CapClave 2011 Schedule

You can find me in Maryland this weekend, with the extinct birds.

I’m off to CapClave, a science fiction convention sponsored by the Washington Science Fiction Society. Program Participants.

I’m only doing a couple of panels this year, and spending the rest of the time catching up with friends and possibly watching a little Dr. Who.

Friday, 6:00 pm, “First Sentence, First Paragraph: What Does It Take To Grab You?”
Great first sentences, to work, have to be sneaky or elegant, or so it has been said. But great first sentences are rare. So what qualities does a novel or story have to have to make you keep reading beyond that first sentence or first paragraph?

Saturday, 11:00 am, “10 Most Important SF Novels”
The panelists bring their list of the 10 most important SF novels … ever. Important in this case is defined as having an impact on the literature, the culture, genre discussion, etc.. They will compare the lists and discuss why they chose what they did. Bring your own list.

2:00 pm, Kaffeeklatsch

Drop by to see me if you’re there!

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen [she, her] currently writes cozy space opera for Kalikoi. The novella series A Place of Refuge begins with Finding Refuge: Telepathic warrior Talia Avi, genius engineer Miki Boudreaux, and augmented soldier Faigin Balfour fought the fascist Federated Colonies for ten years, following the charismatic dissenter Jon Churchill. Then Jon disappeared, Talia was thought dead, and Miki and Faigin struggled to take Jon’s place and stay alive. When the FC is unexpectedly upended, Talia is reunited with her friends and they are given sanctuary on the enigmatic planet Refuge. The trio of former guerillas strive to recover from lifetimes of trauma, build new lives on a planet with endless horizons, and forge tender new connections with each other.
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