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FINAL PROGRAM

A Note on Programming Rooms

Because the Hilton is in the middle of making some changes we're taking a distributed approach to programme rooms this year.

Rooms can be found as follows:

  • Annapolis Room: This room is on the hotel's second floor. We believe the football players are using it on Friday afternoon and evening as well as Saturday morning, so opening the door to check what's going on in there during that period is probably not a good idea.
  • Assembly Room: The con's social center as well as the location for some kaffeeklatsches and more informal group discussions, is located on the Mezzanine level of the hotel. It is reachable either via a short staircase or by a small elevator/wheelchair lift.
  • Capitol Ballroom: This room is on the main lobby level of the hotel, tucked away behind the reception desk. It's so new, we haven't yet found a hotel map that shows it.
  • Council Room: This room is on the Mezzanine level of the hotel.
  • Severn Room: This room is on the hotel's second floor. Apply the same caution to this room that you'd apply to the Annapolis Room.

Friday, Oct. 20th

Registration: 3pm-10pm
Town Square: 3pm-Midnight in Assembly
Dealer Room: 4pm-8pm in Chesapeake

Time/Room Annapolis Room Capitol Ballroom Council Room Severn Room Town Square 1220 1232 Potomac
4:00 PM N/A   N/A N/A        
4:30 PM          
5:00 PM   So You Want To Throw a Party?      
5:30 PM        
6:00 PM          
6:30 PM        
7:00 PM Expanding and Maintaining an Audience   The Magazine Editor's Life Reading: A. C. Crispin  
7:30 PM KaffeeKlatsch/Literary Beer: Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani Reading: Bud Sparhawk  
8:00 PM Re-Reading WSFA Third Friday meeting Reading: David Louis Edelman  
8:30 PM   Reading: Tom Doyle  
9:00 PM GoH Kim Stanley Robinson: Time In Novels History of Fandom and an Appreciation of Wilson "Bob" Tucker      
9:30 PM Reading: Darrell Schweitzer  
10:00 PM   Conversation Pit: Lawrence M. Schoen and Walter H. Hunt Reading: Broad Universe  
10:30 PM    
11:00 PM The Flannel Pajamas Books     Reading: Diane Turnshek  
11:30 PM        
12:00 Midnight          

Saturday, Oct. 21st

Registration: 10am-10pm
Town Square: 9am-2am in Assembly
Dealer Room: 10am-6pm in Chesapeake
NOTE: There will be a formal reception in the Potomac Room from 9pm-11pm

Time/Room Annapolis Room Capital Room Council Room Severn Room Town Square 1220 1232 Potomac
10:00 AM N/A Astronomy in Science Fiction Reading Aloud Workshop N/A   Media Matters Reading: Karl Schroeder  
10:30 AM   Reading: Catherine Asaro  
11:00 AM Writing Non-Human Characters A Taxonomy of Fantasy?   Writers Workshop Reading: Kim Stanley Robinson  
11:30 AM   Reading: Walter H. Hunt  
12:00 PM Humor and Short Fiction Kim Stanley Robinson's Short Fiction Gibberish   Reading: Keith R.A. DeCandido  
12:30 PM   Reading: Gregory Frost  
1:00 PM First Paragraphs, First Sentences: What Does it Iake to Grab You? Viral Batteries and Other New Science Terrascaping the Universe     Reading: Edward M. Lerner Reading: Mindy Klasky  
1:30 PM   Reading: Barbara Krasnoff Reading: Victoria McManus  
2:00 PM Fantasy and Science Fiction and Horror, Oh My!   The Science in Science Fiction Power, Money, Sex, Love, Aliens, and Beasts   Dr. Gafia is Out: Remembering rich brown Reading: Terri Osborne  
2:30 PM   Reading: Laura Anne Gilman  
3:00 PM   Kim Stanley Robinson GoH Presentation: Global Warming   The Future of Small Press Magazines     Reading: Jeri Smith-Ready  
3:30 PM     Reading: Maria V. Snyder  
4:00 PM My Best and Worst Reviews*
* = moved to bar
The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Lost   Reviewers Workshop Reading: Benjamin Rosenbaum  
4:30 PM        
5:00 PM What do we know, and how do we know that we know it?
aka "But I Digress ...
Endings: Slingshots and Other Varieties Building A Spacefaring Civilization: Can we get there from here?   Reading: Lawrence M. Schoen  
5:30 PM   Reading: Scott Edelman  
6:00 PM   Graphic Novels and Stories          
6:30 PM          
7:00 PM     The New Weird, The Interstitial Arts Battle of the Sexes in SFF      Reading: Michael Velichansky  
7:30 PM     Reading: Michael Swanwick  
8:00 PM   Intentional Communities   Alternative Sexualities in SFF   LibraryThing Reading: Esther Friesner  
8:30 PM      
9:00 PM   Creative Cursing and Impressive Insults     Group Discussion: New Novelists     Formal Reception
9:30 PM    
10:00 PM   Ask Dr. Science       Conversation Pit: What is a Novel?  
10:30 PM    
11:00 PM                
11:30 PM        
12:00 Midnight                

