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Hours of Operations (Preliminary)
Registration (Montgomery Reception)
Friday 3pm-8pm
Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 10am-1pm
Dealer's Room (Montgomery Ballroom)
Friday: 4pm-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-2pm
Con Suite (Darnestown/Gaithersburg)
Friday: 4pm - 1am(ish)
Saturday: 9am - 1am(ish)
Sunday: 9am - 3pm
Con Ops/Green Room
Friday: 3pm - 8pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 8pm
Sunday: 8:30am - 3pm

Semi-Final Draft Program Grid

This is the Semi-Final Draft program schedule. These are the program items we're planning on having. New things may emerge, and any of these may disappear in puff of logic, all without warning.

Grid of Scheduled Events

(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)

2013-10-11 Friday
 Rockville/PotomacSalon ASalon BSalons CDESenecaFrederick
4:00 pmEditors' Pet PeevesThe Darker Side of FaeSo You Want To Be A Writer?God Emperor of Capclave - The Politics and Religion Panel AC Crispin Remembrance
4:30 pm 
5:00 pmSequels and PrequelsDiversity In FictionNew to Conventions? Start HereSaturday Morning Cartoons Reading: Lawrence M. Schoen
5:30 pm Reading: Brian Shaw
6:00 pmBuy My BookTen By FiveSpace Marines and Goblin TroopersBuffy and Ripley and Honor Harrington - Women of SF/Fantasy Reading: Michelle D. Sonnier
6:30 pm Reading: Steven H. Wilson
7:00 pmAre Prose Superheroes Still Novel?New Media, New Markets, New Business ModelsDoctor Jerky and Mr. Hide: Private & Public PersonasNo Means No Reading: Charles E. Gannon
7:30 pm Reading: Dina Leacock
8:00 pmProducing Your Own Anthology: From Concept to Editing to PrintPerishing PublishersGrim or Grin?George R.R. Martin Friday ReadingMeet the YA AuthorsReading: Scott H. Andrews
8:30 pmReading: Patrick Scaffido
9:00 pmAmazon, Hero or Villain?Naval MetaphorsThat's Not My SexJ. K. Rowling Wrote an Adult MysteryReading: Alex Shvartsman
9:30 pmReading: Carolyn Gilman
10:00 pmAny Resemblance to Real People is Purely IntentionalKeith RobertsNice Shoes …What Stalled the Space Program? Maugorn the Stray
10:30 pm 
11:00 pmStrange Adventures -- The Sub-genres of Science Fiction Action AdventureCyberchildrenPigeonholed!I'm Just Borrowing the Characters… Writing Fanfic Dorotha & Steve Biernesser
11:30 pm 
2013-10-12 Saturday
 Rockville/PotomacSalon ASalon BSalons CDESenecaFrederick
12:00 am     Open Filking Friday Night
12:30 am     
9:00 amReading: Heidi Ruby MillerFire the Literary Canon?Short Fiction SourcesOnline Writing ToolsViking Wire Weaving WorkshopReading: Janine Spendlove
9:30 amReading: Jason Jack MillerReading: Michael Ventrella
10:00 amWhen the Dark (Fiction) Comes Rising -- Where Horror and Fantasy CollideMoving Beyond the Small PressI've Got a SecretReading: Annette Klause
10:30 amOverview of AI Techniques for Your WritingReading: Day Al-Mohamed
11:00 amWriters and FandomScience Fiction in the PanelsBest YA Besides MeWriter's WorkshopReading: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
11:30 amReading: Tom Doyle
12:00 pm1001 Uses for an Unpublished StoryLightening Students' Backpacks: Text Books in the Digital AgeSpace WarsThe World According to HowardReading: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
12:30 pmReading: Scott Edelman
1:00 pmInspired by BurroughsColor Kid and Stone Boy: Lesser Known SuperheroesKickstarter: The Pro's and Con'sUp From the AshesReading: Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine
1:30 pm
2:00 pmWorld's Shortest EpicsArt Jam 2013The Imperial MarchGeorge R.R. Martin Saturday ReadingArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right 
2:30 pmReading: Bud Sparhawk
3:00 pmHearing Voices?Life and Death of the Shared UniverseA Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don't ExistInvisibility: Theory & PracticeReading: Alma Katzu
3:30 pmReading: K. Ceres Wright
4:00 pmQuote the RavenAircraft Carriers In Space!Doctor WhoThe Worlds of Clifford SimakInsert Tab A into Slot B: Sexing Up Your FictionReading: Howard Waldrop
4:30 pm
5:00 pmSteering SF Back Toward the FutureWhite OutThe Evolution of FantasyAstronomy Through The AgesReading: Leona Wisoker
5:30 pmReading: Craig Alan Lowen
6:00 pmBlood in Southern Waters    Reading: Matt Betts
6:30 pm    Reading: Pamela K. Kinney
7:00 pmReading: Diana Peterfreund/Marianne Mancusi    Reading: John G. Hemry
7:30 pm Mass SigningMass SigningMass Signing  
8:00 pm   
8:30 pm Awards Reception and PresentationAwards Reception and PresentationAwards Reception and Presentation  
9:00 pmBroad Universe Rapid Fire Reading TJ & Mitchell Burnside Clapp
9:30 pm  George and Howard ShowThe Dark Quest Books Launch Party
10:00 pmName Drop and Quote Panel.  Randy Hoffman and Kira Heston
10:30 pm  
11:00 pmGrumpy Old Pharts Panel  Filks of Ice & Fire
11:30 pm  
2013-10-13 Sunday
 Rockville/PotomacSalon ASalon BSalons CDESenecaFrederick
12:00 amEye of Aragon    Open Filking Saturday Night
12:30 am    
9:00 amAgents and YouJesus Saves, So Should Writers. Ctrl-SNot Another Lawyer JokeCity Faerie Folk - Urban Fantasy in the MainstreamWriter's Workshop Follow-upWaldrop/November Kaffeeklatsch
9:30 am
10:00 amReading: Hildy SilvermanThe Princess and the Robot FrogCommunicating with a Middle Grade and/or YA Fan BaseHand Waving or Sci-fantasy?Creating Your EbookStiles/Martin Kaffeeklatsch
10:30 amReading: Laura Anne Gilman
11:00 amTaxonomy of FantasyAlien Worlds, Real and ImaginedSoon to Be a Major Motion PictureNot A PanelReading: L. Jagi Lamplighter
11:30 amReading: Darrell Schweitzer
12:00 pmSelf Publishing and You / DIY PublishingMagic's PriceDiana Wynne JonesThe Dodo and De-Extinction Reading: James Morrow
12:30 pm Reading: John Edward Lawson
1:00 pmDevourer of BooksThe William Rotsler Award WinnersFrom Valley Forge to Ender's Battle SchoolA Literary History of DragonsPitch a StoryReading: Eric Choi
1:30 pmReading: Andrew Fox
2:00 pmLow Tech WritersShort Fiction Audio: Podcast AnthologyIs SF/Fantasy too Big for TVRobot Love and Alien Dating?Reading: Alethea Kontis
2:30 pmReading: Jon Skovron
3:00 pmAnything You Say May End Up In My NovelEat This Book!Cover Girls (and Guys)Historical AlternatesArea 52.5 Military Science Fiction - Getting it RightReading: Larry Hodges
3:30 pmReading: Catherine Asaro
4:00 pmConvention WrapMy Favorite Author George R.R. Martin Sunday SigningReading: James Maxey
4:30 pm  
5:00 pm     

