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Hours of Operations (Preliminary)
Registration (Montgomery Reception)
Friday 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 8:30am - 7pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm
         
Dealer's Room (Montgomery Ballroom)
Friday: 4pm - 7pm
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 2pm
Con Suite (Darnestown/Gaithersburg)
Friday: TBD
Saturday: 9am - 2am
Sunday: 9am - 3pm
         
Con Ops/Green Room
Friday: 3:30pm - 7pm
Saturday: 9:30am - 6pm
Sunday: 9:30am - 3pm

Preliminary Draft Program Grid

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. These are the program items we're planning on having. New things may emerge, and any of these may disappear in puff of logic, all without warning.

Grid of Scheduled Events

(NOTE: All events are subject to change. Please check back often.)

2014-10-10 Friday
 Rockville/ PotomacSalon AFrederickDarnestown/ GaithersburgBethesdaAuthor's hallway tableBoardroomSuite 1209
3:30 pm "Holy Shuftik!" he cried.      
4:00 pmSo You Want to be a WriterThe League of Substitute Heroes and the Inferior Five Podcasting - Where to Begin   
4:30 pmIf I Ran the Studio    
5:00 pmHumorous SF  Small Press Publishing   
5:30 pmAbusing AuthorsReading (Clough)    
6:00 pmThe Greatest Animated FilmsReading (Krasnoff) From Pod to Page   
6:30 pm Reading (Smale)    
7:00 pmDressed for SuccessFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Paolo BacigalupiReading (Avery)Gaming: Marrying Mr. DarcyWar on Science?   
7:30 pmReading (Wilde)   
8:00 pmNo Means NoFast Forward TV interview with Guest of Honor Holly BlackReading (Al-Mohammed) The 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 TV Seasons   
8:30 pmReading (Wold)    
9:00 pmEnding Stories - Bang or Whimper?Fast Forward TV Interview with Will McIntoshReading (Schweitzer) Don't Go There. Unless You Really Want To.  Meet the YA authors
9:30 pmReading (Brahen)   
10:00 pmFlash Fiction - Writing for the Short Attention Span GenerationFast Forward TV Interview with Guest of Honor Genevieve ValentineReading (Wise) An Inside Look: Kinbaku the art of Japanese bondage  Meet the YA Authors (Continued)
10:30 pmConcert: Maugorn the Stray   
11:00 pmWhy Do We Like Being Scared?The Appeal of King Arthur   
11:30 pmOpen Filk (Friday)   
12:00 am       
12:30 am       
2014-10-11 Saturday
 Rockville/ PotomacSalon AFrederickDarnestown/ GaithersburgBethesdaAuthor's hallway tableBoardroomSuite 1209
9:00 am   Hawaiian Shirt Day    
9:30 am       
10:00 amThe Charms of DystopiaDoctor Who at 50 and BeyondReading (Gladstone) Alternative Sexualities in SF/F Plotting Workshop 
10:30 amReading (Leacock)   
11:00 amAnthology BuilderInterview with Guest of Honor Genevieve ValentineReading (Schoen)Gaming: CavernaThe Taxinomy of FantasyAuthor Table Avery / Loewen 
11:30 amReading (Hunt) 
