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My Farpoint 2020 Schedule

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)
Hunt-Valley Corridor


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!

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My Farpoint 2019 Schedule

If you’re coming to Farpoint in Hunt Valley, Md., Feb. 8–10, 2019, here is my schedule of panels and other events. At times not listed here, you can usually find me in the hotel bar, attempting to drink myself unconscious.


FRIDAY

Writing Projects Gone Awry – 5:00 PM – Salon C

Farpoint Book Fair – 10:00 PM – Hunt Valley Hallway

 


SATURDAY

Autographing (Davie; Mack) – 11:00 AM – Autograph Table 2

Readings (D. McPhail; D. Mack; Ransom) – 1:00 PM – Salon E

Publishing in 2019 and Beyond – 3:00 PM – Salon C

 


SUNDAY

Writing Genre Mash-ups – Noon – Salon C

Autographing – 1:00 PM – Autograph Table 2

 

See you at the show, kids! (Reminder: Don’t bother me when I’m eating.)

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 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 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 2015 Convention Schedule (#SFWApro)

For those interested in meeting me at public appearances for autographs and conversation, here is my current slate of convention appearances for 2015.

FARPOINT CONVENTION
Feb. 13–15, Crowne Plaza Baltimore North, Timonium, MD
Signings: Friday 10pm–Midnight, Saturday 1pm–3pm

SHORE LEAVE 36
Aug. 7–9, Wyndham’s Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD
Signing: Friday, 10pm–Midnight

DRAGON CON 2015
Sept. 4–7, Atlanta, GA

NEW YORK COMIC-CON 2015
Oct. 8–11, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION
Nov. 5–8, Saratoga Springs, NY

I am also waiting to hear whether I will be accepted as a programming guest for Balticon 49 (May 22–25, Hunt Valley, MD) and/or Readercon 26 (July 9–11, Burlington, MA). More on those when I hear back from the conventions’ respective programmers.

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.