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Preliminary Program Grid for James Maxey

This is the Preliminary program schedule. James Maxey 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 5:00 pm: Where Are The Happy Futures? (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, James Maxey (M), Christie Meierz, Sunny Moraine
Doom and gloom and dark despair; people dying everywhere. Even the Man of Steel has gone grim and gritty. Why is everything so negative these days? Fantasy readers want GRRM to kill off more and more characters and YA books have dystopias and government conspiracies. Where are the happy futures? Is it that readers don't trust that the future will be better? Why or why not?
Friday 9:00 pm: Worldbuilding Your Systems of Magic (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Salon A
Coordinator:Kimberly G. Hargan, James Maxey, Michael Swanwick, Allen Wold (M)
Some writers, like Brandon Sanderson, create elaborate magic systems with clearly defined rules. Others keep the magic mysterious and mystical. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? What makes you choose one over the other?
Friday 10:00 pm: Pulp Heroes (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Michael Dirda, James Maxey (M), Lee Strong
Conan, the Shadow, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Lone Ranger, and John Carter of Mars. These characters created 80-100 years ago are still familiar today. What is their continuing appeal? Will they be immortal like Robin Hood & King Arthur or is their time soon to be over?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Reading - James Maxey (Ends at: 3:25 pm) Frederick
Author:James Maxey
Saturday 7:00 pm: Always Twenty Years Away: The Singularity (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Tom Doyle, Natalie Luhrs, James Maxey, David Walton (M)
People keep pushing back the date for the singularity. What is the singularity and why is the date always changing? What is a realistic timetable? What sf deals with it the most?

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