Philcon 2014 Schedule

Here’s where you can find me at Philcon this year.

Sat 5:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three
The Capaldi Report: A New Who
Victoria Janssen (mod), Gordon Linzner, Deborah Stanish, Rebecca Robare, Christine Norris, Gail Z. Martin
With the first season of Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor concluded and fandom awaiting the Doctor Who Christmas special, what has worked and what has not? Has this new “alien” Doctor worked out well?  How has Moffat’s new season helped or hurt the arrival of the new Time Lord?  Where do Capaldi and Doctor Who go from here?

Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza III
Is Fandom Still Producing The Next Generation Of Writers?
Elektra Hammond (mod), Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Victoria Janssen, Steve Wilson
There was a time when virtually all of the hot new writers (like Asimov, Bradbury, Pohl and Kornbluth) came up through the ranks of organized fandom.  This seems to be less true today. Is that the case?  Would it be a bad thing or just a sign of the field broadening its appeal?

Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza II
Expanding A Short Story Into A Novel
Hildy Silverman (mod), Brian Koscienski, Sally Wiener Grotta, Victoria Janssen, Mike McPhail, Fran Wilde
Many shorter works, from “Flowers for Algernon” to “Ender’s Game” have been successfully expanded into novels.  How is this done? Are there times when this is not a good idea?

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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