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My Farpoint 2017 Schedule

For those of you attending Farpoint 2017 in a few weeks, here’s where you’ll be able to catch up with me at the show. The convention will take place Friday, February 17, through Sunday, February 19, at the Radisson Hotel North Baltimore, in Timonium, MD. The full schedule and program book are available online.


Friday — 17 February

“Robot/AI or Slave?”
5pm — Chesapeake 1
In much of science fiction, robots are thinking beings designed and programmed to be servitors. That sounds a lot like slavery. When we talk about robot/AI uprisings, are we talking about slave revolts? From the Butlerian Jihad in the Dune books, to Asimov’s laws of robotics, to the Terminator, are stories of rebellious synthetics actually tales of slaves who decide not to be slaves?
David Mack, Jay Smith, T. Eric Bakutis, Jim Werbaneth

Farpoint Book Fair
10pm–Midnight — Dulaney/Valley 1
Meet and mingle with the authors at the Book Fair! Bring copies of my work for autographs, or just stop by to say “hi!”


Saturday — 18 February

Reading
12:40pm – Chesapeake 3–6
I will be reading a short selection from my upcoming original novel The Midnight Front.

Signing
1pm–2pm — Main Atrium
If you have any of my work you’d like autographed, bring it with you. Or just stop by to chat.

“The Shape of Stories”
2pm — Chesapeake 1
Kurt Vonnegut once theorized that there are only six basic shapes that stories can take. Other writers have developed their own theories about the universal structures that every story in the world can fit into. This panel will discuss various aspects about story theory, from what these categories are, how to use them to write insanely great endings, and how writers can incorporate this knowledge into their own plotting.
Don Sakers, Stephen Kozeniewski, David Mack, Susanna Reilly

Signing
3pm–4pm — Main Atrium
If you have any of my work you’d like autographed, bring it with you. Or just stop by to chat.


Sunday — 19 February

“Writing for the Eye vs. the Ear”
Noon — Chesapeake 1
An old bit of advice most writers hear at some point is that we should read our work aloud, supposedly to help us recognize awkward bits of phrasing. But does it work? Taking the question further, does this work better with dialogue than with description? Better with fiction than non-fiction? Is it possible for a writer who delivers effective readings to miss the fact that their prose, absent their performance, is dead on the page?
David Mack, Don Sakers, Aaron Rosenberg, Lauren Harris

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My 2016 World Fantasy Con Schedule – #SFWApro

If you’ll be attending World Fantasy Convention 2016 this coming week in Columbus, OH, and are interested in catching up with me, here are my two scheduled turns on programming:


Thursday, 27 October

“When to Stop”
5pm – Union AB
Some series seem to go on forever. At what point must there really be an ending? Trilogies seem to be a default, but urban fantasy series (e.g., Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake novels) seem to just go on and on. Is the long series simply a factor of market forces or is there a storytelling imperative behind it? With declining shelf space and ever more demands for the attention of readers, are the long-form series becoming less desirable?
— Sarah Avery, J.L. Doty, Summer Hanford, Mark Van Name (m), David Mack


Saturday, 29 October

Author Reading: David Mack
4pm – Union C
My current plan is to read a brief excerpt from The Midnight Front, my upcoming original contemporary fantasy/secret history novel being published by Tor Books in early 2018.


Beyond these two bits of business, I can be counted on toe haunt the hotel bar, and I suspect I’ll make the rounds of the industry parties on Friday and Saturday nights.

If you’re at the con and I’m in a public space (and not using my earbuds), feel free to come say “hello”!

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Shore Leave 38 Schedule

Legacies_BestDefense_FullFor those of you attending the Shore Leave Convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., here is a quick run-down of where and when to catch up with me at the show.

UPDATE: The “Upcoming Star Trek Books” panel has been rescheduled for Saturday at 5PM.

UPDATE 2: Room assignments have changed all around, and I’ve got one more panel on Sunday.

UPDATE 3: This one is big news! A limited number of copies of my new Star Trek 50th Anniversary novel Legacies, Book 2: Best Defense will be available at Shore Leave this weekend, ahead of the official July 26 publication date!

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Friday — July 15, 2016

“Where Do Writers Start?”
7PM–8PM, Derby Room

You’re finally ready to start writing. You sit down at your computer, open a blank document—and freeze. You have absolutely no idea what to do next. We’re here to help! We’ll offer tips on how to start your story and how to prepare before you even type the first word.

