Names followed by an asterisk (*) indicate participation
pending finalization of travel plans. All times shown are PM except those
ending with "a".
-  FRI 3:00 (G) Mind-Boggling the Headbangers:
Punk Rock and Spec Fic. Holly Black, F. Brett Cox (+M), Elizabeth Hand,
Gwyneth Jones, Shariann Lewitt. Most of Readercon's founders (four out
of five) and many of its attendees are heavily into punk / indie rock.
What's the connection?
-  FRI 3:00 (RI) Susan 'Splains Runes. Susan R.
Matthews. Chautauqua / Discussion. A rune workshop, with Matthews'
Opinionated and Frequently Baseless Pronouncements on the Old Norse
Runes Together with Rude Comments about the Younger Rune Row, and stunt
-  FRI 3:00 (VT) Walter H. Hunt reads from The
Dark Wing and its forthcoming (Tor, 2003) sequel The Dark Path. (30
-  FRI 3:30 (VT) Aline Boucher Kaplan reads from
"Assisted Living," about aliens stealing energy from old folks
to power innovation. (30 min.).
-  FRI 4:00 (G) Don't Read Too Much Into This
Panel Blurb. Hal Clement, David G. Hartwell, Alexander C. Irvine, James
D. Macdonald, Barry N. Malzberg*, Teresa Nielsen Hayden (+M). When we
read Heinlein's The Puppet Masters at age thirteen, we instantly got the
irony of the last lines: "Puppet masters--the free men are coming
to kill you. Death and destruction!" After all, how could a race
that felt compelled to commit genocide be "free?" Of course,
years later we realized that Heinlein meant no irony at all. Is reading
more into a text than the author intended legitimate, or just an
interesting form of misprision? A strong argument can be made that any
meaning you can find in a text is fair game, author's intentions be
damned. A perhaps equally strong argument can be made that that's just
-  FRI 4:00 (RI) Bookaholics Anonymous Annual
Meeting. Sarah Smith (M), with Shariann Lewitt, Andrew I. Porter, Tonya
D. Price, Wen Spencer, and attendees. Discussion. The most controversial
of all 12-step groups. Despite the appearance of self-approbation,
despite the formal public proclamations by members that they find their
behavior humiliating and intend to change it, this group, in fact, is
alleged to secretly encourage its members to succumb to their
addictions. The shame, in other words, is a sham. Within the subtext of
the members' pathetic testimony, it is claimed, all the worst vices are
covertly endorsed: book-buying, book-hoarding, book-stacking,
book-sniffing, even book-reading. Could this be true? Come testify
-  FRI 4:00 (NH) Greer Gilman reads a work in
progress, a third story following "Jack Daw's Pack" and
"A Crowd of Bone." (30 min.).
-  FRI 4:00 (VT) Stepan Chapman reads a series of
short humorous pieces under the heading of "Insect
Mythologies". (30 min.).
-  FRI 4:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Suzy McKee
Charnas; Ellen Datlow.
-  FRI 4:00 (E) Autographs. Jeffrey Ford; James
-  FRI 4:30 (ME) Reader Cannes 1: Collaborating
With Filmmakers. Resa Nelson. Films and Talk / Discussion (90 min.).
What happens when science fiction/fantasy/horror writers hook up with a
local independent filmmaker? How do writers take a short story and adapt
it for a short film? How do you choose a story that will translate to
film well? How do you deal with the fact that instead of being the sole
"owner" of a story, you now have to work with filmmakers on
rewriting a script until everyone is happy with it? If you're a short
story writer, how do you write an original script for film? Can you turn
it into a short story and sell it after the film has been made? What is
it like to see the short film after it's been shot and edited by
others---and you have no control over that process? Nelson will address
these and other questions as she shows (on a big screen) two 20-minute
films: "Intruder" (produced by Nelson and adapted by her from
her short story "The Basement Apartment"), and
"Follow" (written by Cary Brown with Nelson as associate
producer, casting director, etc.).
-  FRI 4:30 (NH) Patrick O'Leary reads a chapter
from The Impossible Bird or a new short story. (30 min.).
-  FRI 4:30 (VT) Jeffrey Thomas reads "The
Fork," from Leviathan 3. (30 min.).
-  FRI 5:00 (F) Density in Fiction. John Clute,
Paul Di Filippo (+M), Greer Gilman, Ellen Key Harris-Braun, Gwyneth
Jones. Some books are dense. Reading them is not a matter of breezing
through, watching a text-driven cinematic experience in one's mind. Each
page--maybe each sentence--raises questions, so that one must stop and
think, or page back to find some reference. Many of Readercon's favorite
writers work frequently in this mode. In Gywneth Jones' White Queen, for
example, the private thoughts of the human characters, in a social
milieu only a few years hence yet in many respects quite strange, demand
as much of the reader's attention as the thoughts of the alien visitors.
There is no necessary relation between density and quality--many great
books read quite transparently, and some dense books are merely clotted.
Are there stories that should be told densely and stories that
shouldn't, or is this choice independent of content? What are the
secrets of effective dense writing? What pitfalls must be avoided?
-  FRI 5:00 (G) Vampirism and Addiction. Holly
Black (+M), Richard Bowes, Suzy McKee Charnas, Adam Golaski, Jon F.
Merz. For decades, vampirism was a metaphor for sexual pleasure. Now
that that is overt, what is it a metaphor for? Is vampire fiction, in
which the vampire or vampirism is sympathetic, actually a metaphor for
addiction, and the pleasures of drugs? What is the relation of vampirism
to the abuse/recovery movement? Is the vampire an addict without any
need for recovery?
-  FRI 5:00 (RI) Electronic Magazines. Mary Anne
Mohanraj. Discussion. Pluses, minuses, markets, things to watch out for
. . .
-  FRI 5:00 (NH) Laurie J. Marks reads from Fire
Logic (just out from Tor). (30 min.).
-  FRI 5:00 (VT) Karl Schroeder reads from
Permanence, a hard-sf novel which is also an homage to all the golden
space-opera he grew up on. (30 min.).
-  FRI 5:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Octavia E.
Butler; Walter H. Hunt.
-  FRI 5:00 (E) Autographs. Hal Clement; Jeff
-  FRI 5:30 (NH) Rosemary Kirstein reads from The
Language of Power, book Four of the Steerswoman series. (30 min.).
-  FRI 5:30 (VT) Charles Coleman Finlay reads
"We Come Not to Praise Washington," an alternate history about
freedom and slavery in the early American Republic, from the August
F&SF. (30 min.).
