I'll be giving a reading from Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices as part of the KGB Bar's "Fantastic Fiction" series. Due to the pandemic, the reading will be live online (rather than at the bar itself), on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:00 p.m. (Eastern time). My c0-reader will be the magnificent N. K. Jemisin. The direct link for the reading is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZvl6lmzTfA&feature=youtu.be
Here's my schedule for Boskone 57, February 14-16 2020, at the Boston Westin Waterfront:
Remembering the Star Trek Aliens
Friday 17:00 - 17:50, Harbor II
Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans all have their fans. Let’s look beyond these familiarly fantastic faces to other memorable aliens (and cultures) within the Star Trek macroverse, and discuss why they’re so special. Or not so much.
M. C. DeMarco (M), Kenneth Schneyer, David Marshall, Brianna Wu, Jennifer Pelland
Friday 19:00 - 19:50, Marina 4
With the rise of audiobooks, voice actors have gained new prominence. However, voice acting goes beyond just reading the words on the page. Our experts come together to talk about the profession of voice acting, to share tips and tricks, and to discuss various channels for gaining training and jobs. We'll also explore the kind of preparation needed for various genres, and how a voice performance differs from reading aloud or acting upon the stage.
Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Schneyer (M), Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney
Here's the cover for Anthems Outside Time & Other Strange Voices, to be released by Fairwood Press in July! Many thanks to Patrick Swenson & the other friends who helped to choose the best one.
I'm including a link to the pre-order page on the publisher's web site, just, in case, you know... ;)
I'm pleased & somewhat amused to report that my story "Foursomes" will appear in Across The Universe, a Beatles Spec-Fic Anthology edited by Randee Dawn and Michael A Ventrella.
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( Collapse )
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
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!
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