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Semi-Final Program Grid for Val Griswold-Ford

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Val Griswold-Ford 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 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: The Evolution of Fantasy (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Val Griswold-Ford, Kathryn Morrow (M), Michelle D. Sonnier, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Dark fantasy, Urban fantasy, and Tolkien fantasy are just a few examples of modern genre writing. Trends and tastes change over time. A Song of Ice and Fire brought gritty fantasy to the forefront. Is the reading public ready to move on? And to what?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Magic's Price (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper, Val Griswold-Ford, Michelle D. Sonnier (M), Jim Stratton, Allen Wold
How do magic users tap mystical powers, and since there are no free lunches what is the price? What authors create the most interesting magical systems? What do authors do when the magic user becomes too powerful?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Devourer of Books (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Judi Fleming, Val Griswold-Ford, Rahul Kanakia, Leona Wisoker (M)
The speed reader gets to the end faster and as a reader they can outread every author they follow. They need new books, or old books to explore. Where do they get and keep their choices? General discussion of being a fast reader.

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