My 2018 Balticon Schedule

I’ll be a guest at Balticon next weekend (May 25-28), a fun convention with guests including Catherine Asaro, Larry Niven, Charles Gannon, Keith DeCandido, and many more!B52_web_banner_4

On Saturday, I may be preoccupied because my wife, award-winning artist Heidi Hooper, will be doing an appearance at the local Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum where her dryer lint art is displayed!

But otherwise, here are the panels where you can find me:

Ordinary Heroes (Friday 4 pm): Some of the most powerful stories are about ordinary people who find themselves doing extraordinary things. What makes these tales and characters appealing and how do they differ from those featuring larger-than-life heroes and villains? With Valerie J. Mikles (moderator)Gail Z. MartinMelissa ScottJohn AppelMichael A. Ventrella

Autographing (Saturday 2 pm): I’ll be signing books for anyone who wants one!

Character Building in Fantasy (Saturday 4 pm): Worldbuilding is fun, but someone’s got to live in that world. Authors discuss how to how to make fictional characters that live in invented worlds feel like they didn’t fall our of ours. With Griffin Barber (moderator)Larry NivenScott H. AndrewsMichael A. VentrellaMichelle Sonnier

Readings (Saturday 6 pm): Authors read from their latest work. With Day Al-MohamedElektra HammondMichael A. Ventrella

What Makes an Idea Worth Exploring? (Sunday 1 pm): Bring the concepts you’re considering and we’ll discuss whether they’re worth your, or your reader’s, time. With Michael A. Ventrella (moderator)Gail Z. MartinDave RobisonJeff Young

A Judicial Framework for Superpowers (Sunday 5 pm): Is testimony obtained with Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth admissible? Does Spidey-Sense require a wiretapping permit? Come talk to our nerdy lawyers and find out. With James R. Stratton (moderator)Iver P CooperGriffin BarberJohn L. FrenchMichael A. Ventrella

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