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Preliminary Program Grid for Martin Berman-Gorvine

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Martin Berman-Gorvine 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 9:00 pm: Retro Nostalgia SF (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Michael Dirda (M), D. Douglas Fratz
Writers are going back to some of the ideas and characters from science fiction of the past, writing nostalgia-filled looks at yesterday's tomorrows. Why this nostalgia for the fiction of the past? What is gained by revisiting this territory? What retro works do this best?
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?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Small Press Vs. Self-Publishing (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Roger MacBride Allen, Martin Berman-Gorvine, Scott Edelman (M), Ian Randal Strock
What are the advantages and disadvantages of small press compared to self-publishing? Why did you choose one over the other? How will the rise of both affect the creation and distribution of books?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Why the YA Explosion? (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, John G. Hemry (M), Will McIntosh, Darcy Wold
Current market figures for YA SF&F are by some measures eleven times the size of adult SF, and six times the size of adult fantasy. Is this just good marketing, or is something more profound happening here? Why are so many people reading YA fiction?
Saturday 11:00 pm: Read While Hiding Under Your Bed (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Dina Leacock (M), Bernie Mojzes
Why do people read scary stories? What makes horror so popular? What is the difference between horror and dark fantasy?
Sunday 10:00 am: Reading - Martin Berman-Gorvine (Ends at: 10:25 am) Frederick
Author:Martin Berman-Gorvine

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