Thursday November 1
9:00 p.m. OUR MONSTERS, OUR SELVES-VAUGHAN WEST
The best monsters—ghosts, vampires, werewolves, zombies—all begin as human beings, as US. All have their roots in the ideas of lost/strayed/stolen humanity. Freud alludes to the factor of semblance in The Uncanny, and that idea, with the tensions inherent in duality/dichotomy—an otherness both projected, and found within—is
crucial. Think of works such as Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde, and Dracula like a hall of mirrors, begetting their own reflections. Is our continued fascination with these monsters our way of grappling with our own demons? And which fantasy characters are most persuasive in convincing us that they are not really monsters; that they are, in reality, a reflection/distortion/creation of us?
James Alan Gardner (M), Lena Coakley, Ellen Datlow, Christopher
Golden, Richard A. Kirk, Holly Phillips
Friday November 2
8:00 p.m. GRAND YORK BALLROOM
Meet, talk, and get your books signed.
(No backpacks or wheeled carriers allowed in the signing hall. Park them outside in designated areas. Please be considerate of other attendees. We reserve the right to limit the number of books signed for any one person.)
Saturday November 3
1:00 p.m. CALL YOURSELF AN EDITOR? YORK B & C
How have the position and role of editors changed over the last twenty years? How are they likely to change over the next ten? The panel will look at how editors are viewed by their employers, by authors, and by consumers. Good editing should be invisible to readers; are editors becoming increasingly invisible to publishing
companies, except in their role of making acquisitions? How and why did this happen, if it did? A generation of authors has, to varying degrees, never undergone the traditional substantive/copy/line editing process. What effect has/will this have on the genre? And what of the generation of readers who’ve grown accustomed to works that have never seen a blue pencil? Does anyone care?
Jack Dann (M), Ellen Datlow, Gordon Van Gelder, Sharyn
November, Patrick Swenson, Ann VanderMeer.
4:00 –5.30 p.m. SPEAKING OF THE YEAR’S BEST . . .VAUGHAN
The panelists discusses what they feel are the most notable works to
emerge in 2012.
Gary K. Wolfe (M), Ellen Datlow, Jo Fletcher, Paula Guran,
Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi.