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Preliminary Program Grid for D. Douglas Fratz

This is the Preliminary program schedule. D. Douglas Fratz 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 8:00 pm: Science Literacy In Fandom (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:D. Douglas Fratz, Inge Heyer, Sam Scheiner (M), Bud Sparhawk
Science fiction readers frequently encounter equations and plots that rely on the latest science. But do fans really know more science than the public? As writers/editors, how much science do you assume the reader knows and how do you decide what to explain? Do you think many readers skip the science parts or treat science as magic? Do you avoid certain ideas/topics that may require too much science? How can we educate more fans about science?
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: 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Many writers have difficulty with near future sf since some science moves so quickly that their work can be outdated before it is published. Why write near future and how can you avoid becoming outdated?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?
Sunday 2:00 pm: Climate Change in SF (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:D. Douglas Fratz, James Morrow, Gordon Van Gelder, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
What is the best approach to discussing climate change in SF? What does the modern attitude towards whether this is really science say about SF writing that features human action changing the natural environment?

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