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My Schedule for WorldCon 77, Dublin!

Here are my panels etc. for WorldCon 77, Dublin, Ireland, which runs August 15-19, 2019:

Orville vs Discovery

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)

One is seen as the next version of True Trek. The other is canonical Trek, by definition, since it has the imprimatur of being a Trek production. Fans usually love one or the other, but rarely both. We delve into the mystery of what sets the two apart and whether it is possible to love them both.

Gillian Clinton (Clinton Research), Lise Andraeson, Prof. Kenneth Schneyer, Kelvin Jackson, Anna Stephens (HarperVoyager UK)

Academics and acolytes: learning in SFF worlds

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 12:30 - 13:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)

Whether they’re apprenticed to an assassin, a grunt in basic training, downloading knowledge from an online academy, or learning spells from wizardly professors, characters often need to gain skills and qualifications of some kind. How and when they do this is an important element of worldbuilding and there are endless options. What does it tell us about the Discworld that wizards attend university and witches are apprentices? How does Starfleet Academy differ from the Imperial Academy? From Hogwarts to Brakebills to the Oha Coven, how does magical instruction differ?

Dr. Shaun Duke (Bemidji State University / The Skiffy and Fanty Show), Karen Simpson Nikakis (SOV Consulting LLC -SOV Media), Prof. Kenneth Schneyer, Ali Baker (University of East London)

Kaffeeklatsch: Kenneth Schneyer

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My Schedule for ReaderCon 30

Here's my Schedule for Readercon 30, July 11-14, Quincy Marriott, Quincy, MA:

Writing Craft and Mentoring Programs
Jack Dann, Theodora Goss (mod), Kate Maruyama, Kenneth Schneyer, Holly Walrath
Fri 12:00 PM, Salon 4
Those who want to learn the craft of writing popular genre fiction have more options then ever. MFA programs and workshops of excellent repute are popping up all over the U.S., from Stonecoast in Maine to Clarion in California, as well as in other parts of the world. With so many options, how does one choose? Panelists who have participated in these programs as mentors or mentees will discuss their experiences.

From Seed to Story: How to Escape the Slush Pile
Martin Cahill, Scott Edelman, James Patrick Kelly (mod), Benjamin C. Kinney, Kenneth Schneyer
Sun 1:00 PM, Salon 4
As Ann Leckie explained in a 2013 blog post, even great writers will have stories rejected if they write 7,000 words around an underdeveloped idea. So what kind of research should go into a short story? How much plot and exposition are called for? What questions should the writer be asking and answering before they even start writing? Panelists will explore various methods by which a story seed can be nurtured into something publishable.

Reading: Ken Schneyer
Sun 2:30 PM, Salon C

For those who aren't familiar with Readercon, you can read all about it here:  http://readercon.org/index.htm

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My Readercon 28 Schedule

For anyone who's in the Boston area next weekend, here's my schedule for Readercon:

Thursday, July 13:
8:00 PM   Salon 5    How to Moderate a Panel. Alex Jablokow, Victoria Janssen (leader), Kathleen Jennings, Tom Purdom, Kenneth Schneyer. The moderator plays a crucial role in making panels run smoothly and enjoyably for participants and attendees. This panel will cover how to get questions rather than comments from audience members, how to deal with a panelist who goes off the rails, and how to make sure everyone gets equal time, among many other topics.

9:00 PM  Salon 6/7/8   A Hero by Any Other Name. Randee Dawn, Greer Gilman, Elaine Isaak, Kenneth Schneyer (leader), Tamara Vardomskaya. Would Maleficent be less terrifying if her name were Suzy? Would Arthur Dent and Zaphod Beeblebrox have been able to have each other's adventures? In literature, names can serve as shorthand to imply a character's age, ethnicity, time or place of origin, and emotional and psychological makeup. This panel will explore the art and psychology of character names.

Friday, July 14:

1:30 PM   Salon A    Reading: Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer. Kenneth Schneyer reads a work in progress.  (I'm thinking it'll be either "Paradigm Shift" or "Transitional States.")

Saturday, July 15:

3:00 PM   Salon C    The Season Away from Omelas: The Fifth Season in Conversation with "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas". Martin Cahill (leader), Kiini Ibura Salaam, Alena McNamara, Lauren Roy, Kenneth Schneyer. In Ursula K. Le Guin's classic short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," readers are left with the uncomfortable question of how they would handle knowing that a good life came at the expense of one hidden, abused child. Would they stay and accept it, or would they leave? N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season and its sequels offer a third way: smash the entire structure to pieces. Jemisin explores the decisions characters are forced to make in an Omelas-like world, and subtly brings in parallels to current political situations. Panelists will discuss both works and the conversation the authors seem to be having across the years.

Sunday, July 16:

1:00 PM   Blue Hills Room   Filing Off the Serial Numbers. Gillian Daniels, Randee Dawn (leader), Catt Kingsgrave, Naomi Novik, Kenneth Schneyer. Many traditionally published works started life as fan fiction. Sometimes tales grow in the telling and veer away from fanfic; sometimes an author is deliberately modifying a completed fic to render it suitable for publication; and sometimes it's more complicated. What are the benefits and pitfalls of filing off the serial numbers, with regard to creativity, logistics, and reader reaction?

Happily I'm on panels with some of my favorite people!  And for those of you who've never been to Readercon, remember that the Thursday night panels are free and open to the public!
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My Arisia 2017 Schedule

Here's my schedule for Arisia, January 13-16, Westin Boston Waterfront. Hope to see many of you there!

