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Preliminary Program Grid for Alastair Reynolds

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Alastair Reynolds 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: Writing in Series (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Catherine Asaro (M), Sarah Avery, Walter H. Hunt, Alastair Reynolds
Sometimes it seems like the majority of new books are volume X in the continuing adventures of... How are writing series books different from writing standalones? What techniques do writers use to keep the pacing going through multiple volumes? How do they solve the problem of reminding readers what happened previously while not repeating too much for the reader going through the whole series at once? How do writers avoid contradicting their previous volumes?
Friday 8:00 pm: GOH Interview - Alastair Reynolds (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Salon A
Guest of Honor:Alastair Reynolds
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 12:00 pm: GoH Interview/Speech - Alastair Reynolds (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Salon B/C
Guest of Honor:Alastair Reynolds
Solo presentation by Capclave's Author GoH, Alastair Reynolds
Saturday 1:00 pm: Generation Starships (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Edward M. Lerner, Gary L. Oleson, Alastair Reynolds, Bud Sparhawk (M)
One way writers get around the problem of the enormous distances between solar systems (without FTL) is to propose starships capable of carrying families who have children for however many generations it takes to reach the destination. Is this practical in real life? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this approach? How can planners ensure the generations will hold to the mission? What fictional works have the best generation ships and what makes them stellar examples.
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Many writers have difficulty with near future sf since some science moves so quickly that their work can be outdated before it is published.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 5:00 pm: Who Are Your Most Inspirational Authors? (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Alastair Reynolds, Darrell Schweitzer (M), K.M. Szpara, Gordon Van Gelder
Our panelists talk about which authors were most influential in bringing them into SF & fantasy, and why. Also which modern authors are most likely to live up to the tradition and inspite a new generation of writers and fans.
Sunday 10:00 am: The Appeal of Doctor Who (Ends at: 10:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Cathy Green (M), Victoria Janssen, Alastair Reynolds, Hildy Silverman
Doctor Who has lasted over 50 years and 12 Doctors. Why has this series lasted so long? Why has the revival done so well in the US compared to the original? What are the differences between old and new Who? Has it jumped the shark?
Sunday 11:00 am: Kaffeeklatsch - Alastair Reynolds (Ends at: 11:55 am) Atrium
Guest of Honor:Alastair Reynolds

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