-  FRI 6:00 (F) Colonized By The Future. Judith
Berman, John Clute, F. Brett Cox (+M), John Crowley*, Andrea Hairston,
Graham Sleight. "I think that SF stories today are more and more
beginning to sound like Fables of the Third World: Stories whose
protagonists, often human, represent cultures which have been colonized
by the future. The future may come in the form of aliens, or the catnip
nirvana of cyberspace, or as AIs, or as bio-engineered transformations
of our own species: but whatever it touches, it subverts. SF stories of
this sort can--depressingly--read rather like manuals designed to train
Polynesians in the art of begging for Cargo; but they can also generate
a sense of celebration of the worlds beyond worlds beyond our species'
narrow path."--John Clute. If we accept that sf is somewhat of a
barometer (or leading indicator or driving force) of our culture's
attitude towards the future, what does this observation about the flavor
of much recent sf tell us--about ourselves and about sf?
-  FRI 6:00 (G) Psi: The Trope That Refuses to
Die. Toni Anzetti, Michael A. Burstein, Jeffrey A. Carver (+M), James
Alan Gardner, Cecilia Tan. At a recent symposium at Harvard, some
extraordinary evidence for limited precognition was presented: some
individuals appear to have a small skin conductance response prior to a
randomly generated burst of white noise. None of the faculty members
present could find any methodological flaws. Once upon a time, psi
powers like these were arguably sf's second leading trope (after space
travel). We can think of a number of its reasons for its decline, most
obviously the death of its great champion, John W. Campbell, Jr., and
the rise of skepticism and the continued lack of hard evidence for psi
in the real world. And yet the trope is hardly played out. What's the
source of our continued fascination with psi? What sorts of things can
we uniquely say about being human in a story featuring psi powers? Would
actual scientific evidence for psi change the genre, or has psi
speculation always been science fantasy rather than anything resembling
-  FRI 6:00 (ME) Writing in Groups: The
Genrettes. Delia Sherman with Rosemary Kirstein and Laurie J. Marks.
Talk / Discussion. Sherman and her fellow group members talk about the
various dynamics of writer's groups, and how to figure out what kind
works for you.
-  FRI 6:00 (RI) Libraries and Culture. Fred
Lerner. Chautauqua / Discussion. Ever since the Sumerians invented
writing, people have collected the written word and used those
collections. The writings preserved in their libraries were intended to
memorialize the greatness of emperors and preserve the contents of
sacred texts, to proclaim laws and cure diseases--and to sustain a
common vision of the past and uphold an order of things in the present.
How did the major societies in world history use libraries, and how were
those societies affected by the libraries they created or inherited?
Based on Lerner's book, The Story of Libraries: From the Invention of
Writing to the Computer Age.
-  FRI 6:00 (NH) Sarah Smith reads from Chasing
Shakespeares, her novel about the Shakespeare authorship
controversy--prefaced by a talk explaining why it is not entirely stupid
to consider such a thing. (60 min.).
-  FRI 6:00 (VT) Steven Sawicki reads from
"Invisible Friends Too," the follow up novella to
"Invisible Friends" which was published in Absolute Magnitude.
-  FRI 6:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Scott Edelman;
Aline Boucher Kaplan.
-  FRI 6:00 (E) Autographs. Ellen Datlow; Donald
-  FRI 6:30 (VT) Jennifer Barlow reads from
Hamlet Dreams, a dark fantasy published by Aardwolf Press in January.
-  FRI 7:00 (F) Race in F&SF. Samuel R.
Delany, Hiromi Goto, Andrea Hairston, Shariann Lewitt, Mary Anne
Mohanraj (+M), Sheree R. Thomas. Certainly there have been other
literary portrayals of slavery as rich, as challenging to stereotype,
and as utterly harrowing as Octavia Butler's Kindred. Yet as readers of
imaginative literature, we like to think that a novel like Kindred goes
places, does things, moves the reader in ways that no realist text ever
could. Race should be a topic that speculative fiction excels at
exploring. Yet there is no separate entry for Race or Racial Conflict in
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, and the entry on Politics observes
that "the tendency of genre sf has been to ignore the issue or
sanctimoniously to take for granted its eventual disappearance."
Use of the alien as a metaphor for the person of color is a standard
trope of liberal sf, but perhaps race is one topic that demands a
literal approach (e.g., Derrick Bell's "The Space Traders").
Arguments that this overall neglect simply follows from the scarcity of
sf writers of color may be confusing cause and effect. With the success
of the anthology Dark Matter, the founding of the Carl Brandon Society,
and a slow but steady influx of writers of color, we may finally have
reached a day when literature's most powerful mode begins to address
society's most intractable problem. What sorts of stories do we want to
read? What sorts do we need to write?
-  FRI 7:00 (G) Drugs and Creativity. Richard
Bowes, Elizabeth Hand, Matt Jarpe, Lissanne Lake, Teresa Nielsen Hayden,
Allen Steele (+M). You don't hear much pro-drug talk these days.
Nevertheless, there are still those who avow that certain drugs aid the
creative process. There are others who'll argue (from experience) that
such help is always self-deluding. How could it be that drugs actually
help the creative process for some people but are destructive for
others? Do these two different outcomes correlate to different
approaches (unconscious or conscious) to the creative process?
-  FRI 7:00 (ME) How Psychohistory Joined the New
Age: The Evolution of Asimov's Foundation Series. Donald Kingsbury.
Talk / Discussion. How Shirley MacLaine (an ancestor of the Mule)
implanted mentalics into Isaac Asimov's mind when he wasn't looking
while she was disguised as John W. Campbell. Only Shirley knows for sure
what happens in the last 500 years of the Galactic Interregnum. Cool!
Decode the master plan with clues from the maze architecture at the
-  FRI 7:00 (RI) How I Wrote Permanence. Karl
Schroeder. Talk (30 min.).
-  FRI 7:00 (NH) Jeff VanderMeer reads a series
of mostly humorous short pieces from City of Saints & Madmen: The
Book of Ambergris: (30 min.).
-  FRI 7:00 (VT) Alexander C. Irvine reads from A
Scattering of Jades (just out from Tor), a historical conspiracy fantasy
involving Aztec myth, PT Barnum, slavery, and Mammoth Cave. (30 min.).
-  FRI 7:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Paul Levinson;
-  FRI 7:30 (RI) How I Wrote Tainted Trail. Wen
Spencer. Talk (30 min.).
-  FRI 7:30 (NH) Michael Cisco reads from his
just-completed novel, The Tyrant. (30 min.).
-  FRI 7:30 (VT) Jeff Paris reads "The
Yayomi Tea Cup": a dimension composed of the remnants of destroyed
universes begins to slip through metaphorical chinks into ours, seeking
the return of its favorite diplomat. (30 min.).
-  FRI 8:00 (F) Style vs. Style vs. Style. Samuel
R. Delany, Debra Doyle, James Patrick Kelly, James Morrow (+M), Pat
Murphy, Allen Steele. "Style . . . properly arises out of content .