12:00 pmHolly Will Fix ItBetween Earth and Heaven, Between Gamma Ray and Radio WavesReading (Loewen) DC in 17 Worldcon BidAuthor Table Doyle / SchoenArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 1) 
12:30 pmReading (Rosenbaum)  
1:00 pmReading (Valentine)Climate Change: What's the Worst that Could Happen?Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts Time Travel StorytellingAuthor Table Gladstone 
1:30 pm  
2:00 pmSpace WarfareInterview with Guest of Honor Paolo BacigalupiReading (Maxey) Smart Women Foolish TelevisionAuthor Table Greenberger / LeacockChildren's/Young Adults' Writer's Workshop 
2:30 pmReading (Moraine)  
3:00 pmRules? Rules? There are no Rules!Interview with Guest of Honor Holly BlackReading (Skovron)Gaming: Castles of BurgundyBest Short Fiction of 2014Author Table Spendlove 
3:30 pmReading (Doyle) 
4:00 pmReading (Paolo Bacigalupi)Online Tools for WritersReading (Duncan) E.T. Phone Earth. First Contact and Alien CommunicationAuthor Table Maxey / ShvartsmanThe Power of Point of View 
4:30 pmReading (Pinsker)  
5:00 pmReading (Holly Black)I Hate His/Her Politics But I Love His/Her BooksReading (Gannon) Zenna Henderson  
5:30 pmReading (Shvartsman)   
6:00 pmCreating Religions for your Secondary World Fantasy Reading (Todd Rubin)Gaming; Kingdom BuilderThe Suck Fairy and Feet of Clay Reading (Coleman)Dark Quest Books Launch Party
6:30 pm Reading (Katsu) Reading (Mears)
7:00 pm  Reading (Kinney) Best Podcasts of 2014  
7:30 pm Mass Signing     
8:00 pm       
8:30 pm Awards Reception and Presentation      
9:00 pm Concert: Randy Hoffman     
9:30 pm      
10:00 pmFifty shades of truth: An inside look at the real world of BDSM Concert: Darren Zieger A Whiter Shade of Pale When Magic is Outlawed...DC in 17 Worldcon Bid Party
10:30 pm   
11:00 pm Open Filk (Saturday) Eye of Argon History in Science Fiction and Fantasy
11:30 pm   
12:00 am       
12:30 am       
2014-10-12 Sunday
 Rockville/ PotomacSalon AFrederickDarnestown/ GaithersburgBethesdaAuthor's hallway tableBoardroomSuite 1209
10:00 amWriting Realistic Teen and Child Characters Beyond Sword, Spear and Shield: Exotic Weapons for Fantasy Writing About Climate Change Area 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 2) 
10:30 am    
11:00 amAstronomy Through the Ages Writing on the Job Romance and SF/F  
11:30 am    
12:00 pmCan A Small Town Elf Make it in the Big City? Reading (Spendlove) Bookstores: RIP or Not Dead Yet?   
12:30 pm Reading (Ackley McPhail)    
1:00 pmWhy So Many YA Dystopias? Reading (Ventrella) Nonbinary Gender in SF/F Public Speaking for Writers 
1:30 pm Reading (Edelman)   
2:00 pmYoung, Adult or Both? Even Hard SF Uses FTL Best Books of 2014Author Table Watt-Evans 
2:30 pm   
3:00 pmWhen Did Fangirl Become a Dirty Word? Reviews vs Literary Criticism The Mothership Has Landed Capclave Feedback Session 
3:30 pm    
4:00 pmWhy Does My Protagonist Look Like Julie Bell? Next Steps - What to Do After Recording Your Podcast The Darker Side of Fae Reading (Fox) 
4:30 pm     

