Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Renovation (Worldcon 2011) Schedule

I've received my schedule, and they've got me on panels with some heavy hitters, including GoH Tim Powers.  If I wasn't a highly professional author you'd be hearing my fangirl squeeing all over the place! 

Where there's an (M) next to my name, I'm moderating that panel.  You can still buy memberships to Renovation, August 17 in Reno, Nevada.  Kudos to the Renovation Program staff for putting together such a great line-up of talent across the programming spectrum.

Thu 16:00 - 17:00, Arrrggh! Tall Tales versus History in Pirate Research

Pirate fiction is a popular sub-genre. While grounded in history, research about pirates can be tricky. Records are erratic and often exaggerated. What are some of the more reliable resources? And what about when the truth about pirates is stranger than its fiction?

Carrie Vaughn (M), Darlene Marshall, Tim Powers, John G. Hemry, A. C. Crispin

Fri 11:00 - 12:00, The Continuing Popularity of Jane Austen 

Jane Austen remains very popular, including among SF fans. Her books continue to be read, and they've spawned numerous movies as well as a number of spin off novels. The panel discusses Austen's continuing popularity.

Darlene Marshall (M), Brenda W. Clough, Ellen Asher, Madeleine E. Robins, Martha Wells

Fri 16:00 - 17:00, Elements of Romance in Speculative Fiction

Romantic stories focus on relationships and romantic love. Speculative fiction is often considered a
genre of ideas. What is the role of the romantic element in this genre of ideas? How does speculative fiction bring a fresh perspective to stories about emotion and relationships?

Darlene Marshall(M), Christina York, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Shinn, Louise Marley

Fri 17:00 - 18:00, Pirates for Kids

Carrie Vaughn, Darlene Marshall, Tim Powers

Sun 12:00 - 13:00, Fashion Design for Memorable Pirates

One of the things that makes Jack Sparrow a particularly memorable pirate was his fashion sense. What are the essential elements of a good pirate costume? How to think beyond ruffled shirts and tri-corner hats.

Darlene Marshall(M), Karen Dick, Espana Sheriff, A. C. Crispin

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