WorldCon 2011: RENOvation

WorldCon is in Reno this year, and EVERYONE should be there. I’ve got a lot of events there this year, so come say hi.

Thursday, 3:30 – 4:00pm, Reading: Dan Wells, A15 (RSCC)
I don’t yet know exactly what I’ll be reading at this thing, maybe a bit of my new ebook? Maybe a sample of my novella for the Mormons and Monsters anthology? Or maybe a section of The Hollow City, my book coming out next Spring. I have no idea. Any suggestions?

Thursday, 5:00 – 7:00pm, Writing Excuses Live, D05 (RSCC)
Guests this year include Patrick Rothfuss, Seanan McGuire, and many, many more. Live interviews! Expert advice! Awkward silences when guests are blindsided with the request for a writing prompt! This event will have it all.

Friday, 10:00 – 11:00am, The Hidden Monkey Wrench in Cloning, A09 (RSCC)
Official description: How can two cats have identical DNA and yet look and act differently? What’s going on? Speculation on what we might not know and why cloning might be a whole lot more complicated than we think.
My description: I’m on this panel because I’m currently writing two different books about cloning, but I am INCREDIBLY intimidated to have to get up and talk about the subject intelligently in front of people who know way more about it than I do. Come watch me stumble around like an idiot!

Fri 15:00 – 16:00pm, KaffeeKlatsch, KK1 (RSCC)
I totally have a kaffeeklatsch this year! I know, I’m so excited. For those who don’t know, a kaffeklatsch is an hour-long, informal chat between an industry professional (author/editor/artist/etc.) and the first five or six people who sign up on the list that morning. Check the schedules: the person you’re dying to talk to probably has one. And if for some reason you’re dying to talk to me, well, I’ll try to be entertaining.

Fri 5:00 – 6:00pm, Autographing, Hall 2
Do you want me to deface your book? Because i can totally hook you up. I don’t even care if it’s my book–I’ll sign ANY book you bring me.

Saturday, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Meet the Campbell Award Nominees, A03 (RSCC)
A panel moderated by last year’s Campbell winner (and this year’s Hugo nominee) Seanan McGuire, and including this year’s entire Campbell list, this is a panel you do not want to miss. I have been threatened with death by at least two of my fellow nominees, so this is guaranteed to be exciting.

Saturday, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Beyond Harry Potter: What other Young Adult Fiction Everyone — Adults Included — Should Be Reading, A11 (RSCC)
Official description: Harry Potter entertained a generation of kids (and adults). What are other young adult novels that you should be reading? We’ll look at newcomers to the field of YA as well as some golden oldies.
My description: This is another one that has me kind of scared. Do I really know what kids should be reading? Aside from my own books, of course? Expect me to start with a blank stare, slowly start to disagree with people, and then end up hogging the microphone with my loud and unnecessary opinions. You know, like I always do.

Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00pm, Hugo Awards Ceremony
Everyone at WorldCon is invited to attend the Hugos, which is a far more interesting and star-studded event than you think it’s going to be, if you’ve never been to one before. I’m up for two awards, and many friends of mine are up for others, so come cheer and clap and then cry disconsolately when somebody else wins.

2 Responses to “WorldCon 2011: RENOvation”

  1. Alan says:

    Why don’t you just read “The Puppy Who Lost its Way” and tell us how it’s a metaphor for the industrial revolution?

  2. Sam Loveland says:

    Hollow City’s my vote…

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