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Preliminary Program Grid for Day Al-Mohamed

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Day Al-Mohamed 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 6:00 pm: Ask Authors Anything (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
Authors answer questions from the audience. Anything goes.
Saturday 10:00 am: Democracy... IN SPACE! (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Larry Hodges, Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum (M)
With all these space empires around, why are there so few space democracies? What authors see a future for democracy? Why are there so few democracies in fantasy novels not set in the real world?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Non-Western Influences In Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Ann Chatham, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick (M)
Traditionally, most fantasy has been based on Western folklore, usually with a medieval-inspired setting. However, alternative settings and concepts are becoming more common with writers mining Asian, African, Native American, and Middle Eastern sources. What writers do this most effectively? How do you decide what traditions/concepts to adopt and how do research/use them? Is it cultural appropriation when writers incorporate themes from other traditions, and how do you so appropriately?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Separating The Author From The Work (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed (M), Bill Campbell, Shahid Mahmud
Should works of fiction be judged independently of their authors? If an author has good books but bad politics should they be shunned? What if the author has a character say bad things in a book (and what if that character is the hero?)

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