📛 Power Overwhelming...
Next weekend, September 30 - October 2, is Archon 45, a science fiction and fantasy conference held in Collinsville, Illinois. I'm going to be there appearing on and moderating panels, and if you're going to be there and want to run into me, here's where I'm definitely going to be!
5:00 PM, Marquette A - Blowing Up the Death Star is Easy, Comedy is Hard
Presenter - Being funny on paper is a much different animal than telling a joke to your friends, and while a well-told joke can make a story shine, a badly-told one can completely undermine the work. Stop by for an overview of the way humor functions in stories, the mechanics behind it, and maybe even an answer to the question of why we'll never have another Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams.
7:00 PM, Salon 6 - A Nightmare on Hawkins Street: Stranger Things Season 4
Panelist - A review of Season 4 and a look into Season 5.
10:00 AM, Fishbowl - Author Reading with Jimmy D. Gillentine, Marellea Sands, and Kurt Pankau
Participant - Reading/Signing/Art Demo
12:00 PM, Marquette A - The Hero in Fiction
Moderator - What makes a hero compelling or boring? How do you craft your novels' heroes? What traps and tired tropes should you avoid?
5:00 PM, Salon 2 - The Western in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Moderator - What makes a genre mash-up like this work, and how do you even approach it?
7:00 PM, Salon 4 - Time is on My Side
Moderator - You discover that you can time travel. Where do you go? What do you do?
10:00 AM, Salon 6 - It's a Wild, Wild, Wild, Wild Multiverse
Panelist - Our panelists discuss their favorite "Variants" and suggest a few of their own.
I'm hoping to do a filk one-shot and I'm definitely going to attend the Ars Arcanum show on Friday night. All in all, it's going to be a very busy weekend, but I'm excited for it.
Hope to see you there,