Items are sorted by Category, Date/Time, Room and Event Name

(NOTE: All items are subject to change. Please check back often.)


Friday 4:00 pmRockville/PotomacEditors' 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…
Salon AThe Darker Side of Fae (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Alethea Kontis, Michelle D. Sonnier (M), Jim Stratton, Jean Marie Ward
Not everyone can be Tinkerbell, sometimes the world is a little less clean and pure. Is the darker fae a return to time when the fae were strange and alarming?
Salon BSo You Want To Be A Writer? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts, Michael Dirda, Laura Anne Gilman, Alma Katsu, Dina Leacock, Bud Sparhawk, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
We did it before and we'll do it again! Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't) Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
Salons CDEGod 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)
FrederickAC Crispin Remembrance (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Capobianco
Friends, Fans, and Family join together to remember Ann Carol Crispin
Friday 5:00 pmRockville/PotomacSequels and Prequels (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), John G. Hemry, Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
How hard can it be? So you want to do Part 2...or 3...or 4...and with the first book done, it's just a matter of moving forward. Right? You have the universe built, your characters developed, and your cultures cultured. So, what's holding you up? As we have seen in both sequels and prequels, sometimes the formula you have worked so hard to succeed the first go-round can miss a step on the second. What are the challenges in a series? Are prequels really needed? And when do you decide to "shake things up" and set your sequel with a new set of characters? Listen to the pros on how they work through the challenges in the universes they create.
Salon ADiversity In Fiction (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Eric Choi (M), John Edward Lawson, Emmie Mears, Sharyn November
How do authors portray minorities, differently abled, and gender roles in their stories? Science Fiction and Fantasy have come a long way and have often been at the forefront of these issues. What else needs to be done?
Salon BNew to Conventions? Start Here (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Leona Wisoker (M), K. Ceres Wright
Here are some guidelines to getting the most out of your con experience. Also a discussion of the variety of conventions available to attend.
Salons CDESaturday Morning Cartoons (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts, E.C. Myers, Sherin Nicole, Steve Stiles, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Once we could only watch cartoons on Saturday morning, now they get entire channels. What are the best sf/fantasy cartoons ever? What did you learn from them? How have cartoons influenced other media and even reality?
Friday 6:00 pmRockville/PotomacBuy My Book (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine, Jennifer Barnes, John Edward Lawson, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Self promotion and you. Nervous about talking about your books and stories? There are some things you should do and avoid when talking about your writing.
Salon BSpace 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?
Salons CDEBuffy and Ripley and Honor Harrington - Women of SF/Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Sherin Nicole, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove (M)
She's got a big sword and knows how to use it. That's good enough, isn't it? A discussion of truly well written female leads and why they have become so popular recently.
Friday 7:00 pmRockville/PotomacAre 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?
Salon ANew Media, New Markets, New Business Models (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Norm Sherman (M), Sean Wallace, K. Ceres Wright
A Review of notable genre ezines, the forms they are taking and the business models they are adopting. There was a time when the word "Google" was not ubiquitous-- when bored, mopey teenagers didn't have Myspace, and huffy, choleric left and right wingers didn't have blogs. When people would have responded to the word "Youtube" with an angry "What'd you just call me buddy?!" It was in these prehistoric times that young speculative fiction ezines began to emerge from fetid, shallow waters on their stumpy leg-like fin structures to the promising shores of the internet. There has been an enormous boom of new markets online, many which pay professional rates to authors and have large and dedicated audiences.  How has the genre ezine structure and business model changed? Are these models and structures working?
Salon BDoctor Jerky and Mr. Hide: Private & Public Personas (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Craig Alan Loewen, Tee Morris, Bud Sparhawk (M)
Do some authors put on a false front at cons and interviews to gain attention? Should others hide their beliefs/views to avoid offending potential readers? Have you self-censored something you almost wrote/said and why? What do you do when a reader assumes the author believes the ideas expressed by characters (even the villain)?
Friday 8:00 pmRockville/PotomacProducing Your Own Anthology: From Concept to Editing to Print (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Philippa Ballantine, Eric Choi, Gardner Dozois, Ron Garner (M), Jim Stratton
This panel talks a bit about the business of putting together an anthology of original fiction or even collected essays. Where do you go from the idea? What options are available? Print? eBook? Audio? How do you work with others, especially when it comes to the editorial process? Hear from the panelists tips and tricks on getting along with others and the tools needed to put together a terrific anthology, and the pros and cons on working with friends.
Salon APerishing 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?
Salon BGrim or Grin? (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alma Katsu, Jason Jack Miller (M), Sherin Nicole, Michelle D. Sonnier
Why has entertainment become so dark, with even superhero movies going grim and gritty, Game of Thrones bringing new meaning to "disastrous wedding", and games becoming more violent? What does this say about society? Where's the comic relief?
Friday 9:00 pmRockville/PotomacAmazon, Hero or Villain? (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Larry Hodges (M), John Edward Lawson, Kathryn Morrow
Debate: Amazon is good for its low prices, Kindle, and ease of shopping. Amazon is evil for killing off bookstores, taking more and more profit/control from writers/publishers, and for being so big
Salon BThat's Not My Sex (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Craig Alan Loewen, James Morrow, Sharyn November, Hildy Silverman, Janine Spendlove (M)
Writing other genders. Women writing male characters. Men writing women. Do they seem off? Who does it well? Can you tell James Tiptree was a woman from her fiction?
Salons CDEJ. K. Rowling Wrote an Adult Mystery (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, Betsy A. Riley, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Jon Skovron
Why do authors switch genres or markets and how does it affect their career? Do they need a different pen name for each new genre? Is it better to focus on getting good at writing one genre or experiment? What are the reasons authors write outside the areas for which they are best known?
Friday 10:00 pmRockville/PotomacAny Resemblance to Real People is Purely Intentional (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough (M), Howard Waldrop, Allen Wold
What you should and shouldn't do when incorporating real people into your fiction. Does it differ by genre? Are there legal concerns? Are the rules different for living/dead people? How far can you take them? J. Edgar Hoover in a dress, sure. But can you make him the noble hero?
Salon AKeith Roberts (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Gardner Dozois, David G. Hartwell, Darrell Schweitzer (M), Michael Walsh
Remembering the author of Pavanne.
Salon BNice Shoes … (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Judi Fleming (M), Jason Jack Miller, Betsy A. Riley, Patrick Scaffido, Jean Marie Ward
Shoes, do they make the character? What are the tricks to subtly tell the reader about the character through clothes, furniture, job, and hobbies. Is this just a chic lit trait or a common tool?
Salons CDEWhat 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 pmRockville/PotomacStrange 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?
Salon ACyberchildren (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Judi Fleming, James Morrow (M)
How has growing up with all this technology changed today's youth? Will those who build robots in school look at them differently? Does instant access to all the facts on the Internet influence their memory, attention span? What changes are still to come?
Salon BPigeonholed! (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Alma Katsu, Marianne Mancusi, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
You just wrote the greatest novel ever, and now all anyone wants you to do is the same story in the same universe. How do you break expectations, do you even want to? How can you avoid writing the same book over and over?
