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Preliminary Program Grid for Bjorn Hesseler

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Bjorn Hesseler 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: Reading - Bjorn Hasseler (Ends at: 7:25 pm) Frederick
Author:Bjorn Hesseler
Saturday 12:00 pm: The Fantastic Private Investigator (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Kimberly G. Hargan, Bjorn Hesseler, Larry Hodges, Allen Wold (M)
From Asimov's Elijah Baley to Butcher's Harry Dresden, science fiction and fantasy has melded with mysteries. Who are some of the best genre detectives? How do you write a mystery in a fantastic world where the murderer can use magic or high technology to commit the crime or provide an alibi?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Alternate History - Why Are Some Periods More Favored? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Bjorn Hesseler, Walter H. Hunt (M), Michael Swanwick
There are a huge number of alternate histories centered on the Civil War and WWII (even some not by Turtledove!) but fewer twisting other time periods. Is it just that it is easier to see how changing a war's victor would affect history or is it something else? What time periods do you think would make a great alternate history? What about social or scientific changes? What are some of the best alternate histories not involving these two wars?
Sunday 12:00 pm: Writing Deep Religion (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Bjorn Hesseler, C.S. MacCath (M), K.M. Szpara
We discuss what's involved in developing a religious system for your world that has enough nuance and myth to feel real without alienating or upsetting the audience.

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