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3697. Hardly Science?
Come join our panel of scientists and engineers as we separate the fact from fiction surrounding popular science fiction concepts such as Human Teleportation, Time Travel, Faster than Light Travel, Parallel Universes, etc.
Brad Lyau, James C. Glass, John DeChancie, Larry Niven, Kevin Roche
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
3708. A Shot Rang out
Improvised storytelling under pressure of time and madness. See us invent stories and characters too bizarre for fiction just so we can set up random lines the audience picked for us.
, E.E. King, Joyce McCarthy, John DeChancie, Laura Pearlman, Craig Miller, S.P. Hendrick
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 2
3786. Starting The Story
Arguably one of the worst parts of writing, starting a story stumps many young writers, and even some veteran writers. How do writers deal with the problem of starting the story? How do we stop procrastinating and just write the darn thing? What are some problems in story-starting that are unique to science fiction and fantasy, if any?
, Barbara Hambly, Harry Turtledove, Laura Frankos, John DeChancie
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Atlanta
3806. Revisiting Themes and Tropes vs. Being Lazy
Some writers re-visit the same themes over and over again in order to tell new stories. Other writers, uh, recycle themes and their stories rely on the same themes and tropes that they've practically told the same story, just with different characters. Let's compare and contrast writers and works that do either, and talk about what the key differences are.
Mark Oshiro, John DeChancie, S.P. Hendrick, J.L. Doty
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Houston