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Friday, April 29, 2011

Getting That Eerie Feeling Again

This evening, I'm heading down to Niagara Falls, New York to attend EerieCon - a convention celebrating science fiction, fantasty and horror. I've quite enjoyed this smaller convention that allows for great interaction, fun conversation and interesting discussions.



This year's guests of honour are Larry Niven and Derwin Mak.  Other guests include:

Anne Bishop, David Clink, Jennifer Crow, David DeGraff, Lynna Eldritch, Carl Frederick, James Alan Gardner, Mark Garland, Lois Gresh, Marvin Kaye, Greg Lamberson, Mark Leslie, Alex Pantaleev, John Allen Price, David Sakmyster, Darrell Schweitzer, Josepha Sherman, Edo van Belkom.


I'll be participating in the following panels/events.

Friday

10pm LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW (Ballroom A)
Jim Gardner, abetted by useless sidekick Ed McClink, pries interesting tidbits from guests.
Bishop, Schweitzer, Mak, Gresh, Leslie, Price, Kaye. Top 10 by John-Allen Price.

Saturday

10am READING: Mark Leslie (Salon)

11am IS THE SHORT STORY DEAD? (Rainbow B)
Has the novel taken over completely? Are on-line short stories the answer?
Leslie, Gresh, Sakmyster, Frederick, Mod: Schweitzer.

12pm A To Z BOOK COLLECTING (Rainbow A)
What authors, from Brian Aldiss to Roger Zelazny, should be in your collection? Do you just buy authors you enjoy or buy as an investment?
Niven, Kaye, Leslie, Mod: Schweitzer.

1pm I ROBOT YOU NOTHING (Rainbow B)
Jobs are being lost to robot arms and computer technology faster than new ones are being created. Can machines take all our jobs? What will we do for a living?
Stephenson, Leslie, Pantaleev, Mod: DeGraff.


3pm WHEN GENRES COLLIDE (Rainbow A)
Combining two genres in one book is a lot of work and may make some fans unhappy. Why do it? Are there tricks to make it easier or better?
Gresh, Sakmyster, Garland, Mod: Leslie

5pm WHAT LINES' MINE? (Ballroom A)
See guests embarrass themselves by not recognizing lines they wrote, taken out of context. Hosted by Amy Kauderer and able crew. 
Bishop, Leslie, Gardner, Gresh, Price, van Belkom, Schweitzer, Crow, Niven


11pm PIZZA & WINGS FOR GoHs (Con Suite)
Have some pizza & Buffalo Wings with the guests. The Chapbook raffle will be held.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
(I just HAD to include this, since I rather enjoy participating in pizza, wings and beer)

Sunday

10am I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU SAID THAT! (Rainbow A)
How do you handle all the social networking; Facebook, Twitter, Blogs? What if someone gives you a bad review?
Gresh, Pearl, Harlacher, Mod: Leslie

12pm WORLD BUILDING (Rainbow A)
How do you go about it? Where do you start? Do you have a formula? What works and what doesn’t?
Bishop, Gresh, Pantaleev, Niven, Mod: Leslie

1pm WHY CAN'T I WRITE LIKE HIM OR HER? (Rainbow A)
Do you try to write like someone you admire? Is it possible to do so successfully?
Niven, Martineck, Garland, Leslie, Mod: Frederick.

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