Salons CDEI'm Just Borrowing the Characters… Writing Fanfic (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Janine Spendlove, Elaine Stiles (M), Jean Marie Ward, Steven H. Wilson
Why do people write fanfic? Is it fair use or unfair abuse? How is it different from retellings of Greek myths or King Arthur? Is using familiar characters and settings "training wheels" for beginning authors or a dangerous crutch that will engrain bad habits? Where are the lines?
Saturday 9:00 amSalon AFire the Literary Canon? (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Charles E. Gannon, Rahul Kanakia, James Morrow (M), K. Ceres Wright
Are schools doing a disservice to youth by forcing the reading of "Classics"? Are there opportunities that are being missed using lists of classics? Do the classics still speak to the modern reader? Are there still some books everyone should read, and need a teacher to help explain? Or do the classics turn some people off reading?
Salon BShort 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 10:00 amRockville/PotomacWhen the Dark (Fiction) Comes Rising -- Where Horror and Fantasy Collide (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Pamela K. Kinney, Dina Leacock, Craig Alan Loewen, Jason Jack Miller, Darrell Schweitzer, Hildy Silverman (M)
What is Dark Fiction and how is it different from light horror? How wide is the scope? What stories are good examples? Is there room for expansion into unexplored areas?
Salon AMoving Beyond the Small Press (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine (M), Ron Garner, Lawrence M. Schoen, Michael A. Ventrella
A look at how small presses in the age of the eReaders - where anyone can be a publisher - have their limits, and what to do when you've hit them. There is also the additional pressure of performing on a higher level. Listen to panelists describe what to do when you have plateaued with your own independent publisher, and what lies ahead if or when you step up to corporate publishers.
Salon BI'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 11:00 amRockville/PotomacWriters and Fandom (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Laura Anne Gilman, Pamela K. Kinney (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Hildy Silverman
Some authors were fans before they wrote, others came to the convention scene after getting their start. How does that affect fan interaction? Does it make a difference in how authors view conventions?
Salon BBest YA Besides Me (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause (M), Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
Who's hot in YA besides me. There are a huge number of YA titles being released, who are some new go to authors? What types of YA books are hot.
Saturday 12:00 pmRockville/Potomac1001 Uses for an Unpublished Story (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Laura Anne Gilman, Larry Hodges, Victoria Janssen (M), Craig Alan Loewen, Alan Smale
Sometimes they sell,sometimes they don't, what do you do with your unsold stories? Do you ever write anything you know can't be sold? Do you mine the novel in your trunk?
Salon ALightening Students' Backpacks: Text Books in the Digital Age (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Dr. Alice Armstrong, Michael Dirda, Thomas Holtz (M), Heidi Ruby Miller
How are textbooks changing in the age of digital content? What is the effect of EBook sharing and lending libraries? What changes when teachers can easily construct their own 'texts'? Or can textbooks be replaced with more interactive media?
Salon BSpace Wars (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro, Edward M. Lerner, Jamie Todd Rubin, Janine Spendlove, Christopher Weuve (M)
How would it be waged and why? Why would you want to go to war with a planet that takes 30 years to get to? What books have the best space wars?
Salons CDEThe World According to Howard (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), Howard Waldrop
Tom Doyle interviews Howard Waldrop. Topics will include the cinematic and literary obsessions of Howard Waldrop.
Saturday 1:00 pmRockville/PotomacInspired by Burroughs (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Lee Gilliland, J. G. Huck Huckenpohler, Cole Richardson, Lee Strong (M)
Edgar Rice Burroughs was on the cutting edge of science fiction. His work also delved into Steampunk. The Capital Panthans discuss Burroughs as the grandfather of Steampunk and his continuing influence.
Salon AColor 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?
Salon BKickstarter: The Pro's and Con's (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Kickstarter has become a new way to fund creative projects, but before you decide "Hey, I want to fund XYZ…" consider what you are getting yourself into. Are you spending more money on stretch goals than you are on the project itself. What is your project? How often will you update? There is a lot of planning that goes into Kickstarter, and there is a lot to be learned not only from the success stories but the failures as well.
Salons CDEUp From the Ashes (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Sharyn November
The life and times of Sharyn November. Mike Zipser of Fast Forward sits down with Editor Guest of Honor Sharyn November.
Saturday 2:00 pmRockville/PotomacWorld'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?
Salon AArt Jam 2013 (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Alexis Gilliland, Steve Stiles
Hugo nominated fan artists talk about art and fandom.
Salon BThe Imperial March (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro (M), Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Ian Randal Strock, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Why are they always Galactic Empires? Why not republics, democracies and confederacies? Why do we assume that the future government is going to be some autocracy from the past? Is the Galactic Empire more romantic or just easier to write?
Saturday 3:00 pmRockville/PotomacHearing Voices? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Kate Baker (M), Tee Morris, Steven H. Wilson
Some of today's top stories are now being podcast. How do podcasts expand the market? Where to find them? Who should you be listening to on a regular basis?
Salon ALife and Death of the Shared Universe (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Iver Cooper (M), Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Annette Klause, Lawrence M. Schoen
Why did these become so popular? What about Wildcards and others made them survive? Can the Internet revive this form? Or is its demise a victory of art over commercialization?
Salon BA Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don't Exist (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M), Diana Peterfreund, Norm Sherman, Howard Waldrop, Jean Marie Ward
From the Goatman to the Mothman, Yeti to Yowie, and Dodo to Ogopogo. From Bloops to Blobs, Giant Owls to Lizard men, Chupacabres to Mongolian Deathworms. From the foul smelling Skunk Ape of the Florida Everglades, to the brain eating Nandi Bears of Kenya, this course is a basic introduction into the study of absurd animals which purportedly exist based on the sightings and information gathered by stammering lunatics, drunken peasants and other researchers in the field.
Saturday 4:00 pmRockville/PotomacQuote 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?
Salon BDoctor Who (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Victoria Janssen (M), Kathryn Morrow, Hildy Silverman, Jon Skovron
Doctors have become more emotional. Peter Capaldi is the 12th doctor, what adventures will he have? Will the BBC accept a different kind of Doctor? One of color, female, or transgender?
Salons CDEThe Worlds of Clifford Simak (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Jamie Todd Rubin (M), Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick
50 years ago Simak won a Hugo for Way Station. He also wrote City and the Hugo and Nebula winning "Grotto of the Dancing Deer." Yet today, few younger fans have read his work which is available only in the small press and "public domain" compilations. What happened? What makes his stories so timeless? What do you think is his best work and how can it be revived for today's audiences?
Saturday 5:00 pmRockville/PotomacSteering 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?
Salon AWhite Out (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Philippa Ballantine, Sherin Nicole (M), Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
LeGuin complained that many Earthsea covers whitewashed the characters (as did the SciFi movie). The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities?
Salon BThe 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?
Saturday 6:00 pmRockville/PotomacBlood in Southern Waters (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Andrew Fox (M), Sherin Nicole, Betsy A. Riley
Is it something in the water, but why are there so many vampires in the South? From Anne Rice to Charlaine Harris to L.J. Smith it seems all vampires that don't sparkle live in the South. Why?
Saturday 9:00 pmRockville/PotomacBroad Universe Rapid Fire Reading (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Jean Marie Ward (M)
Listen to the Broad Universe Writers as they quickly go through a reading.
Saturday 9:30 pmSalons CDEGeorge and Howard Show (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Gardner Dozois, George R.R. Martin, Howard Waldrop
They have been friends for over 50 years. They discuss anything and everything for as long as they want. BUT WAIT! There's more! Gardner Dozois joins the fun.
