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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Carolyn Ives Gilman

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Carolyn Ives Gilman 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 2:00 pm: Space Warfare (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Bud Sparhawk, Christopher Weuve (M), K. Ceres Wright
Is war in space inevitable? How might it be fought? How can writers write about it in realistic ways? What writers/TV shows do a good job? Is there a way to do this without treating spaceships like warships or rewriting the Napoleonic wars?
Saturday 4:00 pm: E.T. Phone Earth. First Contact and Alien Communication (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Charles E. Gannon (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, Diana Peterfreund, Christopher Weuve
What happens when humans meet aliens? How might we communicate with them? What barriers stand in the way? How have different SF stories, TV shows, and movies addressed this situation?
Saturday 6:00 pm: Creating Religions for your Secondary World Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Tom Doyle (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, Max Gladstone, James Morrow, Benjamin Rosenbaum
When creating religions for your fantasy or SF world do you attempt to invent one whole cloth or do you take elements of real world religions, When using real world religions, how much do you take from existing religions and how do you do it in a way that's respectful? When inventing your religion, what sources do you look to for inspiration? For instance, there's a religion in Marie Brennan's The Natural History of Dragons that has clearly taken aspects of Judaism but is not Judaism.
Sunday 11:00 am: Writing on the Job (Ends at: 11:55 am) Frederick
Panelists: Carolyn Ives Gilman, Barbara Krasnoff, Sarah Pinsker, Genevieve Valentine
Is it better for a writer to have a non-writing job to save his/her writing energies for fiction or to use writing skills to make a nonfiction living on the idea that any writing improves fiction writing? And when should you quit your day job? Hear writers discuss the relationship between their day job and their writing

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