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Preliminary Program Grid for Mike McPhail

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Mike McPhail 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 6:00 pm: Ask Authors Anything (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
Authors answer questions from the audience. Anything goes.
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?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Building A Spacefaring Civilization (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:John Ashmead, Thomas McCabe (M), Mike McPhail, Gary L. Oleson
What can the human race do in the near term to expand beyond Earth and into interplanetary space? What sort of advances in science and technology are needed? What kind of cultural and governance shifts can we expect as we become a spacefaring civilization?

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