Final Arisia Schedule

Arisia is January 14-17, 2011. I am going to be on several panels, trying to pretend I know what I am talking about. There are a lot of panels throughout the weekend that look interesting, so I will be pretty busy running from room to room, when not in the book dealer’s space or the blessedly faux Irish bar. I hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I have added another panel on Monday.

Friday 6:30 PM   —   Boston as Setting

The subway line to Cambridge inspired H.P. Lovecraft to visions of subterranean Antarctic horror; Hal Clement drowned Beantown under dozens of feet of water. Why Boston? Who’s writing about here lately? What scenic SFnal and fantastical possibilities do our fair city present?

Panelists: Cecilia Tan, Margaret Ronald, Steve E Popkes, Alexander Jablokov, Rob Davies

Friday 9:30 PM    —     Not Your Parents’ Zombies!

These days, zombies come in many shapes, sizes, and speeds. From Shaun of the Dead to Fido, what zombie works break the mold and set new standards? Which writers got it right and made the best use of their BRAAAAAAINNNS?

Panelists: Tony Finan, Gayle Blake, Santiago Rivas, Chris Denmead, Rob Davies

Saturday 11:00 AM  —   Book Club: The Windup Girl/The City and the City

The 2010 Hugo Award for best novel went to two very different novels: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi and The City and the City by China Mieville. Let’s read both books and discuss them here!

Panelists: Bey Woodward, Jack Dietz, Marlie Philiossaint, Rob Davies

Sun 12:30 PM   — Reading – Davies, Doyle, Feinman

Authors Robert Davies, Debra Doyle, and Alex Feinman read selections from their works.

(I will be reading an excerpt from my novel-in-progress The Bitter Taste of the World Snake’s Tail or a short story “Bruise for Bruise” or “India Pale Angel”. )

Sunday  6:30 PMNo Capes! Non-superhero Comics

Come and discuss some of the best non-superhero comics.

Panelists: Little Mel, Donna Martinez, Mark Waks, René Walling, Rob Davies

Sunday 9:30 PM    —    The City and Science Fiction

From the planet-spanning urbs of Trantor or Coruscant to the steampunk precincts of New Crobuzon — what’s your favorite SF megalopolis? Would you move there tomorrow? Would it actually work as a technological/societal/economic artifact? In an advanced, post-scarcity society, would people even want to pig-pile together? What will cities be like in the future? And what would you prefer them to be?

Panelists: Adam Lipkin, Meredith Schwartz, Toni Lay, Shira Lipkin, Rob Davies

Monday 11:00 AM  —     Book Signing – Davies & Shawl

Book signings with me & Nisi Shawl. I will have unexpurgated copies of Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist with me, along with magic Chimp-Head buttons that ward off ague!

Monday 12:30 PM  —  Genius Loci: Setting and Story

How do the vast arc of the Ringworld, the snug hills of the Shire, and the treeless plazas of Trantor shape their stories’ characters and events? Does local color bewitch or bore the reader? Are real places easier to evoke than imaginary ones? What SF/F/H settings do you find unforgettable? Vikki Ciaffone, Rob Davies, Greer Gilman, Shira Lipkin (m).

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