. . one must therefore, alas, either develop a new one each time out, or
opt for the default value of transparent prose."--Norman Spinrad.
If Spinrad is right, then the more an author develops a unique, powerful
voice, the more limited they become in terms of content--which would be
particularly unfortunate for a writer of speculative fiction. Certainly
we can all think of writers whose unique voice sometimes comes across as
stylistic ossification when it's applied inappropriately. What are the
ways out of this dilemma? How do you develop a range of voices?
-  FRI 8:00 (G) Ecological Disaster as Foreground
and Background. Octavia E. Butler, Thomas A. Easton, Gwyneth Jones,
Andrew I. Porter, Tonya D. Price, Peter Watts (+M). In the 60's and 70's
the notion of ecological catastrophe was so fresh that whole books, like
John Brunner's The Sheep Look Up, were written about it. In the years
since, we seem to have become inured to the notion; ecological damage is
now an almost ubiquitous part of the background of imagined futures, but
almost never a central plot element. There is currently a healthy
scientific debate about the extent of ecological damage and a
corresponding policy debate as to how drastic our response needs to be.
Is anyone writing sf that focuses on these concerns? Or have all the
foreground uses of ecological disaster been strip-mined? And do the
ecological backgrounds of current sf do justice to the range of possible
-  FRI 8:00 (ME) Bodyslamming the Android: The
Link Between Speculative Fiction and Professional Wrestling. Craig Shaw
-  FRI 8:00 (RI) (How to) Start Your Own Magazine
/ Press. Dan Barlow, Adam Golaski, Gavin Grant (+M), Jeff Paris. The
tools are there, the urge probably pops up now and again, why not go for
it? Anyone with real thought (and some money and time) can do it. Start
your own 'zine, publish a chapbook, harangue your friends until they
contribute stories and more, then make them rewrite it until it's as
good as it can be. Or start your own small press and bring new books
into print. Or do both! Our panelists share their experiences and lead a
discussion on the whys and hows of jumping into the fray.
-  FRI 8:00 (NH) John Kessel reads "Of New
Arrivals, Many Johns, and the Music of the Spheres": a Writer's
Heaven story, in continuation of the series that Barry Malzberg wrote in
the late 1970s. (30 min.).
-  FRI 8:00 (VT) Holly Black reads a chapter from
her young adult novel Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (forthcoming in
October from Simon & Schuster). Set against a backdrop of trailer
parks, decrepit merry go rounds, and old beaches, Tithe tells the story
of a girl who returns to New Jersey only to find herself an unwilling
pawn in an ancient struggle between rival faerie kingdoms (30 min.).
-  FRI 8:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Jeffrey Ford;
Ian Randal Strock.
-  FRI 8:30 (NH) Daniel P. Dern reads "For
Malzberg It Was They Came" (forthcoming in F&SF), and, time
permitting, "`As You Know, Bob,'" Said Alice" and/or
"Announcements." (30 min.).
-  FRI 8:30 (VT) Marcel Gagne reads "The
Word Unspoken," a new YA short story (published in Explorer). (30
-  FRI 9:00 (ME) Online Writing Workshops:
Finding a Writing Community via the Internet. Ellen Key Harris-Braun and
Charles Coleman Finlay, with Geary Gravel. Talk / Discussion. An
introduction to the Web-based sf, fantasy, and horror workshops offered
to aspiring writers by Online Writing Workshops, LLC (run by an editor,
an author, and a programmer). The OWW for sf&f and the OWW for
horror employ professional, award-winning authors, editors, and writing
teachers (all wrapped into one in some cases) such as Kelly Link, Nalo
Hopkinson, Jeanne Cavelos, and Paul Witcover. But our members find that
they learn the most from their peers--other aspiring writers. How does
the workshop enable this to work? Does it work for everybody? What do
writers need, or need to do, to make it work for them? Also covered:
other online writing workshops and online writing-improvement
opportunities for sf&f / horror writers.
-  FRI 9:00 (RI) Leviathan 3: Approaches to
Fantasy. Stepan Chapman, Michael Cisco, Jeffrey Ford, Jeffrey Thomas,
Scott Thomas, Jeff VanderMeer (+M). Leviathan 3 from the Ministry of
Whimsy Press has been described by various reviewers as possibly the
best original anthology of the year. Leviathan 3 has a distinctly
surreal edge to it, blending the best of cross-genre writing. The
co-editor and several contributors discuss their approaches to fantasy
and their stories. What makes for a truly original work of fantasy?
-  FRI 9:00 (NH) Gwyneth Jones reads from Bold As
Love and Castles Made Of Sand, her near-future fantasy sequence about
the attempts of a rock 'n' roll counterculture to lead a collapsing U.K.
-  FRI 9:00 (VT) Susan R. Matthews reads from The
Devil and Deep Space (forthcoming November 2003), the fourth Koscuisko
novel. Sex, violence, and literary revisionism in Dolgorukij poetic
sagas. (30 min.).
-  FRI 9:00 (Vin) Interstitial Arts Summer
Institute Planning Meeting. Heinz Insu Fenkl with Theodora Goss, Ellen
Kushner, Delia Sherman, Sarah Smith, and attendees. Discussion. A
meeting of people who are interested in planning the upcoming
Interstitial Arts Summer Institute, which will happen next June in
upstate New York. Anyone who is interested in creating a venue in which
practitioners and academics can talk about literature, music, and art
that straddles or transcends the conventions of genre is welcome.
-  FRI 9:30 (VT) James Alan Gardner reads from
Trapped, forthcoming in October. (30 min.).
- FRI 10:00 (F/G) Meet the Pros(e) Party. All of the
above and then some. Each writer at the party has selected a short,
pithy quotation from their own work, and is armed with a sheet of 30
printed labels with that quote replicated on each. As attendees mingle
and meet each pro, they obtain one of his or her labels, collecting them
on the wax paper provided. Atheists, agnostics, and the lazy can leave
them in the order they acquire them, resulting in one of at least Nine
Billion Random Prose Poems. Those who believe in the reversal of entropy
can rearrange them to make a Statement. Wearing labels as apparel is
also popular. The total number of possibilities (linguistic and
sartorial) is thought to exceed the number of still-functional synapses
in George W. Bush's brain.
-  SAT 09:00a (Vin) Kaffeeklatsch. Glen Cook.
-  SAT 10:00a (F) Is God Change?. Octavia E.
Butler, John Crowley, Teresa Nielsen Hayden (+M), Uncle River, Melissa
Scott. Let's talk about fictional religions and/or deities that seem to
actually "work" for their adherents . . . from the creations
of Octavia Butler and Sheri Tepper to the fivefold pantheon in Lois
McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion. What does it take to make a religion
"work" in fiction? Are those factors that same as those
required to make faith "work" in real life? Has reading or
writing about religion influenced your own beliefs and practices?
