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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Alan Smale

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Alan Smale 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 6:30 pm: Reading (Smale) (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Alan Smale
Friday 7:00 pm: Dressed for Success (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: L. Jagi Lamplighter, Diana Peterfreund (M), Alan Smale, Genevieve Valentine, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How detailed should your clothing descriptions be in your story? How well thought out does fashion need to be in your secondary world? Does the clothing have anything to do with the character? Does it describe them or allow them to certain things. Do the readers care or notice?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Time Travel Storytelling (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists: John Ashmead (M), Brenda W. Clough, Walter H. Hunt, James Morrow, Alan Smale
A discussion of the cultural implications of time travel. Should an author use appropriate to the time language in their time travel and historical stories, or is it ok to use modern sensibilities? Is it fair to readers to give historical figures beliefs that were never shown in their real life actions?
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 11:00 pm: History in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Boardroom
Panelists: Sam Lubell, James Maxey, Alan Smale (M)
Time travel is a major theme in science fiction, touching the past with the future and the present. Alternate history is also popular. Many fantasy novels will "file the numbers off" past cultures and historical events as a jumping off point. Panelists will discuss the ways in which the past is used in genre fiction.

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