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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Tom Doyle

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Tom Doyle 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 3:30 pm: "Holy Shuftik!" he cried. (Ends at: 4:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tom Doyle (M), Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How does an author create a distinctive language for characters in the future or in a different world and keep it understandable to the reader? What's the right balance between creating language and making sure the reader can figure it out without a dictionary appendix to the story?
Friday 11:00 pm: The Appeal of King Arthur (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Tom Doyle, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Darrell Schweitzer, Jean Marie Ward (M)
What makes so many writers from Twain to Mary Stewart to Lerner and Lowe produce their own takes on 'the matter of Britain'? Why do King Arthur books thrive while other legends like Robin Hood get far less attention? What are the best takes on the Arthurian legend?
Saturday 10:00 am: The Charms of Dystopia (Ends at: 10:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Tom Doyle, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Norm Sherman (M)
Why is it that anyone would want to read a dystopia? Why are books like The Windup Girl popular and what does the writer and reader get out of them?
Saturday 11:00 am: The Taxinomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Holly Black, Tom Doyle (M), Max Gladstone, Annette Klause, Darrell Schweitzer
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Mythic Fantasy, etc. How many types of fantasy are there? Readers' tastes evolve over time. Which types of fantasy are currently the most popular, which are becoming less popular, where is fantasy headed and why?
Saturday 12:00 pm: Author Table Doyle / Schoen (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Panelists: Tom Doyle, Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 3:30 pm: Reading (Doyle) (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Tom Doyle
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.
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Saturday 10:00 pm: When Magic is Outlawed... (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Boardroom
Panelists: Sarah Avery, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Tom Doyle (M)
In Holly Black's Curse Workers series, magic is illegal and run by the mafia. In many other books magic practitioners work in secret, even Harry Potter's wizards hide from the muggles. What keeps these magic users from just taking over? Is this the author's way of making powerful people the underdogs?

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