Panelists: Howard Weinstein (M), David Mack, Stephen Kozeniewski, Aaron Rosenberg, Jeff Lang, John Coffren, Melissa Scott


Meet the Pros
10PM–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor

Come down to the lower level of the hotel, buy books from retailer Novel Spaces, then get them autographed. I’ll be there to sign books, chat, and chew bubble gum, and I expect to be all out of bubble gum.


Saturday – July 16, 2016

“Crossing Genres”
4PM–5PM, Belmont Room

Are you a sci-fi writer aiming to cross into fantasy? An adult fiction writer hoping to cross into YA or children’s lit? Are you looking to write a noir/sci-fi mash-up? We’ll discuss genre switch-ups, whether you’re aiming to try something new or writing a story that doesn’t fit into a traditional category.

Panelists: Glenn Hauman (M), Roberta Rogow, David Harten Watson, Greg Cox, David Mack, Peter David, Melissa Scott


“Upcoming Star Trek Books”
5PM–6PM, Salon A

There are a lot of novels and other Star Trek books coming out for the original series’ 50th anniversary and in 2017. Our author guests give you a look at what’s coming down the pike.

Panelists: Greg Cox (M), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Christopher L. Bennett, Scott Pearson


Sunday – July 17, 2016

“The Dos and Don’ts of Research”
11AM–Noon, Salon E

Learn how to conduct effective research for fiction projects, how to organize your information, and how to know when to stop researching and start writing.

Panelists: Howard Weinstein (M), David Mack, Roberta Rogow, Jenifer Rosenberg, Jeff Lang, T.A. Chafin, Melissa Scott


“Collaboration: Writing as a Team Project”
1PM–2PM, Salon E

Our panel of professional authors discuss the rewards, drawbacks, methods, and challenges of writing in collaboration on projects large and small.

Panelists: Greg Cox (M), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Paula M. Block, Terry J. Erdmann, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, T.A. Chafin

My Farpoint 2016 Schedule

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If you’ll be attending Farpoint Convention 2016 in Timonium, Md., less than two weeks from now, and you’re wondering where to find me (other than at the bar or in the game room playing poker), here’s my schedule of panels and signings.

Friday, February 12

5pmGenres Within Genres
Chesapeake 1

As authors explore more ways to mix and match different tropes and genres, it’s becoming a challenge for some readers – and some authors – to describe exactly what niche some books fit into, if any. Is this a good thing for SF/F literature, or a path to chaos?


Saturday, February 13

Noon to 1pm – I’ll be signing books in Dulaney 1 with Ben Anderson, Michael Jan Friedman, and Heather Hutsell.

2pm – Readings: I, along with Gregory Wilson and Heather Hutsell, will be in Dulaney 1, reading selections from our published writings or our works in progress.

3pm to 4pm – I’ll be back in Dulaney 1 to sign more autographs, alongside Michael Ventrella and Gregory Wilson.

5pmFall and Redemption in Fantasy & SF
Chesapeake 1

Examining the themes of heroes falling and being redeemed. Compare Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Star Wars, for example, and the Hero’s Journey paradigm.


Sunday, February 14

1pmCollaborations
Chesapeake 1

Are two heads really better than one? Our panel will discuss the pros and cons of working with other writers.


That’s all the information I have regarding the schedule at this time. All listed events are tentative and subject to change. I hope to update this post with more information, including rooms and panel participants, as soon as I receive that info from the convention.

I hope to see you all there!

 

My World Fantasy Convention Schedule

Here is my tentative schedule for World Fantasy Convention 2015:

Thursday, November 5

2:00pm–3:00pm | CC2A
What is ‘Epic’ about Epic Fantasy?
We all know what we mean by Epic Fantasy, but definitions are slippery things. Scale, length, story type, setting and more figure in the various definitions. Our panel of experts will discuss the quintessential elements of Epic Fantasy in a quest to settle the matter once and for all.
David G. Hartwell (mod.), Susan Forest, Mary Soon Lee, David Mack, Robert Redick


Friday, November 6

8:00pm–9:00pm | CC2A & CC2B
Autographing
Come meet the authors and other professionals of WFC 2015 at the mass autographing session.


And that’s it. The rest of the weekend I am free to wander, dine, drink, and socialize in between haunting other people’s panels and readings.

