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An Update to Arisia Panels

A couple of weeks ago, I announced my panels for Arisia 2015 and I thought I’d add a bit more information to that post.

First off, here’s my schedule during the weekend:


I have the Speculative Literature: Year in Review panel first, 10:00 pm Friday night in the Marina 2 room. The other panelists are Gillian Daniels, who writes a column for the Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine on new and notable short fiction as well as being a talented writer in her own right. The other panelist is Teegan Mannino, who reviews more than books on her blog than I get to in a year. 


On Saturday, 4:00 pm, at the Marina 2 I’ll be in the True Detective Panel with a whole bunch of knowledgeable folks about my favorite television show last year. Shira Lipkin, the moderator, I’ve seen at a number of Arisia panels. Also there will be John Murphy, Steve Sawicki, and Megan Markland. Everyone seems to be coming at this show from a variety of directions. Personally I got into this show from the weird fiction angle and I’m looking forward to hearing other perspectives on the show.


Sunday, 10:00 am, I’ll be in Marina 1 for my one gaming panel: “Running Great Games.” I probably don’t spend enough time talking about this here at Ancient Logic, but RPGing is a major passion of mine, and has been for nearly a decade. I put my name in for this panel because I just happen to be in the middle of one of my favorite campaigns of all time, based around a system I hacked together from Mouseguard. I know a few of the panelists for this one, and I’ve even been on one with Peter Maranci before. William Blanton (moderator), William Walker, and Lauren Roy will also be there.


Finally, 1:00 pm Monday in the Bullfinch Room Kevin R.A. DiCandido and Stephen Schneyer will be reading their work while I sit next to them and listen. Seriously, I’ve heard both of these guys before and if you can hang on until the afternoon on Monday, it will be worth your time to hear them read. Oh, and I’ll be there too, reading a couple of my published works from the past year.


I’m honestly more excited about this Arisia then I have in a couple of years. From writing to reading, I think I got just the perfect balance of panels for myself. 


As I get closer to January I’ll be putting some of my thoughts down in a post or two. Also, my year-end lists will lean heavily on the fiction I’ve been catching up on for the Year in Review post, so that’ll be a great preview for that panel. If you know of a short fiction piece - published this year - that you think I should know about, just let me know know in the comments section. 


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