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July 31st, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Where to find me at Worldcon (officially, at least)

I'm on 9 program items in total:

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Panel 1: Wed 8/23 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: FANTASY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE ABOUT KINGS AND WIZARDS

Precis: Well, does it? It seems like 100% of fantasy is set in
medieval worlds with wizards and dragons and witches and
elves and things. What other kinds of fantasy is there?

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Panel 2: Wed 8/23 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: FANTASY -- HOW CAN IT BE GOOD?

Precis: To a lot of hard SF readers, fantasy stories are those
where the authors don't have to be consistent -- it works
because it's magic. But good fantasy is consistent, within
each world's own rules. What are the rules and the
restrictions for writing a "good" fantasy.

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Panel 3: Thu 8/24 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: CROSSING GENRES

Precis: Some writers work in more than one genre. SF. Horror.
Mystery. Romance. Westerns. Whatever. Does working in one
area influence the way you write in another? Also, some
books are in more than one genre. Does that ever work?

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(I'm moderating this one!)
Panel 4: Thu 8/24 1:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: WHAT IS EVIL?

Precis: Novels seem to always pits good versus evil, the
hero/heroine (who must do battle, sacrifice endlessly,
travel to the ends of the earth to save the world) and the
evil protagonist. Sounds simple. But how do you define what
is truly evil? And are your characters black and white or
many shades of gray? How bad is the bad guy? Is evil marked
by character, action, the enormity of destruction, the
totality of deceit, or is it possible that evil is in the
perception?

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Panel 5: Fri 8/25 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: HOW TO KILL OFF A CHARACTER

Precis: You spend time crafting characters, thinking about who they
are, what they want, what they care about. You tell stories
about them, lovingly crafted. Now it's time for them to
die. How do you do it? And what can happen if you do.

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Panel 6: Fri 8/25 3:00 PM, 60 minutes.

Title: KAFFEKLATSCH: Alma Alexander

-- This is the perfect time to come and chat about the new YA books or about anything and everything - there WILL be chocolate!!!

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Panel 7: Sat 8/26 3:00 PM, 60 minutes.

Title: AUTOGRAPHING: Alma Alexander

-- Books will be avaialble at Borderlands in the Dealers' Room, as well as at the Broad Universe table where some now increasingly rare signed first edition hardcovers of "The Secrets of Jin Shei" will be available for sale. Or BYO, if you already have something. For those who are still undecided or not in possession of actual books, signed bookplates will be available.

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Panel 8: Sat 8/26 4:00 PM, 60 minutes.

Title: READING: Alma Alexander

I will be reading from the new YA book - chocolate AND door prizes (and they're cool!) will be on offer - hope I"ll see you there!

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I'm moderating this one, too!

Panel 9: Sun 8/27 1:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.

Title: BUILDING MAGICAL SYSTEMS

Precis: You can't just wave your wand and do whatever you want.
Fiction that features magic as an intrinsic part of the
world requires rule-setting and interweaving culture,
religion, "science," and law. What are the challenges and
opportunities in building a functional magical world?
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I'll also be putting in time at the Broad Universe table and at the SFWA table at some point during the con.


Looks like a great program. If you're going to be at LACon, stop and say hi!