Learn more at the con’s website: http://www.wfc2015.org/

Where to find me at NYCC 2015

If you’re coming to New York Comic Con this week and are hoping to find me for autographs, chatter, etc., here is where and when to do so:

New York Comic Con

Oct 08, 2015 to Oct 11, 2015

Location: The Javits Center, New York, NY (get directions)

Thursday, October 8

2PM–3PM
Signing: Tor Books, Booth #2223

Swing by to pick up a copy of my new Jack Bauer thriller, 24: Rogue — free autograph with every purchase.


Friday, October 9

4:30PM–5:30PM
Signing: Simon & Schuster, Booth #1828
Visit me at the S&S pavilion to snag your copy of my latest Star Trek adventure, Seekers #3: Long Shot. I’ll sign as many as you want to buy.


A note about both signings: If you want to bring in copies of my books that you already own to have them signed, I am more than happy to do that for you.

For more information about the convention, visit its official site: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

Shore Leave 37 Wrap-up

As always, Kara and I had a wonderful time at the Shore Leave convention this past weekend. The best part of the weekend was time spent with good friends who (regrettably) live too far away to see on a regular basis.

We drove down to Baltimore from New York City on Friday with our friend (and my editor at Tor Books) Marco Palmieri. We had good luck avoiding major traffic snarls and our journey was swift and pleasant (not least because Marco is such excellent company on road trips).

Once at the recently remodeled (and now quite lovely) Hunt Valley Inn, we settled in, picked up our credentials, and wandered about. We checked out the dealer’s room, where Kara found Harry the Hare, a delightful new friend for my pal Mister Bunny:

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After my very well-attended first panel on Friday — alongside Christopher L. Bennett, Amy Griswold, Mary Louise Davie, and Chuck Gannon — Kara, Christopher, and I escaped the hotel for dinner at The Greene Turtle with Dayton Ward, Kirsten Beyer, Kevin Dilmore, Bill Leisner, Scott Pearson, Marco Palmieri, and Dave Galanter and his wife Simantha.

After helping Marco promote my upcoming novel 24: Rogue at the “Coming from Tor Books” panel, I raffled off three ARCs (advance reader copies) of the book at the end of Meet the Pros, as well as a couple of the book’s gorgeous cover flats.

On Saturday I made it to my 10am panel (a cruel joke of scheduling the con foists upon me every year), and even stayed awake through my 11am panel. I got to pontificate and bloviate alongside fellow pros Martin Berman-Gorvine, Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold, Richard White, David Harten Watson, Russ Colchamiro, Joshua Palmatier, Jim Johnson, John Jackson Miller, Susanna Reilly, and Mary Fan.

After a much-needed afternoon nap, I took part in the “What’s Coming from Star Trek Books” panel, along with fellow Trek scribes Christopher L. Bennett, John Jackson Miller, Peter David, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and the amazing Kirsten Beyer.

The Saturday night tradition of authors descending en masse upon a great local barbecue joint continued, and this time we were honored to be accompanied by John Jackson Miller and his wonderful family. After dinner, Kara and I retired for a while to our room, where we opened a few bottles of wines we had made with friends over the past few years. We shared them with Simantha Galanter, Jenifer Rosenberg, Scott Pearson (who had been away from Shore Leave for far too long), Marco Palmieri, and Marco’s guest (and now our delightful new acquaintance) Sunny Moraine.

Sunday was a whirlwind of packing the car, attending my last panel (a discussion of etiquette and netiquette in publishing, with Marco Palmieri, Mary Fan, and effervescent YA mystery author T. J. Perkins), and saying rushed farewells.

As is ever the case, it seemed there was never enough time to hang out with everyone we’d hoped to see. We had only brief moments with many good friends, including Robert Greenberger and his lovely wife Deborah, and their daughter Kate Pakaski and her husband, Michael; Michael Jan Friedman and Howie Weinstein; the always erudite Allyn Gibson; fellow bunny-phile Phil Giunta; and last (but definitely not least) my best buddy Glenn Hauman (despite his being literally in the room next to ours).

The drive home was long because of the usual summer-weekend traffic in New Jersey, but the time passed quickly thanks to Marco’s fine company and some hijinks that might soon be revealed (pending some post-production to clean up the audio).

All in all, a fine weekend of good friends and interesting discussions. I’m already counting the day’s until Shore Leave 38.

 

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