Sunday, Oct. 22nd

Registration: 10am-2pm
Town Square: 9am-3pm in Assembly
Dealer Room: 11am-3pm in Chesapeake

Time/ Room Annapolis Room Capital Room Council Room Severn Room 1220 1232 Potomac
10:00 AM Writing Short Shorts Forty Signs of Rain/Fifty Degrees Below: Reader Responses Contracts Workshop   Reading: Paul Park    
10:30 AM Reading: John G. Hemry Reading: James Morrow  
11:00 AM It Reads Like Fantasy to Me Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree, Jr.   How To Get a Real Agent Reading: Kim Stanley Robinson  
11:30 AM    
12:00 PM Giving Good Interview Why is "Genre" a Dirty Word? Books that Kids and Adults Can Enjoy      
12:30 PM Reading: Catherynne Valente  
1:00 PM The Challenges of Writing in a "Known" Universe   Just Because You're a Member of SFWA ... The Scent of Poison     Reading: Brenda Clough  
1:30 PM      
2:00 PM Why is SF Losing Ground to Fantasy? A Fifteenth Century Cookry Boke Talk Back to Us         
2:30 PM      
3:00 PM          
3:30 PM              

Friday Program

3:00 PM

Registration Opens

Town Square Opens

4:00 PM

Dealer's Room Opens

5:00 PM

So You Want to Throw a Party?
Join our intrepid party-throwers for tips and hints on throwing a party, the essential items to include in your party kit, how to make the best use of your space, and other information they've learned through trial and error.
Bill Lawhorn, Bob MacIntosh, & Mike Pederson
Assembly

6:00 PM

7:00 PM

Expanding and Maintaining an Audience
Fictionwise. Translations. Viral marketing.
Lawrence M. Schoen and Diane Turnshek
Capitol Ballroom

The Magazine Editor's Life
George Scithers talks about being an editor (especially a magazine editor) and as the senior magazine editor currently active in our field.
George Scithers
1220

Reading: A. C. Crispin
A. C. Crispin
1232

7:30 PM

KaffeeKlatsch/Literary Beer: Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani
Join Yoji with your beverage of choice for conversation and discussion.
Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani
Assembly [Town Square]

Reading: Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk
1232

8:00 PM

Re-Reading
Share some of your favorite things to re-read with us -- and tell us why.
Michael Dirda, Jim Mann, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, and Tom Whitmore
Capitol Ballroom

WSFA Third Friday Meeting
WSFA (Washington Science Fiction Association) traditionally meets on the first and third Fridays of the month. Today's a third Friday. Open to all Capclave members.
WSFA members.
1220

Reading: David Louis Edelman
1232

Dealer's Room Closes

8:30 PM

Reading: Tom Doyle
1232

9:00 PM

Guest of Honor Presentation: Time in Novels
.Time in Novels. Kim Stanley Robinson's presentation on Olaf Stapledon and Virginia Woolf's correspondence on the topic during the 1930s. One was arguing from the perspective of cosmological narrative; the other from a stream-of-consciousness perspective. Stan will talk about that interaction and the effects of their correspondence on the two novelists' work. Then he'll move to a larger discussion on the ways time is used and described in fiction.
Kim Stanley Robinson.
Capitol Ballroom
Note: This item may run as long as 1.5 hours.

