February 4th, 2007

Second Life

Official -- The Combined Lee-Miller Boskone schedule, 2007

OK crew --

this doesn't include our plans to listen to some Liaden filk, to hit some bid parties, to visit the semi-to-fully-official Buffalodog party hosted by Lawrence M. Schoen Esq, our hopes to breakfast with friends, or our usual visit to the artist reception. It *does* look like I'll have a busy Saturday and may need someone to bring us in a sub or something so we can have a reasonable time for lunch... but that remains to be seen. Looks like I'll be doing dealer's room and artshow on Friday. I do note that we'll not be paneling together, which may be fairer to everyone else, but we do have a joint literary beer and a signing and a reading...

We are ... Not sure what we're going to read. Sounds better than not agreed, don't it? Hard to decide if we should read from Fledgling or maybe "Prodigal Son" fromm Allies... or something else. Rolanni is promising a poll on the matter.

Boskone Schedule as we now know it:

Sat 11:00am
Straddling the Line: SF and Mystery Hybrids
Panelists: Robert I. Katz, Paul Levinson, Steve Miller (M), Melissa Scott
Is "whodunit meets howdunit" a more natural marriage than with, say, a technothriller nurse book? Compared to regular SF, must you plot more rigorously? Can you hide more clues among SF's many infodumps? Who has arranged this kind of marriage
especially well? How?

Sat 12:00 noon
The Business Side of Writing
Panelists: Joshua Bilmes, Jeffrey A. Carver, Gay Haldeman, Sharon Lee (M), Darlene Marshall
Our experienced panel is all business as they discuss topics such as how to get, grok, and get along with agents and publishers; why keeping good records prevents bad karma; whether you can deduct Boskone from your taxes; and what to do after submitting your latest story. (Hint: start your next one.)

Sat 12:00 noon
What Can't You Read?
Panelists: Janice Gelb, Fred Lerner, Steve Miller, Patrick Nielsen Hayden (M)
All of us have books that are considered classics or, when we hear the description are convinced are exactly the type of book we would like -- yet we don't. What are some of yours, and why? What makes some types of books very widely regarded by many yet
nearly unreadable by a few.

Sat 2:00pm 0.5 hours Reading
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

Sat 4:00pm Autographing
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
Jane Yolen

Sat 5:00pm
The Small Press Renaissance
Panelists: Beth Bernobich, Steve Miller (M), Steve Sawicki, Lawrence Schoen
Small presses are becoming more important, not only in reprinting fiction but also as a source of new fiction. From the publisher's side, how can you build up a small press? What are small press opportunities for writers? What kinds of special things can small presses do that the bigger publishing houses may ignore?


Sun 11:00am
Making Writing More Vivid and Memorable
Panelists: Tobias Buckell, Greer Gilman, Sharon Lee (M)
How can a writer make the story particularly vivid or more memorable? Omit needless words? Show, don't tell? (And never say "very"?) Does the use of specific place names or particular word choices help? How else do writers bring those marks on the pages to life? Why do some passages or details stay with us after the book is done, but others
are gone a month later. Perfectly prepared panelists may even bring favorite passages.

Sun 11:00am
The Ever-Growing Rift -- Pros and Fans
Panlists: Gay Haldeman, George R.R. Martin, Steve Miller, Priscilla Olson (M)
Five years ago at Boskone, we discussed the growing rift. It's time to look back, to see if things have gotten better -- or worse. Below is what we asked then. Let's look at those questions again, five years later. In recent years, some pros view themselves as separate from the fannish community, and some fans are happy to have it that way.
It used to be different. What happened? Is it getting worse? (Yes - but why?) How can this (damaging...OK, argue it if you want!) trend be reversed?

Sun 1:00pm Literary Beer
Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

Sun 2:00pm
The Devil is in the Details
Panelists: Michael F. Flynn, Rosemary Kirstein, Sharon Lee (M)
Sometimes, a writer can get some details wrong and a story can still be a great one. At other times, getting the details wrong is a killer. What details does a writer have to focus on? Where can you get away with missing something? How does this vary, depending upon your audience? What kinds of things will an audience ignore, even if they know that they are wrong?

Going to be there? We're still not sure if/when/where there'll be a Friends of Liad breakfast. Let us know here or there if you'd be interested...