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Semi-Final Program Grid for James Maxey

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. James Maxey 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: Are Prose Superheroes Still Novel? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Matt Betts, Andrew Fox, James Maxey (M), Sherin Nicole
Although more frequent now, why are there so few costumed superheroes in prose? Do fancy costumes just work better in visual media? Or does urban fantasy featuring people with paranormal abilities satisfy the need?
Friday 8:00 pm: Perishing Publishers (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Andrew Fox, James Maxey, Ian Randal Strock (M), K. Ceres Wright
Do authors still need publishers in the kickstarter/ebook age? What are the success rates of these projects? Are publishers consolidating themselves to irrelevancy? Is there still a stigma to self-published novels?
Friday 10:00 pm: What Stalled the Space Program? (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: David Bartell, Eric Choi, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Inge Heyer, James Maxey, Ian Randal Strock
After reaching the moon NASA retrenched and since we grounded the space shuttle our astronauts are reduced to hitchhiking to the International Space Station. What happened? Was this avoidable? How can we revive the space program?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Color Kid and Stone Boy: Lesser Known Superheroes (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, James Maxey (M), Janine Spendlove, Steven H. Wilson
Not everyone can be Batman or Storm, who are the best B and C list superheroes? What are the charms of writing about those with weak abilities?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Quote the Raven (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Val Griswold-Ford, James Maxey, Tee Morris, James Morrow (M), Steven H. Wilson
Forbidden Planet shows some strong similarities to Shakespeare's The Tempest and Honor Harrington's historical borrowings are easy to spot. But what if your influences and references are not as well known? How do you connect it for readers? Should you spell it out or hope someone catches your subtle references? What authors do this well?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Author's Table Saturday 5 (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: James Maxey
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, Eric Bakutis, Philippa Ballantine, Matt Betts, Matt Bishop, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox, Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Laura Anne Gilman, John G. Hemry, Alma Katsu, Annette Klause, John Edward Lawson, Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Marianne Mancusi, George R.R. Martin, James Maxey, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Michelle D. Sonnier, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Michael Swanwick, Michael A. Ventrella, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker, K. Ceres Wright
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 1:00 pm: A Literary History of Dragons (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, Marianne Mancusi, James Maxey (M), Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Dragons have been making appearances in stories for ages. Once they were only monsters. But now they have evolved and are no longer limited to being evil. Dragons are self-aware and often protagonists. From Beowulf to Temeraire: Dragons through the Ages and on the Pages.
Sunday 4:00 pm: Reading: James Maxey (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Panelists: James Maxey

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