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Preliminary Program Grid for Edward M. Lerner

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Edward M. Lerner 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.

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?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Generation Starships (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Edward M. Lerner, Gary L. Oleson, Alastair Reynolds, Bud Sparhawk (M)
One way writers get around the problem of the enormous distances between solar systems (without FTL) is to propose starships capable of carrying families who have children for however many generations it takes to reach the destination. Is this practical in real life? What are the advantages/disadvantages of this approach? How can planners ensure the generations will hold to the mission? What fictional works have the best generation ships and what makes them stellar examples.
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Many writers have difficulty with near future sf since some science moves so quickly that their work can be outdated before it is published. Why write near future and how can you avoid becoming outdated?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?
Saturday 5:30 pm: Reading - Ed Lerner (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Frederick
Author:Edward M. Lerner

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