Saturday 10:00 pmRockville/PotomacName Drop and Quote Panel. (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman, Andrew Fox (M), Steve Stiles, Ian Randal Strock, Michael Swanwick
Nothing but bragging rights here as the panelists drop names and share quotes as they discuss the best experiences, novels, stories, and conventions they have ever seen. Or not.
Saturday 11:00 pmRockville/PotomacGrumpy Old Pharts Panel (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman (M), D. Douglas Fratz (M), Darrell Schweitzer (M)
Back in my day… experienced curmudgeons square off. And get off my lawn!
Sunday 12:00 amRockville/PotomacEye of Aragon (Ends at: 12:55 am)
Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
Our panelists read the worst fantasy story ever written, mistakes and all, and if they laugh or read it incorrectly, they are forced to act out the story. Just try not to fall over laughing!
Sunday 9:00 amRockville/PotomacAgents and You (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Tom Doyle, Emmie Mears, Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Michael Swanwick
Agents are very important to authors. Sometimes you have a great match from the beginning, other times the situation changes. Hear the experiences of authors at different stages in their careers.
Salon AJesus Saves, So Should Writers. Ctrl-S (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Judi Fleming, Rahul Kanakia (M), Dina Leacock, Alex Shvartsman, Bud Sparhawk
Practical tips for writers - How do you keep track of different versions and edits? How often do you back up? How do you track where a story has already been submitted? And what do you use for outlining/note taking?
Salon BNot Another Lawyer Joke (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Jim Stratton, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
So we all know lawyers just make the stuff up as they go along. Or is that just the ones in fiction? How does fiction and popular media portray the law and lawyers? What do they do right and wrong? What about all those Law and Order shows?
Salons CDECity Faerie Folk - Urban Fantasy in the Mainstream (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Patrick Scaffido, Michelle D. Sonnier
Once a fringe segment of genre writing, urban Fantasy has moved out front. It is growing in popularity. Who are the authors that are leading the charge? What is it about the writing that is drawing in the legions of fans? Does putting magic in the present day make it more mundane or all the greater for the contrast?
Sunday 10:00 amSalon AThe Princess and the Robot Frog (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Alma Katsu, Alethea Kontis (M), Michelle D. Sonnier
A discussion of classic fairy tales and how they influence writers. Why play with stories everyone already knows? What tales have been done the most/best?
Salon BCommunicating with a Middle Grade and/or YA Fan Base (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause, Marianne Mancusi, Sharyn November, Jon Skovron (M)
How is communicating with younger readers different from communicating with adults?  Are the differences significant?  How does one's online presence differ  when dealing with younger readers, e.g. what's the best form of social media to use.  Does the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act come into play at all? How does one go about making school appearances?
Salons CDEHand 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?
Sunday 11:00 amRockville/PotomacTaxonomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier, Jim Stratton, Leona Wisoker (M)
Fantasy covers a wide range of settings. What are some most vividly imagined fantasy settings? What do authors do to make them seem believable? And how do they keep them interesting by book 10?
Salon BSoon to Be a Major Motion Picture (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Matt Betts, Annette Klause (M), Elaine Stiles
What movies and TV have stayed true to their source material and which didn't and is that good or bad? Since movies have different strengths than books is a faithful adaptation going to give you a good movie? Is it the idea or the story that makes it work? For instance, the Walking Dead doesn't have everything the comic book did, but is very popular.
Salons CDENot A Panel (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: George R.R. Martin
George R.R. Martin talks about football, baseball, books, and returning to the DC area for a brief visit.
Sunday 12:00 pmRockville/PotomacSelf Publishing and You / DIY Publishing (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Andrew Fox (M), Jason Jack Miller, Betsy A. Riley, Steven H. Wilson
Self publishing offers authors new opportunities, but also pitfalls. Is self publishing right for you? Should readers consider self-published books? Do genre and author experience matter?
Salon AMagic'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?
Salon BDiana Wynne Jones (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Alethea Kontis (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, Sharyn November
The late Diana Wynne Jones wrote wonderful children's fantasy like Archer's Goon, Charmed Life, and Howl's Moving Castle. What's your favorite of her books and why? What made her work so special? And why can't American publishers keep her books in print? Assessing her writing and its influence on the fantasy genre including difference between how she was received in the UK and the US and other countries.
Sunday 1:00 pmRockville/PotomacDevourer 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.
Salon BFrom 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?
Salons CDEA 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.
SenecaPitch a Story (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, John Edward Lawson, Heidi Ruby Miller (M)
The fine editors at Raw Dog Screaming Press are willing to let attendees pitch an idea. This is your chance. Sign up in advance to pitch.
Sunday 2:00 pmRockville/PotomacLow Tech Writers (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Dina Leacock, Jamie Todd Rubin (M), Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop
Harlan Ellison uses a typewriter, a manual typewriter. Asimov refused to fly. And our special guest Howard Waldrop doesn't use email. Why might some writers about the future refuse to use technology? How does this influence their fiction? What would happen to society if more people followed their example and opted out?
Salon AShort Fiction Audio: Podcast Anthology (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Patrick Scaffido, Norm Sherman (M), Steven H. Wilson
Podcasting is the ability to assume the role of station programmer and turn your computer or mp3 player into your own private radio station.  Talk radio. Hard to find indie music. Tech Tips. Audio books...but we call them Podiobooks.  It can all be found in Podcasting, and it can be as big of a commitment as writing a novel itself. On this panel, experienced podcasters share their own stories with the successes and setbacks in taking your story online with audio.
Salon BIs SF/Fantasy too Big for TV (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Eric Choi, Hildy Silverman, Elaine Stiles (M), Christopher Weuve
Science Fiction and Fantasy dominate videogames and top movies, so why so little love on tv? Or is this changing?
Salons CDERobot Love and Alien Dating? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Marianne Mancusi, Kathryn Morrow
Romance is hot. It sells. How does romance fit into Science Fiction? Or does it? Can the elements of a classic romance work in SF/fantasy? How do writers balance the two elements? Is Science Fiction romance an oxymoron?
Sunday 3:00 pmRockville/PotomacAnything You Say May End Up In My Novel (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon, Laura Anne Gilman (M), Annette Klause, Jamie Todd Rubin, Jim Stratton
How do writers mine their own lives? Are they always on duty, ready to steal what they see and hear? What changes do you make to real life in your fiction (assuming you don't normally hang out with elves and aliens)?
Salon AEat This Book! (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Doug Alexander, Dory Gean Cunningham, Judy Newton (M), Leona Wisoker
Food and fiction. How to make accurate meals of your favorite fictional foods.
Salon BCover 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.
Salons CDEHistorical Alternates (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed (M), Tom Doyle, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Smale, Howard Waldrop
Can you still write alternate history when few Americans know real history? Is that why so many alternate histories focus on Civil War and WWII? How can authors of alt hist use signposts that suggest enough about real history so people can understand the alt one.
Sunday 4:00 pmRockville/PotomacConvention Wrap (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Michael Walsh (M)
Salon AMy Favorite Author (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: D. Douglas Fratz (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, Rahul Kanakia, Sharyn November
Panelists discuss their favorite books and authors. What draws you to an author? How have your tastes changed over time? How has that author influenced you?
Salons CDEGeorge R.R. Martin Sunday Signing (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: George R.R. Martin