History of Fandom and an Appreciation of Wilson "Bob" Tucker
After suitable reminiscences, participants will be encouraged to migrate either to the bar or to a party (perhaps the Kansas City 2009 Worldcon Bid party would be a good choice?) where a suitable round of "smooth"s can be held in honor of Bob's inimitable style. Lenny Bailes, Keith Stokes, and Tom Whitmore (m)
Assembly [Town Square] and the bar

9:30 PM

Reading: Darrell Schweitzer
Darrell Schweitzer
1232

10:00 PM

Conversation Pit: Creating Non-Human Characters
continuation of a conversation on the topic begun at LACon IV. Lawrence said something there about Jar-Jar Binks and Tourette's Syndrome. We want to find out where this conversation goes next!
Walter H. Hunt and Lawrence M. Schoen
1220

Reading: Broad Universe
Broad Universe is an international organization with the primary goal of promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by women. Four of its members will be doing readings from their own works.
They will also read a selection from a novel by Schelly Steelman, who passed away about a month ago. Schelly was a DC-area writer and a member of Broad Universe. Her first novel came out last year.
Victoria McManus, Nancy Jane Moore (m), Kathryn Sullivan, and Catherynne Valente
1232

Registration Closes

11:00 PM

Flannel Pajamas Books Some books are like a good set of flannel pajamas -- or flannel sheets, if you prefer to sleep naked. They keep you warm when it's cold, wick away sweat when it's hot -- they're just comfortable. When the chips are down and you want to crawl into a comforting nest, what books do you take along with you and why?
Gregory Frost, Peter Heck, Jane Jewell, and Tom Whitmore
Capitol Ballroom

Late Night Reading Diane Turnshek
1232

Midnight

Town Square Closes

Saturday Program

9:00 AM

Town Square Opens

10:00 AM

Reading Aloud
Catherynne Valente will read a brief excerpt from one of her works and dissect it line by line for reading choices and talk about things like vocal inflection and character.
Workshop participants will then each have the opportunity to read an excerpt from one of their own works and get notes and suggestions on its presentation.
The workshop is limited to 12 participants.
Catherynne Valente
Council Room
2 hours

Astronomy and Science Fiction
Exploring strange new worlds happens as often at a writer's keyboard as it does at an astronomer's eyepiece. In the real world, planets get promoted and demoted. Discuss astronomy in science fiction.
Michael Capobianco, Matthew Jarpe (m), Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani, and Michael Swanwick
Capitol Ballroom

Conversation Pit: Media Matters
How do bloggers challenge lies and the political distortion fields that mainstream media overlooks?
Kathryn Cramer and Victoria McManus
1220

Reading: Karl Schroeder
Karl Schroeder
1232

Dealer's Room Opens

Registration Opens

10:30 AM

Reading: Catherine Asaro
Catherine Asaro
1232

11:00 AM

Writers Workshop
Bring paper and a writing implement. All else will be explained at the beginning of the session.
Allen L. Wold, with L. Jagi Lamplighter, Edmund Schubert, and Jeri Smith-Ready
1220
2 hours

Writing Non-Human Characters
It's difficult for humans to think past the reality of how we think sufficiently to create something that's more of an alien than an athropomorphized Gila monster or a psychic tarantula. How do we make non-human characters alive but not weird or so cliched that readers begin yawning as soon as they're introduced?
Laura Anne Gilman, Edward M. Lerner, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and John C. Wright
Annapolis Room

A Taxonomy of Fantasy?
"Primary fantasy", "source fantasy", "mythic fantasy", "hard fantasy", "dark fantasy", "urban fantasy" ... the list goes on. Rather than talk about what defines fantasy, let's talk what it does, what it does in combination with what other forms of literature, what characterizes its permutations, the ancestry of its sub-forms, et cetera.
Gregory Frost, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, and Paul Park
Capitol Ballroom

Reading: Kim Stanley Robinson
Kim Stanley Robinson
1232

11:30 AM

Reading: Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt
1232

12:00 PM

Humor in Short Fiction
Esther Friesner, John G. Hemry, and Bud Sparhawk
Annapolis Room

Kim Stanley Robinson's Short Fiction
Stan's short stories have won the Nebula, Locus, World Fantasy and Asimov's Reader Poll awards, and have garnered nine Hugo nominations and seven Nebula nominations. Let's talk about some of our favorites.
Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan (m), and Doug Fratz
Capitol Ballroom

Gibberish
Developing a language system involves more than just removing the vast majority of the vowels in your characters' names. What does it take? What distinguishes a good language system in fiction from a bad one?
Michael Capobianco, Walter H. Hunt, and Lawrence M. Schoen

Reading: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Keith R. A. DeCandido
1232

