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Preliminary Program Grid for C.S. MacCath

This is the Preliminary program schedule. C.S. MacCath 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: Quantum Mechanics & Literature (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro, John Ashmead (M), Carolyn Ives Gilman, C.S. MacCath
What is quantum mechanics (in layman's terms please) and how do writers make use of it in science fiction? What writers do this most effectively without requiring the reader to take a graduate course first?
Friday 8:00 pm: 50 Years Of Dune (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Natalie Luhrs, C.S. MacCath, Darrell Schweitzer, Fran Wilde (M)
The novel version of Dune was published in 1965. Does it still hold up today? Have the endless sequels and franchise by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson affected the reputation of the original? What about the movies/miniseries?
Friday 11:00 pm: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things? (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Alan Loewen (M), C.S. MacCath, Michael A. Ventrella
What are the motivations for having otherwise-heroic people do villainous things in fiction? How can an author strike a balance between making an evildoer's actions believable and somewhat sympathetic without turning them into an antihero?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Reading - C.S. MacCath (Ends at: 2:25 pm) Frederick
Author:C.S. MacCath
Saturday 4:00 pm: Linguistics In SF (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Tom Doyle, Barbara Krasnoff (M), C.S. MacCath, Lawrence M. Schoen
What are some of the creative ways writers use language and linguistics in their fictions? How can language be used as a weapon or to unite different peoples? How can writers portray linguistic differences in a way that is not condescending?
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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