-  SAT 10:00a (G) The Changing Standards of SF
Criticism. John Clute, Scott Edelman, David G. Hartwell (+M), Barry N.
Malzberg, Farah Mendlesohn. The standards of sf criticism have changed
dramatically over time. Once, characters were merely asked to be
sympathetic and interesting; now they are expected to be
three-dimensional. This emphasis on characterization has been
accompanied by a concomitant reduction in the demand for fast pacing.
What are the driving forces behind these changing standards? Are the
critics reflecting the tastes of writers, editors, and readers, or are
they leading them?
-  SAT 10:00a (ME) How I Wrote The Kappa Child.
Hiromi Goto. Talk (30 min.).
-  SAT 10:00a (RI) Clarion West 1999 Reunion.
Andrea Hairston, Gwyneth Jones, Tom Sweeney (+M), Sheree R. Thomas,
Gordon Van Gelder. Gwyneth Jones and Gordon van Gelder taught (as did
Octavia Butler); Andrea Hairston, Sheree Thomas, and Tom Sweeney were
students. They talk about the experience.
-  SAT 10:00a (NH) Michael Swanwick reads
"The Last Geek"--"as close to an autobiographical work as
I'll ever come," says Swanwick. (30 min.).
-  SAT 10:00a (VT) Daniel Hatch reads "The
Princess of Space," in which the disembodied brain of a 20th
century man meets the heiress of a space trading company. (30 min.).
-  SAT 10:00a (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Susan R.
Matthews; Mary Anne Mohanraj.
-  SAT 10:00a (E) Autographs. Paul Levinson; Pat
-  SAT 10:30a (ME) Sound & Spirit: Lord of
the Rings Sneak Preview. Ellen Kushner, with guest appearances by
Michael Swanwick. Talk / Discussion (90 min.). When Ellen Kushner became
host of the national, public radio show Sound & Spirit,in 1996 she
swore that someday she would do an entire hour on The Lord of the Rings.
This year, she finally pulled it off! Catch a sneak preview of most of
the highly-produced radio piece (including an interview with Michael
Swanwick), which will be broadcast in November, 2002. Ask Kushner how
and why it happened, and discuss Tolkien, sound and spirit with Kushner
-  SAT 10:30a (NH) Elizabeth Hand reads from
Mortal Love (forthcoming). (30 min.).
-  SAT 10:30a (VT) Elspeth Potter reads sf/f
erotica: "Camera," space opera that appeared in Tough Girls
and Best Lesbian Erotica 2002, "Imperial Service," historical
fantasy forthcoming in Galatea, and/or not-yet-published lesbian sf
"Free Falling." (30 min.).
-  SAT 11:00a (F) Feminist F&SF: The State of
the Art, 2002. Jeanne Gomoll (+M), Gwyneth Jones, John Kessel, Kelly
Link, Laurie J. Marks. Gwyneth Jones has written extensively and
provocatively on feminist f&sf. Rather than try and fail to
summarize her on-the-record (and, in some cases, ten-year-old) views in
three sentences of blurb, we've invited Jones and several other worthy
volunteers to discuss the current status and future of feminist sf.
-  SAT 11:00a (G) Size Matters. Ellen Asher, Dan
Barlow (+M), Lisa A. Barnett, Don D'Ammassa, Scott Edelman. The
pleasures of reading long and short books can be quite different. Long
books can engage us in a way that short ones cannot, but short books
provide a unique opportunity for total immersion in their world. What
are the market forces driving us towards longer and longer books? Do
people no longer value the unique pleasure of finishing a novel in one
-  SAT 11:00a (RI) From Slan to Hominids:
Evolution in SF and Reality. John Costello, with Michael A. Burstein,
Hal Clement, Marcel Gagne, Elspeth Potter, Robert J. Sawyer and
attendees. Talk / Discussion.
-  SAT 11:00a (NH) James Patrick Kelly reads
"Undone," one of only two stories published last year to be a
Hugo finalist and be selected for all three "Year's Best"
anthologies (Dozois, Hartwell / Cramer, and the new Silverberg / Haber).
-  SAT 11:00a (VT) Group Reading: The Thackery
Lambshead Guide To Rare and Discredited Diseases. Stepan Chapman,
Michael Cisco, Paul Di Filippo, Jeffrey Ford, Jeffrey Thomas, and Jeff
VanderMeer read from the anthology forthcoming from the Ministry of
Whimsy Press (60 min.).
-  SAT 11:00a (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. John
Morressy; James Morrow.
-  SAT 11:00a (E) Autographs. John Crowley; David
G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.
-  SAT 12:00 (F) I Didn't See that Coming:
Transparent vs. Visible Plotting. Michael Cisco, James Patrick Kelly
(+M), James D. Macdonald, Paul Park, Melissa Scott, Michael Swanwick.
You might have met fifteen people today, fourteen of whom will prove to
be completely irrelevant to your future and one who will change it
profoundly. And right now you have no more than an inkling as to who the
exception might be. The unpredictably of life is extraordinarily
difficult to capture in fiction, because it's the author's job to not
bother telling us about the fourteen meaningless encounters. Almost
every event narrated in a novel can thus be assumed--and is usually
perceived--by the reader to be relevant to the future. These readerly
expectations present a real challenge to the author who wants to create
plots as surprising as real life.
-  SAT 12:00 (G) The Fiction of John Brunner. Jim
Freund (M), Octavia E. Butler, Lissanne Lake, F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre,
-  SAT 12:00 (ME) Reader Cannes 2: The Chronology
Protection Case. Paul Levinson. Film with Talk / Discussion (90 min.).
Levinson's 1995 Analog novelette "The Chronology Protection
Case" was a Nebula and Sturgeon finalist, and has been reprinted
four times. It marked the first appearance of NYPD forensic detective
Dr. Phil D'Amato, who has since appeared in two more novelettes and two
novels (The Silk Code, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel of
1999, and The Consciousness Plague.) Film student Jay Kensinger has
turned the story into a 40-minute low-low budget film. We'll see the
movie (on DVD and a big screen), and then Levinson will tell how he
first found out about it (it was initially made without his involvement
or knowledge) and discuss the experience of being adapted. The exquisite
feeling of seeing his characters come to life on the screen (without
having first read the script), the way in which the movie diverges from
details of his story yet captures its essence perfectly --all of these
experiences have been (and continue to be) one of his most satisfying,
peak experiences as an author.