Items are sorted by Category, Date/Time, Room and Event Name

(NOTE: All items are subject to change. Please check back often.)

Panel

Friday 3:30 pmSalon A"Holy Shuftik!" he cried. (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
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 4:00 pmRockville/ PotomacSo You Want to be a Writer (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, Dina Leacock (M), Will McIntosh, Michael A. Ventrella, Allen Wold
We did it before and we'll do it again! Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't) Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
FrederickThe League of Substitute Heroes and the Inferior Five (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Drew Bittner, Scott Edelman (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey
While many people are familiar with Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Iron Man, the X-Men, and the Justice League; Marvel and DC have many other second and third tier superheroes. When DC started the Vertigo line, they had some success with reviving more obscure characters in a newer, darker, often antiheroic persona. This brought them both success (Sandman) and failure (Kid Eternity anyone?). Which more obscure and or silly DC and Marvel superheroes would you like to see revived and revamped? For instance, the Head of Programming believes it's time for a revival of 'mazing man, Queen's own superhero.
BethesdaPodcasting - Where to Begin (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Doc Coleman, Jonah Knight, Patrick Scaffido (M), Norm Sherman, John T. Williams
So you want to make your own podcast. Our experts talk you through all the information you need to get started, what you need to buy and what skills you must acquire.
Friday 4:30 pmSalon AIf I Ran the Studio (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Panelists: Jim Freund (M), Max Gladstone, Jon Skovron, Genevieve Valentine, Fran Wilde
What books and stories would you adapt to film? Live action or animated? Why do film studios insist on optioning novels when short form fiction is really the ideal length for being adapted to film?
Friday 5:00 pmRockville/ PotomacHumorous SF (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead (M), Norm Sherman, Alex Shvartsman, Jean Marie Ward
It's easy to name the funny fantasy books, but what about the funny SF books and short stories? For instance, Unidentified Funny Objects was an entire anthology of funny SF.
BethesdaSmall Press Publishing (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace
Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What's worked for you? What hasn't? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you're publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?
Friday 5:30 pmSalon AAbusing Authors (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
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 6:00 pmRockville/ PotomacThe Greatest Animated Films (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Jim Freund, Larry Hodges, James Maxey, Sherin Nicole (M), Michael A. Ventrella
A debate over a list of the greatest animated films. Can we agree on a top ten list for the best or will the panel erupt into fisticuffs?
BethesdaFrom Pod to Page (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), Doc Coleman, Patrick Scaffido, John T. Williams
According to Marshall McLuhan, "Form and content are closely related." For stories existing in both print and podcast form, how do they change as they cross media? What are the strengths and weaknesses of both forms of storytelling, and what should authors keep in mind as they adapt their novels for podcasting?
Friday 7:00 pmRockville/ PotomacDressed for Success (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
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?
BethesdaWar on Science? (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Walter H. Hunt, Sam Scheiner, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Christopher Weuve
Some of America's leaders don't believe in global warming, want creationism taught in schools, and others want to ban human cloning or restrict genetic modified foods. Why this distrust of science? Is it growing? Are political leaders trying to appeal to the ignorant or do they really believe this? And what is the danger to the planet?
Friday 8:00 pmRockville/ PotomacNo Means No (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Inge Heyer, Natalie Luhrs, Emmie Mears, Jon Skovron, Jean Marie Ward (M)
There is a great disturbance in science fiction and fantasy. As fans and writers you have the right to expect respect.
BethesdaThe 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 TV Seasons (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Panelists: Drew Bittner, Perrianne Lurie, Sherin Nicole (M), Genevieve Valentine
What's on and what's worth watching? What worked and what didn't last season? Discuss new and returning science fiction, fantasy and horror shows on TV. Mid-season replacement shows are fair game too.
Friday 9:00 pmRockville/ PotomacEnding Stories - Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott Edelman, Pamela K. Kinney, Dina Leacock, Alex Shvartsman, Ian Randal Strock, Allen Wold (M)
So many short stories start out well but end abruptly or just trail off, leaving the reader to wonder, what's the point. Why does this happen and how can writers avoid this fate? How do you determine your endings? Is a twist ending a cheat?
BethesdaDon't Go There. Unless You Really Want To. (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Panelists: Brenda W. Clough, David G. Hartwell, Shahid Mahmud, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Taboo subjects in fantasy and science fiction. Are there any? What lines won't you cross? What lines should you cross?
Suite 1209Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
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 pmRockville/ PotomacFlash Fiction - Writing for the Short Attention Span Generation (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Larry Hodges (M), Alan Loewen, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Ian Randal Strock
Markets are opening up everywhere for stories of 500 to 1,000 words or less and with the advent of Twitter and Facebook, there are markets for stories just a few sentences in length. In this panel we will discuss the markets, the writing techniques, the agony and the ecstasy and the future of writing the super-short story.
Suite 1209Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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.

