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My Farpoint 2015 Schedule

If you’ll be attending Farpoint Convention this coming weekend and would like to hear me speak on one of my panels, or catch up with me during my signing times, here’s my handy-dandy schedule for the show. Use this information wisely, my stalkers.

 

Friday, Feb. 13

FARPOINT COCKTAIL PARTY
7pm–8pm, Greenspring Ballroom
Come have a drink and be sociable!

FARPOINT BOOK FAIR
10pm–Midnight, Dulaney 1 & 2
This will be your prime opportunity to buy some of my backlist titles and get them autographed.

 

Saturday, Feb. 14

AUTHOR READINGS
10am-11am, Dulaney 1
I’ll be offering a short reading from one of my recent or upcoming works. Also reading during this time block will be fellow authors T. Eric Bakutis, Don Sakers, and Steven H. Wilson)

WAR AND PEACE IN FANTASY & SF
11am–Noon, Chesapeake 1
Wars in speculative settings are often presented as inescapable and morally unambiguous; it’s hard to be a pacifist when the enemy is a group of vampires or aliens bent on human extinction. What can be done in military settings that can’t be done in civilian ones? And how do we make space for pacifism and critiques of militarism as well as battlefield action and military strategy?

AUTOGRAPHING
1pm–2pm, Dulaney 1
I’ll be selling and signing books alongside fellow scribes Michael Dougherty and Janine K. Spendlove.

COPING WITH DISCOURAGEMENT
3pm–4pm, Chesapeake 1
I will moderate this panel about one of the less-discussed aspects of the writing life. As writers, we learn very early on to handle rejection, but how do you handle it when a story you’re sure is good is rejected by 20 different publications? Or when your carefully crafted novel is shrugged off by five different agents? Or your self-published novella is bought by only 25 people, all of them friends and relatives? Or your fantasy novel disappears from public view after a couple of weeks? Our panel of authors will discuss their personal strategies for dealing with disappointments, rejection, and other setbacks.

 

Sunday, Feb. 15

A FUTURE FOR FANTASY
11am–Noon, Chesapeake 1
I will moderate this discussion that asks, Why are there so few futurist fantasies? And why are so many of those that exist predicated on the return of magic to a world that has lived without it? What does the return of magic to a technological setting symbolize? Often, the return of magic is depicted as the harbinger of an imminent apocalypse; why isn’t it a herald of salvation?

 

My updated NYCC 2014 schedule (#SFWApro)

My schedule for New York Comic Con 2014 and its associated Super Week continues to evolve. Now, in addition to my signing and a panel, I will also take part in a full-day writers’ seminar. Details below!

Thursday, October 9

3PM–4PM — Autographing • Simon & Schuster, Booth #1828

ST.Section.31.Disavowed.CvrI and fellow Star Trek author Kevin Dilmore will be signing copies of Star Trek: Seekers #1 and Star Trek: Seekers #2, both of which will be available for purchase at the convention.

Also available as an NYCC exclusive, advance copies of my newest Star Trek novel, Section 31: Disavowed.

 

Friday, October 10

2:45PM–3:15PM — Novel Concept: How To Write & Sell Your First Novel

I’ll join Brendan Deneen, Pouya Shahbazian, Corey Sienega, and moderator Scott Mantz for this 30-minute panel. It’s just one part of the full-day writers’ seminar WRITE ON!, an NYCC Super Week event taking place at The Hammerstein Ballroom.

UPDATE: I was informed today (Sunday, October 5) that the WRITE ON! Writers Workshop has, sadly, been canceled.

 

Saturday, October 11

7:15PM–8PMStar Trek at 50: From “The Cage” to Today — Room 1A24

I’ll join a distinguished panel of Star Trek luminaries to discuss the long and venerable history of one of science fiction’s most successful and enduring creations.

 

See you all at the show, folks!

#SFWApro

 

Find me at NY Comic Con!

This just in! I have accepted an invitation (for which I shamelessly begged) to join a panel at New York Comic Con:

seekers1Star Trek at 50: From “The Cage” to Today

On the evening of Saturday, October 11, from 7:15PM–8:00PM, in Room 1A24, I’ll join Mark Altman (Free Enterprise), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Edward Gross (“The Fifty-Year Mission”), Vic Mignona (Star Trek Continues), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), David E. Williams (Geek Magazine), and Chase Masterson (Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) to discuss the long, storied history of Star Trek.

