Boskone 52 -- February 13-15, 2015 Am I a member? Register Now!

Schedule

The Boskone 52 Program Schedule is posted here. We hope to have a mobile app version available before Boskone 52.

Programming begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13th and is free to the public from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and throughout the duration of the convention.


Late Changes

Starting February 1, 2015 updates, if any, will be highlighted here.


Friday * * Saturday * * Sunday

Friday

Friday, 2:00 PM (free to public)

Burroughs

The Pantheon Among Hogwarts Professors

All pantheons in ancient mythologies have similar archetypes, and so do the Hogwarts professors! Which archetypes are included? Which are missing? Are they just reenacting the Roman gods, or are there other, closer correspondences? What roles do Harry, Hermione, and Ron play within the Hogwarts Pantheon?

Valerie Estelle Frankel

Friday, 2:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor II

The Cutting Edge

Panelists discuss scientific and engineering developments that are new or emerging, and then venture into the realm of those that may be just a short step from development. What ideas are within our reach that recently seemed like pure science fiction? And what direction will technology likely take in the future?

Tom Easton (M), Guy Consolmagno, Justine Graykin, Mark L. Olson, Karl Schroeder

Friday, 2:00 PM (free to public)

Independence

Welcome to Boskone #1

New to Boskone? Or returning after a long absence? Join us for a short discussion about what Boskone has to offer, learn some of the convention lingo, and meet new people. Then join our docent for a stroll around the con.

Brenda Noiseux, Priscilla Olson

Friday, 2:00 PM (free to public)

Lewis

The AniMangaVerse

Anime and manga have become forces unto themselves, spawning hordes of excited new fans as well as adaptations, reinterpretations, and fantastic new original stories. Panelists discuss the shining examples that got them into anime and manga. What's out there? What new trends are emerging? And how about the art!

Ada Palmer (M), Veronica Koven-Matasy, Tim Szczesuil

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Burroughs

Food in Fiction

Stories that make you go, "Yum!" How do you describe food to convey mood or set the scene? Join our panelists as they dish on the culinary delights that tantalize us in fiction, from regional teas to kingly feasts. What works? What doesn't? And what should you know about a food-centric scene?

Carrie Cuinn (M), Steven Brust, James Cambias, Fran Wilde, Lawrence M. Schoen

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor I

Books That Just Barely Failed

A discussion of various books that should have done better, but had some fatal flaw. Maybe the protagonist's character, the society, or the worldbuilding was inconsistent. Perhaps disbelief couldn't be suspended quite so far. Did the author push a political or social agenda that was generally distasteful? Could the book have done better if released at a different time?

Vincent Docherty (M), Fred Lerner, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Justine Graykin

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor II

Vintage HallowDay Art

Collecting and collectibles have deep connections with SF/F fans and fandom. Official Artists Chuck Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang share the world of collectible art and objects that feature their favorite holiday — Halloween!

Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor III

Top Fantasy Vacation Locations

TripAdvisor's got nothing on our panelists! Get a fun-filled glimpse of the pros and cons of taking the family on some truly "fantastic" vacations — to destinations straight out of the pages of your favorite fiction. Find out where to go, whom to see, and what to do while you're (not really) there. Where would you most like to go, if you had the chance?

Margaret Ronald (M), Max Gladstone, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Allen M. Steele

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Independence

Welcome to Boskone #2

New to Boskone? Or returning after a long absence? Join us for a short discussion about what Boskone has to offer, learn some of the convention lingo, and meet new people. Then join our docent for a stroll around the con.

Erin Underwood, Bob Kuhn

Friday, 3:00 PM (free to public)

Lewis

Beauty and the Beast

Disney adapted "Beauty and the Beast" into an animated film 25 years ago, but where did this age-old romantic story begin? What other stories of mythic love and romance have survived the ages? Are these old fairytales and myths derived from tales of "Cupid and Psyche" or "East of the Sun/West of the Moon?"

Priscilla Olson (M), Chris Jackson, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jane Yolen, Greer Gilman

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Burroughs

The Author on the Flying Trapeze

Research tips for fainthearted and fearless writers from panelists who've tried falconry, caving, rock climbing, and flying trapeze, cooked space food, been tattooed, and gone behind-the-scenes at Cirque du Soleil for their novels. They'll share stories and research strategies, including advice for introverts about interviewing experts. How do you handle the ethics and logistics of experiential research?

E. C. Ambrose (Elaine Isaak) (M), Elizabeth Bear, Vincent O'Neil, Jill Shultz, Allen M. Steele

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Griffin

Reading: Charles Stross

Charles Stross

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Jordan Hamessley

Jordan Hamessley

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Lawrence Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor I

The Dark Side of Doctor Who

We've all seen the bright and charming Doctor saving the universe. But traveling through time and space in a blue police box isn't all sunshine and puppies. Threaded through the rollicking adventures, the Doctor deals with some serious, dark topics that navigate the border of horror. "The Empty Child, " "Blink, " and "Silence in the Library" are just a few of the episodes that slide into dark fiction territory. What makes these episodes so special to the audience, to the series, and to the Doctor himself? What would the Doctor be without this edge of darkness? What other episodes have made us pause and cast a glance over our shoulder to peer through shaded eyes at what might be hiding in the shadows?

Jim Mann (M), Susan Jane Bigelow, Ginjer Buchanan, LJ Cohen, Laurie Mann

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor II

Pulp Art Overview – America Falls in Love with a Good Story

Much of the visual history of science fiction and fantasy can been seen through the array of cover art that was created during the pulp era. Join Vincent Di Fate as he walks us through the key artists who illustrated for the pulps as well as the artists who influenced the look of the pulps across a broader spectrum of genres.

Vincent Di Fate

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor III

Losing True Dark

With the growth of modern cities, the star-swept sky is vanishing, hidden behind the ever-spreading glare of nighttime light pollution. Has the absence of true dark skewed the impact of the nighttime skies? If so, how might this alter the human imagination? What does it mean for our outlook on the supernatural, our observation of outer space, or even our basic desire to discover what lies beyond our own planet? Has this changed our perception of humanity's place within The Universe?

