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Polaris 2009 schedule

This is a bit late, for which I apologize, and it's probably not of interest to anyone who isn't already attending the convention, but my schedule for the weekend at Polaris 2009 is as follows:

Print book vs E-book
E-book sales have been steadily increasing over the past few years. Will they endanger physical, paper books, or is there room for both? What are the advantages of e-books and print books?
Panelists: Anna Hatton, Timothy Carter, Michelle Sagara West, Stephen B. Pearl
Scheduled day/time: Friday 9:00 PM

Female superheroes. The few, the love interests, the female versions of male superheroes...
A few years ago Sequential Tart asked their readers to submit a list of top ten favourite female superheroes. Rules: Superheroes, not just comic book characters; no female versions of male characters (a la Supergirl); not created as a love interest; hero, not villain. Most readers couldn't come up with ten. We know comics are more than superheroes, but it's how most people think of them and until women have a voice they'll always be less than they could be.
Panelists: Gemma Files, Clare Moseley, Michelle Sagara West
Scheduled day/time: Friday 10:00 PM

Table Top vs. Desktop: End of an Era?
Once in the far off lands of basement, people gathered socially, rolled their die, and sought quests completed. And then came the MMO. Has the cyberworld defeated the real? Has the Mighty Mouse quashed the pencil? Or is there still hope?
Panelists: Michelle Sagara West (M), Jessa Toomer, Stuart Kenny, Margaret-Anne Park
Scheduled day/time:Saturday 11:00 AM

Scheduled day/time: 3 p.m. Saturday

I loved that when I was a kid!
There are books that we loved as children that upon rereading are horrible, or contain messages we were never aware of. Other times they are still great or even better. Does this affect what you recommend or give as gifts? Is it because these books are bad, or just well focused? Is anything truly universal, and should that be a writer's goal?
Panelists: Margaret-Anne Park, R.J. Anderson, Deanna Toxopeus, Michelle Sagara West
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 6:00 PM

Scheduled day/time: 12:30 p.m. Saturday

Reacting To Abrams Trek
With reactions to the new Trek film ranging from "OMG u r so brilant!" to "How about I re-imagine your face!?", surely a discussion panel is warranted. Surely. Did the film live up (or down) to your expectations? Did Zachary Quinto adequately fill Leonard Nimoy's pointed ears?
Panelists: Nancy Coulter, Vickie Kostecki, Michelle Sagara West, Chris Milloy, Patrick Mazerolle
Scheduled day/time: Sunday 5:00 PM

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Jul. 10th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
No fair!

Those would have been some interesting panels to listen to, particularly the eBook and the PnP vs. MMO ones. I don't suppose anyone is going to record them and put them in a podcast or stick them on YouTube or anything?

Jul. 10th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
I'd be very interested in hearing the "I loved that when I was kid" panel.

Oh well - maybe you'll post on it?
Jul. 10th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
I must confess the first thing that popped into my head when I read that panel wasn't a book at all, but rather The Cannonball Run. I hadn't realized how bad that movie was until I saw it for the first time since the early 80's a couple of years ago.
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
Off topic, but we seem to be reading together at Worldcon. I shall look forward to meeting you.
Jul. 15th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Off topic, but we seem to be reading together at Worldcon. I shall look forward to meeting you.

We do, indeed :). The good thing about this is: Pat Rothfuss who is nice, funny, and immensely popular because this means the "no one will be here" fears have instantly shriveled and died.

The bad thing is: Pat Rothfuss because I imagine that everyone will be there to listen to him *wry g*. That, and twenty minutes of reading is a short block, for me.
Jul. 15th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
My thought process was very similar on Mr Rothfuss. I am the tag end on this set, I suspect. Though I am sure there will be plenty of people there to hear you (me, for one, even if I wasn't also reading). And I have given precisely one reading in my life (unless you count reading at my brother's wedding, which makes it two).
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I really regret that I live in the UK and not the USA. That schedule looks fascinating!

Btw, I am re-reading 'Cast in Fury' and I have just realised that the picture on the front cover shows Kaylin as a brown-skinned non-Caucasian. Yay! That's how I imagine her. I love the riffs you play on the traditional detective/Private Eye stories in the Elantra books.
Jul. 15th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
Btw, I am re-reading 'Cast in Fury' and I have just realised that the picture on the front cover shows Kaylin as a brown-skinned non-Caucasian.

I have very little to do with the covers of the books, which is probably in my case a good thing because I'm not a very visual person at all. I've been lucky or blessed with the Luna covers, because they do seem to reach my readers, though!
Jul. 11th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Have fun! I wish I could be there, but I'm teaching recruits to stand in a straight line this weekend. :-)
Jul. 13th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Really? You're on the Trek Reimagining panel? XD Envyyyyy! (And while we're on the reimagining train of thought, did they tackle the BSG reimagining?)

I enjoyed it personally, because it paid the homage due to the original while maintaining its own uniqueness. I wish I could go, but I hope you had a good time :)
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