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Semi-Final Program Grid for Mike McPhail

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Mike McPhail 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: Editors' Pet Peeves (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Mike McPhail, Norm Sherman (M), Alex Shvartsman, Hildy Silverman
The next great story has been sent to the editor. But the author did this…
Friday 6:00 pm: Space Marines and Goblin Troopers (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner (M), Mike McPhail, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, K. Ceres Wright
How should military be structured in Science Fiction and Fantasy? Should forces be combined or segmented? What are some good examples of both in modern writing? Are there approaches to the military that genre fiction neglects?
Saturday 9:00 am: Short Fiction Sources (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Mike McPhail (M), Alex Shvartsman, Sean Wallace
Aside from the not so big anymore three magazines, where do you go for short fiction? What online sources have the best stories?
Saturday 9:30 pm: The Dark Quest Books Launch Party (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail
Join the authors and editors of Dark Quest Books for food, fun, and prizes to celebrate the release of Dogs of War edited by Mike McPhail, book six in the Defending the Future Anthology series, and The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin by L. Jagi Lamplighter, the premier release from Dark Quest's new young adult line, Palomino Press. L. Jagi Lamplighter, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Mike McPhail, Judi Fleming, Jeff Young, Eric Hardenbrook, Christopher Hiles, Christine Norris, Neal Levin
Sunday 3:00 pm: Cover Girls (and Guys) (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Mike McPhail (M), Sherin Nicole, Steve Stiles
What makes for a good cover? How much realism is needed, or should realism be avoided? Michael Whelan, John Picacio, and Darryl Sweet have different styles, but are well liked.

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