussion (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
What is new and noteworthy. How does it compare to the established series.
Friday 6:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaCapclave Book Club, Friday (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Members from WSFA discuss this year's Hugo Award Winners and what is eligible so far this year.
Saturday 10:30 amKaffeeklatsch AreaDoctor Who Roundtable Discussion (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Cathy Green leads a discussion related to Doctor Who.
Saturday 1:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaEdgar Rice Burroughs' Successors (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Huck Huckenpohler and Ellen Vartanoff introduce you to some of the local artists, authors, actors and others who carry on the creative legacy of the Grandfather of American Science Fiction and share experiences from the Earth's Core to beyond the farthest star.

Later the National Capital Panthans will have their annual dinner meeting.

Day and time: Saturday 13 October: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No requirement to stay the entire time.

Event: National Capital Panthans Dinner Meeting

Location: Hilton Hotel Private Dining Room

Open to all who are interested in Edgar Rice Burroughs, his works and his enduring influence on science and science fiction.

Saturday 3:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaCapclave Book Club, Saturday (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
John Scalzi's "The Android's Dream" is discussed. Lead by a member of WSFA.
Saturday 4:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaWSFA Podcast Discussion (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Our local SF club welcomes ALL Capclave attendees to a discussion of the latest and greatest short fiction that was narrated (for free!) on podcasts in September 2012. Episodes to be discussed will be listed on (Oct 8th at the latest). Or, subscribe right NOW on iTunes to the Synthetic Voices podcast, which is an audio version of the episode list. We hope to have a lively group discussion, so we suggest listening to at least ONE story from the list, prior to the event. Email Jimmy Rogers at if you would like more details!
Saturday 7:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaWhat is the WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette
Come learn about the WSFA Small Press Award. The Award committee answers your questions.
Sunday 10:00 amKaffeeklatsch AreaCapclave Book Club Sunday (Ends at: 10:55 am)
In honor of next year's GOH George R.R. Martin, The Game of Thrones is discussed.

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