12:30 PM

Reading: Gregory Frost
Gregory Frost
1232

1:00 PM

Viral Batteries and Other New Science
It's hard to keep up these days. Quantum dots replace photovoltaic cells, we learn more about the ways our brain processes mathematics. Scientists focus on the intersection of physics and game theory, an optical atomic clock, magma crystallization. MIT researchers are developing low-cost manufacturing methods based on the rapid reproduction of viruses. What else from real science is closer to "fiction about science" than our genre fiction?
Catherine Asaro, Matthew Jarpe, Sam Scheiner (m), and Karl Schroeder
Capitol Ballroom

Terrascaping the Universe
Some books and stories re-arrange your inner landscape. It's that same feeling you got the first time you put on glasses and realized you could actually see leaves on trees. What stories revolutionized the way you think, feel, or view the world?
Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani, Darrell Schweitzer, and John C. Wright
Council Room

First Sentence, First Paragraph: What Does It Take To Grab You?
Great first sentences, to work, have to be sneaky or elegant. But great first sentences are rare. So what qualities does a novel or story have to have to make you keep reading beyond that first sentence or first paragraph?
Keith R. A. DeCandido, Gregory Frost, Laura Anne Gilman, and George Scithers
Annapolis Room

Reading: Edward M. Lerner
Edward M. Lerner
1220

Reading: Mindy Klasky
Mindy Klasky
1232

1:30 PM

Reading: Barbara Krasnoff
Barbara Krasnoff
1220

Reading: Victoria McManus
Victoria McManus
1232

2:00 PM

Fantasy and Science Fiction and Horror, Oh My!
Do we need dividing lines? Or as Sarah Monette said recently, "They are different. They are the same. Both statements are true, and both matter." Discuss.
A.C. Crispin, Scott Edelman, David G. Hartwell, and Lawrence Watt-Evans
Annapolis Room

The Science in Science Fiction
How much is there? How accurate? And can writers keep ahead of the world of science as we know it?
David Louis Edelman, Doug Fratz, Matt Jarpe (m), and Bud Sparhawk

Power, Money, Sex, Love, Aliens, and Beasts
Altering the formal rituals that clue us in to social hierarchies and relationships can be a powerful part of fiction. What things are so obvious to a Western eye that we never question their appearance in science fiction and fantasy stories?
Victoria McManus, James Morrow, and Catherynne Valente
Severn Room

Dr. Gafia is out: Remembering rich brown
Washington-area fan rich brown passed away earlier this year. Join some of his friends for some rich brown-related storytelling.
Steve Stiles and Ted White
1220

Reading: Terri Osborne
Terri Osborne
1232

2:30 PM

Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Anne Gilman
1232

3:00 PM

GoH Presentation: Global Warming
Kim Stanley Robinson
Capitol Ballroom
This item may run as long as 1.5 hours

The Future of Small Press Magazines
Neil Clarke, Ed Schubert, Sean Wallace, and Lawrence Watt-Evans

Reading: Jeri Smith-Ready
Jeri Smith-Ready
1232

3:30 PM

Reading: Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder
1232

4:00 PM

My Best and Worst Reviews
Author panelists bring copies of reviews that they're particularly fond of to share with the audience and then talk about what makes something a "good" review for them.
Colleen Cahill (m), John G. Hemry, and Walter H. Hunt
Moved to the bar after we unexpectedly lost the room.

Reviewers Workshop
A discussion of the problems and techniques of book reviewing, with an emphasis on reviewing of SF, fantasy and related genres.
Limited to 15 participants.
Participants may bring a short review (under 500 words) of a recent book for group discussion. In addition to consideration of specific reviews, the workshop will focus on ways to write an effective and useful review, the relation of reviewing and criticism, and the requirements of different audiences.
Peter Heck
Two hours
1220

The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence
Tom Doyle, Edward M. Lerner, and James Morrow (m)
Council Room.