-  SAT 12:00 (RI) Science Fiction and Music, Part
2. David Garland, with Stepan Chapman, Eileen Gunn, Eric M. Van, and
attendees. Talk / Discussion. Not to be confused with "Rock and
Roll Part 2" by Gary Glitter. Last year Garland gave a tour through
sf-influenced music. We'll recap that for newcomers, move on to a look
at musical references in written SF, and round out the hour with
attendees filling in the blanks with their own further examples--either
musical or literary. Bring your CD's! Plus a bit of do-it-yourself: a
theremin (an electronic musical instrument invented early in the last
century) will be provided to facilitate other-worldly keening (and/or a
sing-along of "Good Vibrations") by one and all.
-  SAT 12:00 (NH) Pat Murphy reads either from
her latest novel or a new short story---possibly one written on the
plane in collaboration with Eileen Gunn. (30 min.).
-  SAT 12:00 (VT) Mary Turzillo reads
"Nefertiti's Tenth Life," from Analog. (30 min.).
-  SAT 12:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Robert J.
Sawyer; Sheree R. Thomas.
-  SAT 12:00 (E) Autographs. Hiromi Goto; Cecilia
-  SAT 12:30 (NH) Suzy McKee Charnas reads from
her next book, My Father's Ghost, a venture into nonfiction centering on
dealing with an aged parent with whom one's relationship is on a
questionable footing. (30 min.).
-  SAT 12:30 (VT) Gavin Grant reads "Janet,
Meet Bob." (30 min.).
-  SAT 1:00 (F) Meta-Fantasy. John Clute, John
Crowley, Heinz Insu Fenkl, Terry McGarry, Farah Mendlesohn, Pat Murphy
(+M). There are several ways a fantasy novel can break (or at least call
attention to) the fourth wall between reader and text. A fictional
fantasy world can become real (Jonathan Carroll's The Land Of Laughs,
William Browning Spencer's Zod Wallop); the characters may have a sense
of themselves playing out a Story (John Crowley's Little, Big); the
tools of fantasy (writing, storytelling) may themselves be the tools of
the characters in the work and integral to the magic. Why does fantasy
lend itself so well to meta-fictional effects? Such touches are, in
theory, postmodern, but is the goal of meta-fictional effects in fantasy
the same or different as in literary postmodernism?
-  SAT 1:00 (G) The Career of Gwyneth Jones.
Kathryn Cramer (+M), Glenn Grant, Donald Kingsbury, Elspeth Potter,
-  SAT 1:00 (RI) The Future of News. Daniel
Hatch, with Michael A. Burstein, F. Brett Cox, Jeff Hecht, John Kessel,
Tonya D. Price, Ian Randal Strock and attendees. Talk / Discussion. Will
the future bring national media coverage that explains, illuminates,
explores, investigates, and communicates? Or will it continue, as it
has, to present biased centrist propaganda and lies under the banner of
journalism? Hint: The rise of the Internet is already allowing homegrown
media critics to band together, compare notes, and coordinate mass
e-mail campaigns to fight the insidious mass media that are carrying out
the foul agenda of their corporate masters, legitimizing the naked grab
for power by corrupt, evil lizards. (And you thought this was just a
Philip K. Dick story.) More broadly, does anyone recognize that the
current state of politics and mass journalism was accurately foretold by
SF writers of the '50s in books like The Space Merchants and Gladiator
at Law and TV shows of the '70s and '80s like Max Headroom?
-  SAT 1:00 (NH) Katya Reimann reads from
"Codex Rex": in the 17th century, a pirate on shore leave
tries to sell a Mayan Codex to a London Bookseller. (30 min.).
-  SAT 1:00 (VT) Jeanne M. Cavelos reads from
Fatal Spiral, a forthcoming near-future biological thriller. (30 min.).
-  SAT 1:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Toni Anzetti,
Geary Gravel, and Rosemary Kirstein; Wen Spencer.
-  SAT 1:00 (E) Autographs. Jeffrey A. Carver;
Alexander C. Irvine.
-  SAT 1:30 (NH) John Morressy reads either
something heavy ("The Man At The Wall") or something light (in
progress)--audience's choice. (30 min.).
-  SAT 1:30 (VT) James L. Cambias reads
"Train of Events" (forthcoming in F&SF.) (30 min.).
-  SAT 2:00 (F) Biological Hard SF. Octavia E.
Butler, Hal Clement (+M), Kathryn Cramer, Paul Di Filippo, Gwyneth
Jones, Robert J. Sawyer. For years biology was relatively neglected by
writers of hard sf. But that's changed dramatically in the last decade
or so. Has this been strictly a response to the rise of biotechnology,
or was sf (as is more often the case) somewhat ahead of the curve? A
overview of this burgeoning subgenre and a look at where it's headed.
-  SAT 2:00 (G) When They Tell You What You
Really Mean. James Patrick Kelly, Ellen Kushner (+M), Barry N. Malzberg,
Susan R. Matthews, James Morrow, Patrick O'Leary. It sometimes happens
that a work of fiction contains real meaning that is unknown to its
author. Many writers have had the experience of learning from critics or
other readers what their true concerns have been. What's this experience
like? How does finding out what your secret themes are affect your
future writing? We can imagine it being very good--or very bad.
-  SAT 2:00 (ME) The Odyssey Writing Workshop.
Jeanne M. Cavelos. Talk. Director Cavelos, a former senior editor at
Bantam Doubleday Dell and winner of the World Fantasy Award, describes
the workings of Odyssey, an intensive six-week workshop for fantasy,
science fiction, and horror writers held each summer at Southern New
Hampshire University. Guest lecturers have included Harlan Ellison,
Charles de Lint, Jane Yolen, Ben Bova, Terry Brooks, and Dan Simmons. In
its seven years of operation, Odyssey has gained a reputation as one of
the best workshops in the country for writers of the fantastic.
-  SAT 2:00 (RI) The Readercon Book Club. Connie
Hirsch, Walter H. Hunt, Michael Kandel, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Darrell
Schweitzer (+M). Ursula K. Le Guin's Tales From Earthsea and The Other
Wind, as the capstone of this extraordinary fantasy sequence.
-  SAT 2:00 (NH) Ellen Brody reads "What
Friends Are For" by John Brunner. (60 min.).
-  SAT 2:00 (VT) Melissa Scott and Lisa A.
Barnett read from Fair's Point, the in-progress sequel to the Lambda
Award winning Point of Dreams. (30 min.).
-  SAT 2:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Paul Park;
-  SAT 2:00 (E) Autographs. Samuel R. Delany;
Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
-  SAT 2:30 (VT) F. Brett Cox reads from a new
work of fiction. (30 min.).
-  SAT 3:00 (F) Changing Times, Changing Minds.
