This weekend I’ll be at the Boskone science fiction convention.
Here are my panels:
Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?
Friday 17:00 – 17:50
When we finally meet the aliens, how will the encounter affect the Earth’s religions? Does their sentience guarantee a soul capable of salvation? Is it likely that they will be creatures of faith? Will they adopt our creeds? Will we convert to theirs? Will they deflate old beliefs, or inspire new ones? How have SF writers handled these questions so far? What frontiers of faith have yet to be explored?
Guy Consolmagno Janice Gelb, James D. Macdonald
World War I and the Literature It Inspired
Saturday 11:00 – 11:50
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. How did the war affect literature, including SF and fantasy? What topics and stories have come out of it? Panelists discuss not only the history of WWI, but also the literature inspired by it — including alternate histories that explore what might have gone differently.
Tim Szczesuil (M), Myke Cole, Tom Shippey, Michael F. Flynn, James D. Macdonald
Writing Workshops: What’s Right for You?
Saturday 12:00 – 12:50
Thinking about attending a writing workshop or an MFA program? Wonder how to pick which one is right for you? Once you do, then what? There is no magic formula to elicit an acceptance letter, but a solid application is a good place to start. Join representatives from various writing programs and learn how to present the best of what you have to offer as a student.
Jeanne Cavelos (M), Alexander Jablokov, James D. Macdonald, Theodora Goss, Shahid Mahmud
Autographing with Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald & Darrell Schweitzer
Sunday 11:00 – 11:50
Reading by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
Sunday 13:30 – 13:55
I hope to see y’all there.