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Preliminary Program Grid for Kimberly G. Hargan

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Kimberly G. Hargan 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: Alternatives to the High Fantasy Epic (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Andrew Fox, Kimberly G. Hargan, Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
The high fantasy epic involves kings, wizards, and the fate of the world, or at least kingdom. What other types of fantasy are there? What do they do differently and how does this provide a different reading experience? What about works of high fantasy that distort the formula?
Friday 9:00 pm: Worldbuilding Your Systems of Magic (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Salon A
Coordinator:Kimberly G. Hargan, James Maxey, Michael Swanwick, Allen Wold (M)
Some writers, like Brandon Sanderson, create elaborate magic systems with clearly defined rules. Others keep the magic mysterious and mystical. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? What makes you choose one over the other?
Saturday 12:00 pm: The Fantastic Private Investigator (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Kimberly G. Hargan, Bjorn Hesseler, Larry Hodges, Allen Wold (M)
From Asimov's Elijah Baley to Butcher's Harry Dresden, science fiction and fantasy has melded with mysteries. Who are some of the best genre detectives? How do you write a mystery in a fantastic world where the murderer can use magic or high technology to commit the crime or provide an alibi?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Creating Your Setting (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Sarah Avery, Kimberly G. Hargan (M), Mike McPhail, Lawrence Watt-Evans
It has been said that sf/fantasy is not a type of plot, such as the romance which is about love or mystery about solving a crime, but rather a setting in which anything can happen. How do writers create their settings? What makes some worlds, civilizations, magical kingdoms work while others fail? What novels have the most evocative settings and the best worldbuilding and what can we learn from these?
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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