Suzy McKee Charnas, John Crowley, Samuel R. Delany, Gwyneth Jones, Ellen
Kushner, David Alexander Smith (+M). Something very interesting can
happen when an author creates a fictional series over a long period of
time, especially a series with some social or political content
(explicit or implicit). Society changes, attitudes change, the author's
own mind may change--in response to society, as part of a natural
process of maturation, or even as a result of writing the books
themselves. What happens to the fiction when a writer discovers that the
attitudes underlying the later volumes of a series are no longer the
same as when the series was conceived?
-  SAT 3:00 (G) The Fiction of Octavia E.
Butler. Eileen Gunn, Connie Hirsch, K. A. Laity, Sheree R. Thomas, Mary
-  SAT 3:00 (ME) Using Science Fiction to Teach
Science. Thomas A. Easton. Talk.
-  SAT 3:00 (RI) Why Dinosaurs? Jeff Hecht, with
Michael Swanwick, Robert J. Sawyer. Discussion. Why are dinosaurs so popular in fiction
and fact? They appear in countless sf short stories, from Sprague de
Camp's "A Gun for Dinosaur" to Michael Swanwick's
"Scherzo with Tyrannosaur"; writers like Greg Bear, Rob
Sawyer, Damien Broderick, and Swanwick have written novels about them.
Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" became a franchise series,
with the dinosaurs more attractive than the story. Small children master
polysyllabic dinosaur names, and the public gobbles up dinosaur news.
Dinosaur research is in a golden age, with new discoveries emerging at
an amazing rate. Hecht's bookshelves are crammed with dinosaur books,
and he says he's lost count of the dinosaur documentaries showing on
public television and the Discovery Channel. What's going on?
-  SAT 3:00 (NH) Kelly Link reads something new
-  SAT 3:00 (VT) F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre reads a
number of short items from MacIntyre's Improbable Bestiary (Wildside
Press), which he wrote and illustrated. (30 min.).
-  SAT 3:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Melissa Scott
and Lisa A. Barnett; Karl Schroeder.
-  SAT 3:00 (E) Autographs. James Morrow;
-  SAT 3:30 (NH) Paul Park reads either "If
Lions Could Speak," the title story to a collection, or from his
forthcoming A Princess of Roumania. (30 min.).
-  SAT 3:30 (VT) Dan Barlow reads "A
Conversation with Schliegelman," an amusing first-place story from
Writers of the Future, vol. XVI. (30 min.).
-  SAT 4:00 (F) Octavia E. Butler Interviewed by
-  SAT 5:00 (F) Gwyneth Jones Interviewed by
David G. Hartwell
-  SAT 6:00 (RI) You Can Choose: Determinism,
Free Will, and Minority Report. Eric M. Van. Talk / Discussion. Van
briefly explains why physicists increasingly believe that the universe
(in the absence of free will) is deterministic, not random, and why
neuroscientists believe that most or all of free will is illusory; and
outlines his own argument that free will is real but highly limited. And
if you buy the last bit, then Minority Report does an amazing job of
being both scientifically credible and metaphorically astute.
-  SAT 6:00 (VT) Michael A. Burstein reads
"The New Breed," a story written from the first-person PoV of
a woman. (30 min.).
-  SAT 6:30 (VT) Shane Tourtellotte reads from
"The Return of Spring" (Hugo finalist, novelette). (30 min.).
-  SAT 7:00 (VT) Debra Doyle and James D.
Macdonald read "`A Death in the Working': an Inquestor-Principal
Jerre syn-Casleyn mystery story by Haef Teliau; translation and
footnotes by Sommes Vinhalyn, Diregis Professor of Contemporary History
and Lecturer in Eraasian Culture, University of Galcen"--not a
Mageworlds short story per se, but rather a piece of short genre fiction
that might have been written for and read by some of the characters in
that fictional universe. (30 min.).
-  SAT 8:15 (F/G) The 2001 James Tiptree, Jr.
Award Ceremony. Pat Murphy, Hiromi Goto; Suzy McKee Charnas, Peter
Halasz, Ama Patterson; musical guest: Pat and the Tiptones. (30 min.)
-  SAT 9:00 (F/G) The 17th Kirk Poland Memorial
Bad Prose Competition. Craig Shaw Gardner (+M), Glenn Grant, John
Kessel, Patrick O'Leary, Eric M. Van (M). (c. 75 min.) Our traditional
evening entertainment, named in memory of the pseudonym and alter ego of
Jonathan Herovit of Barry Malzberg's Herovit's World. Ringleader Craig
Shaw Gardner reads a passage of unidentified but genuine, published, bad
sf, fantasy, or horror prose, which has been truncated in mid-sentence.
Each of our panelists--Craig and his co-moderator Eric M. Van, former
runners-up John Kessel and Glenn Grant, and new challenger Patrick
O'Leary (competing for the throne left vacant by the simultaneous
retirements of defending two-time champion Shariann Lewitt and former
thirteen-time champion Geary Gravel)--then reads an ending for the
passage. One ending is the real one; the others are imposters concocted
by our contestants (including Craig) ahead of time. None of the players
knows who wrote any passage other than their own, except for Eric, who
gets to play God as a reward for the truly onerous duty of unearthing
these gems. Craig then asks for the audience vote on the authenticity of
each passage (recapping each in turn by quoting a pithy phrase or three
from them), and the Ace Readercon Joint Census Team counts up each show
of hands faster than you can say "Bambi pranced." Eric then
reveals the truth. Each contestant receives a point for each audience
member they fooled, while the audience collectively scores a point for
everyone who spots the real answer. As a rule, the audience finishes
third or fourth. Warning: the Sturgeon General has determined that this
trash is hazardous to your health, should you be recovering from
fractured ribs, pulled stomach muscles, or the like (i.e., if it hurts
to laugh, you're in big trouble).
- SUN 8:30a (Nan) Closed Workshop.
-  SUN 10:00a (F) The 2001 James Tiptree, Jr.
Award: The Jury Report. Pat Murphy (M), Suzy McKee Charnas, Peter
Halasz, Ama Patterson. This year's Tiptree jury discusses Hiromi Goto's
The Kappa Child, short-listed novels by Sheri S. Tepper, Hugh Nissenson,
Joan Givner, and Ken MacLeod, and other worthy gender-role-challenging
works from 2001. Read the jury's annotations of the short list [in the
-  SUN 10:00a (G) The Real Place of a Book.
James L. Cambias, Gregory Feeley, Greer Gilman, Paul Levinson (+M),
Michael Swanwick. We've beaten John Clute's wonderful notion of
"the real year" of a book almost to death. But not quite!
Every novel, regardless of the year in which it is ostensibly set, has a
"real year" whose flavor informs it. It occurs to us that
every genre novel, whether it's set on Mars or Middle-Earth, also has a
"real place," whether it's New York City or a small town in
Iowa. The real place of Michael Swanwick's The Iron Dragon's Daughter is
the Soviet Union; part of the triumph of Kim Stanley Robinson's Red
Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars is the extent to which the real place
actually is Mars (via, however, Tibet and Antarctica), and this in fact
makes the text more challenging in the same way that setting a book in
the real present does.
