Preliminary Program Grid for Bud Sparhawk
This is the Preliminary program schedule. Bud Sparhawk 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 6:30 pm: Reading - Bud Sparhawk (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Frederick|
|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?
|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 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 5:00 pm: Writers on Writing Style (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Bethesda|
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough, Walter H. Hunt (M), Alma Katsu, Bud Sparhawk
How do writers develop and refine their style? What makes one writer more literary than another? How can they improve? Did you deliberately work on your style or did it emerge naturally from experience? What sf/fantasy writers have the best style and what did they do to develop it?
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