Friday 7:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgCastle Dice (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
(Michelle Hymowitz) Castle Dice is a light worker-placement, dice-drafting game in which the players have been ordered by the king to build castles along the borders of the kingdom. The player who can create the greatest castle will become the new heir to the throne. Players will explore the land by rolling the dice, and then take turns gathering resources from them. These resources are then used to hire workers and improve castles. Players must gather and spend wisely as the Barbarians from the neighboring lands will attack players and steal their resources throughout the game. At the end of seven turns, the player who has built the greatest castle (earned the most victory points) wins the game!
Saturday 11:00 amDarnestown/GaithersburgBruges (Ends at: 11:55 am)
(Eric Hymowitz) Bruges in the 15th century – culture and commerce flourish and make the Belgian Hanseatic city into one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. In Bruges (a.k.a. Brügge depending on the country in which you live), players assume the role of merchants who must maintain their relationships with those in power in the city while competing against one another for influence, power and status. Dramatic events cast their shadows over the city, with players needing to worry about threats to their prosperity from more than just their opponents... The game includes 165 character cards, with each card having one of five colors. On a turn, a player chooses one of his cards and performs an action, with six different actions being available: Take workers, take money, mitigate a threat, build a canal, build a house or hire the character depicted on the card. In principle, every card can be used for every action – but the color of the card determines in which areas the actions can be used or the strength of the chosen action, e.g., blue cards provide blue workers and red cards help mitigate red threats. All of the action is geared toward the gathering of prestige, with the most prestigious merchant winning in the end.
Saturday 3:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgStar Traders (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
(Perrianne Lurie) Each player assumes the role of a intra-galactic merchant, traveling from planet to planet in a future where wars are unheard of and "Traders" are the heroes of the cosmos. The board shows 36 planets: six clustered together in the center of the board, six more in each of five arms of the galaxy. Planets are connected by "jump lines": you can jump to an adjacent planet on an orange line, to a planet halfway down a galaxy arm on a purple line, and from one galaxy arm to another via green lines. The length of the jump line also indicates the difficulty of the jump, so to successfully complete an "orange' jump you must roll a 2 or better on a single die, a purple jump requires a 4 or better, and the green jumps necessitate a 6. As the players scurry about the galaxy, they can pick up and deliver cargoes, which pay both in money and in "Prestige." These "contracts" vary throughout the game, and only one player can fulfill any given contract. This isn't to say that multiple players can't pick up the named cargo, though. But only the first player to arrive at the contract's destination gets the payoff for a contract; everyone else with the cargo is now just stuck with unwanted junk, and may have to pay a penalty to dump it. Players can also build bases on the various planets as they move around. Building bases earns the players Prestige, and when a player tries to make a jump to a planet with a base, the jump is an automatic success if the player has the owner's permission. Traders obviously have permission to jump to their own bases, but if they want to jump to an opponent's, they will probably have to pay a fee. And since only one player can have a base on any given planet, bases rapidly become lucrative investments.
Saturday 6:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgX Machina (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
(Joan Wendland) X-Machina is the fun party game where you make impossible inventions out of improbable components for unreasonable customers. Use the components (Cogs) in your hand to try and build the gadget the customer wants (Reqs). Since they are never sufficient you might want to be ... inventive ... with your explanation of why it works.
Sunday 11:00 amDarnestown/GaithersburgGamers' Choice I (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Your choice of game demos (by popular vote) from the following: 10 Days in Asia 7 Wonders Carcasonne Drumroll Nefarious Power Grid Qwirkle Saint Petersburg Settlers of Catan Small World Ticket to Ride Trains Vegas Showdown Village Yspahan
Sunday 3:00 pmDarnestown/GaithersburgGamers' Choice II (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Your choice of game demos (by popular vote) from the following: 10 Days in Asia 7 Wonders Carcasonne Drumroll Nefarious Power Grid Qwirkle Saint Petersburg Settlers of Catan Small World Ticket to Ride Trains Vegas Showdown Village Yspahan


