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12 hours of unabridged fun. Wells’ Martian invasion as witnessed by various luminaries of the time, told by the likes of Connie Willis, Robert Silverberg, Walter Jon Williams, and yours truly in “Blue Period:” a young Picasso watches the tripods lay waste to Paris and works on his portfolio.

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Here’s the syllabus:

Session Topic
#1 Introduction and Recap
A brief introduction to SFF 2, and a recapitulation of the elements of fiction discussed in SF1
#2 Suspension of DisbeliefIn which we discuss how to persuade your gentle readers to enter the fictive dream.
#3 The Story QuestionIn which we discuss this very important question that defines the heart of your story.
#4 Conflict
A great followup to the story question.  Conflict is the prevention of fulfillment and is the gasoline for your story’s engine.
#5 Narrative, Dialog, Action
In which we delve into using narrative, dialog, and action scenes to advance the story
#6 Exposition and Theory
In which we discuss paradigms for various forms of speculative fiction, and then get sane again with a discussion of exposition and how to introduce it into a story
#7 Story Logic
It’s one damn thing after another.
#8 Advanced Worldbuilding
More worldbuilding …
#9 Details
Sweating the small stuff
#10 Revision
This topic subject to change without notice

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Gotta say, Fowler and Griffith are head and shoulders above a very strong field.  Both remarkable books, utterly different.  If either of them wins, we all do.

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Friday, 4:30-5:45 PM, Contra Costa Ballroom:  Reading

Saturday, 3:00-4:15 PM, Sacramento:  Panel, Why Aren’t My Stories Selling?

Saturday, 4:30-5:45 PM, Salon A/B: Panel, Just because she’s a manic pixie in black leather, doesn’t stop her being The Angel in the House

Sunday, 1:30 – 2:45 PM, Salon A/B: Panel, Secrets in Science

Aside from the above, I will be generally about for most of the weekend, especially Friday Night Karaoke!

 

 

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Just got my contributor’s copies of the March/April 2014 Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  It’s an incredible kick to be published in a magazine I read when I was a kid thinking how cool it would be to write this stuff someday.  It’s also incredibly humbling to be sharing an issue with the likes of Ron Goulart and Gordon Eklund, to name only a couple of the fine authors in this issue.

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I was delighted to find this underappreciated gem on Kindle.  It is every bit as powerful and unsettling as I remember from its 1995 release.  Twelve year old Lola Hart chronicles her coming of age in Manhattan amidst economic ruin, open warfare in the streets, and the disintegration of her family. It’s rather baffling how little critical attention this received when it first came out.  Check it out.

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Very cool blog post:  http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/writers-notebooks/

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“Albion Upon the Rock” appears in the Mar-Apr 2014 F&SF.  Dan Bob says check it out.

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http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/science-fiction-author-on-trial-nih-trial-that-is-/127511

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