Friday 11:00 pmRockville/ PotomacWhy Do We Like Being Scared? (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Holly Black, Scott Edelman, Annette Klause, Dina Leacock (M), Jon Skovron
Fear probably developed as a survival mechanism. We fear things that might hurt us. Yet many read horror, go to slasher films, ride roller coasters, and climb cliffs. Why? What does this say about us and our psyches?
Salon AThe Appeal of King Arthur (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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 amRockville/ PotomacThe Charms of Dystopia (Ends at: 10:55 am)
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?
Salon ADoctor Who at 50 and Beyond (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Doc Coleman, Victoria Janssen (M), L. Jagi Lamplighter, Sherin Nicole, Jon Skovron
Name of the Doctor, Night of the Doctor, Day of the Doctor, Time of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time - Did the 50th Anniversary live up to the hoopla? And going forward what are our expectations for Peter Capaldi? Will there be an episode simply entitled "Of The Doctor?" Is it time for Steven Moffat to step down as show runner?
BethesdaAlternative Sexualities in SF/F (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Meg Frank, Emmie Mears (M), Sarah Pinsker, A.C. Wise
How well are alternative sexualities (or sexuality of any kind) portrayed in science fiction and fantasy?
Saturday 11:00 amRockville/ PotomacAnthology Builder (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Robert Greenberger, David G. Hartwell, Mike McPhail, Alex Shvartsman
So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn't? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?
BethesdaThe Taxinomy of Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am)
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 pmRockville/ PotomacHolly Will Fix It (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Holly Black
Guest of Honor Holly Black will offer solutions to whatever's wrong with your work in progress. Brings your draft stories and novels and Ask Holly how to fix the bits you don't feel are working.
BethesdaDC in 17 Worldcon Bid (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
: Warren Buff, Meg Frank, Jim Mann, Michael Nelson, Peggy Rae Sapienza
Discussion of the DC in 2017 Worldcon Bid, with explanations of what Worldcon is and how Worldcon site selection voting works.
Saturday 1:00 pmFrederickCrowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
BethesdaTime Travel Storytelling (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
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 2:00 pmRockville/ PotomacSpace Warfare (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
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?
BethesdaSmart Women Foolish Television (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff, Sherin Nicole (M), Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Jean Marie Ward, Fran Wilde
We all have those shows we watch and love and maybe love to pick on because they are our guilty pleasures. We revel in their cliches and inconsistent writing and leaps of logic. Or in their bizarre yet internally consistent alternate realities (even if they're supposed to be based in the real world). Ahistorical historical shows and why we love their anachronisms.
Saturday 3:00 pmRockville/ PotomacRules? Rules? There are no Rules! (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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.
BethesdaBest Short Fiction of 2014 (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Sarah Pinsker (M), Norm Sherman, Sean Wallace, A.C. Wise
Which novellas, novelettes, and short stories published this year were your favorites? Which do you think deserve to be nominated for the Hugo/Nebula/Tiptree/World Fantasy etc? Which short fiction pieces deserve to be nominated but won't and why not?
Saturday 4:00 pmSalon AOnline Tools for Writers (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Jamie Todd Rubin (M), Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk and Jamie Todd Rubin guide you through the use of some of the most helpful tools available today.
BethesdaE.T. Phone Earth. First Contact and Alien Communication (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
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 5:00 pmSalon AI Hate His/Her Politics But I Love His/Her Books (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
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?
BethesdaZenna Henderson (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: Andy Duncan, Mark Olson, Priscilla Olson, Lawrence Watt-Evans
During her lifetime, Zenna Henderson was best known for her People stories, which were compiled into a very nice edition several years ago by NESFA Press. However, Henderson wrote a considerable number of stories other than those about the People. Her style of almost pastoral SF is no longer in vogue. Panelists will discuss Henderson's fiction and her influence, if any, on the genre.
Saturday 6:00 pmRockville/ PotomacCreating Religions for your Secondary World Fantasy (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
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.
BethesdaThe Suck Fairy and Feet of Clay (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff (M), Natalie Luhrs, James Maxey, Sunny Moraine
What do you do when you reread your beloved childhood classics and find they have been visited by the suck fairy and are now sexist, racist, etc? What do you do when you find out that that author that got you through junior high turns out to have giant size 30 clod-hopping feet of clay or was actually kind of evil? How do we deal with problematic works and authors?
Saturday 7:00 pmBethesdaBest Podcasts of 2014 (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Doc Coleman, Patrick Scaffido (M), Norm Sherman, John T. Williams
What new and continuing new media productions from 2014 are on the must listen list?
Saturday 10:00 pmBethesdaA Whiter Shade of Pale (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Shahid Mahmud, Emmie Mears, Sherin Nicole (M), A.C. Wise
The worlds of many fantasy/SF novels seem to be overwhelmingly white and European. It wasn't that long ago that Justine Larbalestier had to protest the use of a white cover model to depict her mixed race protagonist. Why do writers (and cover artists) do this? How can we bring diversity into our genres? Is it getting better? Are non-white authors and hero(ines) still rarities? Is the fear of getting it wrong overwhelming the desire to portray more diverse protagonists and non-Western settings?
BoardroomWhen Magic is Outlawed... (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
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?
