In less than two weeks, I’ll be appearing at Boskone 52, along with a great number of friends and other wonderful people (who also happen to be writers). If you’re going to be in Boston Feb 13-15, please do come and see us. You can find me at:
Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)
Food in Fiction
Stories that make you go, “Yum!” How do you describe food to convey mood or set the scene? Join our panelists as they dish on the culinary delights that tantalize us in fiction, from regional teas to kingly feasts. What works? What doesn’t? And what should you know about a food-centric scene?
Carrie Cuinn (M), Steven Brust, James Cambias, Fran Wilde, Lawrence M. Schoen
Friday, 6:00 PM
Poets and Poetry within Science Fiction and Fantasy
There is a burgeoning market for science fiction and fantasy poetry. Panelists discuss speculative fiction poetry: where you can find it, whom you should be reading, and what markets you should be watching to get the best of what SF/F poetry has to offer.
Theodora Goss (M), Carrie Cuinn, Jo Walton, Jane Yolen, Darrell Schweitzer
Saturday, 12:00 NOON
Saturday, 2:00 PM
Room: Harbor III
Non-Western Folklore and Fairytales
Folklore and fairytales offer powerful short stories beloved by young and old. The mainstream princess movies tend to focus on Western stories, but what about the rest of the world? Let’s discuss the globe’s lesser-known folklore and fairytales and what they tell us about their cultures, plus their similarities and differences.
Carrie Cuinn (M), Elaine Isaak, Ken Liu, Max Gladstone
Saturday, 10:00 PM (trust me, you want to stay up for this one!)
Room: Marina 2
The Jodorowsky Effect
Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean filmmaker, author, and surrealist, influenced some of the greatest cult SF/F works of the last 60 years. He directed the first midnight cult film (El Topo), his comic series The Incal inspired The Fifth Element, and he spearheaded a failed effort to film Dune — “the greatest SF movie never made.” Jodorowsky’s production art for Dune inspired Star Wars, Alien, Heavy Metal, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and others. His other work is also critically acclaimed and hugely influential. Panelists discuss Jodorowsky’s legacy, his “Psychomagical Realism, ” and his influence on contemporary work.
Paul Di Filippo (M), Carrie Cuinn, Daniel M. Kimmel, Don Pizarro, Steven Sawicki
Sunday, 9:30 AM
Room: Marina 4
Flash Fiction Slam
Join Boskone’s second Flash Fiction Slam. Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins! Sign up before the con for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Galleria for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.
Carrie Cuinn (M), James Patrick Kelly, Kenneth Schneyer, Fran Wilde, F. Brett Cox
Sunday, 12:00 NOON
Room: Marina 2
Women in Comics
Do women get the same opportunities as men in comics? Do female superheroes receive fair representation? Are female superheroes ‘over-sexualized’? Let’s examine trends in the comic book industry over the last decade regarding the ‘fairer sex’ in comics.
Carrie Cuinn (M), D. Lynn Smith, Marjorie Liu, Jane Yolen, Brenda Noiseux
Programming begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13th and is free to the public from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and throughout the duration of the convention. Please note: panel descriptions where I am moderating are somewhat subject to change.