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Preliminary Program Grid for Michael Dirda

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Michael Dirda 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 9:00 pm: Retro Nostalgia SF (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Martin Berman-Gorvine, Michael Dirda (M), D. Douglas Fratz
Writers are going back to some of the ideas and characters from science fiction of the past, writing nostalgia-filled looks at yesterday's tomorrows. Why this nostalgia for the fiction of the past? What is gained by revisiting this territory? What retro works do this best?
Friday 10:00 pm: Pulp Heroes (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Michael Dirda, James Maxey (M), Lee Strong
Conan, the Shadow, Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Lone Ranger, and John Carter of Mars. These characters created 80-100 years ago are still familiar today. What is their continuing appeal? Will they be immortal like Robin Hood & King Arthur or is their time soon to be over?
Saturday 12:00 pm: Workshop - Reviewing (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Seneca
Coordinator:Michael Dirda
Veteran book reviewer Michael Dirda, of the Washington Post, discusses best methods for writing interesting and informative reviews, as well as getting reviews published and managing a reputation as a strong reviewer.

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