Saturday 9:00 amSenecaViking Wire Weaving Workshop (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Lesley Reuter
This jewelry making technique, which dates from the Viking period, is great for historical reenactors, but can also be used for modern jewelry. It results in an intricate, braided chain, and requires few supplies. Learn to make a pendant or bracelet and take it home with you!

Limit of 12 people

Materials fee: $3-$5 (probably closer to $3).

Saturday 11:00 amSenecaWriter'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 pmSenecaArea 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)

Saturday 4:00 pmSenecaInsert Tab A into Slot B: Sexing Up Your Fiction (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M)
In this workshop, we’ll discuss the differences between fiction with sex, erotic romance, and different types of erotica, and what markets exist for each category. We’ll look at examples of good and bad sex writing, and discuss what language and level of detail will most effectively accomplish your goals. Through writing and workshopping, you will hone your skills and impress your peers. Chocolate will be provided for inspiration, and to keep your energy level high.

Up to 12 people.

18 and over only.

Sunday 9:00 amSenecaWriter'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 amSenecaCreating Your Ebook (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke (M)
In this workshop Neil Clarke, ebook designer for Clarkesworld Magazine, Wyrm Publishing, Prime Books, Masque Books, Cheeky Frawg, and Lightspeed Magazine will teach participants how to create ebooks and avoid common pitfalls. Will include topics such as document cleanup, basic styles, advanced search and replace, building a custom TOC, formatting a cover, meta tags, etc.
Sunday 3:00 pmSenecaArea 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)


