I’ll be speaking at next week’s RavenCon here in Richmond, so if you make it, then here’s when and where you can find me that weekend.
Friday, March 25
5pm – Virginia as a setting for Speculative Fiction
What are the opportunities and limitations of setting your story in the Virginia? What are the some of the most interesting stories set in Virginia?
10pm – The Books We Carry With Us
Panelists talk about books they loved or influenced them when they were young.
Saturday, March 26
10am – A Reading of “Dracarge” by Bill Blume
In addition to reading the first chapter to his young adult novel Gidion’s Hunt, the first in his Gidion Hunt: Vampire Hunter series, Bill will read a humorous short story called “Dracarge.” When a gremlin is found murdered on the runway of Heathrow Airport, it’s up to a pair of dragons to hunt down the killer. The investigation leads Special Agent Windsor and his inept partner to an infamous assassin, a conspiracy between humans and gremlins, and the truth behind all the mechanical mischief gremlins cause. They even discover the true origins of Steampunk! “Dracarge” is a sequel to Bill’s 2012 short story ebook “The Big Sneeze.”
1pm – Batman at 75 Years
A look back at the history of the World’s Greatest Detective. Memorable villains, best moments, groan inducing moments, the glorious cheesiness of the 60’s TV show, and why we still love him after 75 years.
3pm – Young Adult literature
What makes a Young Adult novel these days? Is it just the age of the protagonist or is there something else? What books should be considered Young Adult that are not, and which are that shouldn’t be?
Sunday, March 27
10am – Homage in SF Literature
Classics like Silverlock, Hyperion, and Anno Dracula have made good use of homage. But when do you cross the line from borrowing classic characters to committing outright theft? Our panel discusses what makes homage work and what doesn’t.
2pm – Using SF/F in the Classroom
With the popular success of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, speculative fiction has caught the attention of youth and their parents. From new hits to classic H.G. Wells, how can science fiction and fantasy be used in the classroom? Can literature be used outside the English lesson? What do these stories have to say about history, social science, or biology?
And don’t forget to help Bill decide which Batman t-shirt to wear for his Saturday “Batman at 75” panel. Vote now!