I just received the confirmation of my panels at Boskone 2019:
Quite the exciting line up – I hope that those of you attending stop on by the special sessions!
Here’s the schedule:
The Immortal Storm: The First Worldcon
15 Feb 2019, Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Lewis (Westin)
Eighty years ago, in 1939, a group of fans held the first Worldcon, in New York City. Sam Moskowitz’s 1954 fannish history The Immortal Storm famously treats World War II as an anticlimax to the events of this convention. (NESFA Press will be offering an eBook edition of this easily excited epic.) Apart from the Futurian brouhaha, what legacy of NYCON is still visible in today‘s Worldcons and regional conventions?
Joseph Siclari (FANAC Fan History Project), Vincent Docherty (Mr), Tim Szczesuil (Boskone, NESFA Press) (M), Steve Davidson (Amazing Stories, The Experimenter Publishing Company), Geri Sullivan.
Quite the distinguished panel if I do say so myself, two of whom I’ve never done a panel with before and am looking forward to discussing this bit of history with.
Format: Discussion Group
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Galleria – Makers’ Space (Westin)
Join publisher and editor Steve Davidson for an insightful discussion about the rebirth of an iconic magazine, and all the struggles and triumphs that have come with it.
Steve Davidson (Amazing Stories, The Experimenter Publishing Company) (M).
Please stop by this one; I’ll have copies of our first two issues on hand and will be happy to (try) answer any questions you may have.
Boskone Book Party
16 Feb 2019, Saturday 18:30 – 19:20, Galleria – Stage (Westin)
Come join the fun at Boskone 56’s Book Party — and meet the presses and authors who have new books coming out at the con! This is your chance to see what’s new from writers you already love, as well as those you have yet to discover.
Ms Brenda W. Clough, Erin Underwood (M), Cerece Rennie Murphy (LionSky Publishing & NARAZU.com), Isadora Deese, Christopher Paniccia (Gridiron Publishing), Steve Davidson (Amazing Stories, The Experimenter Publishing Company), Suzanne Palmer, Clea Simon, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Julie C. Day, Karen Heuler, Jeff Hecht, KJ Kabza, Grady Hendrix, Kenneth Rogers Jr. (Lost Imaginations), Clarence Young (Zig Zag Claybourne)
Indie authors in particular – stop on by and find out what kinds of stories we’re looking for!
How Science Fiction Became Respectable
17 Feb 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 1 (Westin)
Science fiction and fantasy have hit the mainstream with written works such as the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series, and media such as Arrival, Mr. Robot, various Avengers flicks, and the revitalization of the Star Wars franchise. But have they lost their cutting edge along the way? Does becoming mainstream reduce the opportunity for a valuable outsider perspective on society and on what it is to be human? Does wider acceptance weaken the power of these works?
Steve Davidson (Amazing Stories, The Experimenter Publishing Company), John R. Douglas (Freelance), Joseph Siclari (FANAC Fan History Project) (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden (Tor Books) , Elise Sacchetti (Ladies of Comicazi), Rich Horton.
The first question to be asked is – IS Science Fiction Respectable?