Join me at Boskone (February 19-21, 2016) at the Westin hotel in Boston, MA for New England's longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. It's going to be a fun weekend filled with books, film, art, music, gaming, and more. For more information about Boskone, check out The Boskone Blog, Twitter, and Facebook. Visit the Boskone website to register.
My schedule (note that Boskone uses an Orwellian 24-hour clock):
Key Moments in Space Travel: Columbia (1981), Vostok (1961)
Friday 17:00 - 17:50, Harbor III. In 2016, we celebrate 35 years since the launch of Columbia, the U.S.'s first reusable space shuttle, and 55 years since Vostok, the first human spaceflight in history. With more than half a century of space travel behind us, let's take a look back at some of the more memorable moments in manned space flight and imagine what we can look forward to in the future. (Allen M. Steele, James Cambias, Andrew Owens, N.A. Ratnayake.)
Theories of Time Travel
Saturday 10:00 - 10:50, Marina 4. As improbable as it seems, is time travel possible? What scientific theories are out there that hint at what it might take to turn time travel into a reality? What practical issues need to be considered? What are some of the best time travel stories and how does their science hold up? Who's doing it right? And is time travel really just science fiction? (James Cambias, Heather Albano, John R. Douglas, Kenneth Schneyer, Jo Walton.)
Conspiracy! — The Anthology Group Reading
Saturday 13:00 - 13:50, Griffin. NESFA Press presents a special reading for Conspiracy!, edited by Judith K. Dial and Thomas Easton. This exciting new anthology of original short fiction unveils some mind-bending conspiracies that will get you thinking. Conspiracy! also features cover art by NESFA Press Guest Bob Eggleton and original stories by Boskone 53 program participants James Cambias, Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald, Jeff Hecht, Steven Popkes, Sarah Smith, and Allen Steele.
Boskone Book Party
Saturday 18:00 - 19:20, Galleria-Stage. Join us for Boskone's Multi-Author Book Party, see what's new from authors you love, and discover new favorites. NESFA Press is also launching three books tonight: The Collected Stories of Poul Anderson Vol 7, Conspiracy!, and The Grimm Future.
Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop Reading
Sunday 11:00 - 11:50, Marina 2. This year is the 35th anniversary of the Cambridge Science Fiction Workshop. Come join local members for their annual reading at Boskone! Featuring Steven Popkes, Sarah Smith, Heather Albano, James Cambias, Kenneth Schneyer, Alexander Jablokov.
Autographing: James Cambias, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
Sunday 12:00 - 12:50, Galleria-Autographing. Bring in anything and I'll sign it.