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 5:00 pm: So You Want to Be a Writer (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Salon A|
Panelists:Brenda W. Clough (M), Scott Edelman, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk
Authors discuss how they became a writer, and why you should(n't). Writers share their experiences and offer advice to those interested in becoming a professional writer. Pay it forward.
|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?
|Sunday 10:00 am: How We Imagine The Future and What It Says About Us (Ends at: 10:55 am) Bethesda|
Panelists:Malka Older, Bud Sparhawk (M), K.M. Szpara, Fran Wilde
It's always fun to look at what sci-fi visionaries of the past thought the future would be like, what they got right (and what they didn't). But why did they imagine it the way they did? How was it affected by the world they lived in? Given the times in which we live, what sort of future should we be imagining?
|Sunday 11:00 am: Editing the Short Story (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda|
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Kate Baker, Neil Clarke (M), Scott Roberts, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists talk about the work of editing short fiction, keeping things interesting and on-pace and making sure all the elements of a good story are in place when there are only so many words to work with.
|Sunday 1:00 pm: Positive Science Fiction (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Bethesda|
Panelists:Malka Older, Sarah Pinsker, Nalin A. Ratnayake, Bud Sparhawk (M)
Much SF these days is dystopian or grim. Why isn't there more positive SF? Jetse DeVries's anthology Shine demonstrated that it's possible to write positive SF even when dealing with issues such as climate change.
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