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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Paolo Bacigalupi

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Paolo Bacigalupi 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 5:30 pm: Abusing Authors (Ends at: 6:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Walter H. Hunt (M), Annette Klause, Will McIntosh, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists answer whatever questions the audience has on writing, editing, character development, agents, and others. Includes many non-writer-parts-of-being-a-writer, such as being your own boss, setting schedules, and so on.
Friday 7:00 pm: Fast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Annette Klause, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
Last year's meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Suite 1209
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

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 2:00 pm: Interview with Guest of Honor Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi
Saturday 3:00 pm: Rules? Rules? There are no Rules! (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Walter H. Hunt (M), Alma Katsu, James Morrow, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lawrence Watt-Evans
When writing fiction, if it works, it works. Our panel debates whether authors need to know "rules" that they can then break if they are good enough, or if this only constrains creativity.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Reading (Paolo Bacigalupi) (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi
Saturday 5:00 pm: I Hate His/Her Politics But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Paolo Bacigalupi, David G. Hartwell, Larry Hodges, Natalie Luhrs, Sunny Moraine (M)
Should a personal evaluation of an author be separated from how you view his/her politics? Many people refused to see the movie Ender's Game because of Orson Scott Card's statements on homosexuality and other writers charge that political views influence award nominations and who is picked for con programming. Is this true and if so, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
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.
Sunday 10:00 am: Writing About Climate Change (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Max Gladstone, David Keener, James Maxey
Climate change is the new nuclear winter. Post-apocalyptic novels used to be set in a post nuclear detonation landscape; now they're set in environmentally wrecked futures. Most of these books are dystopian and theoretically predictive. Why do authors write the way they write about climate change?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Bookstores: RIP or Not Dead Yet? (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, David G. Hartwell, Shahid Mahmud
With the growth of Amazon online, the demise of Borders, the shrinking of Barnes & Noble, the greatly diminished number of brick and mortar independent bookstores, and the rapid adoption of ebooks, does the traditional bookstore have a future? What is the role of bookstores in the age of instantly downloadable ebooks and Amazon Prime? Can we do anything to save the bookstore? Should we?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Why So Many YA Dystopias? (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Robert Greenberger, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron (M)
From The Giver to the Hunger Games why are so many YA novels presenting a bleak future to our young people? And why do young adults like these books so much?
Sunday 2:00 pm: Young, Adult or Both? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black (M), Annette Klause, Will McIntosh, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron
How does a YA differ from a children's book or an adult book? How is the pacing, characterization, and language different or the same? Are there things you can do in one and not the other? Are these distinctions needed? And what about series like Harry Potter in which the children grow up?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Kaffeeklatsch with Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Kaffeeklatsch Area
Panelists: Paolo Bacigalupi

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