Friday 5:00 pmFrederickReading: Lawrence M. Schoen (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence M. Schoen
Friday 5:30 pmFrederickReading: Brian Shaw (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Brian Shaw
Friday 6:00 pmFrederickReading: Michelle D. Sonnier (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier
Friday 6:30 pmFrederickReading: Steven H. Wilson (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Steven H. Wilson
Friday 7:00 pmFrederickReading: Charles E. Gannon (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon
Friday 7:30 pmFrederickReading: Dina Leacock (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Dina Leacock
Friday 8:00 pmSalons CDEGeorge R.R. Martin Friday Reading (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: George R.R. Martin (M)
George R.R. Martin will be reading either a chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER or a section from "The Princess and the Queen" which is in the upcoming Dangerous Women Anthology. The other piece will be read Saturday.
FrederickReading: Scott H. Andrews (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews
Friday 8:30 pmFrederickReading: Patrick Scaffido (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Patrick Scaffido
Friday 9:00 pmFrederickReading: Alex Shvartsman (Ends at: 9:25 pm)
Panelists: Alex Shvartsman
Friday 9:30 pmFrederickReading: Carolyn Gilman (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Saturday 9:00 amRockville/PotomacReading: Heidi Ruby Miller (Ends at: 9:25 am)
Panelists: Heidi Ruby Miller
FrederickReading: Janine Spendlove (Ends at: 9:25 am)
Panelists: Janine Spendlove
Saturday 9:30 amRockville/PotomacReading: Jason Jack Miller (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Jason Jack Miller
FrederickReading: Michael Ventrella (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Michael A. Ventrella
Saturday 10:00 amFrederickReading: Annette Klause (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Panelists: Annette Klause
Saturday 10:30 amFrederickReading: Day Al-Mohamed (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed
Saturday 11:00 amFrederickReading: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Panelists: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Saturday 11:30 amFrederickReading: Tom Doyle (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Tom Doyle
Saturday 12:00 pmFrederickReading: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Saturday 12:30 pmFrederickReading: Scott Edelman (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman
Saturday 1:00 pmFrederickReading: Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris
Saturday 2:00 pmSalons CDEGeorge R.R. Martin Saturday Reading (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: George R.R. Martin (M)
George R.R. Martin will be reading either a chapter from THE WINDS OF WINTER or a section from "The Princess and the Queen" which is in the upcoming Dangerous Women Anthology. The other will be read Friday evening.
Saturday 2:30 pmFrederickReading: Bud Sparhawk (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Bud Sparhawk
Saturday 3:00 pmFrederickReading: Alma Katzu (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Panelists: Alma Katsu
Saturday 3:30 pmFrederickReading: K. Ceres Wright (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: K. Ceres Wright
Saturday 4:00 pmFrederickReading: Howard Waldrop (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Howard Waldrop
Saturday 5:00 pmFrederickReading: Leona Wisoker (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: Leona Wisoker
Saturday 5:30 pmFrederickReading: Craig Alan Lowen (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Craig Alan Loewen
Saturday 6:00 pmFrederickReading: Matt Betts (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Panelists: Matt Betts
Saturday 6:30 pmFrederickReading: Pamela K. Kinney (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Pamela K. Kinney
Saturday 7:00 pmRockville/PotomacReading: Diana Peterfreund/Marianne Mancusi (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
FrederickReading: John G. Hemry (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Panelists: John G. Hemry
Sunday 10:00 amRockville/PotomacReading: Hildy Silverman (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Panelists: Hildy Silverman
Sunday 10:30 amRockville/PotomacReading: Laura Anne Gilman (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Laura Anne Gilman
Sunday 11:00 amFrederickReading: L. Jagi Lamplighter (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Panelists: L. Jagi Lamplighter
Sunday 11:30 amFrederickReading: Darrell Schweitzer (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer
Sunday 12:00 pmFrederickReading: James Morrow (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Panelists: James Morrow
Sunday 12:30 pmFrederickReading: John Edward Lawson (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: John Edward Lawson
Sunday 1:00 pmFrederickReading: Eric Choi (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Panelists: Eric Choi
Sunday 1:30 pmFrederickReading: Andrew Fox (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Andrew Fox
Sunday 2:00 pmFrederickReading: Alethea Kontis (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Panelists: Alethea Kontis
Sunday 2:30 pmFrederickReading: Jon Skovron (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Jon Skovron
Sunday 3:00 pmFrederickReading: Larry Hodges (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Panelists: Larry Hodges
Sunday 3:30 pmFrederickReading: Catherine Asaro (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro
Sunday 4:00 pmFrederickReading: James Maxey (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Panelists: James Maxey


Sunday 9:00 amFrederickWaldrop/November Kaffeeklatsch (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Sharyn November, Howard Waldrop
Kaffeeklatsches for Howard Waldrop and Sharyn November. Sign up sheets will be by registration.
Sunday 10:00 amFrederickStiles/Martin Kaffeeklatsch (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: George R.R. Martin, Steve Stiles
Kaffeeklatsches for Guests of Honor Steve Stiles and George R.R. Martin. Sign up for Steve's kaffeeklatsch will be at registration. For George's Kaffeeklatsch, there will be a drawing for seats. One ticket will be available in SFWA Medical Fund Silent Auction. Tickets will be distributed by the Silent Auction table in the Bethesda room.

Author's Tables

Friday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Friday 4 (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Janine Spendlove
Friday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Friday 5 (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Alex Shvartsman
Friday 6:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Friday 6 (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Catherine Asaro
Friday 7:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Friday 7 (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Philippa Ballantine
Friday 8:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Friday 8 (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence Watt-Evans
Saturday 9:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 9 (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Craig Alan Loewen
Saturday 10:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 10 (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Steven H. Wilson
Saturday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 11 (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Leona Wisoker
Saturday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday Noon (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Alma Katsu
Saturday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 1 (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 2:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 2 (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Tom Doyle
Saturday 3:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 3 (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Edward M. Lerner
Saturday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 4 (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Michelle D. Sonnier
Saturday 5:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Saturday 5 (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: James Maxey
Sunday 9:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Sunday 9 (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Matt Betts
Sunday 10:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Sunday 10 (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Dina Leacock
Sunday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Sunday 11 (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Diana Peterfreund
Sunday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Sunday Noon (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Sunday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor's Table Sunday 1 (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: James Morrow


