Where I’ll be at Chicon 8 (Virtually)

Sadly, I won’t be able to make it in person to Worldcon this year. I have an important family event the next weekend and decided to try to avoid big social gatherings beforehand. I’m sad that I won’t be able to see friends and meet new people in person, but I am hoping to make it to World Fantasy Con in November.

However, I will be doing some online programming, including a virtual table talk, and would love to see people virtually. Here’s my schedule:

Virtual Table Talk – Friday, September 2 at 4:00pm CDT

Where: Airmeet Table Talk

Who: A. T. Greenblatt

Blending, Blurring, Evaporating GenresSaturday, September 3 at 10:00am CDT

Where: Airmeet 4

Who: A. T. Greenblatt, Cassandra Rose Clarke (moderator), Julia Meitov Hersey, L. Marie Wood, Sherwood Smith

Description: Dragons in space? Magic robots? Speculative fiction has always refused to be confined between strict boundaries, and genre mashups and crossovers are now a common feature. How have our expectations for each genre changed over the years? How will they continue to change when “shelf space on a bookstore” is no longer a main concern?


One Hero to Save Them AllSaturday, September 3 at 2:30pm CDT

Where: Airmeet 3

Who: A. T. Greenblatt, Auston Habershaw, C.L. ClarkColin Alexander, John Appel (moderator), PJ Manney

Description: Many stories set in dystopias or featuring a revolution focus the narrative on a single, solitary hero. But is this realistic? Is it fair, either to the hero who must do all the work or to the secondary characters? Is it fair to readers, looking to effect changes in their own societies, to read about competent characters who can do it all? Come join the panelists as they explore and question examples of solitary heroes.

Hope to see you virtually this weekend!

Worldcon 2021 Schedule

I’ve been under deadlines for the last few weeks and I’m only just getting to this post now. I’m literally sitting in the hotel lobby as I write this. Which is to say I’ll be at Discon III (aka WorldCon 2021) this weekend! In person! I’m excited to see people in real life again.

Here’s my schedule:

Thursday, Dec 16th, 11:30 AM  –  Kaffeeklatsch with A. T. Greenblatt – Suite 325 Side Room              
Thursday, Dec 16th, 1:00 PM  – Signing – A.T. Greenblatt – Autograph 3  

Friday, Dec 17th, 7:00 PM – Panel –  Writing Short Fiction – Blue Room

Saturday, Dec 18th, 10:00 AM – Panel –  Story Structures Besides the Hero’s Journey – Older
Saturday, Dec 18th, 4:00 PM  –  Panel –  Why Do We Love Novellas and Novelettes? – Cabinet Room  
Saturday, Dec 18th, 8:00 PM –    Hugo Award Ceremonies!        

The Hugo will be streamed on Saturday night and I’ll update this post with the link when I have it.

In the meantime, please feel free to come say hello to me if you are at the convention. Apologies in advance – I’m terrible with faces in the best of times, so if I don’t recognize you, it’s not personal.
               

WorldCon 2019 Dublin Schedule

I’ve just returned from Launch Pad, which was fantastic and I hope to have a write up about it soon. But in the meantime, here’s my schedule for WorldCon!

Liking problematic things

When: 15 Aug 2019, Thursday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

Description: What happens when you find out that something you really love is sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, or similarly problematic – or that a performer, director, or producer whose work you liked a lot is not who you thought they were? Can you still enjoy problematic creations? How do you reconcile your enjoyment with your values? Our panellists have felt your pain and have some tips to share.

Panelists: Leo Adams, A. T. Greenblatt, Sam Hawke, Sarah Gulde (M) \

Autographs: Friday at 16:00

16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:00 – 16:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Participants: Alex Acks, Regina Kanyu Wang, A.J. Hackwith, Dr. Mary Watson, Jo Zebedee, A. T. Greenblatt

Kaffeeklatsch: A. T. Greenblatt

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)

Using science in fantasy writing

When: 18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

Description: When do you use science in fantasy? Whether you are dealing with medical problems, outbreaks of disease, or aspects of technology, how can these be integrated with fantasy – and what makes it different from SF?

Panelists: Ginjer Buchanan (Penguin Random House), Joe Abercrombie, A. T. Greenblatt , Peter Adrian Behravesh (PodCastle), Jo Walton (M)

I’ve never had a Kaffeeklatsch before, so that should be fun. If you’re going to be in Dublin, feel free to come and say hello!