LoneStarCon (Worldcon) and BookMarks

Within a week, I’ll be leaving Tacoma and heading for San Antonio, Texas and Worldcon!  LoneStarCon will run from Thursday, August 29th to September 2nd. It is also the 71st Worldcon.
I will be there from Thursday through Sunday.
There is an interactive guide to all the panels on the Worldcon site, so I’ll just mention mine briefly:

Escape the Earth! Science Fiction @ SAPL 3   

Thursday 16:00 – 17:30
Library Event, at San Antonio Public Library.
Catherine Asaro    Robin Hobb    Elizabeth Bear
A Look at London in SF and the London Worldcon   

Friday 13:00 – 14:00
London calls. It has an allure that has made it the target of much mayhem. What makes it so attractive in this way? Next year’s Worldcon will be held in London; what sites can one visit that have been destroyed over and over….
Robin Hobb    Nigel Furlong          Pat Cadigan            James Bacon
How I Grew Up in a Small Town and Lived to Tell the Tale   

Friday 16:00 – 17:00
It’s A Wonderful Life, especially for a storyteller. Small town kids who grew up to be successful writers tell All.
Bill Crider   Joe Lansdale   Robin Hobb   Howard Waldrop   Steven Gould

Why You Should Write

Saturday 14:00 – 15:00
Robin explains to everyone why they should be writing NOW. [Rangernauts item]
Intricate Worlds

Saturday 15:00 – 16:00
How do you build an intricate fantasy world that holds up to intensive fan interrogation?
Amanda Downum            Robin Hobb            Gail Carriger

Saturday evening from 7 PM on, I’ll be dropping in at Reddit Fantasy’s Drinks with the Authors at a place called Ernie’s Bar located in the Crockett Hotel, just behind the Marriott Riverwalk. (320 Bonham)  This is the offical Reddit Fantasy meetup for the weekend.  It’s a relaxed open invitaion event for writers and readers to mingle and chat.
The Reality at the Foundation of Fantasy: Does Fantasy Fiction need to Acknowledge Physics?

Sunday 11:00 – 12:00
Fantasy needs rules to make it real. To what degree do these rules have to reflect the rules of the real world? Where and to what degree can fantasy depart from physics?

In addition to my panels, I’ll be merrily wandering about the convention. Please don’t hesitate to stop me and say hi! I hope to spend a bit of time at the Reddit fantasy fan table, though no definite time for that is set yet. And I will also be at the Tachyon Publications Table in the dealers room on Saturday from 11:30 to 12:30 to sign copies of EPIC, the anthology edited by John Joseph Adams that has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award. You’ll be able to find Mary Robinette Kowal and Carrie Vaughn signing there, too!

 

After WorldCon, I’ll be traveling up to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for Bookmarks
I’ll have two events there, one for the high school students of North Forsyth High on Friday, September 6th, and a public event at BookMarks on September 7th. From 2 to 2:45, I’ll be doing a presentation in the Artworks Gallery, followed by a signing.

I’ll hope to see some of you there!

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