Mea culpa…haven’t been updating my website. I’ll try to turn that around with a few bits of news…
I’ll be attending the World Fantasy Convention in Washington and am looking forward to seeing pals and hanging out. I’m doing a workshop panel with Joe Haldeman, Lee Modesitt, and Janeen Webb on Thursday, November 6th. It will run from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, unless we all decide to go out for a beer <Grin>. Description follows:
“Critics have articulated rules for creating counterfactual fiction. Jack Dann has formulated a set of embracing concepts he believes are central to the craft. He and his fellow panelists examine these general concepts and explain the process and pitfalls of writing alternate history. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”
Should be fun. The more the merrier!
I’m also slated to be on a panel with Eileen Gunn, David Coe, Jean Marie Ward, and Rick Wilber on Saturday, November 8th. The panel is titled “Historical People in Fantasy.”
“When using Samuel Adams, Joseph Warren, or perhaps on of the most used names, Nikola Tesla and other real people as characters in fiction, what liberties can an author take and what holes do they have to fill? How close to the real Jack Kerouac does Nick Mamatas get in Move Under Ground? What do creators owe to history, especially if the players are in a new world as in Philip José Farmer’s Riverworld series. The panel will discuss where historical truth meets literary license.”
See everyone there!