David L. Clements (M), James Cambias, James Patrick Kelly, Donna L. Young, Guy Consolmagno

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Independence

Spec Fic on the Stage

An informal discussion with the editors of Geek Theater, Jen Gunnels and Erin Underwood, about science fiction theater.

Jen Gunnels, Erin Underwood

Friday, 4:00 PM (free to public)

Lewis

History of the Book

How has bookmaking changed since the 16th century? With the aid of genuine antique books and manuscripts from the 16th through 18th centuries, historian Ada Palmer shows how books were made and how they have evolved over time.

Ada Palmer

Friday, 4:30 PM (free to public)

Griffin

Reading: Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Griffin

Reading: Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Independence

Reading: Kate Baker

Kate Baker

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Burroughs

A Conversation with Vincent Di Fate

Join Joe Siclari for an engaging conversation with NESFA Guest and award-winning artist Vincent Di Fate, one of science fiction's top illustrators.

Joe Siclari (M), Vincent Di Fate

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Jeff Bohnhoff

Jeff Bohnhoff

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Vincent O'Neil

Vincent O'Neil

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor I

Growing Up in "Game of Thrones"

The consequences of their parents' plots sit squarely upon the shoulders of the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen children. Their childhoods are gone, and they must come quickly into their own strengths if they hope to live through the great Game of Thrones. But have the adults underestimated the youngsters' value — and valor — as players? How will they evolve? Who will survive? Who will gain power? Who will surprise them all? 

Darlene Marshall (M), D. Lynn Smith, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Laurie Mann, Peadar Ó Guilín

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor II

Art Demo: Framing Your Art

Boskone Official Artist, Wendy Snow-Lang, shares her skills as a professional framer. What matting should you use? How should you choose a frame? Does the glass matter? Wendy shows how it's done, while highlighting things to consider when putting your art together.

Wendy Snow-Lang

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Harbor III

Sidekicks and Henchmen

"Helper" characters are often genre fiction's unsung heroes and villains. Harry might lose a lot of his magic without his mates Ron and Hermione. Sam helps Frodo stay grounded on two humble hairy feet. And how cool are those weird winged monkeys of the Wicked Witch's? Panelists discuss the value of sidekicks and henchmen in speculative fiction.

Paul Di Filippo (M), Steven Brust, Jeffrey A. Carver, Scott Lynch, Leigh Perry

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Lewis

Bards, Ballads, and Storytellers

Bards and poets were once the social historians, providing musical tales of great and wicked deeds, as well as offering social commentary on events of the day. Can we identify great bards of the past in different cultures? What examples of their work remain today? Where have all of the bards gone and will they return? Have bards found new life in fiction?

Ada Palmer (M), Greer Gilman, Mary Ellen Wessels

Friday, 5:00 PM (free to public)

Marina 2

Managing the Mean Critique

Being a writer means at some point you'll receive the dreaded "mean critique." Receiving unduly harsh feedback from someone in your workshop group, a well-known reviewer, or an internet blogger can happen to any writer at any level. We'll discuss how to handle these critiques with grace and poise as well as what you can learn from them...even if they are totally wrong!

F. Brett Cox (M), Heather Albano, Tom Easton, Gregory Feeley, E. C. Ambrose

Friday, 5:30 PM (free to public)

Griffin

Reading: Dana Cameron

Dana Cameron

Friday, 5:30 PM (free to public)

Independence

Reading: Ken Altabef

Ken Altabef

Friday, 6:00 PM

Independence

Reading: A.C.E. Bauer

A.C.E. Bauer

Friday, 6:00 PM

Burroughs

Apocalypse How?

A fair number of books and movies depict the end of the world. Now, it's time (relax — from a purely theoretical point of view) to see if they got it right or wrong. We'll debunk some plausible but ultimately unconvincing scenarios of doom and lay out leading contenders for ways the world might really wind it all up.

Jeffrey A. Carver (M), Scott Lynch, Steven Popkes, Michael Swanwick

Friday, 6:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Steven Brust, Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff

Maya Bohnhoff, Jeff Bohnhoff, Steven Brust

Friday, 6:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Origami for Kids

Mary Ellen Wessels, Persis Thorndike

Friday, 6:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone

Friday, 6:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Kate Baker and Neil Clarke

Kate Baker, Neil Clarke

Friday, 6:00 PM

Griffin

Wild Cards: Inside the Series

Dating back to 1987, the Wild Cards series continues to be as popular as ever with readers and writers alike. Wild Cards writers Walter Jon Williams, Carrie Vaughn, and David Anthony Durham take turns reading excerpts from their favorite stories and discussing the ins and outs of writing stories within this shared-world series that brings metahumans into our world back in the 1940s, changing the course of history. Join the discussion and find out what might be in store for the Aces and Jokers in the future!

David Anthony Durham, Carrie Vaughn, Walter Jon Williams

Friday, 6:00 PM

Harbor I

Tall Technical Tales

What stories do scientists tell when they've inhaled too much ethanol? Could they involve exploding particle accelerators or "oops" moments with virulent viruses? Perhaps they'll explain why you should never operate a centrifuge while under the influence. Find out when our panel of loose-lipped lab rats tells true stories about their work. Oh, and bring your own nerdy narratives for our open mic.

David L. Clements (M), Guy Consolmagno, Jordin T. Kare, Joan Slonczewski

Friday, 6:00 PM

Harbor II

The Continuing Adventures of the QUILTBAG

Our media may be starting to feature more characters and situations from the queer/questioning, undecided, intersex, lesbian, transgender/transsexual, bisexual, allied/asexual, gay/genderqueer (QUILTBAG) perspective, but there's still a long way to go. How do we move from tokenism to full inclusion? We'll discuss favorite characters, new challenges, and available resources for writers and readers.

John Chu (M), Susan Jane Bigelow, Justine Graykin, Julia Rios, Jill Shultz

Friday, 6:00 PM

Harbor III

25 Things I Learned From SF

How much of what you know was learned from science fiction? Chromatophores and Kuiper belts, tesseracts and teratogens — what Newton dreamt and how anarchy might work — we've all received numberless info dumps. What are your favorites? Your most exotic? How has science fiction shaped your life, your worldview, and the fancy factoids you spout at parties?