Saturday 11:00 pmBethesdaEye of Argon (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Panelists: Walter H. Hunt, Sarah Pinsker, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Jean Marie Ward
Our panelists read the worst fantasy story ever written, mistakes and all, and if they laugh or read it incorrectly, they are forced to act out the story. Just try not to fall over laughing! At some point, volunteers from the audience can participate and discover firsthand the author's contentious relationship with spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
BoardroomHistory in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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.
Sunday 10:00 amRockville/ PotomacWriting Realistic Teen and Child Characters (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Holly Black (M), Annette Klause, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Jon Skovron
Unlike in television and movies, there are no work rules and laws that result in teen characters in written fiction being played by twenty somethings, so how best to make sure that your characters actually act like teenagers and children? What age do you want your non-adult protagonist to be? Does the plot dictate the age of the character? Mindy Klasky has said that she made the protagonist of her Glasswright series older than she originally intended because she didn't think a younger child would be able to survive and cope with the events of the novels.
FrederickBeyond Sword, Spear and Shield: Exotic Weapons for Fantasy (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: Lord Ramirez (M)
Lord Ramirez presentation: Certain weapons are very common in fantasy. Usually because they were used in used in almost every civilization in one form or another. But what of the less common ones? Join Ramirez as he teaches us the uses and usefulness of exotic weapons. How were they used against more common weapons? Were they effective? If so why weren't they more popular? This discussion and demonstration will help the creative juices to flow in arming your heroes or their enemies.
BethesdaWriting About Climate Change (Ends at: 10:55 am)
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 11:00 amFrederickWriting on the Job (Ends at: 11:55 am)
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
BethesdaRomance and SF/F (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Victoria Janssen (M), Pamela K. Kinney, Natalie Luhrs, Sunny Moraine
A significant number of science fiction and fantasy books are reviewed in publications such as Romance Times and nominated for awards in the romance genre. Were the genre line distinctions always artificial? What are romance readers' expectations with respect to the plot and its resolution? HEA vs. the tragic romance. Is romance handled better or worse in YA SF/F? Are certain types of romance plots (such as first love) more likely to show up in YA?
Sunday 12:00 pmRockville/ PotomacCan A Small Town Elf Make it in the Big City? (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Holly Black (M), Jim Freund, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Emmie Mears, Jean Marie Ward
It's an Urban Fantasy panel. Favorite authors, current trends, what's the next supernatural creature to hit it big now that vampires, zombies and angels have all had a turn in the spotlight?
BethesdaBookstores: RIP or Not Dead Yet? (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
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 pmRockville/ PotomacWhy So Many YA Dystopias? (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
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?
BethesdaNonbinary Gender in SF/F (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, A.C. Wise (M)
Alex Dally McFarland's post-binary gender series at Tor.com has caused the occasional bit of controversy. However, there is no reason why science fiction and fantasy should have characters that don't conveniently split into male and female, especially when dealing with alien life forms.
Sunday 2:00 pmRockville/ PotomacYoung, Adult or Both? (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
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?
FrederickEven Hard SF Uses FTL (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead (M), Charles E. Gannon, Inge Heyer, Christopher Weuve
What science is taken for granted in SF and can it really happen? What new scientific discoveries are more likely than others? What science is underused in SF?
BethesdaBest Books of 2014 (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
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 pmRockville/ PotomacWhen Did Fangirl Become a Dirty Word? (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Emmie Mears, Sunny Moraine, Sherin Nicole (M), Janine Spendlove, A.C. Wise
It used to connote enthusiasm, now it implies contempt. Why is this? What can be done to combat this attitude?
FrederickReviews vs Literary Criticism (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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?
BoardroomCapclave Feedback Session (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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Sunday 4:00 pmRockville/ PotomacWhy Does My Protagonist Look Like Julie Bell? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner, Will McIntosh (M), Sunny Moraine, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How do books get their covers? What are the best and worst cover illustrations you've ever had? Issues such as whitewashing of protagonists of color.
FrederickNext Steps - What to Do After Recording Your Podcast (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Doc Coleman, Jonah Knight, Patrick Scaffido (M), Norm Sherman, John T. Williams
There are a lot of tutorials, presentations, and classes on how to record a podcast but when it gets to posting and sharing your cast, things seem to get glossed over. There are many components working in concert to make a podcast feed. This session aims to explain what each of those components are and how they function together. Further, we hope to show you how you can save money by picking and choosing what services provide each piece. This session will cover: choosing a hosting provider, choosing blog/podcast software; tagging mp3s; writing show notes; uploading files to a host; posting an episode; feed creation; and finally statistics/tracking.
BethesdaThe Darker Side of Fae (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Holly Black, Pamela K. Kinney, Janine Spendlove, Jean Marie Ward (M)
Not everyone can be Tinkerbell (who wasn't all sweetness and light), sometimes the world is a little less clean and pure. Both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts are best avoided if at all possible.

