Friday 6pm Boston as Setting
Alexander Jablokov (M), Toni L. P. Kelner, Paul G. Tremblay
The subway line to Cambridge inspired H.P. Lovecraft to visions of subterranean Antarctic horror; Hal Clement drowned Beantown under dozens of feet of water. Why Boston? Who’s writing about here lately? What scenic SFnal possibilities does our fair city present? How can you convey its charm to readers who have never felt Boston’s balmy February breeze?
Friday 7pm Seriously, Where *Do* Your Ideas Come From?
Lois McMaster Bujold, David Anthony Durham(M), Darlene Marshall, Paul G. Tremblay, Mary A. Turzillo
We know ideas don’t come from a mail box in upstate New York. So, seriously, where do they come from? Do you muse on “what if’s”? Are there personal inspirations for your tales? Do you find a particular setting evocative, and just waiting to be detailed in a story?
Friday 9pm Zombie Readings
F. Brett Cox, Jack M. Haringa, John Langan (M), Paul G. Tremblay
As part of the Zombie Casino, we’re having an open reading of (hopefully horrific!) zombie-oriented material, either written or selected by our participants. Bring your own selections and join the hideous hilarity……
Saturday 1:30pm Griffin: Reading
Paul G. Tremblay
Saturday 2pm Kaffeeklatsch
John Langan Paul G. Tremblay
Sunday 12noon Lewis: The Proliferation of Weirdboiled Novels
John R. Douglas (m), Toni L. P. Kelner, Michael Swanwick, Paul G. Tremblay
While China Mieville might call this genre “noird,” he’s not the only one to notice a recent proliferation of noir/crime fiction gone weird. Think of Jedidiah Berry’s The Manual of Detection (think noir and Borges), Brian Evenson’s Last Days (think noir and Grand Guignol), China Mieville’s The City and The City (think noir, and well, Mieville), national book award winner Denis Johnson’s Nobody Move (serialized noir), Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice (think noir, and well, Pynchon), Jeff Vandermeer’s Finch (think noir and Ambergris) and from Small Beer Press, Vincent McCaffrey’s Hound. Why now? Is it an example of publishers trying to capitalize on a built-in market of mystery readers? In this instance, we choose a more optimistic outlook. Is it a sign that writers and readers aren’t satisfied with fiction always conforming to genre expectations? That more writers and readers want to mix and mash and muddy it all up?
Sunday 1pm Lewis: Where is Horror Now?
F. Brett Cox, Jack M. Haringa (m), John Langan, Paul G. Tremblay
An up-to-the-minute look at the field…..and where it’s going.