Sunday, February 12, 2017

Where I will be at Boskone

Boskone is a fantastic, book-minded science-fiction convention that I have been attending for the past several years. This year, I have graduated to "panelist," and I have been advised to share this with all of my "fans" and friends:

The happy top finishers, including this writer (center), at Boskone 52.

Join me at Boskone (February 17-19, 2017) in Boston, MA for New England's longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. It's going to be a fun weekend filled with discussions of books, film, art, music, gaming, and more. For more information about Boskone by visiting The Boskone BlogTwitter, and Facebook as well as by going to the Boskone website to register.

Education and Science Fiction & Fantasy

Friday 18:00 - 19:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
Stories with fantastical elements now have some history in the classroom. You increasingly find them from K through 12, and at the college level. Panelists discuss speculative fiction in education: how it's currently being used, and what opportunities may open in the future. What works should be taught? What should we say about them?
Carlos Hernandez (M) , Jack M. Haringa, Theodora Goss, Rob Greene, F. Brett Cox

Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders Through YA Fiction

Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, Harbor II (Westin)
Science fiction has inspired countless young people to become astronauts, engineers, and scientists. We'll discuss current science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics in YA fiction — and our favorite must-reads from today's authors. 
Christine Taylor-Butler, Rob Greene, Brenda Noiseux (M) , N.A. Ratnayake 

Arrival and the Morality of Time

Saturday 14:00 - 15:00, Burroughs (Westin)
Arriving in late 2016, Arrival was instantly acclaimed as that rare Hollywood phenomenon, a thinking fan’s movie. Let’s discuss the issues that it presents — concerning language, determinism, and the moral dimension of the fourth dimension of time — as well as their (deeper?) treatment in the film’s source, Ted Chiang’s prizewinning 1998 novella “Story of Your Life.”
Kenneth Schneyer (M) , Daniel M. Kimmel, Stephen P. Kelner Jr., Rob Greene, Jeffrey A. Carver 

Great Ghost Stories

Saturday 17:00 - 18:00, Harbor III (Westin)
We'll look for and at the best stories that take place on the fringe: stories in which the living and the dead intersect, bringing out the drama, tension, and atmosphere that are the hallmarks of a well-told ghost story. (One darkly shining exemplar: Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.) Join us for an unsettling discussion of what makes a good ghost story great, and why some tales become enduring classics while others ... don't.
Lojo Russo , E.J. Stevens , Gillian Daniels (M) , Rob Greene , Paul Tremblay 

Flash Fiction Slam

Sunday 09:30 - 11:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
Boskone's Flash Fiction Slam returns! 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 at…lam-sign-up-form/ for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 there.
Rob Greene (M) , James Patrick Kelly, Bruce Coville, Leigh Perry , Dana Cameron 

The "Sense8" Sensation

Sunday 13:00 - 14:00, Marina 4 (Westin)
It's shot on locations worldwide and produced by the creators of The Matrix and Babylon 5, yet this Netflix TV original has largely flown under the radar. (Still, season 2 starts in March.) Panelists examine the intricate storytelling and dizzyingly diverse connections of this sens8tionally groundbreaking SF show. From gender, race, and religion to the struggle of coming to terms with one’s identity, Sense8 treats its subjects in ways network television would never touch. SPOILERS ABOUND for nonviewers, but why not sneak a peek anyway?
Darlene Marshall (M)  , Lauren Roy  , Gillian Daniels , Rob Greene  , Jeremy Flagg

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