Laurie Mann (M), Gillian Daniels, Walter H. Hunt, Fred Lerner, Steve Davidson

Friday, 6:00 PM

Lewis

Poets and Poetry within Science Fiction and Fantasy

There is a burgeoning market for science fiction and fantasy poetry. Panelists discuss speculative fiction poetry: where you can find it, whom you should be reading, and what markets you should be watching to get the best of what SF/F poetry has to offer.

Theodora Goss (M), Carrie Cuinn, Jo Walton, Jane Yolen, Darrell Schweitzer

Friday, 6:00 PM

Marina 2

Energy Futures

"We'll freeze in the dark!" "Peak oil is yet to come!" "Solar is the future!" "Coal means energy independence!" There has to be more to the future of energy than mindless slogans, doesn't there? In this panel we discuss what we know, what we can expect, and think about what we don't know regarding energy over the next few decades.

Vincent Docherty, Mark L. Olson, Karl Schroeder

Friday, 6:00 PM

Marina 4

Filk Circle: Tolkien

Bring your songs about J. R. R. Tolkien's works and Middle-Earth, sing his own songs, or just come to listen. Open circle format; anyone can sing!

Benjamin Newman (M)

Friday, 6:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Jack Haringa

Jack M. Haringa

Friday, 7:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly

Friday, 7:00 PM

Burroughs

Dead Penguins and Chocoholics: The Truth About Antarctica

Pristine white snowdrifts marred only by meteorites: this storybook image is just part of what you find in Antarctica. Penguins lose their way and become mummified in desolate desert wastes. Exotic microbes fill ice lakes with super-rich oxygen — or deplete their oxygen completely. And the mysterious McMurdo community harbors dark secrets, such as rampant chocoholism .… This evening, an SF-writing microbiologist (and recent Antarctic explorer/escapee) tells all!

Joan Slonczewski

Friday, 7:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Open Activities for Kids

Friday, 7:00 PM

Harbor I

Dialog with Special Guest Robert Wiener

Special Guest Robert Wiener is the president of Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc. and has a long history as both a professional and as a fan within the SF/F community. Robert is also a well-known collector of science fiction art and illustration and is exhibiting many of his favorite pieces at the Boskone Art Show. Join us for an engaging dialog, which is sure to delve into all aspects of fandom and publishing.

Robert K. Wiener, Joe Siclari

Friday, 7:00 PM

Harbor II

Angels, Demons, and Saints

Religion has always played a strong role in fantasy, and we've seen an influx of fiction that specifically features characters that have been touched by higher powers — especially in today's urban fantasy. What role do these characters play within the story? How do we see these roles changing or morphing into something new? Why do we keep coming back to these types of characters? And what are some examples of stories that use these characters especially well?

Mur Lafferty (M), Maya Bohnhoff, Christopher Golden, Hillary Monahan, Charles Stross

Friday, 7:00 PM

Harbor III

It's Complicated: Kids and the Culture They Consume

As the lives of young adults in our ever-changing modern society become more complicated and diverse, so do their personal interests and experiences. Panelists discuss how the growing complexity of our world affects the content of young adult literature, comics, games, and film. How do the philosophical issues that impact today's society affect how teens see themselves within the fiction they consume? What are some practical ideas for better connecting today's children and teens with yesterday's or tomorrow's literature?

Veronica Koven-Matasy (M), A.C.E. Bauer, Bruce Coville, Lauren Roy

Friday, 7:00 PM

Independence

Caring for Aging Parents Discussion

Official Artists Chuck Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang lead a discussion on the ups and downs of caring for aging parents while trying to work and stay creative.

Wendy Snow-Lang, Charles Lang

Friday, 7:00 PM

Marina 2

Off the Air

Why does good television fail? Panelists talk about SF/F/H TV shows that died too soon, including Firefly, Alphas, The Tomorrow People, Millennium, Jericho, Almost Human, and more. Were they as good as we think? What are we missing?

Stephen P. Kelner (M), D. Lynn Smith, Don Pizarro, Ken Altabef, Susan Jane Bigelow

Friday, 7:00 PM

Marina 4

Chapter and Verse: Songs About Books

This round-robin-style concert will present short passages from books and stories that inspired songs, then feature the songs themselves.

Edward L. Stauff, Mary Ellen Wessels

Friday, 7:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Theodora Goss

Theodora Goss

Friday, 8:00 PM

Galleria-Stage

Opening Ceremony: Meet the Guests

Welcome to Boskone, New England's longest-running convention for science fiction, fantasy, and horror! Whether you are attending for the first time or the fifty-second, we invite you to join us in the Galleria to meet this year's guests.

Adina Adler (M), Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Steven Brust, David L. Clements, Vincent Di Fate, Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang, Robert K. Wiener, David G. Grubbs

Friday, 8:00 PM

Independence

Reading: John Murphy

John P. Murphy

Friday, 8:00 PM

Burroughs

Gaming Review 2014-2015

What are the hot new board/card/RPG games for 2015? What's trending? What new expansions to previously released games are out now? Let's discuss all things related to new games.

Bill Todd (M), Heather Albano, Lauren Roy, Michael Sharrow, Brianna Spacekat Wu

Friday, 8:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Open Activities for Kids

Friday, 8:00 PM

Griffin

Broad Universe Group Reading

Members of Broad Universe, a nonprofit association dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and promoting female authors of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, presents an overview of 2014 speculative fiction releases by women authors. They'll spotlight the wide variety of (often overlooked) spec fic works produced by women, including Justine Graykin, Roberta Rogow, Christie Meierz, Anna Erishkigal, Jill Shultz, Elaine Isaak, and others.

E. C. Ambrose (M), Justine Graykin, Roberta Rogow, Jill Shultz

Friday, 8:00 PM

Harbor II

Friday the 13th: When Sequels Run Amok

On Friday, March 13, 2015, the 13th movie in the Friday the 13th franchise will be released. As a genre, horror movies seem prone to extended franchises. (Okay, so Friday the 13th falls far short of the 23 James Bond movies.) Still, on this ominous Friday the 13th, we pause to consider this likewise significant date and the release of the cursed-number movie and wonder when — and whether — enough is too much for this and other horror movie franchises?

