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Semi-Final Program Grid for Brian Shaw

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Brian Shaw 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: God Emperor of Capclave - The Politics and Religion Panel (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, John G. Hemry, Larry Hodges (M), James Morrow, Brian Shaw
Verboten at the dinner table, but not here. How do authors' political perspectives and religion influence their writing? And what happens when an author's politics/religion starts influencing the real world (cue Ayn Rand)
Friday 5:30 pm: Reading: Brian Shaw (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Brian Shaw
Saturday 10:00 am: I've Got a Secret (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: John G. Hemry, Diana Peterfreund, Patrick Scaffido, Brian Shaw (M)
How do authors write spies, liars, unreliable narrators, and secret-keepers? How do they keep characters honest with what they know and share? What are the tricks to avoid telegraphing the truth? Also what are some of the common codes and ciphers used.
Saturday 2:00 pm: Area 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, Brian Shaw, Janine Spendlove
Three Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing. The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction. The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants (First two hours)

Sunday 1:00 pm: From Valley Forge to Ender's Battle School (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Charles E. Gannon, John G. Hemry, Brian Shaw (M), Christopher Weuve
The changing nature of training soldiers. In the past it was intense and physical. How is it different today and what will it be like in the future?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Area 52.5 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, Brian Shaw, Janine Spendlove
Three Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing. The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction. The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants (conclusion of workshop)

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