Please let me know if you see any problems with this.
We're starting at 10 and running on until 19.30. Let me explain my thinking here. I thought we'd have an hour and a half for lunch. Also, I have a lot of program ideas, and nobody except me would like to start at nine. And what we're doing in the evenings is just hanging out and partying and it doesn't have a fixed starting time.
SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST
10.00 A Good Read. Anne Gwin, Jenett Silver, Jonathan Crowe, Christopher Davis (M).
11.00 Galactic Empires Why are we so fond of them? PNH, Helen Wright, Claire Eddy, Alec Austin, Alison Sinclair (M).
12.00 Criticism, Reviews, and Talking About Books Why we need all these things and how they're all different. PNH, Lila Garrott, Marissa Lingen, Lenny Bailes, Jo Walton (M)
14.30 The One Sided Conversation Quebec SF writers read SF in English, but we seldom get to read what they write. What are we missing? Alain Ducharme, Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Rene Walling, Jo Walton (M).
15.30 What Else Do We Read? The things we persistently read that aren't in genre. Claire Eddy, Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Greer Gilman, Debra Doyle, TNH (M).
16.30 Why is Cherryh so Underappreciated? She's still a major writer, but she hasn't had any award love since 1988. Marissa Lingen, Alec Austin, Alison Sinclair, Lila Garrott, Jo Walton (M)
17.30 When It Isn't Made Out of Words Writing and other forms of making things. Elise Mattheson, Glenn Grant, Tim Cooper, Jon Singer, Rene Walling (M).
18.30 How Hard is Fantasy? If you don't have to be a scientist to write SF, do you have to be a historian to write fantasy? Marissa Lingen, Ruthanna Emrys, Alison Sinclair, Greer Gilman, Jo Walton (M).
EVENING -- From 20.00 on, party in hotel, with cash bar.
SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST
10.00 Joy of Reading Bring approx 5 minute pieces you would like to read aloud.
11.00 Maps Again And this time, with some people who like maps. Jonathan Crowe, Lila Garrott, Jim Macdonald, Marissa Lingen (M).
12.00 How to Fix a Book When editors get a book and it needs fixing, how do they do that? PNH, TNH, Claire Eddy, Debra Doyle, Jo Walton (M).
14.30 Romans in Spaaaaace! R.M. Meluch's Merrimack books manage to be simultaneously awesome and awful. How can that even work? Alec Austin, Alison Sinclair, Helen Wright, Sarah Emrys, Jo Walton (M).
15.30 What the Fuck Are You Doing With That Mage? There's a new kind of fantasy and it hasn't been examined very much. Alec Austin, Emmet O'Brien, TNH, Lila Garrott, Jo Walton (M)
16.30 Space Stations Is there anything new to do with them? Helen Wright, TNH, Ruthanna Emrys, Jim Macdonald, Alison Sinclair(M).
17.30 Why Make it Simple When It Could Be Complicated The question of information density in fiction. Tim Cooper, Jim Macdonald, Marissa Lingen, Alec Austin, Glenn Grant, Jo Walton (M).
18.30 That's Another Panel
EVENING From 20.00 on, party in our house, with delicious food. You can go and have dinner if you want, but there will be real food here, not just chocolate and tea.