Are you planning to attend Boskone? (NESFA’s science fiction & fantasy convention in Boston) If so, be sure to say “hello.” Here’s my schedule for the convention. Otherwise, you’ll find me working with the programming committee in the galleria. See you there!
King of Horror
Let’s pretend the interesting part of “world’s best-selling horror writer” is that last word. What’s Stephen King’s connection to Poe, Lovecraft, or the New England Gothic tradition? How can you always tell a King story? Does the new writing match his older stuff? Why so many movies and TV shows from his work? How does he compare to Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, or Joe Hill?
Faye Ringel (M), Jack M. Haringa, Vincent O’Neil, Paul G. Tremblay, Erin Underwood
SF/F/H TV WTF?
What’s up with genre television? Which science fiction, fantasy, and horror shows are hot? Or not? What’s due to debut on our screens sometimes soon?
Erin Underwood (M) added, Jennifer Pelland, Bob Eggleton
Crowdfunding and a Community of Caring
The SF/F/H community has a long, strong history of supporting its members. Now, with the rise of crowdfunding sites (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Peerbackers) and our community of caring projects (auctions to help people in need, the World Travelers Fund, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), we can tap into our community in powerful new ways. Panelists who have conducted successful campaigns share experiences and advice while discussing crowdfunding pros and cons.
Elaine Isaak (M), John Picacio, Julia Rios, Erin Underwood
The Young Adult and Middle Grade Fiction (R)evolution
There seems to be a revolution or evolution in young adult and middle grade fiction that started with series like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games; now everyone seems to want in on the action. Where did YA and MG fiction come from? What is it? Where is it going? And most importantly, whom should you be reading?
Erin Underwood (M), Daniel P. Dern, Jordan Hamessley, David Anthony Durham
Winter Is Coming. Again.
Before Season 3 starts on March 31, let’s look back on all our favorite bits from that cornucopia of courage, quips, lechery and treachery that is HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Bob Devney (M), Myke Cole, Erin Underwood