Here’s my schedule for Boskone 57, February 14-16 2020, at the Boston Westin Waterfront:
Remembering the Star Trek Aliens
Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Harbor II
Vulcans, Klingons, and Romulans all have their fans. Let’s look beyond these familiarly fantastic faces to other memorable aliens (and cultures) within the Star Trek macroverse, and discuss why they’re so special. Or not so much.
M. C. DeMarco (M), Kenneth Schneyer, David Marshall, Brianna Wu, Jennifer Pelland
Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Marina 4
With the rise of audiobooks, voice actors have gained new prominence. However, voice acting goes beyond just reading the words on the page. Our experts come together to talk about the profession of voice acting, to share tips and tricks, and to discuss various channels for gaining training and jobs. We’ll also explore the kind of preparation needed for various genres, and how a voice performance differs from reading aloud or acting upon the stage.
Bob Kuhn, Kenneth Schneyer (M), Claire Suzanne Elizabeth Cooney
The Death of Sherlock Holmes
Friday 20:00 – 20:50, Marina 4 (Westin)
Tired of his hero, Arthur Conan Doyle threw him over. But then literary figures — who had dismissed the Holmes stories as trivial diversions — unexpectedly woke to the depth and intelligence of the writing. Also, the outcry from the public was deafening. People just would not let Holmes die. So Doyle had to bring him back. Other writers have tried this: see the Death of Superman, etc. What do we think about all this? Where do our sympathies lie? Are revived characters less interesting afterward, or more?
Dana Cameron, Kenneth Schneyer (M), Fred Lerner, Max Gladstone, Jim Mann.
Reading: Kenneth Schneyer
Saturday 17:00 – 17:25, Independence
(My current plan is to read from a working draft novelette, “Fire in a Crowded Theater”.)
Law & Justice in Speculative Fiction
Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Harbor I
The concepts of law and justice often go together, but not always as one would imagine in a speculative world. How do these concepts connect or conflict depending upon the setting of the story? Let’s look at the influences that affect how these ideas are upheld or subverted when technology, mass communication, or alien civilizations are either added or removed. And what role do ideals such as truth, or even revenge, play when characters come into conflict? What dangers does an author have to navigate when writing about sensitive topics?
Leigh Perry (M) Toni L.P. Kelner, Kenneth Schneyer, Bracken MacLeod – Author, Diana Rowland