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Anticipation — WorldCon

I’ll be at WorldCon from Friday afternoon, 7 August 2009, to Sunday afternoon, 9 August 2009 and here’s my schedule. Since I’m bilingual, I’ll be on both English and French panels.

Friday 15:30
Location: P-522B
Title: Preparing to Write a Series
Session ID: 755
All Participants: Fiona Patton, Joe Haldeman, Joshua Palmatier, Laura Anne Gilman, M. D. Benoit, Mindy Klasky, George R. R. Martin
Moderator: Joe Haldeman
Description: How does a writer plan to write a series? Or is it unplanned until you sign the contract? Writers discuss how they set up and wrote novels that are part of a “series.”

Saturday 11:00
Location: D-Vitre
Title: Writing Workshop U
Session ID: 666
All Participants: Joshua Palmatier, M. D. Benoit
Moderator: Joshua Palmatier
Description: Critique session for previously submitted manuscripts

Saturday 20:00
Location: P-513D
Title: L’édition électronique
Session ID: 379
All Participants: Alain le Bussy, Alexandre Lemieux, M. D. Benoit, Pascale Raud
Moderator: M. D. Benoit
Description: L’édition en-ligne est de plus en plus commune. L’avenir appartient-il au livre numérique et à Google?

Sunday 12:30
Location: P-513D
Title: L’écriture avec la langue des autres
Session ID: 378
All Participants: Aliette de Bodard, M. D. Benoit, Tony Pi, Claude Lalumière, Patrick Senécal
Moderator: Claude Lalumière
Description: Quels sont les défis de l’écriture de SF dans une langue qui n’appartient pas entièrement à un auteur?

Sunday 14:00
Location: P-511A
Title: The Invention of the Canon
Session ID: 527
All Participants: Evelyn Leeper, Graham Sleight, M. D. Benoit, Mike Resnick
Description: How do we as a field decide that a work or an author is a “classic”? Do all the awards we give out help? What about Year’s Best books/lists, reviews, and indeed panels at conventions? And what about authors whose reputations fluctuate over time?

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Serialized books at Zumaya Publications: R. J. Leahy’s Tigra

Sign in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Zumaya Publications for a serial presentation of R.J. Leahy’s bestselling, award-nominated SF novel TIGRA. This is the first in a regular schedule of serializations of both their best-selling backlist books and some of their planned new releases for this year.

Zumaya selected TIGRA as their first offering because the sequel, THE OBSIDIAN SEED, is scheduled for releaseJanuary 2009.

In the desert wastes of Ararat, Jeena Garza stumbles on the greatest secret in the universe. Marooned after escaping a hellish prison, Jeena–soldier, pilot, genetic experiment–wants only to rest and to heal, to forget and be forgotten.

But on Ararat she will be forced to fight yet again. To save a lost and dying race, she will set into motion events destined to change the galaxy forever.

Join Zumaya in the farthest reaches of space, where mankind confronts for the first time the realization we are not alone.

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Another NaNoWriMo Triumph!

This just in from M. D.: she’s completed the NaNoWriMo challenge for another year! I’m very proud of her. She tells me that her work-in-progress, tentatively entitled Noth’Nor, can be loosely called a space western, simply because the story happens on a ranch on another planet. After some doubts about whether she would continue playing with it after November, she told me that she probably will for the simple reason that she hates leaving stuff lying around, half alive…

However, when she started telling me about the story, I decided I had my doubts about whether this is an appropriate branching of her writing.

Well, first of all, it’s not really a space western. Sure, it happens on a ranch, but you’re talking sabotage and attempted murder rather than an oater, and there’s a sprinkling of romance thrown it (oh, pulease …). Not really her style, she says, and I agree. I think she should stick to my case files, at least that stuff really happened, hard as is it to believe. Bad enough she got wrapped up in those cloning stories. That first one, Synergy, maybe could happen; it’s a hundred years in the future. But that other one, the one coming out next year? Clone farms. Huh.

M. D. looks pretty determined to try to finish Noth’Nor, so I’ve decided to keep my trap shut for a while. It’s bad enough Christmas is coming. I don’t want to fight about writing genres on top of it. Too depressing. I’ll just shake her hand and say well done on that NaNo thing and jump her after the new year.

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