Posts Tagged ‘convention’
Now that an official announcement has been made on MidSouthCon’s website, I can share the news that MidSouthCon 38 has been postponed until next year at this time—March 19–21, 2021—to help safeguard the health of its attendees, guests, staff, volunteers, and hotel personnel from the COVID-19 coronavirus.
I was slated to be this year’s Author Guest of Honor at MidSouthCon, and I fully support the convention committee’s informed decision to postpone the event. As much as I’ve looked forward to my first time as a GoH, I don’t think it’s worth risking the health or safety of other people for a moment in the spotlight.
The MidSouthCon committee has graciously invited me to be their GoH next year when their convention returns, and I have gratefully accepted their offer. I have been impressed by their attention to detail, their superb sense of organization, their clear communications, and, now, their commitment to public safety.
To everyone who was hoping to see me next week in Memphis, I’m sorry we won’t get to hang out until next year. But my hope is that, until then, you’ll all do your best to stay safe and healthy, and help others to do likewise. Be well, friends, and I’ll look forward to seeing you all next year in Memphis!
Here is my schedule for this year’s Farpoint Convention, being held once again at the Delta Hotel by Marriott (formerly known as the Hunt Valley Inn) in Hunt Valley, Md. At times not listed here, the most likely place to find me is — big surprise — the hotel bar.
FRIDAY | 21 February
7:00 PM — Tales of Woe … and Healing
Salon C (Moderator)
10:00 PM to Midnight — Meet the Pros (aka Book Fair)
SATURDAY | 22 February
Noon — Author Signing
Autograph Table 2
2:00 PM — Killing Characters 101
Salon C (Moderator)
SUNDAY | 23 February
11:00 AM — Writer Hobbies
Salon C (Moderator)
Noon to 1:00 PM — Author Signing
Autograph Table 1
See you at the con, folks!
Kara and I are home and unwinding after a wonderful weekend at the Creatures, Crime & Creativity (aka C3) con in Columbia, MD.
I was the Friday night keynote speaker, and Saturday night’s keynote was by the delightful Julie Hyzy.
C3 also marked my wife Kara’s first time as a panelist at a con! (She’s in the picture above, seated to the far right.) After all these years of supporting me from the audience, Kara got to be one of the panelists, for Friday afternoon’s “Living with a Professional Liar: Writers’ Spouses/Partners”. As I’d expected, she was witty, charming, and relaxed.
I can’t say enough good things about C3. It was well-organized and housed in a lovely space, and the panels were run by superbly prepared moderators, and attended by keenly interested writers of varying experience levels. This is a relaxed con for people who take writing seriously.
I need to thank con organizer Austin S. Camacho for inviting me to deliver a keynote address (something I’d done only once before, as a commencement speaker at my former high school). But the best part of the con was making many wonderful new friends, including Dr. Glenn Parris, Dana King, Denise Camacho, Corky King, Shawn A. Cosby, Julie Hyzy, Serg Koren, David Simms, and others who I hope will forgive me for neglecting to recall their names off the top of my head, but it’s late and I’m tired.
The definite highlights of my weekend at C3 were getting to know Julie Hyzy (whose childhood and path to authorship paralleled mine far more closely than I had thought possible) and spending time with Shawn A. Cosby, whose “Noir at the Bar” reading (“Doubt Not That the Stars Are Fire”) blew me away.
A great weekend, and one I’d heartily commend to anyone who would be keen to spend a weekend among others who take the craft of writing (but not themselves) seriously.
My preliminary schedule for New York Comic Con (NYCC) 2019 includes both panels and signings!
12:15 – 1:15 PM
PANEL: Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective
Veteran authors David Mack and John Jackson Miller look back on the life and career of Starfleet officer Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as depicted in the official Star Trek tie-in novels and comics over the past 15 years.
— Room 1A18 1:30 – 2:30 PM
SIGNING: Panelists of “Picard 2020: A Literary Retrospective”
— Hall 1A, Table AA01
Due to factors beyond my control, this panel and its signing have been canceled, to my great disappointment.
FRIDAY, OCT 4
1:30 – 2:30 PM
PANEL: From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!
Long before Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, people have been inspired to travel among the stars. Half a century after that historic moment, authors Kass Morgan (The 100, Supernova), Peter F. Hamilton (Salvation Lost), Elizabeth Bear (Ancestral Night), and David Mack (Star Trek, Farscape) blast off to exciting destinations in the universe, accompanied by Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy)!
— Room 1A18
2:45 – 3:45 PM
SIGNING: Panelists, “From 1969 to the Future—Stories in Space!”
— Hall 1A, Table AA01
4:00 – 4:45 PM
SIGNING: STAR TREK AUTHOR
David Mack, Star Trek: The Next Generation – Collateral Damage
— Booth 2128 (Simon & Schuster)
I will also be hanging around the S&S booth on Saturday, October 5, looking to persuade readers to shell out their cash on early-release copies of Collateral Damage. If you’re at the show, come say “hi!”
It will soon be that time of year again (Friday, July 12, through Sunday, July 14), when I and many other Star Trek literary scribblers converge upon the Hunt Valley Inn (known these days as the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley) in Hunt Valley, Md., for the fan-run con known as Shore Leave.
If you’re looking for me at the con, the best place to start is usually the hotel bar. If you’d like to get my autograph or hear me yak on some panels, here is my schedule for the show. Consider yourselves warned.
Friday, July 12
What’s New in Star Trek Fiction
6PM, Salons E & F
John Jackson Miller (m), Dayton Ward, David Mack, Scott Pearson
Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor
Come buy books, get autographs, hang out and chat, or buy me a drink.
Saturday, July 13
Writing Historical Fiction, Real & Fantasy
Howard Weinstein (m), David Mack, Kim Headlee, Roberta Rogow, Richard White
Joshua Palmatier, David Mack, Kim Headlee, Peter David
Selling Your Soul
Aaron Rosenberg, David Mack, Heather E. Hutsell, Glenn Hauman, T.J. Perkins
Sunday, July 14
Return of the Serials
11AM, Salon A
David Mack (m), Jim Johnson, Glenn Hauman, Richard White, Peter David
Meet the Tricksters
David Mack, Jenifer Rosenberg, Christopher L. Bennett, T.J. Perkins