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Preliminary Program Grid for Christie Meierz

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Christie Meierz 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 4:00 pm: Antagonist Vs. Villain (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alan Loewen (M), Will McIntosh, Christie Meierz
Not all antagonists are villains. What is the difference? Why would authors use a non-villain antagonist? Who are some of the best non-villain antagonists in SF?
Friday 5:00 pm: Where Are The Happy Futures? (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, James Maxey (M), Christie Meierz, Sunny Moraine
Doom and gloom and dark despair; people dying everywhere. Even the Man of Steel has gone grim and gritty. Why is everything so negative these days? Fantasy readers want GRRM to kill off more and more characters and YA books have dystopias and government conspiracies. Where are the happy futures? Is it that readers don't trust that the future will be better? Why or why not?
Friday 11:00 pm: Erotic Fiction vs Romance - How Far Can You Go? (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Christie Meierz, Bernie Mojzes, K.M. Szpara (M)
Our panelists discuss what works in writing explicitly-tinged romance and erotic work that doesn't cross over into crassness or smut. What are the benefits of adding an erotic tinge to your story?
Saturday 11:00 am: Writing A Spacefaring Society (Ends at: 11:55 am) Salon B/C
Panelists:Walter H. Hunt (M), Edward M. Lerner, Christie Meierz, Benjamin Rosenbaum
How would a society with space travel differ from our present one and how do writers create these cultures? Do you just substitute planet for country in our current system? How would the existence (or lack of) FTL, FTL communications, and aliens affect this society? How do you as an author decide which to include?
Sunday 10:30 am: Reading - Christie Meierz (Ends at: 10:55 am) Frederick
Author:Christie Meierz
Sunday 2:00 pm: Andre Norton (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Kimberly G. Hargan (M), John G. Hemry, Christie Meierz
Ten years after her death, Andre Norton is still in print and the Norton Award for YA keeps her name alive. With the recent explosion of YA fiction, is she still relevant today? What Norton books do people remember most fondly?

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