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March 2017



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and closer to the truth, than the kettle to the stove,

and the moment that I noticed that I didn't want to know

Item: Man, cortisone shots are kind of magic.

Item: Hey! I'm signing at Pandemonium Books at Central Square in Cambridge, MA tonight along with Scott Lynch and Special Guest Reschedule Charlie Stross, who got snowed out on Tuesday.

Also, all three of us will be at Boskone this weekend! You should come! Here's my schedule!

The Author on the Flying Trapeze

Friday 16:00 - 16:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Research tips for fainthearted and fearless writers from panelists who've tried falconry, caving, rock climbing, and flying trapeze, cooked space food, been tattooed, and gone behind-the-scenes at Cirque du Soleil for their novels. They'll share stories and research strategies, including advice for introverts about interviewing experts. How do you handle the ethics and logistics of experiential research?

E. C. Ambrose (M), Vincent O'Neil, Jill Shultz, Allen M. Steele, Elizabeth Bear

Dated Science Fiction

Friday 21:00 - 21:50, Harbor II (Westin)

With the rapid advancement of science, the science within science fiction can get dated quickly. What SF works use science that has passed its expiration date, or at least reads as irretrievably retro? What books have stood the test of time, science-wise? How did they do that?

David G. Hartwell (M), Elizabeth Bear, Felicitas Ivey, Steven Sawicki, Michael Swanwick, Alexander Jablokov

Autographing: Elizabeth Bear. Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston

Saturday 11:00 - 11:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear, Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston

The Do's and Don'ts of Do-Overs: The Art of Fairytale Retellings

Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)

The mainstream and science fiction communities seem to think they invented retellings, and have christened them "reboots," but the retelling of fairytales is a time-honored tradition. Think about the rainbow of Fairy Books to start with, and Robin McKinley has rebooted Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and her namesake, Robin Hood. Or consider radical retellings like Gregory Maguire's Wicked. What can you change for an acceptable retelling? What must you change? What makes a good retelling of a fairytale?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Elizabeth Hand, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jane Yolen, Theodora Goss

Kaffeeklatsch: Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch

Saturday 15:00 - 15:50, Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1 (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch

Reading: Elizabeth Bear

Sunday 10:30 - 10:55, Griffin (Westin)

Elizabeth Bear

Noir & Moral Ambiguity in SF

Sunday 12:00 - 12:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

Noir is a shadowy staple of the futuristic crime tale, emphasizing moral conflict, dark themes, and sexual tension. Films like Blade Runner and Dark City, as well as books like Gibson's Neuromancer and Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music are gloomy, gritty dramas that demand attention despite our instinct to turn away. Why do they work so well? Panelists discuss some of their favorite future-noir stories, novels, and films.

James Patrick Kelly (M), Laird Barron, Elizabeth Bear, Leigh Perry, Thomas Sweterlitsch, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Finding Yourself in Story

Sunday 13:00 - 13:50, Harbor II (Westin)

We’ve all encountered fiction it’s hard to forget, but has any piece of literature ever had an actually profound effect on you? Let’s try to go beyond the usual discussion of “most unforgettable moment.” What fictional scene or work has guided you to a decision, sparked a self-realization, lead to an epiphany, or provoked a change in the course of your life? We’ll talk about the stories that truly moved us.

Steven Popkes (M), Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, Jo Walton, Paul Di Filippo


Have a good con.
Oh man, I wish I had known sooner about Cambridge, I would have totally come. Hopefully next time you'r in the area I can!
Sigh. I'd love to go to the panel on fairy tale retellings - what a great group of panelists! But I'm on the other side of the continent and cannot make it to Boskone. Oh, well, at least I can read books by the panelists.