Jack M. Haringa (M), Christopher Golden, Paul G. Tremblay, Mallory O'Meara

Friday, 8:00 PM

Harbor III

Father, You Made Me

From Dr. Frankenstein and his monster to Darth Vader and his son, speculative fiction uses fantastical ways to explore the special relationship between fathers and sons. What about the relationships between mothers and daughters? Panelists explore notable parental relationships within fiction and how those relationships shape characters and the choices they make.

Don Pizarro (M), ML Brennan, Theodora Goss, Max Gladstone, Alexander Jablokov

Friday, 8:00 PM

Marina 2

How to Get Your Story Rejected

Every writer has received the dreaded rejection letter. Pros from both sides of the publishing fence share their anecdotes and tales of woe when it comes to tragic turndowns. Through the laughter and tears, you may even pick up a few tips and tricks to increase your odds with an editor!

Steven Sawicki (M), Neil Clarke, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Walter Jon Williams

Friday, 8:00 PM

Marina 4

NESFA "Hymnal" Geek Sing-a-long

Group singing of geek songs from the NESFA Hymnals, vols. 1 and 2. Loaner hymnals will be provided. A good way to learn some of the old classics of filk and find your inner geek.

Edward L. Stauff (M)

Friday, 8:30 PM

Independence

Reading: F. Brett Cox

F. Brett Cox

Friday, 8:30 PM

Galleria-Stage

Boskone 52 Reception

Connoisseurs and philistines alike: welcome to the Boskone Art Show! Join us in the Galleria for an upscale social mixer. Meet our program participants while enjoying refreshments, stimulating conversation, and exceptional art that is a feast for the eyes. Experience the music and the festivities as Boskone celebrates another year of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in Boston.

Adina Adler, Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, David L. Clements, Vincent Di Fate, Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang, Robert K. Wiener, Steven Brust

Friday, 9:00 PM

Burroughs

Name that "Skiffy" Tune! - The SF/F Version

Name that theme! If you'd know the melodies from Forbidden Planet, Blade Runner, and Space: 1999, come test your knowledge of other famous — and not-so-famous — movie and TV themes. The crew for this game will be Vince Docherty as MC, Denise A. Gendron on cello, and Tim Szczesuil as score keeper and digital tune wrangler.

Tim Szczesuil (M), Vincent Docherty, Denise Gendron

Friday, 9:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Greer Gilman

Greer Gilman

Friday, 9:00 PM

Independence

Reading: Don Pizarro

Don Pizarro

Friday, 9:00 PM

Harbor I

Writing for Teens vs Adults

With so much crossover, is there a difference anymore? And where does middle-grade fiction fit? Editors and authors discuss.

Carrie Vaughn (M), Melissa Marr, Hillary Monahan, Paul G. Tremblay, Jordan Hamessley

Friday, 9:00 PM

Harbor II

Dated Science Fiction

With the rapid advancement of science, the science within science fiction can get dated quickly. What SF works use science that has passed its expiration date, or at least reads as irretrievably retro? What books have stood the test of time, science-wise? How did they do that?

David G. Hartwell (M), Elizabeth Bear, Felicitas Ivey, Alexander Jablokov, Steven Sawicki

Friday, 9:00 PM

Harbor III

The Best Bad Movies

Watching bad movies on purpose has become a phenomenon, and many of the films in question are SF, horror, or fantasy flicks. Why do people watch them? What makes one truly terrible and another "terribly" good? And what bad movies should we all be watching?

Erin Underwood (M), Dana Cameron, Jennifer Pelland, Julia Rios, Stacey Friedberg

Friday, 9:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

Friday, 9:00 PM

Marina 2

Star Trek: New Voyages: Phase II presents "The Holiest Thing"

Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II is an award-winning independent internet series of new episodes of classic Star Trek. In "The Holiest Thing", a deadly disaster at a Federation terraforming project draws the Enterprise into a mystery involving an unknown alien race and Captain Kirk into a life-changing encounter with the project team's only survivor: Doctor Carol Marcus. Episode screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel with the cast and crew.

Rob Mauro (M)

Friday, 9:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Kenneth Schneyer

Kenneth Schneyer

Friday, 9:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Daniel Kimmel

Daniel M. Kimmel

Friday, 10:00 PM

Burroughs

Trivia for Chocolate

How much chocolate can you collect in an hour? The MCs ask the questions, and the audience shouts out the answers. Get the correct answer first and win big kudos plus a small wrapped chocolate. A fun and tasty event!

Mark L. Olson, Priscilla Olson

Friday, 10:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

Friday, 11:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

 


Saturday

Saturday , 9:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Costuming and Mad Hatter Hats

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Griffin

Reading: Leigh Perry (Toni L. P. Kelner)

Leigh Perry

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Independence

Reading: Lawrence Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Burroughs

From the Earth to the Moon — and Beyond!

A hundred and fifty years ago, Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon surveyed the difficulties of building a giant space gun to propel three people to Luna. Fast-forward to today, when NASA is shooting to land people on Mars by 2035. Panelists discuss the challenging realities of space exploration — from getting off the ground to getting there to getting home.

Jordin T. Kare (M), Guy Consolmagno, Jeff Hecht, Walter H. Hunt, Ian Randal Strock

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Art Show

Art Exhibits Tour

Edie Stern, Joe Siclari

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: AJ Paquette, Lauren Roy, Jo Walton, Jane Yolen

A.J. Paquette, Lauren Roy, Jane Yolen, Jo Walton

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Transformative Fan Fiction

Looking for fiction that breaks boundaries across gender, race, and religious roles? What is fan fiction? Moreover, what is transformative fan fiction? Why do people write it? Where did it come from? What needs does it fulfill? And where can you find it?

Julia Rios (M), Gillian Daniels

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Kids' Tour of the Art Show

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Dana Cameron

Dana Cameron

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Charles Lang & Wendy Snow-Lang

Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Harbor I

Evolving as an Artist

There is a constant need to adapt as an illustrator/artist, which must be balanced with the desire to present a unique voice while also keeping the work personal and authentic. Panelists discuss what motivates and inspires them as artists.

