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Preliminary Program Grid for David Walton

This is the Preliminary program schedule. David Walton 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: Writing in Multiple Genres (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Sunny Moraine, David Walton (M), Jean Marie Ward
In the 1940s and 50s, sf writers wrote in a wide range of genres, especially mysteries. Today's writers are more likely to specialize in either SF or Fantasy (exceptions like Modesitt still exist.) What are the advantages and disadvantages to writing in multiple genres? Are the knowledge and skills gained from writing fantasy transferrable to SF, to mysteries, to romance? Should a writer use pseudonyms when writing in a different genre? Does it hurt one's career, or does it refresh an author to write something different?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Near-Future Science Fiction (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:D. Douglas Fratz, Edward M. Lerner, Alastair Reynolds, David Walton (M)
Many writers have difficulty with near future sf since some science moves so quickly that their work can be outdated before it is published. Why write near future and how can you avoid becoming outdated? What works/authors get it right?
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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