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01 January 2016 @ 06:55 pm
My Arisia 2016 Schedule  
Here's my schedule for Arisia 2016, January 15-18, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel:

The Future of Mars - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Faneuil (3W) - Friday 8:30 p.m.
We grew up reading about Barsoom and the Mars of Wells and Bradbury. Today, we’re finally exploring the reality of the red planet. Where does our fictional treatment of Mars go from here? Do we concentrate on the real possibilities opening up? Or are there exciting and odd treatments we can imagine?
Nalin Ratnayake, John Scalzi, Jeff Hecht, Morgan Crooks, Ken Schneyer (m)

Star Trek at 50! - Media, Panel - 1hr 15min - Burroughs (3E) - Saturday 11:30 am
Fifty years ago, Gene Roddenberry introduced us to the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Since then, the crew has boldly gone where no human had gone before in five live-action TV series, one cartoon, ten movies in the “original” universe, and two movies in rebooted universe (with a third due out this year). Join us as we celebrate one of the most iconic and important science-fiction franchises of all time.
Liz Salazar, Glenn Hauman, Lawrence M. Schoen, Woodrow Hill, Ken Schneyer, Cassandra Lease (m)

The Bible as Fantasy Literature - Literature, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 2 (2E) - Sunday 11:30 am
What can we gain from viewing the Bible as fantasy literature, rife with active gods, prophecies, and larger-than-life heroes, and complete with centuries of fanfic from Dante to Milton and onward? How is the Bible treated in fantasy?
B.A. Chepaitis, Matthew Kressel, Susan Weiner, N.S. Dolkart, MJ Cunniff, Ken Schneyer (m)

Everything I Say is a Lie - Writing, Panel - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W) - Sunday 4:00 pm
There are several works of fiction, both genre and mainstream, that rely on the unreliable narrator. Used to good effect, this can create an artful twist ending or have the reader second-guessing throughout the whole story. However, how does one create such a narrator? Does the viewpoint have to be first person, or can third person suffice? How do you keep readers following the path you’ve laid out without guessing the real story? A discussion on the making and use of an unreliable narrator.
Ken Altabef, Terri Bruce, Kate Nepveu, Ken Schneyer (m)

Remembering Leonard Nimoy - Media, Panel - 1hr 15min - Marina 1 (2E) - Sunday 7:00 pm
Leonard Nimoy, one of the greats, passed away in 2015. Although he remains best known for Star Trek, he had along and varied career, excelling as an an actor and a director, working as a voice actor and a photographer, and hosting documentaries. We’ll look back at his life (even his musical career), and talk about how much Nimoy meant to people both as a man and as a performer.
Keith R. A. DeCandido (m), Santiago Rivas, Sonya Taaffe, Daniel Miller, Ken Schneyer

Science Fiction Reading - Writing, Reading - 1hr 15min - Hale (3W) - Monday 10:00 am
Come listen to our panelists read a selection from their original science fiction works.
Nalin Ratnayake, Lawrence M. Schoen, John Chu, Ken Schneyer
Current Location: Upstairs
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Theme to Downton Abbey (playing downstairs)
madderbradmadderbrad on January 16th, 2016 03:27 am (UTC)
Wow, busy!

Just finished watching 'The Martian' today. Not a bad flick, although I think they took some liberties with the orbital mechanics stuff. Not that I would really know.

You should put Rowling up as someone who abused the 'unreliable narrator' thing. In the last few chapters of DH she had Harry ignoring things that he supposedly knew all along five minutes later in the melodramatic farce of a climax between him and Voldemort. Just so she could keep things as a 'surprise' until then. It's poor writing when the writer has to lie to the reader just to keep the plot afloat.
Kenken_schneyer on January 19th, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)
Hi Brad,

Thanks for commenting! How've you been?
madderbradmadderbrad on January 19th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay. Neither highs nor lows. Live Journal seems to be dead these days, but that's because I only ever used it for HP. I haven't gone to Twitter or Tumblr, both seem pretty stupid/useless to me (in the short glimpses I've had of them). Really, how can I wax forth with a ten-page rebuttal of HP canon 'ships, expounding all of the problems with Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione, when I am limited to 140 character 'tweets' or just a 'LIKE' button on Tumblr? :-) :-)

Forced to read more 'real' books these days because the (quality) HP fanfics are drying up. :-) :-(

I've quite enjoyed reading the four books of the 'Jumper' series. Steven Gould's prose is nice and easy to read. Plus I enjoy the basic concept (being a super-hero fan) and especially how he 'extrapolated' the one basic power of teleportation that he introduced in the first and made it more elaborate and powerful as he went on. There's a flavour of 'hard SF' to it that I like.

In case you've never read them the book(s) aren't anything like the movie.

I'm also following Timothy Zahn around, a favourite of mine since his 'Heir to the Empire' Star Wars breakout. His latest work has been a collaboration on an offshoot of the David Weber's 'Honorverse'. I enjoyed those so I might have to get stuck into the series proper.

I expect you're spending more time writing than reading these days?
Kenken_schneyer on January 20th, 2016 05:13 am (UTC)
Facebook is better for lengthy rants than Twitter, for sure.

Interestingly, although I've never read Jumper, I happen to have a copy of it, strongly recommended by another friend. Also, I've met Steve; he was President of SFWA the year I was nominated for the Nebula, and so was at the awards weekend. Maybe I should open it and read it. :)

Not writing nearly as much as I'd like to; it's much easier in the summer.