REMINDERI will be signing with fellow Star Trek author Kevin Dilmore at the Simon & Schuster table in Booth #1828 on Thursday, October 9, from 3PM–4PM. Copies of my most recent novel, Star Trek: Seekers #1, and advance copies of my upcoming novel Section 31: Disavowed will be available for purchase at the con.

seekers2_croppedAlso on sale will be Star Trek: Seekers #2. Kevin will be signing those, and he will have pre-signed bookplates from his writing partner and hetero life partner, Dayton Ward, so that you can have both authors’ scribbles in your book.

I’ll also be happy to sign any of my books you already own and want to bring with you to either event.

So, if you’re coming to New York Comic Con, you now have two chances to see me in action and snag autographs. See you at the show, folks!

 

My 2014 Shore Leave schedule

If you’ll be attending the Shore Leave convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, MD, this is where and when to find me for signings and panels.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

10pm–Midnight
Meet the Pros
Hunt/Valley Corridor
Come chat with the author guests of Shore Leave, buy books from us, and get your books autographed.

The entire creative team behind the new Star Trek: Seekers series — myself, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and artist Rob Caswell — will be signing books as well as special Shore Leave-exclusive Seekers POSTER PRINTS.

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The prints will be FREE! Just show up at our table on Friday night with at least one copy of both Seekers #1: Second Nature and Seekers #2: Point of Divergence (which will be on sale at the con, another Shore Leave exclusive), and get a free autographed poster print!

(Limit one print per fan; offer good only while supplies last.)

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

11am–Noon
Star Trek: Seekers — Meet the Creators
Derby Lounge
Come get the lowdown on the newest Star Trek original literary series from the entire creative team. Learn about the two-part opening story and get teases for what’s coming up next.
—David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Rob Caswell

3pm–4pm
The Villain’s Journey
Salon A
A panel of writers and editors talk about whether villains have their own unique story arc, like that of Joseph Campbell’s famed “hero’s journey,” a shadow version of the hero’s journey, or no set paradigm at all.
—Kathleen David, Kirsten Beyer, Jeff Lang, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Marco Palmieri, Amanda Headlee

4pm–5pm
Writing Action Scenes
Concierge Lounge
Find out what tricks and techniques professional writers use to turn various types of action into readable prose.
—Keith DeCandido, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

5pm–6pm
Series in the Sandbox
Derby Lounge
Professional tie-in writers discuss the ins-and-outs of creating new original series spun off from existing media properties. Learn what makes a new series worth doing, what the rewards and frustrations are, and more.
—David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Jo Graham, Kirsten Beyer, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3

Noon–1pm
Novels: Tracking All the Moving Parts
Derby Lounge
What are the moving parts in a novel? Why is it important to keep track of them? What are some techniques professional authors use to ensure that all the moving parts in their novels don’t get out of sync? How do you fix major continuity errors if you discover them late in the writing process?
—Kirsten Beyer, Russ Colchamiro, Jeff Lang, David Mack

 

Farpoint schedule update

Thanks to Winter Storm Pax, there is a chance my arrival at Farpoint might be delayed, or perhaps even canceled.

At the moment, it’s not clear what condition the roads in New York and New Jersey will be in tomorrow morning, or if New York City’s mass transit system will be functioning properly. If the highways are passable, I will likely not reach the convention in time for my originally scheduled 4pm Friday panel.

If the roads are impassable, my arrival might be delayed until Saturday, in which case my two morning panels (at 10am and 11am, respectively) that day will be canceled.

My hope is that my friends and I who are driving together will be able to make the journey tomorrow and reach the convention by dinner time. But we also need to be careful, because a 200-mile drive on black ice might be too dangerous to risk. We shall see.

My Farpoint 2014 schedule

Stalkers, rejoice! Here is where and when you’ll be able to find me (other than at the bar) at Farpoint 2014, which is happening Friday, February 14, through Sunday, February 16, at the North Baltimore Plaza Hotel, 2004 Greenspring Dr., Timonium, MD 21093. (Be aware this property used to be known as the Crowne Plaza Hotel; it changed names since last year.)

 

Friday, February 14

4PM — Building a Series
Chesapeake Room 1
I’ll say right now, this one is tentative. As long as traffic and weather cooperate, I’ll be there. But if I’m absent, it’ll be due to travel complications.

10PM–Midnight — Farpoint Book Fair
Dulaney Rooms
Come meet all the author guests of Farpoint, buy books, and get autographs. Yes, I’ll be there, too.

