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Preliminary Program Grid for L. Penelope

This is the Preliminary program schedule. L. Penelope 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 8:00 pm: Romance and SF/F (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Catherine Asaro, Natalie Luhrs, L. Penelope, Lezli Robyn, K.M. Szpara
A significant number of science fiction and fantasy books are reviewed in publications such as Romance Times and nominated for awards in the romance genre. Were the genre line distinctions always artificial? What are romance readers' expectations with respect to the plot and its resolution? HEA vs. the tragic romance. Is romance handled better or worse in YA SF/F? Are certain types of romance plots (such as first love) more likely to show up in YA?
Saturday 5:00 pm: Handling the Unavoidable Info-dump (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Will McIntosh, L. Penelope, Alan Smale (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
As you know, Bob, it's often considered more elegant to establish backstory or setting details gradually rather than in an info-dump. Sometimes, though, the demands of the rest of the novel leave little choice. What are some of the tricks to info-dump in a way that at least keeps the reader interested, and doesn't disrupt the other elements of the story? Are there ever points at which an info-dump is preferable over other methods of communicating setting detail?

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