Here's my Boskone schedule.
See some of you there!
Friday 18:00 - 18:50
The new term "paleofuture" describes a future that never was – a prediction made in the past which hasn't panned out and never will. Which foreseen futures have subsequent events rendered impossible? Which are plausible still? What histories, worlds, discoveries, and technologies could (or could not) yet come true? And for extra credit, what are our _own_ predictions of things to come?
Elizabeth Bear (M), Bill Higgins, James Patrick Kelly, Beth Meacham
Friday 19:00 - 19:50
What will the well-dressed futurian be wearing 50 years from now? A hundred years? A thousand? What is clothing actually _for_? What SF works have presented interesting ideas about the clothing of the future? How has fashion infiltrated comics or brought comics styles out into the real world?
Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, Brianna Spacekat Wu
The Fantasy and Science Fiction of John M. Ford
Friday 21:00 - 21:50
He wrote a prize-winning alternate history fantasy named _The Dragon Waiting_ that doesn't have a dragon in it, a Star Trek book that’s kind of a musical comedy, an SF juvenile about teens playing games on a train (on the Moon), and a Christmas card that won a World Fantasy Award. Neil Gaiman called him a “writers’ writer.” Certainly John M. “Mike” Ford (1957-2006) delighted in defying expectations. But let’s try to give you some hints about what to expect when you read his work.
Jo Walton (M), Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Elizabeth Bear, John Chu, Beth Meacham
Reading -- Elizabeth Bear
Saturday 11:30 - 11:55
Interview With Guest of Honor Seanan McGuire
Saturday 13:00 - 13:50
A good time shall be had by all as Hugo and Sturgeon Award-winning writer Elizabeth Bear interviews Boskone's Guest of Honor, Seanan McGuire. In addition to previously winning two Hugo Awards and the Campbell Award, in 2013 Seanan became the only person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot. She is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasies, plus several other works. Seanan also writes under the pseudonym "Mira Grant," whose sf/horror novel _Feed_ was named as one of _Publishers Weekly_'s Best Books of 2010.
Elizabeth Bear (M), Seanan McGuire
Food in Fiction
Saturday 14:00 - 14:50
Every living creature depends upon food for nourishment and survival; how does that dependence come across in literature? Panelists discuss examples of how authors have used food and the culinary arts within science fiction, fantasy, and horror to reveal complex clues about cultures, characters, ethnicities, social standing, and so much more.
Steven Popkes (M), Jill Shultz, Ian Randal Strock, Elizabeth Bear
The Dark Universe
Sunday 11:00 - 11:50
What are dark matter and dark energy? What is this dark universe that coexists alongside the cosmos we can see and feel? How apropos is George Lucas' description of The Force? (Obi-Wan Kenobi speaks of "[A]n energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.") Is there something in this idea that might reveal mysteries that keep eluding us -- and do we really want to find out?
Mark L. Olson (M), Bill Higgins, Elizabeth Bear, Guy Consolmagno
Kaffeeklatsche -- Elizabeth Bear & Scott Lynch (Except really just me, because that boy I like is a sick boy and is staying home. :((( )
Sunday 14:00 - 14:50