Friday 6:00 pmSalon ATen By Five (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Steve Stiles (M)
Ten samples each of art by Hannes Bok, Edd Cartier, Ed Emshwiller, Frank Kelly Freas, and Wallace Wood.
Friday 7:00 pmSalons CDENo Means No (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: E.C. Myers
There is a great disturbance in science fiction and fantasy. As fans and writers you have the right to expect respect.
Friday 9:00 pmSalon ANaval Metaphors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Christopher Weuve (M)
Space is not the ocean, so why is it a "space navy?" With the exception of Stargate SG-1, science fiction space forces seem to be based on navies. Why is “Starfleet” a fleet? This talks looks at different models of naval warfare (air, surface, and subsurface), both historically and in modern terms, and examines how well they fit in a science fiction context.
Saturday 9:00 amSalons CDEOnline Writing Tools (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Panelists: Jamie Todd Rubin (M), Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk and Jamie Todd Rubin guide you through the use of some of the most helpful tools available today.
Saturday 10:30 amSalons CDEOverview of AI Techniques for Your Writing (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Dr. Alice Armstrong (M)
Presentation on artificial intelligence by Dr. Alice Armstrong. The objective of this talk to provide authors with a very brief overview of a few major techniques in AI and machine learning and a chance to pitch ideas to an expert and get feedback on ideas from the presenter and the audience. The technical talk will be given first and will take approximately one hour of the allotted time. Dr. Armstrong will cover about 4 topics, depending on the time. In the second half, the floor will be opened for questions. Questions such as “Would it be plausible if…” or “Would you stop reading a story if an author did this…” will be addressed. Dr. Armstrong will also be willing to clarify technical details, if desired. The presentation and handouts will be provided to interested audience members as a resource.
Saturday 11:00 amSalon AScience Fiction in the Panels (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Steve Stiles (M)
A look at science fiction in the comics and comic strips.
Saturday 3:00 pmSalons CDEInvisibility: Theory & Practice (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead (M)
How do we hide a jet fighter, a tank, even a city from sight? For millennia people have dreamt of invisibility rings, caps, & cloaks: how close are we to Harry Potter territory? Progress in the last ten years has been extraordinary, and, with some help from general relativity, 3d printers, advanced photonics, and more than a pinch of ingenuity, we can now bend, fold, & spindle light in ways unimagined ten years ago.
Saturday 4:00 pmSalon AAircraft Carriers In Space! (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Christopher Weuve (M)
Aircraft carriers are cool. Aircraft carriers in space are even more cool -- even if they might not make sense. This talk explores aircraft carriers in fiction and reality.
Saturday 5:00 pmSalons CDEAstronomy Through The Ages (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Inge Heyer (M)
When we think of astronomy these days, we think of expensive instrumentation and graduate school-level mathematics. But the foundation for our work today was laid by our ancestors, who used their eyes and very basic math to obtain fundamental knowledge about the Universe in which we live. In the course of their work they invented new math and physics tools and opened new horizons of understanding. I will take us back to recreate some of the experiments and observations made hundreds and thousands of years ago, by folks who were just as curious about our world then as we are today.
Sunday 11:00 amSalon AAlien Worlds, Real and Imagined (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Inge Heyer (M)
With new and more sensitive technology it has finally become possibly to search for planets around other stars. Since the age of science fiction people have imagined what other worlds might look like, now we can at least infer some of their characteristics. It won't be long until we will be able to take pictures. What are these worlds like? Can we compare them to our planets? And if there should be life on these worlds, how might it perceive the Universe? We will go on a journey, both fanciful and very real, to see what we have found in our search for alien worlds.
Sunday 12:00 pmSalons CDEThe Dodo and De-Extinction (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M)
Thomas Holtz discusses the dodo and the conditions that lead to its extinction. He then discusses how they may be coming back.
Sunday 1:00 pmSalon AThe William Rotsler Award Winners (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Steve Stiles (M)
A look at 14 of the the top fan artists in fanzine fandom.


Friday 8:00 pmSenecaMeet the YA Authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Alethea Kontis, Marianne Mancusi, Diana Peterfreund
Come and meet Capclave's YA authors in a casual setting. Current list of Authors: Shirin Dubbin Alethea Kontis E J Lawrence Mari Mancusi E.C. Myers Diana Peterfreund Jon Skovron Janine K Spendlove Brian Shaw Michael Ventrella
Saturday 7:30 pmSalon AMass 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.
Salon B
Salons CDE
Saturday 8:30 pmSalon AAwards Reception and Presentation (Ends at: 9:25 pm)
Panelists: Cathy Green
The WSFA Small Press Award and the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest winners will be announced. The Guest of Honor Gifts will also be presented.
Salon B
Salons CDE
Saturday 9:30 pmSenecaThe 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


Friday 10:00 pmFrederickMaugorn the Stray (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Maugorn the Stray
Maugorn the Stray performs an acoustic set.
Friday 11:00 pmFrederickDorotha & Steve Biernesser (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Dorotha Biernesser, Steve Biernesser
Saturday 12:00 amFrederickOpen Filking Friday Night (Ends at: 12:55 am)
Panelists: Crystal Paul (M)
Filk the night away.
Saturday 9:00 pmFrederickTJ & Mitchell Burnside Clapp (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Mitchell Burnside Clapp, TJ Burnside Clapp
TJ & Mitchell Burnside Clapp perform an acoustic set.
Saturday 10:00 pmFrederickRandy Hoffman and Kira Heston (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Kira Heston, Randy Hoffman
Randy Hoffman and Kira Heston perform an acoustic set.
Saturday 11:00 pmFrederickFilks of Ice & Fire (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Crystal Paul (M)
Come share your songs about cold & heat as well as your songs about GoT.
Sunday 12:00 amFrederickOpen Filking Saturday Night (Ends at: 12:55 am)
Panelists: Crystal Paul (M)
Filk the night away.

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