Friendship Is ConFusion

Friday5:00 PM5:50 PMIf You Liked 'The Martian'...InterlochenHard science fiction is serious business. Hard science fiction done well can be big business, as exhibited by Andy Weir's mega-hit The Martian. What other hard science fictions stories are out there in The Martian's shadow? And what about their science is so engaging?Karen Burnham, Martin L. Shoemaker, Matthew Alan Thyer, Bob Trembley, Andrew Zimmerman JonesLITERATURE
Saturday10:00 AM10:50 AMWhose Cartoon Is It Anyway?InterlochenA cartoonist face-off — the audience gives the panel of cartoonists a situation to draw. Cartoonist #1 draws half of it - Cartoonist #2 finishes it and adds a punch line!Dave Stein (M), Lar deSouza, Matt Feazell, Bill Messner-Loebs, Ben Rodriguez, Diana Harlan Stein, Emily Zelasko, Jeffrey Alan LoveART
Saturday11:00 AM11:50 AMScreenwriting in GenreInterlochenWhat does it take to be a screenwriter in SFF? How is screenwriting different from prose fiction?Sam Morgan (M), Mallory O'Meara, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck (James SA Corey), Dyrk AshtonLITERATURE
Saturday12:00 PM12:50 PMIntroduction to Black ButlerInterlochenFind out what's new in Black Butler!  Get a fun intro from the Grim Reaper point-of-view.  From the Red Reaper to Book of the Atlantic, we will help the newcomer understand the show and those who are fans see it from inside London's Shinigami Dispatch.Angela Carina Barry, Star Stramel-Shinigami KamiMEDIA
Saturday1:00 PM1:50 PMReading: Amal El-Mohtar, Cherie Priest, Kristine SmithInterlochenAuthors read from current or forthcoming worksAmal El-Mohtar, Cherie Priest, Kristine SmithLITERATURE
Saturday2:00 PM2:50 PMHere's What We Do to Your BabiesInterlochenNo one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade. How the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens. And by it, we mean publishing a book. Come learn what happens in the room where it... uh.... happens. Who touches your manuscript and why? Why does it take so long to publish a book?Richard Shealy (M), DongWon Song, Sam Morgan, Lee Harris, Yanni Kuznia, Navah WolfeLITERATURE
Saturday3:00 PM3:50 PMLuke CageInterlochenOpen, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show. Moderator(s) will help guide!Emmy Jackson (M), Christian Klaver (M)MEDIA
Saturday4:00 PM4:50 PMOrphan BlackInterlochenOpen, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show. Moderator(s) will help guide!Gillian Redfearn (M), Amy Sundberg (M)MEDIA
Saturday6:00 PM6:50 PMDying is Easy. Comedy is HardInterlochenLOL has become a typographical reflex. It is a rare reality. The same is true of "comedic" fiction. Sure it'll make you smile, but does it make you pee yourself? Which genre stories accomplish this? What makes them unique?Mur Lafferty (M), Sara Dobie Bauer, Steve Buchheit, Elizabeth ShackLITERATURE
Sunday10:00 AM10:50 AMPantsers Rule! (Or So They Tell Me)InterlochenNo plan! No safety net! Writing by the seat of your pants is the best, most effective writing strategy. Well... at least for some writers. What are the strengths and weaknesses, and what might be some alternatives, other than outlining?Diana Rowland (M), Michael Ceislak, Andrea Phillips, John Klima, Courtney SchaferLITERATURE
Sunday11:00 AM11:50 AMLong Tail of the Tall TaleInterlochenTall tales, like their fairy tale cousins, are reinvented in every culture around the world. Handed down through generations, they provide context for how humans relate to each other and to stories. How have these oral traditions influenced today's fiction? Is there such a thing as a modern tall tale?Dyrk Ashton (M), Sarah E. Gibbons,  John Chu, Bernadette Bosky, Diana RowlandLITERATURE
Sunday1:00 PM1:50 PMThe Evolution of the ZombieInterlochenSlow zombies, fast zombies, undead zombies and plague zombies. Over the years we've seen them all. How has the mythos of the zombie evolved and where might it go next?Scott (Toaden) Maiale, Lesley Conner, John Klima, Cherie Priest, Mallory O'MearaMEDIA