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Preliminary Program Grid for Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry 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: Alternate History and Historical Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Tom Doyle, Bjorn Hasseler, Bernie Mojzes, Alan Smale (M)
Alternate history and historical fantasy are popular subgenres. How much research should an author do? How much history do you need in your fantasy? How many historical events do you need to change to spin out your alternate history in a logical manner?
Friday 7:00 pm: Jack Campbell Reading (Ends at: 7:25 pm) Bethesda
Author:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry
Friday 8:00 pm: Everyone is a Hero in Her Own Story (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Brenda W. Clough (M), Will McIntosh, Michelle D. Sonnier
Engaging characters draw the reader's interest and keep him/her interested in following the story all the way through. So how does the author create three dimensional characters that the reader is interested in? Villains and side characters need to be "3D" as well, not just cardboard cutouts or stereotypical toons. How do you "show" motivations and characteristics of your characters without "telling" via biographical essays each time a new character appears?
Friday 11:00 pm: E.T. Phone Earth: First Contact and Alien Communication (Ends at: 11:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Bud Sparhawk
What happens when humans meet aliens? How might we communicate with them? What barriers stand in the way? How have different SF stories, TV shows, and movies addressed this situation?
Saturday 10:00 am: Does Hard Science Fiction Have to be Opaque to Non-Techies? (Ends at: 10:55 am) Frederick
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Mike McPhail, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Ian Randal Strock (M), David Walton
Panelists will discuss how writing about quantum computing, string theory, nanotechnology, genetics, chemistry, rocket science, etc., can be done in a way that is scientifically accurate, yet understandable by people who have no science background past high school and maybe college distribution requirement. E.g. making Bose-Einstein Condensate understandable to someone who never got past "physics for poets."
Saturday 4:00 pm: Use of Mythology in Science Fiction and Fantasy (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Scott Roberts, Michelle D. Sonnier, Jean Marie Ward (M)
There are a lot of different mythologies out there, with both similarities and differences. How do we incorporate and adapt them when writing our stories. What's acceptable to adapt and change, especially when using a mythology from a culture not one's own. E.g. dragons in Europe and dragons in various Asian countries often have quite different motives and personalities ascribed to them.
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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