I’ll be attending Readercon from July 9-12, and I’ve just received my panel schedule. Readercon is one of my favorite conventions, and this year I’ll be doing a reading and will be participating in two panels. Otherwise, I’ll likely be near the bar!

Friday, July 11

11:30 AM    EM    Reading: Matthew Kressel.
Matthew Kressel. Matthew Kressel reads from his forthcoming novel, KING OF SHARDS.
4:00 PM    F    What Makes Fiction Immersive? 
Stacey Friedberg, Matthew Kressel, Barry Longyear, Sarah Smith (leader), Rachel Steiger-Meister. What is it about a work that makes you fall into it and not want to come out? What makes another time or place so attractive that you find yourself living there in odd moments? Rather than discussing this in terms of writing techniques, we’ll focus specifically on the reader’s experience of a work as immersive, exploring the intersection of escapism and reflection of the reader’s needs and desires.

Saturday, July 12

1:00 PM    F    Making SF/F Careers Viable.
Sandra Kasturi, Matthew Kressel, Bart Leib, A. J. Odasso, Alex Shvartsman (leader). Writing, editing anthologies or magazines, running small presses, creating artwork… these pursuits demand a great deal of investment, and returns are unreliable. Few people can spend weeks writing a story on spec, wait months for a contract and longer for a check, or absorb financial losses for years while trying to make a business profitable. Let’s talk frankly about how low pay rates on all fronts affect the demographics of professional SF/F, and what we can do to make SF/F careers more accessible to people with limited tangible and intangible resources.