Lost
It's a TV show; it's the subject of fanfic; it's on many people's "must-watch" lists.
Michael Capobianco and A. C. Crispin
Severn Room

Reading: Benjamin Rosenbaum
Benjamin Rosenbaum
1232

4:30 PM

5:00 PM

Endings: Slingshots and Other Varieties of Wrapping Up
KSR defined the term "slingshot endings": where an author slowly starts putting the narrative hooks for the sequel into the present text, careful all the while not to disrupt it. In the final pages, as the resolution of the present story become clear, so does the nature of the sequel. It's not always done well -- let's talk about how and when it is done well, as well as the many other challenges of creating good endings.
Paul Park, Maria V. Snyder, and Michael Velichansky
Council Room

Fan GoH Tom Whitmore and Friends in Conversation: What do we know, and how do we know that we know it?
Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jon Singer, and Tom Whitmore
Capitol Ballroom

Building a Space-Faring Civilization. Can we get there from here?
What constitutes a space-faring civilization? What technologies do we need to build one? Can we get there from here? How do we get there from here? How far can we expect to go?
Catherine Asaro, Yoji Kondo/Eric Kotani, Tom McCabe, and Karl Schroeder
Severn Room

Reading: Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen
1232

5:30 PM

Reading: Scott Edelman
Scott Edelman
1232

6:00 PM

Graphic Novels and Stories
Lenny Bailes, Tom Doyle, and Lawrence Watt-Evans
Council Room

Dealer's Room Closes

7:00 PM

The New Weird, The Interstitial Arts
What are we trying to accomplish by defining new ways of looking at all/some/a small piece of speculative fiction/science fiction/fantasy?
Gregory Frost and Catherynne Valente
Council Room

Battle of the Sexes in SFF
Discussion of the changing roles women have played in shaping science fiction. This can range from considering the range of women characters in SF (from sex objects to 3-D characters in stories) to questioning whether and how women's roles as authors, editors, and reviewers in the science fiction field and as fans have changed.
Barbara Krasnoff, Nancy Jane Moore, and James Morrow
Severn Room

Reading: Michail Velichansky
Michail Velichansky
1232

7:30 PM

Reading: Michael Swanwick
Michael Swanwick
1232

8:00 PM

GoHs Kim Stanley Robinson and Tom Whitmore in Conversation: Intentional Communities
Kim Stanley Robinson and Tom Whitmore
Capitol Ballroom

Alternative Sexualities in SFF
How well are alternative sexualities (or any sexuality) portrayed in science fiction and fantasy?
This panel will conclude with the announcement of the Gaylactic Spectrum Awards.
Bob Angell, Rob Gates, Nancy Jane Moore, with a guest appearance by Esther Friesner following her reading
Severn Room

LibraryThing
It's an online cataloging tool that's become a social networking site too. Come talk about how we're using LibraryThing -- and what we might do with it in the future.
Colleen Cahill and David Louis Edelman
1220

Reading: Esther Friesner
Esther Friesner
1232

9:00 PM

Group Discussion: New Novelists
Join the group and discuss the realities of finally being a published author. Wander between the SFWA Reception and the Town Square.
David Louis Edelman, Jeri Smith-Ready (m), Maria V. Snyder, and Catherynne Valente
Assembly

Creative Cursing and Impressive Insults
[This item has been cheerfully swiped from DucKon programming.] What does the way your characters curse or insult others say about your world-building expertise? Come invent some new hierarchies of curses -- the last person not laughing wins.
Keith R. A. DeCandido (m), Esther Friesner, John G. Hemry, and Lawrence M. Schoen
Capitol Ballroom

Reception: It is with pleasure that the Capclave 2006 committee announces a fancy dress reception, co-hosted with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Fancy dress is encouraged but not required; drop-dead dress or jeans as you prefer.
Potomac Ballroom

10:00 PM

.Conversation Pit: What is a Novel?
Paul Park, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Michael Swanwick
1232

Registration Closes

2:00 AM

Town Square Closes

Sunday Program

9:00 AM

Town Square Opens

10:00 AM

Contracts Workshop
Jane Jewell, Executive Director of SFWA, will give you insight into the arcana of contracts: What do those terms mean? Sub-Rights? Territories? Reserve Against Returns? What to look out for. What you can usually change just by asking. What they won't budge an inch on.
All those things that you'd really rather learn before you start negotiating your next contract!
Limited to 15 participants.
Jane Jewell--Executive Director of SFWA who also worked with authors and contracts at Tor Books, with Michael Capobianco--author and past president of SFWA, A. C. Crispin--author, past officer of SFWA, co-chair of Writer Beware, and Peter Heck--author and former SF editor at Ace Books

Council Room
2 hours

Writing Short Shorts
Laura Anne Gilman, Benjamin Rosenbaum, and Michael Swanwick
Annapolis Room

Forty Signs of Rain/Fifty Degrees Below: Reader Responses
In June, rain disrupted Amtrak service, flooding tunnels and a major subway station, drowning crops and knocking out power to government buildings. It was eerily reminiscent of our Guest of Honor's Forty Signs of Rain; now some of us are dreading the coming winter.
Doug Fratz, Nancy Jane Moore, and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Capitol Ballroom