Gaming

Friday 7:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgGaming: Marrying Mr. Darcy (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
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Saturday 11:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgGaming: Caverna (Ends at: 11:55 am)
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Saturday 3:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgGaming: Castles of Burgundy (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
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Saturday 6:00 pmDarnestown/ GaithersburgGaming; Kingdom Builder (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
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Workshop

Friday 10:00 pmBethesdaAn Inside Look: Kinbaku the art of Japanese bondage (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Lord Ramirez (M)
Kinbaku, also called Shibari is the traditional style of Japanese bondage. Ramirez will be covering its history and origins and its evolution from the battlefield to the bedroom. He will cover its traditional applications, as well as what it means to the Japanese both in times past and today. He will be demonstrating the art, and giving you the chance to ask questions and touch and even experience the ropes.

Must be 18 years or older
Duration: 2 Hours

Saturday 10:00 amBoardroomPlotting Workshop (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Workshop Host: Allen Wold (M)
What makes a story a story? How do you construct a viable plot from a bare (naked) idea? We'll start at the beginning, and by the end, you should have everything you need to know to plot your story.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

Saturday 12:00 pmBoardroomArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 1) (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Workshop Hosts: Ron Garner (M), Janine Spendlove (M)
Two Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing.

The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction.

The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants

Saturday 2:00 pmBoardroomChildren's/Young Adults' Writer's Workshop (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Pamela K. Kinney (M)
Today, when anyone, including children and teenagers, can become published in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, horror and paranormal, any young adult can benefit from a workshop on the basics of writing. The participants will work on a short story and discuss the basics of editing. From ages 9 through 17.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

Saturday 4:00 pmBoardroomThe Power of Point of View (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford (M)
Most people have a very limited understanding of what point of view (POV) is and how it works. A deeper, more complex definition of POV makes for better, more effective writing. Join Meriah Crawford for a workshop that will review the many aspects of point of view in detail, followed by writing, workshopping, and general discussion. Handouts and chocolate for inspiration will be provided.

Limited to 15 participants
Duration: 2 Hours

Saturday 10:00 pmRockville/ PotomacFifty shades of truth: An inside look at the real world of BDSM (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Workshop Host: Lord Ramirez (M)
For many the success of Fifty Shades of Grey is a mystery, both to writers and those who actually participate in BDSM. Both sides have a vested interest in seeing it portrayed or at the very least written better. Ramirez has been active in the BDSM community for over twenty years and teaches BDSM classes and workshops all over the United States. He will give you a fascinating inside tour of BDSM. From its culture, to its popularity, and the age old question "Why do people do it?" In between demonstration and discussion, he and his partner will answer your questions about domination and submission, sadism and masochism, leather, and everything in between. You well even get the chance to see the tools of the trade up close. Ever wonder what a whip or flogger was actually like? Did you want to put one in your hand? Here is your chance to understand that world on a much more personal level, to enhance your writing, or just your understanding of a very misunderstood world.

Must be 18 years or older
Duration: 2 Hours

Sunday 10:00 amBoardroomArea 52 Military Science Fiction - Getting it Right (Part 2) (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Workshop Hosts: Ron Garner (M), Janine Spendlove (M)
Two Marines teach you how to write realistic military scenes. The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees a brief introduction to military thought at the strategic, operational, and tactical level, an understanding of the types of weapons that are used in combat and how they are employed, and a feeling for the effects of combat on participants and non-participants. From this basis, we will engage attendees in a discussion designed to relate basic military theory, tactics, and weapons to speculative fiction and thus help attendees develop a more accurate depiction of warfare in their writing.

The Saturday session will cover the difference between Strategy/Operations/Tactics, including basic theories of military strategy (i.e. why/how states go to war), as well as planning factors and a discussion of these issues as they relate to speculative fiction. The Saturday session will also cover Tactics/Weapons including: (a) standard small unit tactics; (b) types of weapons systems (individual, crew-served, indirect fire, WMD); (c) the effects of warfare on combatants/non-combatants; and (d) discussion of these topics as they relate to speculative fiction.

The Sunday session will be a writing sample review and Q&A;in which each attendee prepares a military writing sample ahead of time, and we take volunteers to discuss a couple of them, reserving about 10-15 minutes at the end for Q&A;.

Limited to 15 participants

Sunday 1:00 pmBoardroomPublic Speaking for Writers (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Workshop Host: David Keener (M)
David Keener, an experienced public speaker, conference organizer and writer, will lead a workshop on public speaking for writers. In today's publishing world, simply writing a story isn't enough - you also need to get up in front of an audience and promote yourself. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to be a dynamic speaker. You'll learn how to apply these techniques to be an effective panelist at conventions, whether as a moderator or as a participant. You'll also learn to describe your fiction in succinct sound bites designed to intrigue potential readers.

You've seen it all done wrong - find out how to do it right.

