July 12, 2018
I’ll be attending Readercon for the next three days and participating on their program. Here’s where to find me:
Friday, 6:00 PM - Blue Hills - Scouting Global Speculative Stories - Anatoly Belilovsky, Neil Clarke, Liz Gorinsky, Mimi Mondal, Alex Shvartsman,
Francesco Verso - Magazine and book editors will discuss how they scout and promote authors from outside the U.S. and U.K., sharing their expertise
and best practices. How can writers and editors make the best use of resources such as Lavie Tidhar's WorldSF Blog and Rachel Cordasco's SF in Translation
site? What would make it easier to find, publish, and publicize world speculative fiction?
Saturday, 3:00 PM - Blue Hills - The Possibilities and Perils of Comedy - Martin Cahill, James Morrow, Eric Schaller, Alex Shvartsman, Chandler Klang Smith,
Torger Vedeler - Even the saddest and scariest fiction can contain elements of comedy or humor. It must be handled well, no matter the seriousness or
frivolity of the work, or it can destroy the story. What does humor bring to the reader's experience of a work? How can a dash of humor add to or detract
from otherwise non-comedic works? Comedy is hard; is it worth the effort?
Sunday, 1:00 PM - Salon B - Reading
July 7, 2016
I’ll be spending the next three days in Quincy, MA, attending Readercon 27. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me:
Friday, 2pm, Salon E: Autograph session
Friday, 8:30pm, Salon B: Reading – A selection of urban fantasy humor short stories.
Saturday, 1pm, Salon 5: If Thor Can Hang out with Iron Man, Why Can’t Harry Dresden Use a Computer?
(with Gillian Daniels, Elaine Isaak, Andrea Phillips and E.J. Stevens)
What are the story benefits of setting up magic/nature/religion and technology/industry/science as either conflicting or complimentary? What cultural anxieties are addressed by each choice? How are these elements handled in stories from various cultures and eras?
Sunday, 1pm, Salon 6: Interstellar Empire in a Post-Scarcity World
(with Neil Clarke, John Clute, Robert Killheffer, John O’Neil)
If we had all the resources we needed and weren’t damaging our environment, would we still expand to space given technology that made that easy as well? Would there still be conflict with other interstellar empires? Would we have a responsibility to give this technology to all those we encounter?
July 8, 2015
I will be at Readercon over the course of the next four days. If you see me, don’t hesitate to say hello! Here’s my schedule:
Thursday July 09
8:00 PM CR The Games We Play. Erik Amundsen, Yoon Ha Lee, Alex Shvartsman, Romie Stott (leader), Gregory Wilson. Video games and tabletop games are an influential part of our imaginative lives. Are there times when you’re reading a book and feel the game mechanics too clearly beneath the prose? Or do you enjoy imagining what a character’s stats might look like? We’ll look at tie-in books (like R.A. Salvatore’s Chronicles of Drizzt and David Gaider’s Dragon Age prequels), book-based games (like The Black Cauldron, Lord of the Rings, and the Mists of Avalon–influenced Conquests of Camelot), and the pleasure of reading gaming sourcebooks.
Friday July 10
3:00 PM E Autographs. Alex Shvartsman, Allen Steele.
4:30 PM ENV Reading. Alex Shvartsman. Alex Shvartsman reads an excerpt from “H. G. Wells, Secret Agent”.
Saturday July 11
1:00 PM F Making SF/F Careers Viable. Sandra Kasturi, Matt Kressel, Bart Leib, A. J. Odasso, Alex Shvartsman (leader). Writing, editing anthologies or magazines, running small presses, creating artwork… these pursuits demand a great deal of investment, and returns are unreliable. Few people can spend weeks writing a story on spec, wait months for a contract and longer for a check, or absorb financial losses for years while trying to make a business profitable. Let’s talk frankly about how low pay rates on all fronts affect the demographics of professional SF/F, and what we can do to make SF/F careers more accessible to people with limited tangible and intangible resources.