Vincent Di Fate (M), Bob Eggleton, Jon Hunt, Marianne Plumridge-Eggleton, Donna L. Young

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Harbor II

KidLit: Great Spec Fic for Young Readers

There's some pretty spectacular speculative fiction available for children these days. What's behind the ongoing boom? Panelists talk causes and trends, while plugging their favorite authors and stories — including some that grownups could also learn to love.

Bruce Coville (M), A.C.E. Bauer, Jordan Hamessley, Veronica Koven-Matasy, Hillary Monahan

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Harbor III

Are We Living in the Superhero Renaissance?

Marvel and DC heroes and heroines keep ka-powing at us from every screen and page, reviving the comics industry along the way. Why is the superhero biz suddenly so mega-ultra super? Why is this kind of storytelling so compelling? Is it just the special effects — or do we yearn for superheroes to save us from ourselves? Or from something else?

Carrie Vaughn (M), Jack M. Haringa, Daniel M. Kimmel, Marjorie Liu, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Lewis

The Antihero

Science fiction and fantasy with an antiheroic protagonist goes back at least to Lucifer/Satan in Milton's Paradise Lost. In these dark days, have we been seeing a rise in the number of antiheros in fiction? Is it harder or easier to write an antihero? Is it more or less satisfying to the reader? Why are antiheroes so popular?

Bob Kuhn (M), Laird Barron, Paul Di Filippo, Scott Lynch, Darlene Marshall

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Marina 2

The Future of Forensics

Advances in science and technology are driving the future of forensics. How will these changes affect the future of crime prevention and detection? What crimes committed today or yesterday might be solved in the future, and how might it be done? What relationship do these advances have to the future of crime fiction? And how do we keep it feeling "real" without wandering into science fantasy?

John P. Murphy (M), James D. Macdonald, Alison Sinclair

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Marina 3

Magical Relics

Welcome to the land of magical relics. Marvel at treasures recovered from a dozen realms throughout the known worlds. Our puissant panel comprises wizards, witches, artificers, and members of a certain University that remains Unseen. These eldritch experts will divine the nature, origin, and use (odd, bizarre, extreme, even demonic in some cases) of these cryptic curiosities to the amazement of our audience.

Michael Sharrow (M), ML Brennan, Felicitas Ivey, Jennifer Pelland, Steven Sawicki

Saturday, 10:00 AM

Marina 4

Translation in SF and Fantasy

Translated books can expand our imaginations with ideas from different perspectives and cultures. We'll discuss why it's important to share books via translation as well as the challenges specific to translating science fiction, fantasy, and some of our other favorite genres. Panelists also share some of their favorite "must read" translations.

Neil Clarke (M), John Chu, Fred Lerner, Ken Liu

Saturday, 10:30 AM

Griffin

Reading: Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick

Saturday, 10:30 AM

Independence

Reading: Rosemary Kirstein

Rosemary Kirstein

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Griffin

Reading: David L. Clements

David L. Clements

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Burroughs

Great Horror for Teens and Tweens

Teen fiction is more than BFFs, family issues, and dystopias. A whole lot more. There is a world of dark and dangerous beings who walk the night and infest the pages of teen and tween horror. Panelists share the books that inspired them to love reading and writing horror. Does adult and teen horror differ? Is there a line that should or shouldn't be crossed? What new stories are coming out that you should be reading?

John Langan (M), Christopher Golden, Jordan Hamessley, Jack M. Haringa, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Elizabeth Bear. Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston

Elizabeth Bear, Susan Jane Bigelow, James Cambias, Andrea Hairston

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Welcome to Boskone #3

New to Boskone? Or returning after long absence? Join us for a short discussion about what Boskone has to offer, learn some of the convention lingo, and meet new people. Then join our docent for a stroll around the con.

Tim Szczesuil, Laurie Mann

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Designing Aliens

Donna L. Young

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Steven Brust

Steven Brust

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Steven Kelner & Leigh Perry (Toni L. P. Kelner)

Stephen P. Kelner, Leigh Perry

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Harbor I

Women in Science & Technology

Science and science fiction have long gone hand in hand, inspiring young minds to dream bigger. With the influx of women and young girls into scientific fields, what part can science fiction play? What role models are out there for young women and girls who are curious about science, technology, engineering, and math? What resources — or resistance — will they find? What fiction would it benefit them to read?

Janice Gelb (M), Janet Catherine Johnston, Jill Shultz, Alison Sinclair, Edie Stern

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Harbor II

Who Painted That?

One of the joys of SF art is seeing the wide range of styles and techniques used by various artists. When an expert looks at a piece, he or she can usually tell who painted it without checking the signature. Today we repeat a popular game from last year's Boskone: shown pictures of genre art from decades past and present, the panelists will identify them — and explain how they did that. Then we'll find out if they're correct.

Mark L. Olson (M), Vincent Di Fate, Bob Eggleton, Joe Siclari, Robert K. Wiener

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Harbor III

Mythic Love and Epic Romance

Some of the greatest love stories come from ancient mythology, such as Psyche and Cupid or Odysseus and Penelope. However, great love stories that span the fantastic and (in some cases) the centuries also come in more modern tales, featuring couples such as Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, Bella and Edward, Wesley and Buttercup, Dr. Frankenstein and Elizabeth, and Count Dracula and Mina. What do these tales of love and romance tell us about love? What do these epic love stories tell us about ourselves? And why are we drawn to them?

Darlene Marshall (M), Debra Doyle, Max Gladstone, Chris Jackson, Ada Palmer

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Lewis

Singing in Harmony (Workshop)

There's joy in singing along with other people. Sometimes singing along with the melody is all you need, but there's something magic about harmony. Learn how it's done.

Beth Runnerwolf, Emily Lewis, Paul Estin

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Marina 2

Writers on Writing: Talking Plot with Stonecoast MFA Faculty

Popular-fiction faculty from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast MFA program discuss the ups, downs, and twisted turns of creating a believable plot. Moderated by alumna Allison Hartman Adams.

James Patrick Kelly (M), David Anthony Durham, Theodora Goss

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Marina 3

New Stars: Fresh Authors You Should be Reading

Let's survey some relatively recent additions to the SF/F/H firmament. Who's white-hot? (We're looking at you, Ann Leckie.) Who's world-class but not yet world-famous? We'll discuss their must-read stories and books, and what makes them so special already.

