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Preliminary Program Grid for Charles E. Gannon

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Charles E. Gannon 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: American Classics of the Fantastic (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Michael Dirda, Tom Doyle, Charles E. Gannon, Darrell Schweitzer (M)
Many of America's classic writers also wrote on the fantastic. Poe invented the modern horror story. Hawthorne wrote of mad scientists and supernatural forces. What classics contain genre elements? What genre books would be considered American classics? What makes a work a classic and is this changing in the 21st century?
Friday 6:00 pm: Writing in Multiple Genres (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Sunny Moraine, David Walton (M), Jean Marie Ward
In the 1940s and 50s, sf writers wrote in a wide range of genres, especially mysteries. Today's writers are more likely to specialize in either SF or Fantasy (exceptions like Modesitt still exist.) What are the advantages and disadvantages to writing in multiple genres? Are the knowledge and skills gained from writing fantasy transferrable to SF, to mysteries, to romance? Should a writer use pseudonyms when writing in a different genre? Does it hurt one's career, or does it refresh an author to write something different?
Friday 10:00 pm: Improv Story-Telling (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Hildy Silverman (M), Michael A. Ventrella
The audience names three things for the writer to include in an improv story and a cliffhanger to turn it over to the next author (who in turn gets three more things named to include.)
Saturday 11:00 am: Engineering & Science In Fantasy (Ends at: 11:55 am) Frederick
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, John G. Hemry, Bud Sparhawk (M), Fran Wilde
Hard science fiction has been called science fiction with rivets. What works have the best treatment of engineering? How do write engineering sf for non-engineers? What's the difference between a novel of engineers and one of science?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Revolution, Rebellion & Nuance (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman (M), Natalie Luhrs, Fran Wilde
Why aren't rebels, revolutionary conflicts & post-revolutionary societies portrayed with more nuance or variety in speculative fiction (e.g. analogs to Mandela & Gandhi)? Examples will be drawn from fiction and world history.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Future Technologies (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Inge Heyer (M), Thomas McCabe
What future technology might exist? How do writers predict what types of machines will exist in 50 or 1000 years? Is far future technology or nanotech simply magic in disguise? What writers do you think do the best job with future technology?
Saturday 11:00 pm: The Eye of Argon (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon (M), Michael A. Ventrella
A dramatic reading, with audience participation, of one of the most notorious fantasy works ever.
Sunday 11:00 am: Space Opera Without the Soldiers (Ends at: 11:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro (M), Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, John G. Hemry
What are the ways in which space opera can be combined with the future computers (and style) of cyberpunk? What would this look like? What authors have come closest to doing this?
Sunday 1:00 pm: Reading - Charles E. Gannon (Ends at: 1:25 pm) Frederick
Author:Charles E. Gannon

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