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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for D. Douglas Fratz

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. D. Douglas Fratz 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.

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 2:00 pm: Best Books of 2014 (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: Sarah Avery, D. Douglas Fratz (M), Lawrence M. Schoen
Discuss your favorite new books of 2014. Which novels deserve your Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy/Golden Duck, etc nomination? What novels won't be nominated and deserve to be and why not?
Sunday 3:00 pm: Reviews vs Literary Criticism (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: D. Douglas Fratz, David G. Hartwell, Natalie Luhrs, Darrell Schweitzer, Gayle Surrette (M)
There are many different levels of reviewing. Publications such as Publishers Weekly and Romantic Times typically want only a couple hundred words, in SFRevu 500-1000 words is pretty standard, and the New York Review of Science Fiction publishes 3000+ word reviews. There are reviews that exist primarily to give readers a general idea as to whether they want to buy the newly published book without spoiling the book, and there are longer more academically oriented reviews which attempt to engage with the novel in a broader context to put the book in its place within the genre and which generally assume the reader of the review has already read the book. Do you write the review from the head or from the heart? How much of the plot should you discuss?

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