David G. Hartwell (M), Vincent Docherty, Stacey Friedberg, Beth Meacham, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Marina 4

The Literary Bestiary

There is a long (in fact, ancient) history — it includes Homer, Herodotus, Dante, and Shakespeare — of authors' employing fantastical creatures in their stories. What is it about these creatures that enriches literature? Who or what are some of the most notable literary beasts? Do they represent the moral character or concerns of their time? What role do these creatures play in today's literature?

Dana Cameron (M), Ellen Asher, Myke Cole, Melissa Marr, Fran Wilde

Saturday, 11:00 AM

Independence

The Founding of Fandom: A Discussion with David Kyle

David Kyle is a founding member of First Fandom, a self-identified group of SF fans from the late 1930s and early 1940s. Join David and discussion leader Leslie Turek (a founding member of NESFA) for an engaging and insightful chat about the history of fandom from a man who was there. And, be sure to wish him a happy birthday because today is the day!

David A. Kyle, Leslie J. Turek

Saturday, 11:30 AM

Griffin

Reading: Maya Bohnhoff

Maya Bohnhoff

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Griffin

Reading: Carrie Cuinn

Carrie Cuinn

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Independence

Reading: Steven Popkes

Steven Popkes

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Burroughs

Films That Changed Everything

Until recently, science fiction and fantasy films were few and far between. Now, SF/F movies have taken over the theater box offices. What changed? More importantly, which films changed everything? Why were these films so important to SF/F, to mainstream cinema, and to the audience?

Bob Devney (M), Daniel M. Kimmel, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Steven Sawicki

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Art Show

Special Art Show Tour: The Official Artists Tour

Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Valerie Frankel, Chris Jackson, James Patrick Kelly, Carrie Vaughn

Valerie Estelle Frankel, James Patrick Kelly, Carrie Vaughn, Chris Jackson

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Discussion Group

What's Up with Welcome to Night Vale?

Welcome to Night Vale is supposedly a "radio show" bringing news and advertisements from a small town in the desert Southwest where some very strange things happen. What is it about this cult-hit podcast that has captured fans' attention? Panelists dish on the origins of the show, some of the juicier episodes, and the fan community that has sprung up around this popular series.

LJ Cohen, John P. Murphy

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-DragonsLair

DragonsLair Is Closed for Lunch

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Joan Slonczewski

Joan Slonczewski

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Andrea Hairston

Andrea Hairston

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor I

Guest of Honor Interview Featuring Steven Brust

Boskone GOH Steven Brust is a wisecracking, sometimes swashbuckling storyteller who has been shortlisted for a Nebula Award and nominated in at least five different Locus polls for Best Fantasy Novel. Today's chat with fellow fantasist Jo Walton may deal with: playing poker; performing music; or writing his Vlad Taltos series about assassination and racism, his Khaavren series about outdoing Alexandre Dumas, or his numerous cool stand-alone stories. Brust says, "The novel should be understood as a structure built to accommodate the greatest possible amount of cool stuff." Sounds like a plan for this interview as well.

Jo Walton (M), Steven Brust

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor II

Cooking with Chemistry

Foodies love to experiment with new equipment and techniques that reformulate their favorite ingredients into exciting new dishes. On the menu: unexpected contrasts of taste and texture, changes in serving temperature, and exploiting naturally occurring components in new ways. Let's chew over some cool food science developments.

Fran Wilde (M), B. Diane Martin, David G. Shaw

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor III

The Wonderful Worlds within Middle Grade Fiction

Worldbuilding comes with its own rules and expectations — but what if your reader is a preteen? How much of a given world must be explained to readers aged 8 to 12? How much can be left to their imaginations? Panelists discuss some of the great middle grade fictional worlds. What worked, what could have/should have been different, and what is left to explore?

Ken Altabef (M), A.C.E. Bauer, Stacey Friedberg, Jane Yolen, Matthew London

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Lewis

The Art of Songwriting

A good song needs a combination of good ideas and solid technique. But where do you start, and what really goes into writing a filk song? How can you fix a song that isn't finding its groove?

Mary Crowell (M), Gary Ehrlich, Paul Estin, Benjamin Newman

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 2

Finding Diverse Fiction

There is a clear desire for increased diversity within SF/F fiction and fandom. There are also a lot of emerging writers who are bringing diversity to the genre, but many of them are still flying below the publicity radar. Authors and publishers come together to share their "must read" lists and tips on where to find some of the new up-and-coming authors.

Charles Stross (M), Susan Jane Bigelow, Don Pizarro, Jarvis Sheffield, Lauren Roy

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 3

If You Liked That, You'll Love This

A perennial favorite for Boskone's booklovers. We'll talk again about how cherished stories or authors lead us to others that are similar in interesting or unexpected ways. Share your likes (and dislikes) — our experts will give you recommendations on what to read next!

Tony Lewis (M), Gregory Feeley, Felicia Herman, Darrell Schweitzer

Saturday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 4

What's Past Is Prologue

Every character came from somewhere, whether their story involves jumping buildings in a single bound or being tied to a train track. Where did our favorite protagonists and antagonists come from? How does that inform where their stories may go? When does an origin story work and when does it flop? At what point should an author reveal the backstory for the central characters?

Jeffrey A. Carver (M), D. Lynn Smith, John R. Douglas, Walter Jon Williams, Maya Bohnhoff

Saturday, 12:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: A.J. Paquette

A.J. Paquette

Saturday, 12:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Guy Consolmagno

Guy Consolmagno

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Jo Walton

Jo Walton

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Independence

Reading: Margaret Ronald

Margaret Ronald

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Burroughs

Spaceships, Battles, and Zero Gravity

Don't you love those incredible space war battles? All of those big explosions, etc.? But how realistic are they? For instance, how come the participants all seem to share the same sense of up and down in space? Scientists and authors team up to critique some blockbuster scenes from page and screen. Let's determine the physical requirements, risks, and realities of what would happen when two spaceships duel between planets or raging armadas battle it out beyond the stars.

