Thursday, 8:00 p.m., Cascade 7
Testing the Limits of Urban Fantasy
What’s beyond all the vamps, werewolves, angels, and demons? Having
explored all of the old tropes, what’s next?
Cat Rambo (M), Caren Gussoff, Jaye Wells
Friday, 1:00 p.m., Cascade 5
Working On Your Craft: Writing as an Evolving Process
As with any other art, writing requires practice; and a writer’s skill can
improve over time. Writers discuss techniques they have learned as they have
evolved and ways in which they gained new levels of expertise. How can you
tell when you’re improving? How can you judge your own progress as a writer?
Cat Rambo (M), Daryl Gregory, Eileen Gunn, Randy Henderson, Jack
Friday, 4:30 – 5:00 p.m., Cascade 3
Reading: Cat Rambo
Queen of the Fireflies, Section from a horror novel, Rated: PG
Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Cascade 9
The Genre Divide
What are the differences between literature and genre fiction? Are they real
or artificial? What differentiates fantasy from horror? Does New York hate
what we do?
Cat Rambo (M), Greg Bear, Greg Cox, David Hartwell, Janna Silverstein
Saturday, 2:00 p.m., Evergreen 3 & 4
Autograph Session #3
Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Cascade 8
Most readers read for story; but a story has to hang from a structure, and
if the structure fails the story will collapse. The story’s structure
dictates where the story starts, where it ends, where each of the plot
elements fits, and charts the space in which your characters’ change and
developments take place. Structure more than anything else will keep the
reader’s eyes glued to the page to find out what happens next. Writers
share how they approach narrative structure and plot.
Leslie Howle (M), Daryl Gregory, Ian McDonald, Cat Rambo, G.Robin Smith
Saturday, 6:00 p.m., Evergreen 1
Surveillance in the 21st Century – is it Good or Bad?
This is the age of hidden cameras, X-ray scans, the e-mail trail, and the
illegal act caught on tape. Surveillance immediately conjures up images of
Big Brother and nefarious uses of eavesdropping technology. But it can have
its positive uses, including the detection of robberies. Surveillance is
everywhere, wanted or unwanted; is it good or bad? Where is surveillance
technology going – what are the technologies and the implications?
Cat Rambo (M), Cory Doctorow, Eileen Gunn, Ian McDonald
Sunday, 10:00 a.m., Cascade 6
Best Online Markets for Writers
What are the best online markets for short fiction in 2010? Who is
publishing the best science fiction? Who is publishing the best fantasy?
What’s new and exciting? What are the best-paying markets? We’ll discuss
the latest and greatest.
Cat Rambo (M), Caren Gussoff, Jordan Lapp, Eric James Stone
Sunday, 3:00 p.m., Cascade 6
Bloggers as Public Intellectuals
Is the blogosphere spawning a contemporary generation of important public
thinkers? Who are the ones you can’t afford to miss? What are they saying?
Caren Gussoff (M), Kurt Cagle, Cat Rambo, Derek Zumsteg