Limited to 15 participants.
Duration: 2 hours

Reading

Friday 5:30 pmFrederickReading (Clough) (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Brenda W. Clough
Friday 6:00 pmFrederickReading (Krasnoff) (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Barbara Krasnoff
Friday 6:30 pmFrederickReading (Smale) (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: Alan Smale
Friday 7:00 pmFrederickReading (Avery) (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Sarah Avery
Friday 7:30 pmFrederickReading (Wilde) (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
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Friday 8:00 pmFrederickReading (Al-Mohammed) (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Author: Day Al-Mohamed
Friday 8:30 pmFrederickReading (Wold) (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Author: Allen Wold
Friday 9:00 pmFrederickReading (Schweitzer) (Ends at: 9:25 pm)
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
Friday 9:30 pmFrederickReading (Brahen) (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Author: Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen
Friday 10:00 pmFrederickReading (Wise) (Ends at: 10:25 pm)
Author: A.C. Wise
Saturday 10:00 amFrederickReading (Gladstone) (Ends at: 10:25 am)
Author: Max Gladstone
Saturday 10:30 amFrederickReading (Leacock) (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Author: Dina Leacock
Saturday 11:00 amFrederickReading (Schoen) (Ends at: 11:25 am)
Author: Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 11:30 amFrederickReading (Hunt) (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Author: Walter H. Hunt
Saturday 12:00 pmFrederickReading (Loewen) (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: Alan Loewen
Saturday 12:30 pmFrederickReading (Rosenbaum) (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Saturday 1:00 pmRockville/ PotomacReading (Valentine) (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Genevieve Valentine
Saturday 2:00 pmFrederickReading (Maxey) (Ends at: 2:25 pm)
Author: James Maxey
Saturday 2:30 pmFrederickReading (Moraine) (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: Sunny Moraine
Saturday 3:00 pmFrederickReading (Skovron) (Ends at: 3:25 pm)
Author: Jon Skovron
Saturday 3:30 pmFrederickReading (Doyle) (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Author: Tom Doyle
Saturday 4:00 pmRockville/ PotomacReading (Paolo Bacigalupi) (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi
FrederickReading (Duncan) (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Andy Duncan
Saturday 4:30 pmFrederickReading (Pinsker) (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Author: Sarah Pinsker
Saturday 5:00 pmRockville/ PotomacReading (Holly Black) (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Holly Black
FrederickReading (Gannon) (Ends at: 5:25 pm)
Author: Charles E. Gannon
Saturday 5:30 pmFrederickReading (Shvartsman) (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Author: Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 6:00 pmFrederickReading (Todd Rubin) (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Jamie Todd Rubin
BoardroomReading (Coleman) (Ends at: 6:25 pm)
Author: Doc Coleman
Saturday 6:30 pmFrederickReading (Katsu) (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: Alma Katsu
BoardroomReading (Mears) (Ends at: 6:55 pm)
Author: Emmie Mears
Saturday 7:00 pmFrederickReading (Kinney) (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
Author: Pamela K. Kinney
Sunday 12:00 pmFrederickReading (Spendlove) (Ends at: 12:25 pm)
Author: Janine Spendlove
Sunday 12:30 pmFrederickReading (Ackley McPhail) (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Author: Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Sunday 1:00 pmFrederickReading (Ventrella) (Ends at: 1:25 pm)
Author: Michael A. Ventrella
Sunday 1:30 pmFrederickReading (Edelman) (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Scott Edelman
Sunday 4:00 pmBoardroomReading (Fox) (Ends at: 4:25 pm)
Author: Andrew Fox

Kaffeeklatsch

Sunday 10:00 amKaffeeklatsch AreaKaffeeklatsch with Genevieve Valentine (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Guest of Honor: Genevieve Valentine
Sunday 11:00 amKaffeeklatsch AreaKaffeeklatsch with Holly Black (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Guest of Honor: Holly Black
Sunday 3:00 pmKaffeeklatsch AreaKaffeeklatsch with Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Paolo Bacigalupi

Author's Tables

Saturday 11:00 amAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Avery / Loewen (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Authors: Sarah Avery, Alan Loewen
Saturday 12:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Doyle / Schoen (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Authors: Tom Doyle, Lawrence M. Schoen
Saturday 1:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Gladstone (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Author: Max Gladstone
Saturday 2:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Greenberger / Leacock (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Authors: Robert Greenberger, Dina Leacock
Saturday 3:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Spendlove (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Author: Janine Spendlove
Saturday 4:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Maxey / Shvartsman (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Authors: James Maxey, Alex Shvartsman
Sunday 2:00 pmAuthor's hallway tableAuthor Table Watt-Evans (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans

