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Shore Leave 39: My Schedule at the Convention

It’s that magical time of year again, Trek fans — time for my favorite yearly event, the Shore Leave Convention in lovely Hunt Valley, Md.!

Once again, for reasons surpassing understanding, the fine folks at Shore Leave have deigned to invite me as an author guest and put me on programming for their attendees’ collective amusement and edification.

Whether you’re a fan or a cyberstalker looking to make that transition into meatspace harassment, here’s everything you’ll need to find me at this weekend’s Shore Leave!


Friday, July 7

10pm–Midnight
Meet the Pros — Hunt Valley Corridor
Come down to the lower level of the Hunt Valley Inn, buy some books, and spend a couple of hours chatting with authors and having them autograph books for you.


Saturday, July 8

Noon–1pm
“Does Fiction Go Too Easy on Evil?” — Chase Room
In reality, evil is often boring, ugly, and stupid. But compelling villains in fiction are often stylish, intelligent, and competent. Is fiction doing society a disservice by giving evil a good name?
David Mack (M), Jenifer Rosenberg, Mary Fan, Richard C. White, Glenn Hauman

2pm–3pm
“The Art of Secondary Characters” — Chase Room
Supporting characters can fade into the background or steal a story. Our authors discuss how to know which is appropriate, and the craft to making such players come alive when the story needs them.
David Mack (M), Heather E. Hutsell, Richard C. White, Dave Galanter

5pm–6pm
Upcoming Star Trek Books — Belmont Room
A preview of forthcoming Star Trek novels from Simon & Schuster, with some of their authors as well as other Trek-related titles due out this fall and into 2018.
Scott Pearson (M), David Mack, Christopher L. Bennett, Dayton Ward


Sunday, July 9

10am–11am
“Friendship Is Magic” — Chase Room
In SF/F, heroes have friends and companions; villains have only minions. Our authors examine how cultural narratives about heroism, sex, gender, class, and community influence how we depict being alone and being connected.
David Mack (M), Mary Fan, Michael Critzer, Amy Imhoff, TJ Perkins

11am–Noon
“Where No Tale Has Gone Before” — Chase Room
After more than 50 years, how can there still be fresh stories to tell in Star Trek’s shared universe? Our panel of Trekspert storytellers discuss what they think makes for solid new Star Trek tales.
David Mack (M), Dayton Ward, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher L. Bennett, Scott Pearson


And that’s the sum of my programming activity for the weekend. If you’re trying to catch up with me on Sunday, make sure to come to my panels, because as soon as they’re over, I’ll be looking to get on the road and head for home.

See you at the con, folks!

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/

Find me at LI-Con 2 this weekend

My next convention appearance will be this weekend, August 14–16, at LI-Con 2 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in lovely Ronkonkoma, NY. Here is my tentative schedule for the weekend, in case you’re planning on coming out to join in the fun:


FRIDAY 8/14

Star Trek Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Join me and fellow guest Mackenzie Reide and someone from fan group USS Brittanic as we talk about the history, present state, and future possibilities of the beloved SF franchise.
6PM–7PM,  Sayville Room


SATURDAY 8/15

Adaptations vs. Remakes
What’s the difference between a remake, a reboot, and an adaptation? Why does it matter? I will discuss these and other related questions with fellow guests Mackenzie Reide and Russ Colchamiro.
10AM–11AM, Sayville Room

What NOT to Do When Writing
I think the name of this panel says it all. A spirited discussion will ensue between myself, Peter David, Richard Herr, Mackenzie Reide, and Aaron Rosenberg.
11AM–Noon, Holbrook Room


SUNDAY 8/16

Star Trek Fan Panel
Are you a fan of Star Trek? Do you want to come and pose pesky questions to people who write Star Trek for a living? Then join panel host club USS Brittanic for a Spanish Inquisition of me, Peter David, and Aaron Rosenberg.
11AM–Noon, Bay Room

The Villain’s Journey: Seeing All Sides of the Story
Another panel in which the title tells you all you need to know about the topic, which I will explore at length with the assistance of fellow guest Aaron Rosenberg.
Noon–1PM, Bay Room


I am not sure if I will have specified times for book signings or readings. When I know more about those aspects of my visit to LI-Con 2, I will update this page.