My Arisia schedule

Arisia is one of the leading SF/anime/gaming conventions in the country, and it takes place in Boston, at the Westin Waterfront, Jan 13-16.  You want to be there. 

I certainly will be.  Here's my schedule:

Interstitial Fiction: Dancing Between Genres     Griffin     Fri 7:00 PM
With Joy Marchand, John Bowker, Julia Rios, Erik Amundsen
Interstitial fiction is writing made in the interstices between genres and categories. It is art that flourishes in the borderlands between different disciplines, mediums, and cultures. It crosses borders, written by people who refuse to be constrained by category labels. Some favorite examples will be discussed here.

Reading: Palmer, Smith & Schneyer     Quincy    Fri 10:00 PM
Authors Suzanne Palmer, Sarah Smith, and Ken Schneyer will read selections from their works.  There will be chocolate.
Folks:  What should I read from?  You have your choice:  THE OTHER SIDE OF DARK, a bit out of the Shakespeare poem, or something from the new TITANIC book.  (No, it's not finished yet.  Grrr.  Don't bother me.)

So, What's New?   Griffin     Sat 10:00 AM 
With James Cambias, Jeff Hecht, Shira Lipkin, Judah Sher
Nanotechnology is now an industry. Cloned animals can be bought online. Robots are getting smarter and more lifelike. Science is telling us that the future could be different in ways (vanished glaciers, droughts and floods, and reduced biodiversity) that are materializing perhaps even faster than AI and the Singularity. Is science fiction paying proper attention to the best information available on the future? What is new and on the horizon that SF should look out for? How could it change SF?

Panel in the Pool    In the hotel pool, duh   Sat 11:30 AM
With Jeff Warner, Michelle d'Entremont
What would life be like on an entirely aqueous planet? Could intelligent life evolve? What about space-faring intelligence? Come discuss such questions in our own aqueous environment of the hotel pool. Swimsuits required!
I have absolutely nothing interesting to say on this panel (I think)--but fun is fun.

Don't Quit Your Day Job    Adams    Sat 1:00 PM
With Suzanne Palmer, KT Pinto, Jennifer Pelland, and Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
Hal Clement, Alice Sheldon (aka James Tiptree Jr), and so many other authors kept working their mundane jobs while writing. What can a day job bring to your art? Should going full time be the goal?
Clearly, this is the Panel of Persons whose name begins with a P.
Don't quit your day job.  Honest.  Get a day job you like and share your successes with your friends there.

Writer's Clinic    Otis    Sat 4:00 PM
With Barry Longyear, Elaine Isaak, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Resa Nelson
Have you hit a road block in the writing of your story? Are the characters not acting the way you want them to? Do your action scenes read more like exposition? Do you have questions on dialogue? At this small, informal, information session, authors answer your questions with an eye toward getting your story unstuck. Sign-up will be at the con and limited to 10 people.
This should be GREAT.  Barry, Elaine, and Resa are all wonderful editors--I don't know Genevieve yet.  I'm not so bad myself.

Winter Is Coming      Douglas    Sat 5:30 PM
With Dyschordia, Night Stalker, Tim Lieder, and Randee Dawn
George R.R. Martin's *A Song of Ice and Fire* is a blockbuster in every way. Come discuss the biggest series in fantasy (literally)! We'll be discussing the series through *A Dance With Dragons,* so 'ware the spoilers!

Self-Publishing Snares     Hancock    Sat 8:30 PM
With Raven Kaldera, Gordon Linzner, Jaime Garmendia, Everett Soares
What are the things you need to look out for when self-publishing? Do you really need an editor, cover artist, or graphic designer? If so, how do you find them? Who are the reputable companies to deal with and which are the ones to avoid? How do you know?
Learn about HTML5.  Learn about writers' cooperatives.  This could be your future.
(See also the Autograph Session with Gordon and me on Sunday.)

At the Project Backup table   Sun 10 AM-12 noon
The Project aims to make help against harassment visible and available, to create safer environments, to help women to support other women and men to challenge other men. We are specifically interested in making sff, anime, comic, and other cons safer spaces.
Thanks for organizing this, Shira Lipkin!

Autograph - Lieder, Linzner, & Smith    Galleria - Autograph Space Writing   Sun 1:00 PM
Autograph session with Tim Lieder, Gordon Linzner and Sarah Smith.
Two of us were on the Saturday self-publishing panel, and Gordon has been publisher of Space & Time Magazine for 40 years, so drop by and talk some more about self-publishing.  Get a bookmark signed.  Have some more chocolate.

The Future of School     Otis  Sun 2:30 PM
With Wraithe, Sean Sullivan, Ovid, Mike Bonet
Science fiction writers have often written about changes that technology might make to education, from the students "desks" in Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game to Heinlein's observations and critiques of education in his juvenile fiction. What kinds of alternate education exist now? How does emerging technology effect the learners of tomorrow? Will school still be out for summer?
I'm talking more about education, which is going to be one of the big innovation drivers of the 21st century. My day job is with Pearson, the leading innovator of educational solutions--and I love my day job.

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