Presentation

Saturday 12:00 pmSalon ABetween Earth and Heaven, Between Gamma Ray and Radio Waves (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Presenter: Inge Heyer
Inge Heyer Presentation: Astronomical observatories have existed since antiquity. Until fairly recently, most observing was done by visiting a given facility. In this modern space age of high tech electronic connectivity, many observing programs use multiple observatories and instruments to obtain information about the objects being studied. Observatories are linked to observe in multiple wavelengths, to increase the size of the "light-bucket", and to take advantage of differing strengths of Earth-based and space-based platforms. We will look at a few spectacular results of these modern collaborations.
Saturday 1:00 pmSalon AClimate Change: What's the Worst that Could Happen? (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Presenter: Thomas Holtz
Thomas Holtz Climate Change presentation
Sunday 11:00 amRockville/ PotomacAstronomy Through the Ages (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Presenter: Inge Heyer
Inge Heyer Presentation: When we think of astronomy these days, we think of expensive instrumentation and graduate school-level mathematics. But the foundation for our work today was laid by our ancestors, who used their eyes and very basic math to obtain fundamental knowledge about the Universe in which we live. In the course of their work they invented new math and physics tools and opened new horizons of understanding. I will take us back to recreate some of the experiments and observations made hundreds and thousands of years ago, by folks who were just as curious about our world then as we are today
Sunday 3:00 pmBethesdaThe Mothership Has Landed (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Presentor: Bill Campbell
What is Afrofuturism? An introductory panel in which panelists will attempt to define Afrofuturism and recommend authors, novels, and short fiction to the audience.

Party

Saturday 9:00 amDarnestown/ GaithersburgHawaiian Shirt Day (Ends at: 9:55 am)
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To honor the late Jay Lake, Capclave is declaring a Hawaiian Shirt Day for October 11th. Feel free to join in by wearing your favorite Hawaiian shirt on that day, especially in the Con Suite staring at 9 a.m.

We were extremely saddened by Jay Lake’s death in June at the age of 49, after a long battle with cancer. Jay wrote over 300 short stories and nine novels and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 2004. He approached his illness with fierce determination, blogging about the experience, and finding ways to express what was happening to him with humor and courage, in order to demystify the experience for others. We are honoring Jay with a Hawaiian Shirt Day on Saturday.

Saturday 6:00 pmSuite 1209Dark Quest Books Launch Party (Ends at: 7:25 pm)
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Saturday 7:30 pmSalon AMass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Participants: 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 8:30 pmSalon AAwards Reception and Presentation (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
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The WSFA Small Press Award winner will be announced. The Guest of Honor Gifts will also be presented.
Saturday 10:00 pmSuite 1209DC in 17 Worldcon Bid Party (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
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The party is listed as 2 hours, because silly computers can't comprehend rigorously defined areas of doubt and uncertainty. The party will run as long as the hosts are up to it, and everyone is having a good time.

Filk

Friday 10:30 pmFrederickConcert: Maugorn the Stray (Ends at: 11:25 pm)
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Maugie performs an eclectic mix of traditional & modern "found filk."
Friday 11:30 pmFrederickOpen Filk (Friday) (Ends at: 12:55 am)
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Fandom's music of the night. Listeners especially welcome!
Saturday 9:00 pmFrederickConcert: Randy Hoffman (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
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Randy's expert wordplay and unique melodies go to places only he could imagine.
Saturday 10:00 pmFrederickConcert: Darren Zieger (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
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Darren's songs are quirky, funny, and touching -- sometimes all at once.
Saturday 11:00 pmFrederickOpen Filk (Saturday) (Ends at: 12:55 am)
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Last night was fun. Let's do it again.

Interview

Friday 7:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV interviews Guest of Honor Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Paolo Bacigalupi
Friday 8:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV interview with Guest of Honor Holly Black (Ends at: 8:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Holly Black
Friday 9:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV Interview with Will McIntosh (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Interviewee: Will McIntosh
Friday 10:00 pmSalon AFast Forward TV Interview with Guest of Honor Genevieve Valentine (Ends at: 10:55 pm)
Guest of Honor: Genevieve Valentine
Saturday 11:00 amSalon AInterview with Guest of Honor Genevieve Valentine (Ends at: 11:55 am)
: Jim Freund (M), Genevieve Valentine
Saturday 2:00 pmSalon AInterview with Guest of Honor Paolo Bacigalupi (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
: Paolo Bacigalupi
Saturday 3:00 pmSalon AInterview with Guest of Honor Holly Black (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
: Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund (M)

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