Friday, 8:30 PM
Reading: Greer Gilman & Kenneth Schneyer - Writing, Reading - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W)

Saturday, 1:00 PM
In Praise of Unlikeable Characters - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 1 (2E)

Bring us your curmudgeons, your cantankerous jerks, your deliberately unlikeable characters of all genders without which the plot might not move so smoothly. Someone’s got to do the dirty work, after all. Let’s talk about our favorite unlikeable characters in genre fiction, and the purposes they serve
Gillian Daniels (m), Maya Garcia, Lorrie Kim, Ken Schneyer, Sonya Taaffe

Sunday, 10:00 AM
How to Self-Edit That Steaming Hot Pile of Crap - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Adams (3W)

Have you ever gone back to edit your story, only to ask “Who wrote this $#!t?” Can you fix it? Where do you start? Our experts will teach you how to identify which elements you wish to save, how to spot plotting and pacing issues, why adverbs are so bad, and what tools are available to make self-editing easier. Bring a butcher knife...it’s time to conduct surgery on your baby...
Trisha Wooldridge (m), Jacqui B., Alexander Jablokov, Matthew Kressel, Ken Schneyer

Sunday,   7:00 PM
Grounding Your Audience in a Sensory World - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Douglas (3W)

The five senses are appallingly underrepresented in modern fiction. Without sensory information, it’s difficult to grab your audience and drag them into your protagonist’s body. How do you portray senses other than sight? Can you use it to portray emotion? Where can you scrounge up alternatives for the words see, hear, feel, taste and smell, or ‘sixth sense’ (psychic intuition)? Come learn how to describe your world in all of its glorious, sensory detail.
Ken Schneyer (m), Ruthanna Emrys, Greer Gilman, Keffy R.M. Kehril, Sonya Taaffe

Monday, 10:00 AM
Imaginary Friends: Crafting Memorable Characters - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 3 (2E)

Even the most gripping plot will fail if you don’t have memorable characters. How do you create a sympathetic protagonist? How much backstory should you give them? How do you develop interesting supporting characters to accompany them on their journey? There are many ‘tricks’ you can use to flesh out characters, as well as ways to juggle multiple character viewpoints. Come learn how to write characters so realistic your audience will be talking about them long after they finish your story.
Ken Schneyer (m), Michael Bailey, Justine Graykin, Elaine Isaak, Felicitas Ivey
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My complete bibliography

Because my ability to edit my Writertopia page seems to have vanished, I am now "transferring my flag," as it were, to LJ.  From now on, my bibliography will appear here (until and unless I get a web site of my own):


  • Anthems Outside Time & Other Strange Voices (Fairwood Press) (forthcoming 2020).

  • The Law & the Heart (Stillpoint Digital Press)(2014).

Short Fiction:


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My first Worldcon!

I will be attending MidAmericaCon II in Kansas City, August 17-21: my first Worldcon ever!  I'm very excited.

Here's my schedule:

Whose DNA is it?
Thursday, 1:00 p.m., Room 2206
Helen Pennington (moderator), Marguerite Kenner, Howard Rosenblat, Kenneth Schneyer
Panelists discuss DNA and your privacy, from a legal perspective. What can be done with your DNA without your permission, and what is your recourse if you discover it has been used?

Debut Author Showcase
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., Room 2208
Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Martin Shoemaker, Becky Chambers, Chelsea Mueller, Nick Wood, Adam Rakunas
Authors whose first published works have either just happened or are about to occur talk about their first sales, whether their perceptions of themselves as authors has changed, and what their next steps are as they break into publishing.

50 Years of Star Trek, Part Two: The Influence
Friday, 4:00 p.m., Room 3501H
Matthew S. Rotunda (moderator), Toni L. P. Kelner, Stepfan Rudnicki, Kenneth Schneyer, John Tibbetts
Star Trek is fifty years old. It has inspired writers to write, children to become scientists, scientists to become astronauts and fans to write erotica. It has an enormous influence and in this session we take a look at the myriad of ways it has done so for a disparate group of people around the world.

Replacing Copyright
Saturday, 4:00 p.m., Room 2208
John R. Douglas, Matthew Johnson, Kenneth Schneyer
Many believe that the current copyright regime does not fit well with current technologies, audience priorities, or artistic practices. If copyright were to be replaced with a different system that had the goal of providing compensation for artists with a better fit for the contemporary world, what would it be like? What would be its boundaries, parameters, and assumptions?

Magazine Group Reading: Lightspeed Magazine
Saturday, 5:00 p.m., Room 2202
John Joseph Adams (moderator), Sarah Pinsker, Kenneth Schneyer, Carrie Vaughn, Carolyn M. Yoachim, John Chu
Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Lightspeed Magazine.

Fanfiction Myths
Sunday, 12:00 noon, Room 2206
Elise Matthesen (moderator), Elaine Stiles, Kenneth Schneyer, Leo d'Entremont, Susan Eisenhour
Members of fanfiction communities are regularly faced with a litany of myths about themselves and their work. They are assumed to be heterosexual, white females who can't get any sex but desperately want it, and their work nothing but terribly written pornography. These myths and more will be discussed and beaten down. Whether you are new to fanfiction, or want to share some joy with your community, come and join us.

Time Travel and the Search for Redemption
Sunday, 1:00 p.m., Room 3501D
Kenneth Schneyer (moderator), Rosemary Claire Smith, Jason Heller, Jack McDevitt
Much of literature involves characters’ fraught relationship with the past. They are haunted by memories or spend their lives regretting a single horrible decision.  Time travel permits the character to confront the past directly, to make literal what in mainstream fiction is only metaphorical. Join us as we discuss stories where time travel is a metaphor or device for witnessing and learning about the past or wishing to correct personal flaws and errors.

I also plan to attend the SFWA Business Meeting (Saturday 11:00) and the Hugo Awards (Saturday 8 p.m.).  I'm not sure yet of my other plans, but I arrive Wednesday night and I'll probably leave mid-afternoon on Sunday.