-  SUN 10:00a (ME) The Hard SF Renaissance.
Kathryn Cramer. Discussion. Talk about hard sf with the co-editor (with
David G. Hartwell) of The Hard SF Renaissance, an anthology of 1990's
hard sf forthcoming from Tor in September (she also just wrote the
chapter on hard sf for the Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction).
-  SUN 10:00a (RI) Revisioning Writing. Laurie
J. Marks and Rosemary Kirstein. Talk / Discussion. "We need to know the writing of the
past, and know it differently," writes Adrienne Rich in her classic
essay, "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Revision." Her
statement might be taken as a feminist appeal to "re-see" the
overlooked works of women writers of the past. However, in her essay,
Adrienne Rich responds to her own challenge by attempting to know her
own writing differently. One way we can accept Rich's challenge to
re-see ourselves and our experience as writers is through metaphors. In
this presentation/discussion, we'll examine the metaphors that writers,
including the people in the room, use to describe their experiences and
processes. How can other people's metaphors help us to
"re-see" and thus "know . . . differently" our own
-  SUN 10:00a (NH) John Crowley reads from a
brand-new non-fantasy novella, "The Girlhood of Shakespeare's
Heroines". (30 min.).
-  SUN 10:00a (VT) Andrea Hairston reads
from her just-completed novel, Mindscape (30 min.).
-  SUN 10:00a (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Samuel R.
Delany; Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald.
-  SUN 10:00a (E) Autographs. Octavia E. Butler.
-  SUN 10:30a (NH) James Morrow reads
"Martyrs of the Upshot Knothole," forthcoming in Conqueror
Fantastic (Pamela Sargent, ed.) (30 min.).
-  SUN 10:30a (VT) Jeffrey Ford reads
"Creation, " from the May F&SF. (30 min.).
-  SUN 11:00a (F) The Aliens Among Us. Toni
Anzetti, Octavia E. Butler, Samuel R. Delany, Jeanne Gomoll (+M), Geary
Gravel, Gwyneth Jones. "The science fiction convention of the alien
attempts to present otherness in unitary terms, so that `humanity' is
uncomplicatedly opposed to the `alien'; both Jones and Butler focus on
the way in which the opposition seeks to suppress the others of both
gender and race by subsuming them within a commonsense notion of what it
is to be human.--Jenny Wolmark. Let's use this provocative assertion as
a jumping off point for discussion.
-  SUN 11:00a (G) 2001: The Year in Short
Fiction. David G. Hartwell, John Klima, Mary Anne Mohanraj (+M), Ian
Randal Strock, Michael Swanwick, Gordon Van Gelder. Including a look at
the state of the magazines (professional and semi-pro).
-  SUN 11:00a (ME) Feelings About Possible
Feelings: The Cognitive Structure of Human Motivation. Eric M. Van.
Chautauqua. "Meta-affective theory" (making its public debut
here) reveals that most of what we feel derives from our brains'
extraordinary efforts to figure out how we expect to feel in the future.
This insight leads to a remarkably detailed taxonomy of emotions (how is
being "pissed off" fundamentally different from being angry?),
to an understanding of the origin of destructive hostility in type
"A" personalities, and to the Holy Grail of any theory of
affect: a convincing explanation of the adaptive purpose of brief,
-  SUN 11:00a (RI) How I Wrote Fire Logic.
Laurie J. Marks. Talk (30 min.).
-  SUN 11:00a (NH) Ellen Kushner and Delia
Sherman read from The Fall of the Kings, based on the World Fantasy
Award-winning novella of the same name; it's finally finished (and
substantially revised from versions previewed at earlier Readercons),
and forthcoming from Bantam in November, 2002. (60 min.).
-  SUN 11:00a (VT) Robert J. Sawyer reads
"Relativity," forthcoming in Men Writing SF As Women (Mike
Resnick, ed.): a solo female astronaut prepares to be reunited with her
now-aged family after a relativistic space voyage. (30 min.).
-  SUN 11:00a (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Daniel P.
Dern; Elizabeth Hand.
-  SUN 11:00a (E) Autographs. Susan R. Matthews;
-  SUN 11:30a (RI) How We Wrote A Working of
Stars. Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Talk (30 min.).
-  SUN 11:30a (VT) William Shunn reads "The
Diagnostic Feast," a far-future, post-human story forthcoming in
August in Beyond the Last Star (Sherwood Smith, ed.). (30 min.).
-  SUN 12:00 (F) Someday We'll Look Back At This
and It Will All Seem Funny. Paul Di Filippo, Jeffrey Ford, Eileen Gunn,
John Kessel (+M), James Morrow. Sometimes we write to exorcise personal
pain. And often the best way to do that is to find the humor at its
heart. How can it be that there's usually something funny hidden within
the grimmest of experiences? Why does finding that humor ease the pain?
Is it just the sharing with others? Our brave panelists discuss the
roots of black humor--both their own and that of other writers--or, as
James Thurber (himself a very funny man with a very painful life) once
said, they'll get humor down, and break its arm.
-  SUN 12:00 (G) In Defense of "Commodity
Fantasy". Leigh Grossman (+M), John Morressy, Teresa Nielsen
Hayden, Darrell Schweitzer, Elizabeth Willey. Perhaps the greatest
strength of fantasy as a genre is its accommodation of unique visions;
the fantasies we value most are all (at least until imitated) sui
generis. John Clute and others have thus decried the rise of
"commodity fantasy," whose purpose is instead to give the
reader the same familiar, comfortable experience as books previously
read. But doesn't this hold all of fantasy up to an impossible standard?
No one, after all, rejects a musical performance, baseball game or
sexual encounter for providing only familiar sorts of pleasures. Isn't
it possible to do truly worthwhile work within "commodity
fantasy"? Does more commodity fantasy really mean less that's sui
generis, or can the two coexist?
-  SUN 12:00 (ME) Speculative Fiction and
Transhumanism. Jennifer Barlow, Marcel Gagne, James Hughes (+M), Matt
Jarpe, John Klima. Over the last dozen years a new international
philosophical movement, "transhumanism," has emerged.