Allen M. Steele (M), David L. Clements, Janet Catherine Johnston, Frank Wu

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Jeffrey Carver, John Langan, Marjorie Liu, Michael Swanwick

Jeffrey A. Carver, John Langan, Michael Swanwick, Marjorie Liu

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Odyssey Writing Workshop Presentation

Director Jeanne Cavelos describes the Odyssey Writing Workshop, an intensive six-week program for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer in Manchester, NH. Guest lecturers have included George R. R. Martin, Elizabeth Hand, Holly Black, Jane Yolen, Robert J. Sawyer, Nancy Kress, and Dan Simmons, and 59% of graduates have gone on to be published. Jeanne explains the structure of the program, the work required, and the pros and cons of workshops. She also describes Odyssey's online classes, critiques, and the many free resources offered, including podcasts, interviews, essays, writing tips, and exercises.

Jeanne Cavelos (M)

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Creating Paper Bag Puppets

In this cool, crafty workshop, author Sarah Langan shows kids how to turn a paper bag into their very own hand puppet! Young artists can have fun re-creating favorite characters, superheroes, or monsters.

Sarah Langan

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Charles Stross

Charles Stross

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Bob Eggleton

Bob Eggleton

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Harbor I

Dune — 50 Years later

Frank Herbert's Dune, published in 1955, was an epic science fiction saga that won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in 1966. Now, 50 years after its publication, we look back at the legacy left by Frank Herbert and his unique vision of a feudal interstellar society that was rocked by political machinations, contentious religious orders, and a very lucrative spice trade — and giant worms! How has this seminal work held up over time? What place might it take in the science fiction hall of fame? Panelists also discuss the impact that Dune has had on their own work as well as on the development of science and science fiction.

Kenneth Schneyer (M), Scott Lynch, Beth Meacham, Joan Slonczewski, Walter Jon Williams, Karl Schroeder

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Harbor II

The Do's and Don'ts of Do-Overs: The Art of Fairytale Retellings

The mainstream and science fiction communities seem to think they invented retellings and have christened them "reboots, " but the retelling of fairytales is a time-honored tradition. Think about the rainbow of Fairy Books to start with, and Robin McKinley has rebooted Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and her namesake, Robin Hood. Or consider radical retellings like Gregory Maguire's Wicked. What can you change for an acceptable retelling? What must you change? What makes a good retelling of a fairytale?

Elizabeth Bear (M), Theodora Goss, Peadar Ó Guilín, Jane Yolen, Valerie Estelle Frankel

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Harbor III

An Interview with Boskone's Official Artists

Join Boskone's Official Artists, Charles Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang, for an engaging discussion about their work, their influences, and various oddities that go bump in the night — something these Salem residents know about, considering the dead outnumber the living in their neighborhood. Their art gleefully embraces vintage-style Halloween images, Lovecraft-inspired themes, and holiday collectibles.  They are co-founders of the Terror Fantasies Art Show in Salem, MA, which draws people from around the world.

David G. Grubbs (M), Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Lewis

Fantasy and the Sea Chantey

Songs of the sea have long included the stuff of fantasy: ghosts, mermaids, and other creatures of the "vastly deep." Share discussions and performances of some of these nearly forgotten gems of the ocean.

Edie Stern (M), Gary Ehrlich, Jordin T. Kare

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Marina 2

What's Hot in Comics?

Now that the zombie craze has peaked, and every major comics publisher has delved into horror-related titles, how has this impacted the mainstream's monthly superhero titles? Does rampant fan interest in The Walking Dead eclipse the latest issue of Superman, Batman, X-Men, or Avengers? We'll take a look at current comics trends, to see what types of comic books are winning the battle for readers.

Brenda Noiseux (M), Craig Shaw Gardner, Christopher Golden, Don Pizarro, Thomas Sweterlitsch

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Marina 3

Digging the Past

Historical speculation and curiosity can lead to some of the richest fodder for authors, whether they're researching life in ancient Rome, digging up Tutankhamen's tomb, or tracking down Amelia Earhart's lost plane. The devil is in the detail, as they say, when telling a story that is gripping and realistic. What role does research play? How might future generations speculate about life today? At what point does historical fiction just become fiction?

Erin Underwood (M), Ginjer Buchanan, Dana Cameron, David Anthony Durham, Ada Palmer

Saturday, 1:00 PM

Marina 4

Building Fandom and Community

Fandom is a many-legged thing that spans generations and genres. It's become more than a little fragmented over the years, but we are all still part of a larger whole. What have we lost with the fragmenting of fandom? How can its niche groups engage with the wider fan community while still honoring and protecting what makes them unique?

Janice Gelb (M), Steve Davidson, Jim Mann, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Jen Gunnels

Saturday, 1:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Laird Barron

Laird Barron

Saturday, 1:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Tom Easton

Tom Easton

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Peadar Ó Guilín

Peadar Ó Guilín

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Independence

Reading: Julia Rios

Julia Rios

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Burroughs

SF Theater Renaissance

Science fiction theater has been around for a while, but it's just now starting to hit a wider audience. SF theater companies have appeared, SF theater festivals have been produced, and SF plays have been anthologized. Are we in an SF theater renaissance? Panelists discuss some of their favorite plays, what they would still like to see, and what might be next for SF theater.

Marshall Ryan Maresca (M), Andrea Hairston, James Patrick Kelly, A. Vincent Ularich, Jen Gunnels

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Art Show

Special Art Show Tour: The Wiener Exhibit

View the art collection of Special Guest Robert Wiener with the collector himself, as well as artist Vincent Di Fate.

Vincent Di Fate, Robert K. Wiener

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: ML Brennan, Daniel Kimmel, Lawrence Schoen

ML Brennan, Daniel M. Kimmel, Lawrence M. Schoen

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Game of Thrones: What's Gonna Happen?

Who can resist speculating on the future of everyone's favorite spec fic TV show? Join us for another lively discussion of what appealing pageantry and perversity or delectable butchery and betrayal await us. Speaking of which, how will the showrunners change (and/or outrun) the story from the books?

Priscilla Olson

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Model Magic

Artist and Art Show Director Lisa Hertel leads kids in a hands-on clay demo that is kid-friendly and kid-safe.

