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Preliminary Program Grid for Michael Swanwick

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Michael Swanwick 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: Alternatives to the High Fantasy Epic (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Andrew Fox, Kimberly G. Hargan, Michael Swanwick, Lawrence Watt-Evans (M)
The high fantasy epic involves kings, wizards, and the fate of the world, or at least kingdom. What other types of fantasy are there? What do they do differently and how does this provide a different reading experience? What about works of high fantasy that distort the formula?
Friday 9:00 pm: Worldbuilding Your Systems of Magic (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Salon A
Coordinator:Kimberly G. Hargan, James Maxey, Michael Swanwick, Allen Wold (M)
Some writers, like Brandon Sanderson, create elaborate magic systems with clearly defined rules. Others keep the magic mysterious and mystical. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both? What makes you choose one over the other?
Saturday 2:00 pm: Alternate History - Why Are Some Periods More Favored? (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Bjorn Hesseler, Walter H. Hunt (M), Michael Swanwick
There are a huge number of alternate histories centered on the Civil War and WWII (even some not by Turtledove!) but fewer twisting other time periods. Is it just that it is easier to see how changing a war's victor would affect history or is it something else? What time periods do you think would make a great alternate history? What about social or scientific changes? What are some of the best alternate histories not involving these two wars?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Non-Western Influences In Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Ann Chatham, Alex Shvartsman, Michael Swanwick (M)
Traditionally, most fantasy has been based on Western folklore, usually with a medieval-inspired setting. However, alternative settings and concepts are becoming more common with writers mining Asian, African, Native American, and Middle Eastern sources. What writers do this most effectively? How do you decide what traditions/concepts to adopt and how do research/use them? Is it cultural appropriation when writers incorporate themes from other traditions, and how do you so appropriately?

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