February 4th, 2010

Happy at Nebulas

My Boskone Schedule

For those who are attending Boskone, here are the events for which I'm a scheduled participant:

Friday, February 12, 10:00 p.m., Independence Room:
With the kind permission of time_shark, I'll read "Lineage", my story that will appear in Clockwork Phoenix 3.

Sunday, February 14, 12:00 noon, Burroughs Room:
Panel: Legal Systems in Worldbuilding
A common criticism of mediocre science fiction and fantasy is that it assumes wildly different worlds in which people behave exactly the way your neighbors do in Kansas. Many SFF authors assume systems of rules or authority that are only superficially different from models in our own human past or present. Yet, real laws typically change to meet economic, social, religious and technical developements, and differences in human (or non-human) behavior are the most wonderful and terrible of all. Think outside of the legal box, and consider the possibilities.
Participants: Leah Cypess, Glenn Grant, Kate Nepveu, Ken Schneyer (moderator)

Sunday, February 14, 1:00 p.m., Harbor 1 Room:
Panel: Time Travel in Science and Science Fiction
It's over a century since H. G. Wells wrote *The Time Machine* and the concept of time travel is today widespread in SF, the popular culture, and even has a degree of scientific respectability. What does physics know about time travel? What does SF write about? Some SF treats the past and the future both as fixed and time travelers as spectators who cannot change what is, while other SF imagines a mutable past where the actions of travelers to the past can change the very future they came from. What can we say about the real world? Does what we know about the physics of time permit good stories to be written?
Participants: Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Chad Orzel (moderator), Ken Schneyer, Ian Tregillis, Vernor Vinge