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Preliminary Program Grid for Shahid Mahmud

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Shahid Mahmud 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 7:00 pm: Translating Speculative Fiction (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Jim Freund (M), Shahid Mahmud, Alex Shvartsman
Many non-English countries get much of their science fiction in translation. And English readers are finally being given access to more Chinese, Japanese and other non-English works. Why is this happening now? What are some of the special challenges with translating genre works? How do translators cope with invented words and concepts? What about different storytelling methods and literary techniques?
Saturday 10:00 am: Survival of the Short Form (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon A
Panelists:Alan Loewen, Shahid Mahmud (M), Sunny Moraine, Gordon Van Gelder
In an age where virtually everyone carries Internet and ebook-capable smartphones why aren't more reading short stories while waiting on lines, during commercials etc.?
Saturday 7:00 pm: Big Authors & Small Press (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
Many big names in sf/fantasy are being published by small presses, sometimes even with new books. Why are authors making this choice? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Are there certain types of works that do better at a small press even when written by a known name?
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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