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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 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.

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 Farpoint schedule

Greetings and salutations, stalkers! Here’s my schedule for the Farpoint convention, which begins tomorrow at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Baltimore North, in Timonium, Maryland.

Friday, February 15

6PM – Like Father, Like Son: Father-Son Relationships in Star Trek
Chesapeake 1
I’ll be talking about how the father-son relationship is at the core of my recent New York Times bestselling trilogy Cold Equations, and the way this theme has been integral to several of my novels. (Ann Harding; Andrew Kelley; Abby Lindstrom; David Mack; Phil Margolies)

9PM – Minor Characters on DS9: Everyone’s a Star!
Chesapeake 1
As the co-writer of the only episode of the show to feature supporting characters as the “A” story (“It’s Only a Paper Moon”), I thought this was a panel to which I could make a substantive contribution. (Randy Hall; Lorenzo Heard; Andrew Kelley; Abby Lindstrom; David Mack; Phil Margolies)

10PM-Midnight – Farpoint Book Fair
Timonium Room (Con Suite)
I’ll be promoting my new trilogy, of course, and I’ll be bringing copies of some of my older works for sale. I plan to accept both cash and credit cards, thanks to PayPal and my new iPhone credit-card reader. (Everyone and their cousins, too)

 

Saturday, February 16

4PM – Writing Media Tie‐Ins
Chesapeake 2
I and several of my peers will be talking about the art and business of writing licensed fiction for such famous franchises as Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and much more. (Keith DeCandido; Michael Jan Friedman; David Mack; Aaron Rosenberg)

5PM – Author Signing
Hotel Atrium
I’ll be available for autographs, photos, chit-chat, and book sales for about 90 minutes on Saturday afternoon. If you miss me at the Friday night book fair, this will be your chance to talk with me one-on-one. (Just little ol’ me)

 

Sunday, February 17

2PM – Music to Write By
Dulaney 2
I and several of my cohorts will discuss the role that music plays in our creative process as writers. (Bob Greenberger; David Mack; Kate Mason; Richard C. White; Lance Woods)

 

And that’s a full lid, folks.  See you in Timonium!