February 15th, 2007


Boskone 44 Schedule

Given my mother's death, I forgot to remind people that Nomi and I will in fact be at the Boskone science fiction convention this weekend.

Although I'm still in the shloshim time of my mourning, Boskone is a professional conference for me, so I'm able to attend. On the other hand, I'm going to avoid parties and celebrations. Nomi and I will probably hang out in the Con Suite on Saturday night, as we usually do, if anyone wants to come looking for us. But if it gets to be too much for me, we'll retreat to our room.

For the first time in many years, I won't be doing the humorous Sunday panel; given my status, it just wasn't appropriate.

On the other hand, I will be on the following panels:

Saturday 11 AM:
Fantasy and Fables: Fantasy in Graphic Novel Form
Commonwealth A, Concourse Level.
Panelists: Michael A. Burstein, Bruce Coville, Timothy Liebe, Tamora Pierce (M), Jane Yolen
A discussion on Willingham's comic book series Fables and other fantasy comics.

Saturday 1 PM:
Getting Lost : Another Chapter in the Continuing Saga
Commonwealth A, Concourse Level
Panelists: Michael A. Burstein, MaryAnn Johanson, Paul Levinson, Priscilla Olson (M)
New Lost episodes are finally back on TV. Were they worth the wait? What's going on? What theories do you have?

Saturday 3 PM:
The Works of David Gerrold
Stone, Lobby Level
Panelists: Michael A. Burstein, Anthony R. Lewis (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Allen M. Steele
We'll look at some of the 40-plus books and dozens of TV shows our Guest of Honor has produced since getting into tribble with Star Trek. Does his early classic When HARLIE Was One hold up as AI speculation? Do his novels show the influence of his TV work, or vice versa? What political and psychological themes are buried in his (literally) groundbreaking ecoterror series about the Chtorr?

If you're going to be at the convention, feel free to say hi.