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Semi-Final Program Grid for David Bartell

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. David Bartell 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 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?
Friday 11:00 pm: Strange Adventures -- The Sub-genres of Science Fiction Action Adventure (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell, Matt Betts (M), Heidi Ruby Miller, K. Ceres Wright
People like when things happen. Since Jules Verne sent people to the moon there has been adventures in science fiction. Panelists describe the various forms of classic and modern science fiction adventure. Are these novels just plot or can talented authors tell an exciting story with good characters and strong prose?
Saturday 11:00 am: Writer's Workshop (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: David Bartell, Andrew Fox, Allen Wold (M), 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. All you need is a pen and paper.

Session will be for 3 hours on Saturday from 11am to 2pm and for those interested, a 1 hour follow-up on Sunday at 9am.

Number of participants is limited to 20.

Saturday 2:00 pm: World's Shortest Epics (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), David Bartell, Laura Anne Gilman, James Morrow, Leona Wisoker
An epic doesn't have to be 10+ volumes. Or does it? Can a short story tell an epic fantasy? What makes an epic, epic and can this be done at shorter lengths? Who does this?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Steering SF Back Toward the Future (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, David Bartell (M), Charles E. Gannon, Thomas Holtz
Science fiction once was about the future, but now look at it. How we redirect the field away from alternate history and steampunk toward something that might actually happen? Is science moving too quickly for writers? Or have things just gotten too complex?
Sunday 9:00 am: Writer's Workshop Follow-up (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: David Bartell, Andrew Fox, 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. All you need is a pen and paper.

Session will be for 3 hours on Saturday from 11am to 2pm and for those interested, a 1 hour follow-up on Sunday at 9am.

Number of participants is limited to 20.

Sunday 10:00 am: Hand Waving or Sci-fantasy? (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: David Bartell, D. Douglas Fratz, Inge Heyer, Jamie Todd Rubin, Lawrence M. Schoen (M)
Many classic Science Fiction authors didn't spend a lot of time describing the technology or science of their futures. Things worked, but if you look more closely, they may not make sense. Today authors still use this technique. Is this a legitimate form of science fiction or lazy writing? Have the standard furniture of sf -- the FTL drive and time machine -- become so common the author does not need to explain them, just use them for a story? Do all the details and the scientific equations get in the way?

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