The Inverted Fantasy Hero Thursday 9:00 p.m. Cascade 4
Panel discussion about turning "bad" character types and monsters into sympathetic protagonists and why we still love anti-heroes.
Mario Acevedo (M), Michael Ehart, Christopher Konker, John Picacio
Everybody Kills Somebody, Sometime Friday 11:00 a.m. Evergreen 2
What are the rules for traumatizing, maiming, and killing fictional characters believably? Learn the gentle arts of fictional murder from the experts.
Michael Montoure (M), Michael Ehart, Pat MacEwen, James H. Cobb
Die Laughing Horror's Not Funny! Or is it? Friday 4:00 p.m. Cascade 6
How do authors like Christopher Moore make things that ought to gross you out give you the giggles? What's the trick to making Horror hilarious?--come and find out.
Michael Ehart (M), Mark Henry, Richelle Mead
Non-Western Mythologies--Inspiration from Other Places Friday 5:00 p.m. Evergreen 2
Western mythology and legend have had a long-lasting effect on Fantasy/Horror, but they aren't the only game in town. Native American, Asian, African, and other myths, legends and folktales are also great fantasy fodder. Get in on a discussion of some alternative sources to spice up your Fantasy / Horror.
Kevin Radthorne (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Alma Alexander
Stealing Time: Utilizing Historical Fact and Research in Fantasy and Alternate History Friday 6:00 p.m. Evergreen 1
Panel discussion on gathering and using real history, family lore, and regional eccentricity to enrich Fantasy including Alternate History, Urban Fantasy, and Gothic Horror.
Kat Richardson (M), Leah Cutter, Michael Ehart, Rhiannon Held
Curtain Up: Speculative Fiction Onstage Saturday 9:00 a.m. Cascade 10
With the current trend away from realistic theater toward big spectacle productions, SF/F is a natural fit for new dramatic material. There are certain rewards and challenges of staging speculative fiction, and we will discuss the degree to which the source material must be altered for the new medium, the demands of writing for the stage, andd fiction that utilizes theatrical conventions.
Lisa Mantchev (M), Michael Ehart, Richard Stephens, Craig English
Reading: Michael Ehart Saturday 10:00 a.m. Cascade 3
The Servant of the Manthycore
Autograph Session 2 Saturday Noon Evergreen 1 & 2
Short Fiction Markets Saturday 1:00 p.m. Cascade 9
Print vs. electronic, pro vs. semi-pro: who's publishing short fiction and what's the best market for your story?
Marti McKenna (M), M.K. Hobson, Michael Ehart, Lisa Mantchev, Karl Johanson
Heroine's Journey Saturday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 5
Is the Heroine's Journey different from that of the Hero? A discussion of the differences in Male and Female Heroes and how they effect plot and character development.
Mike Shepherd Moscoe (M), Michael Ehart, Rhiannon Held, Alma Alexander
No, Really, That Makes Sense! Saturday 4:00 p.m. Cascade 8
Our distinguished panel of experts explains why certain widely-seen SF and fantasy elements that seem absurd actually have legitimate explanations. Come hear why it makes sense for barbarian sword babes to wear chain-mail bikinis, why computers on starships never crash or lock up with indecipherable error messages, and why male scientists in SF are always really good looking guys who are irresistible to brilliant, beautiful women.
Michael Ehart (M), Kat Richardson, David Nasset, Sr.
Crossing Gender Lines Saturday 7:00 p.m. Cascade 6
Discussion of the pitfalls and pleasures of writing characters who aren't of your gender and of writing to appeal across gender lines. From the tough to the tender get in on some hot cross-gender discussion about why a heroine ain't just a hero in a dress, nor is a sensitive hero a girl with different plumbing.
Michael Ehart (M), Mark Henry, Gordon Van Gelder, Mary Rosenblum
I Just Sold My First Story/Novel! Whoopee! Sunday 2:00 p.m. Cascade 5
So what happens next? Come and listen to a few that were touched by the pixie dust. You might be surprised ... and forewarned.
Michael Ehart (M), Lisa Mantchev, Richelle Mead
See you there!