Reading: Paul Park
Paul Park
1232

Registration Opens

10:30 AM

Reading: James Morrow
1232

Reading: John G. Hemry
John G. Hemry
1220

11:00 AM

It Reads Like Fantasy to Me
Genre tropes abound in stories and novels not catalogued as genre. Share examples -- good and bad -- along with tales of assimilation. Or comment on Paul McAuley's recent blogging on a similar topic.
Dennis Danvers, Mindy Klasky, James Morrow, and Ed Schubert
Annapolis Room

Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.

David G. Hartwell, Nancy Jane Moore, and Michael Swanwick
Capitol Ballroom

How To Get a Real Agent
In this free two-hour workshop, taught by SFWA's Chair of Writer Beware, attendees will learn:

  • When a writer needs the services of a literary agent.
  • How to evaluate an agent's website to determine whether the agent is legitimate or a scammer to be avoided. How to find the websites where the "watchdogs" list info about who the scammers are.
  • The best sources for finding agent names, contact information, and submission guidelines. How to determine from agent listings which agents are the ones to query for a specific project.
  • How to write a query letter and synopsis to send to an agent.

During the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to write a query letter and have it evaluated and critiqued by Ms. Crispin. They should come prepared with the means to compose a query letter. Participants will be given handouts. These are many of the same handouts Ms. Crispin uses in her "for pay" writing workshops.
Limited to 10 participants.
A.C. Crispin
1220
2 hours

Reading: Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson
1232

Dealer's Room Opens

12:00 PM

Giving Good Interview
Are you struck dumb at the sight of someone bringing a microphone near you? Join are panelists as they offer up their tips to make the best of your moments in the spotlight.
Jim Freund and Mike Zipser
Annapolis Room

Why is "Genre" a Dirty Word?
Let's talk about the way so many people talk about genre fiction with an air of not-so-vague Puritan guilt -- they might feel that reading genre is, somehow, lowering or perhaps they were scared in the cradle by somebody equating "make-believe" with filth.
Dennis Danvers, Terri Osborne, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Michael Swanwick
Capitol Ballroom

Books That Kids and Adults Can Enjoy: What's New in YA
Recommendations and reasonings. Things to look for in the near future.
Laura Anne Gilman, Victoria , and Tom Whitmore
Council Room

Close of Silent Auction Bidding
Dealers Room

12:30 PM

Reading: Catherynne Valente
Catherynne Valente
1232

1:00 PM

The Challenges of Writing in "Known" Universes
When you're writing in the StarTrek, Serenity, or Buffy universes, fans are convinced that they already know the universe—and they have expectations both about how that universe operates and what certain characters are likely to do and say. How do you balance their desires for "more of the same" with your desire to create something new?
Keith R. A. DeCandido and Terri Osborne
Annapolis Room

The Scents of Poison
Join Maria V. Snyder, author of Poison Study (2005) and Magic Study (2006), and sample the subtle tastes and smells of chocolate ... and poison.
Maria V. Snyder

Council Room

Just Because You're in SFWA Doesn't Mean We Have to Put You on Programming … or How To Make Friends with Convention Programmers
And other tales from the trenches of convention programming.
Conventions like having authors and editors be part of their programming. Most of the time.
We'll tell you some stories of how some new authors have made an incredibly positive impression on programming people, and how other authors (new and experienced) have earned themselves a place on the "not over my dead body" lists of programming heads around the country.
Elaine Brennan (m), Jim Mann, and Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Capitol Ballroom

Reading: Brenda Clough
Brenda Clough

2:00 PM

Why is SF Losing Ground to Fantasy?
Brenda Clough, John G. Hemry (m), Jane Jewell, and George Scithers
Annapolis Room

Caudel Ferry Departyd with a Blamanger: Medieval Cooking Revealed Live in All Its [Somewhat Dubious] Glory, with Hot-and-Cold Running Redaction and Commentary
Also known as A Fifteenth Century Cookry Boke
Teresa Nielsen Hayden and Jon Singer
Capitol Ballroom

Talk Back to Us
You get to tell us what went right, what went wrong, and what you'd like to see more of next year.
Capclave 06, Capclave 07, and Capclave 08
Council Room

Registration Closes


3:00 PM

Dealer's Room Closes

Town Square Closes

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