 

Saturday, February 15

10AM — Ask David Mack Anything
Parlor Room 308
If you can find me in this off-the-beaten track space, go ahead and ask me whatever’s on your mind. You can even start with, “How in heaven’s name are you even awake at this godforsaken hour of the morning?” I do not promise my answers will be coherent, even if I succeed in acquiring coffee before this inquisition.

11AM — The Hobbit: Bored of the Rings?
Dulaney Valley Room 2
I know I’m getting sick of the drawn-out mess that is The Hobbit trilogy. Let’s argue about it. Because lord knows, that always turns out well.

3PM — SyFy Channel Chat
Dulaney Valley Room 2
Let’s talk about all our favorite (and un-favorite) SyFy Channel original series, like Warehouse 13, Helix, and more.

4PM — Autograph Table
Front Atrium
I’ll spend an hour looking like a lost pet, waiting for someone to come buy my books, get autographs, and give me a scritch on the head.

 

Sunday, February 16

10AM —How to Write for Different Media
Chesapeake Room 2
Once again, some sadist is making me get up early. This time, I’m supposed to be able to offer a cogent lesson on the differences between writing for prose, comics, film, and television. Pray I’ve had coffee beforehand.

Noon — Orphan Black: Send in the Clones
Ridgley Room 1
Come and share opinions about a show I love, the clone-tastic Orphan Black. Come join me and Russ Colchamiro to yak about it.

1PM — Star Trek: Onscreen, Online, or On Paper?
Dulaney Valley Room 1
Let’s argue about where Star Trek is at its best — and where we’d like to see it thrive in the future.

2PM — Autograph Table
Front Atrium
I’ll sit in plain view for one last hour. This will be your last chance to chat with me, buy my books, or get autographs before I depart and return to my native environs in the shadowy northlands (also known as New York City).

That’s my schedule, kids. See y’all at Farpoint!

 

My Shore Leave 35 schedule

This weekend I will be one of a great many author guests at Shore Leave 35 in Hunt Valley, Md. My schedule is still slightly in flux as the con makes last-minute adjustments, but here is a fairly good idea of where you’ll be able to find me this weekend.

 

Friday, August 2

Tor Books: New and Upcoming
Hunt Ballroom, 9PM–10PM
I’ll be helping Tor editors Marco Palmieri and Greg Cox run their slideshow presentation of the latest publication and imminent new releases from Tor Books. At the end of the hour, I’ll be taking over the show for a few minutes to announce a major new Star Trek literary project.

Meet the Pros
Hunt-Valley Corridor, 10PM–Midnight
Come say “hi” to the con’s author guests! Buy books from the retailer’s table or directly from the writers, or bring your own books and comics from home. I’ll be selling books, DVDs, and comics — and my autographs are free!

 

Saturday, August 3

Influence of Soundtracks and Scores on Writing
10AM–11AM, Derby Room
An all-star panel of authors including myself, Robert Greenberger, Jim Johnson, Melissa Scott, Steve Wilson, and Greg Cox will discuss the role that music plays in our creative process as writers.

The Future History of Star Trek‘s Past in Prose
1PM–2PM, Chase Room
Will the Star Trek novels continue to chronicle only the prime universe versions of the original series cast, or will the reboot versions of these characters make the jump to the page in the non-YA novels? Join the discussion with yours truly as well as New York Times bestselling author Michael Jan Friedman and veteran Trek scribe Christopher L. Bennett.

Did Man of Steel Tarnish Superman?
3PM–4PM, Chase Room
Some fans disagree vehemently with the depiction of Superman in the new film Man of Steel by Zack Snyder. Was this darker vision of Kal-El a betrayal of his 75-year-long legacy? Or was it a valid new interpretation of a superhero as viewed through a post-modern lens? I will explore this subject with fellow author Christopher L. Bennett (and possibly also Superman comics writer-editor Paul Kupperberg) as well with the panel audience.

 

Sunday, August 4

Star Trek: The Original Series — Where Hundreds of Writers Have Gone Before
2PM–3PM, Belmont Room
This panel might or might not be on the final schedule (check the Shore Leave website to confirm). Keith R.A. DeCandido, Greg Cox and I talk about how a writer continues to tell new stories during the era of the Original Series despite its having been explored in print and on screen for nearly five decades—and I’ll offer the audience one final sneak peek at my upcoming new Star Trek book project.

 

And that’s my schedule for this year’s Shore Leave. See y’all in Baltimore this weekend!