My Boskone56 Schedule

It's February, so time to look at my once-a-year winter wardrobe and think about packing for #Boskone, New England's longest running science fiction convention. Yes, that's how much I love science fiction and my friends and fans who will be at Boskone56. Despite this week's Big Chill I'm willing to go from Florida to Boston because, books.

Of course, it helps that I have a return ticket that says "Florida".

You can buy memberships at and at the door, and it's a great way to spend a weekend. There are YA and family-friendly program items as well.  Here's my schedule, and where it says (M) next to my name, I'm moderating that panel. I'll also be reading from What the Parrot Saw, available now for pre-order and releasing on February 26 in print and ebook.

The Streaming Universe
Format: Panel
15 Feb 2019, Friday 18:00 - 18:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

Just wave your magic clicker to enter a new universe of space and time, where SF/F/H stories stream at you seemingly without end. Discovery, The Defenders, The Handmaid’s Tale, Counterpart, The Magicians, Westworld, The Expanse — which genre TV shows are more bingeworthy than cringeworthy? Where’s your favorite series headed? What printed works should become the next shining stars of the Streaming Universe?

Julie C. Day, Ginjer Buchanan, Jim Mann (M), Robert Howard, Darlene Marshall (

Fantasy with Greek & Roman Roots
Format: Panel
15 Feb 2019, Friday 19:00 - 19:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

Hermes and Mercury. Athena and Minerva. Ares and Mars. Zeus and Jupiter. Ancient Greece and Rome contributed important roots to later European language, culture, and fantasy. Do their myths still have power today? Why? How did 20th-century fantasy authors employ these classic tales? Are we making different use of them in the 21st?

Darlene Marshall (M) (, Barry Lee Dejasu, Bruce Coville, Sarah Beth Durst

Crafting Sex Scenes
Format: Panel
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 12:00 - 12:50, Burroughs (Westin)

Everyone loves a good sex scene. But writing one is no bed of roses. Sex and sex scenes are both subjective, and the idea of doing it wrong can be paralyzing. What do publishers want? Readers? How do you get it right when you have trouble even talking about actual sex in real life? Communication is key. Our authors share some tips and tricks for crafting a memorable moment.

Darlene Marshall (M) (, Robert V.S. Redick, Kaitlin R. Branch, Melanie Meadors, Mary Anne Mohanraj

The Good Place
Format: Panel
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

This quirky 30-minute sitcom about getting the afterlife you deserve has consistently topped the speculative TV ratings. Why? What makes The Good Place so good? From the setup to the stories to the characters, our panelists look at why this odd little show not only works, but works so well.

Fonda Lee, Erin Underwood (M), Darlene Marshall, Jeanne Beckwith, Jennifer Pelland

Stereotyping Authors
Format: Panel
17 Feb 2019, Sunday 12:00 - 12:50, Harbor III (Westin)

Some authors get known for writing only one particular type of fiction: hard SF, or urban detective fantasy, or grimdark milSF mystery nurse romance … This sort of branding can bring a writer great success — while plunking them straight into a pigeonhole. Some find it quite difficult to escape. But breakouts are possible. Our panelists discuss the ups and downs of becoming a "known quantity," and how it affects the arc of their careers and the fiction they publish.

Ginjer Buchanan (M), Joshua Bilmes, Christopher Golden, David B. Coe/ D.B. Jackson, Darlene Marshall (

Reading by Darlene Marshall
Format: Reading
17 Feb 2019, Sunday 13:00 - 13:25, Independence (Westin)

Darlene Marshall (


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