Transhumanism asserts that it will soon be possible and desirable for
human beings to enhance their abilities and transcend human limits using
the technologies of genetic therapy and cyborgization (nanotechnology
and robotics). Most transhumanists draw direct inspiration from
speculative fiction, and many sf writers, such as Bruce Sterling, Greg
Egan, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ken MacLeod, Brian
Stableford, Linda Nagata and Damien Broderick, have addressed
transhumanist issues and concerns in a positive way. However, in
general, sf and horror fiction is compelled by story-telling imperatives
to portray genetically enhanced persons, cyborgs, machine minds and
posthumans as dangerous, or at least tragic. This reinforces a public
Luddite reaction to the transhuman transition, where
"Frankenstein" or "Brave New World" are
debate-stopping epithets. How can a more self-conscious current of
transhumanist sf build public awareness of the risks and benefits of
transhuman technologies, and contribute to a balanced debate on their
-  SUN 12:00 (RI) Genre Erotica for Mainstream
Markets. Elspeth Potter. Talk / Discussion. You might have seen the
glossy anthologies of erotic stories in your local mall bookstore. These
anthologies, in contrast to magazine markets, seem to be more open to
genre stories, so long as the erotic element is creative and hot. Potter
offers an introduction to finding calls for submissions and finding the
right market for your stories, as well as coming up with new ideas for
-  SUN 12:00 (NH) Hiromi Goto reads from The
Kappa Child, recipient of the 2001 James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award. (60
-  SUN 12:00 (VT) Paul Levinson reads the first
chapter of The Consciousness Plague, in a performance with actor Mark
Shanahan, who is doing the audio-book version. Plus a preview from his
next Phil D'Amato novel, Last Takes, which begins with Phil being called
in to investigate . . . squirrels missing from Central Park. (60 min.).
-  SUN 12:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Hal Clement;
-  SUN 12:00 (E) Autographs. Walter H. Hunt;
Robert J. Sawyer.
-  SUN 1:00 (F) The Aging of SF. Judith Berman,
F. Brett Cox (+M), Ellen Datlow, David G. Hartwell, Gwyneth Jones,
Patrick Nielsen Hayden. Judith Berman's "Science Fiction Without
the Future" (New York Review of Science Fiction, May 2001) raised
provocative issues about the relationship of modern sf with the future,
issues we hope to cover this weekend in panels inspired by that master
extrapolator of near futures, John Brunner. But almost buried in
Berman's essay is the ancillary observation that the protagonists of sf
stories are increasingly middle-aged or even elderly--like their writers
and readers. This lack of youthful characters began as an effect of the
graying of the sf community, but now it has arguably become one of the
causes, in a destructive feedback loop--less young writing blood means
fewer stories of interest to younger readers (it's not just altered
chronology that led Peter Jackson to make Frodo the same age as his much
younger cousins). Is there anything the sf community can do to counter
this trend? Should writers and editors be looking for stories that
feature younger protagonists?
-  SUN 1:00 (G) Angela Carter. Stepan Chapman,
Elizabeth Hand, K. A. Laity, Delia Sherman, Sarah Smith (+M). Angela, we
miss your mordant wit and your stylish prose. We miss your fairy tales
that always turned out to be so horribly real. We've been quoting your
quip about "too much fin this siecle," and wishing you were
here to see your prophecy come true. When we realize there will be no
more stories with your distinctive flavors, it's as if we're suddenly
missing a limb. And examining the stump of that limb, we realize that we
almost certainly chewed it off ourselves. We know that if you were still
here you could tell us exactly why we did that, maybe even make us laugh
about it with a frisson of dread. (If any of the preceding are
sentiments you share, join us for a celebratory wake in honor of Angela
-  SUN 1:00 (ME) Teaching F&SF. Leigh
Grossman. Discussion. How do you teach genre fiction to an unfamiliar
audience? Can you communicate the "sense of wonder" we felt as
readers, or must it be generated spontaneously? Can genre fiction
co-exist with other literature, or is it better taught in a separate
-  SUN 1:00 (RI) E-books: The State of the Art
(and Commerce). Robert J. Sawyer, Michael Ward. Discussion. How does the
e-book reading experience compare to the original, without the
physical instantiation of a book? How does this issue affect the
acceptance of the new medium? What's gone right, and what's gone wrong,
in the adopting and marketing of e-books? Did a premature push
permanently damage the marketplace? Are any of the dedicated reading
devices any good? Has greed in pricing, and over-aggressiveness in
Digital Rights Management, ruined what should have been a cash cow for
-  SUN 1:00 (NH) Hal Clement reads from Noise
(forthcoming from Tor). (60 min.).
-  SUN 1:00 (VT) Group Reading: Broad Universe.
Eileen Gunn, Farah Mendlesohn, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Pat Murphy, and
others (60 min.).
-  SUN 1:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. Donald
Kingsbury; William Shunn.
-  SUN 1:00 (E) Autographs. Terry McGarry;
-  SUN 2:00 (F) The Future of Extrapolation.
Octavia E. Butler, Glenn Grant (+M), Jeff Hecht, Patrick Nielsen Hayden,
Graham Sleight, Shane Tourtellotte. Despite the legitimate protest that
sf is not prophecy, serious extrapolation about the future has always
been a viable sf mode. With each passing year, we move deeper into a
stretch of time that our past greats attempted to envision. We thus have
more of a chance to compare extrapolated and actualized futures. What
lessons are we learning? Is the addition of this reflexive element
changing the nature of sf extrapolation?
-  SUN 2:00 (G) Why Y A? Holly Black, Farah
Mendlesohn (+M), Yves Meynard, John Morressy, Katya Reimann. As Ursula
LeGuin once wrote, if a writer chooses to write a book for Young Adults
only because she's thinks it's "simple" to do so, its audience
"will look at it, and they will see straight through it, with their
clear, cold, beady little eyes, and they will put it down, and they will
go away. Kids will devour vast amounts of garbage (and it is good for
them) but they are not like adults: they have not yet learned to eat
plastic." When asked (at Boskone 2002) why she wrote YA, Tamora
Pierce replied, "When I change somebody's life it stays
changed." Our panelists will discuss the special challenges and
rewards--especially the psychic rewards--of writing YA.
-  SUN 2:00 (ME) Why Don't We Write? Pat Murphy.
Talk / Discussion A discussion of writers block, techniques for avoiding
it, and some writing exercises that Murphy has found knock her out of
it. Attendees should bring paper and pencil. (Incidentally, the writing
exercises are borrowed from her pseudonym, Max Merriwell, who's a
character in her latest novel, Adventures In Time And Space With Max
-  SUN 2:00 (VT) Shariann Lewitt reads from
Dream of the Apples, her work in progress. (30 min.).
-  SUN 2:00 (Vin) Kaffeeklatsches. David G.
Hartwell; Terry McGarry.
-  SUN 2:30 (RI) How I Wrote The Consciousness
Plague. Paul Levinson. Talk (30 min.).
-  SUN 2:30 (VT) John Costello reads
"Another Field," by Kir Bulychev, translated by John Costello.
- SUN 3:00 (F) Readercon 14 Debriefing. Members of
the Readercon14 Committee.