Lisa Hertel

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Guy Consolmagno

Guy Consolmagno

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Michael Swanwick

Michael Swanwick

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Harbor I

25 More Years of Good Omens

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's novel Good Omens has had 25 years of success. Now there is talk again that a six-part TV series is in development. What will it take to bring the book to the small screen? Are we missing out on a big-screen experience? And how did the BBC do with the recent radio play? How might the adaptation of the novel deviate, or what areas might it more fully develop? Are there good omens for this project happening in other media?

Vincent O'Neil (M), Ellen Asher, Mur Lafferty, Darrell Schweitzer

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Harbor II

Paranormal Romance Before It Was Cool

Paranormal romance is one of today's hottest genres, but it wasn't always that way. Panelists discuss the origins and early works that built the foundation for today's paranormal romance genre. What are some of the foundational works? What and who should you be reading from the early days of paranormal romance? Why did it take off like it did?

Leigh Perry (M), Melissa Marr, Darlene Marshall, Carrie Vaughn

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Harbor III

Non-Western Folklore and Fairytales

Folklore and fairytales offer powerful short stories beloved by young and old. The mainstream princess movies tend to focus on Western stories, but what about the rest of the world? Let's discuss the globe's lesser-known folklore and fairytales and what they tell us about their cultures, plus their similarities and differences.

Carrie Cuinn (M), Ken Liu, Jarvis Sheffield, Max Gladstone

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Lewis

Reading Your Own Work Out Loud

Take part in a workshop/discussion led by professional voice actors, podcasters, and authors who share tips and tricks on how to read out loud (and in front of an audience!). Get advice on overcoming stage fright. Some attendees will also have a chance to read out loud for 1-2 minutes and receive live feedback.

Bob Kuhn (M), Kate Baker, Justine Graykin, Bruce Coville

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Marina 2

The Walking Dead: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Walking Dead opened its fifth season with a literal bang and seems to be going strong despite the occasional halting plot, erratic pace, and poor choices made by several characters in past seasons. Still, it remains the most popular show on cable television. What is it about TWD that compels 17 million viewers to keep watching a show that is possibly one of the most violent on television?

Erin Underwood (M), James D. Macdonald, Jennifer Pelland, Thomas Sweterlitsch, Steve Davidson

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Marina 3

PG-13: Violence, Sex, and Teen Readers

When writing for teens or choosing books for young adults to read, is there a PG-13 line that needs to be drawn? Is there more violence and sex in YA books today? Or have we just become more aware of it? How does a writer address difficult or sensitive topics without going too far? Panelists discuss danger zones within YA fiction.

Veronica Koven-Matasy (M), Felicitas Ivey, Stacey Friedberg, A.J. Paquette

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Marina 4

Mining Fiction and Music for Creative Inspiration

While fiction inspires music, music also inspires fiction. How do these two forms of expression interact? Panelists discuss examples of music or fiction that were inspired by the other genre. Who are the great literary musicians? Discussion may also include some live demonstrations as examples.

F. Brett Cox (M), Maya Bohnhoff, Rosemary Kirstein, Beth Runnerwolf, Mary Ellen Wessels

Saturday, 2:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Saturday, 2:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Ada Palmer

Ada Palmer

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Burroughs

Constructive Criticism for Revising Novel-Length Work

Both getting and giving constructive criticism can be a challenge when going through the revision process, particularly for longer works. As a writer: how do you know what to ask of a potential critic, and how do you provide feedback on the success of the critique? As a critic: how do you identify and communicate issues or problems to the author? How do you keep track of plot threads, identify themes, and figure out what questions need to be asked? Also, how should writer and critic approach a series?

Kenneth Schneyer (M), Gregory Feeley, Ken Liu, John P. Murphy, Margaret Ronald

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: L.J. Cohen, Christopher Golden, Vincent O'Neil

LJ Cohen, Christopher Golden, Vincent O'Neil

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Galleria-Discussion Group

The Hollywood Historical Past

Sleepy Hollow is not the first TV show with a historical backstory that diverges from real-world history. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Highlander also presented us with some highly dubious flashbacks. Is this a recent development, or only the latest product of the ahistorical approach to the past-as-story that gave us Shakespeare's Italy and medieval writers' fanciful versions of ancient Greece and Rome?

Debra Doyle

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Kid's Concert with Guest of Honor Steven Brust

Steven Brust

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch

Elizabeth Bear, Scott Lynch

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Jo Walton

Jo Walton

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Harbor I

Writing About Groups to Which You do not Belong

Writing diverse characters necessarily requires writing people who are not like you. When these characters come from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented or targets of discrimination, it is necessary to approach this task with care — but the need to be careful sometimes scares off well-intentioned authors. What techniques can be used to understand and communicate their perspectives? Where is the line between writing inclusively and co-opting a story that is not yours to tell?

Heather Albano (M), David Anthony Durham, Jarvis Sheffield, Brianna Spacekat Wu, John Chu

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Harbor II

The Life and Art of Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones is one of the great artists of fantasy and SF than no one knows by name, but whose art everyone recognizes. Jones was a stylist and an amazing painter whose images define worlds like those of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.  Special Guest Robert Wiener—the major collector of Jones' work—talks about the life of Jeffrey Jones and shows some extraordinary art.

Robert K. Wiener

Saturday 3:00 PM

Harbor III

Pitch Perfect

Pitching a project is an art. What does it take to put together a good pitch? When should you give a pitch; when should you hold off? Pros share advice and tips on pitching, including success stories and failures.

Joshua Bilmes (M), Jeanne Cavelos, John R. Douglas, E. C. Ambrose (Elaine Isaak), Matthew London

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Independence

Workshop: The Teen Perspective on Writing

Teens and preteens join YA editor Stacey Friedberg for an interactive roundtable discussion about writing and publishing. Attendees also get to participate in a short creative writing activity and share their own story ideas.

Stacey Friedberg (M)

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Lewis

Performance Skills

Performing, whether onstage or in a circle, is more than just singing. What about that nagging feeling of stage fright? Learn some tips and techniques from experienced filk performers.

Mary Ellen Wessels (M), Jeff Bohnhoff, Gary Ehrlich, Benjamin Newman

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Marina 2

Writing Great Openings

What elements are necessary for a great opening, and is a great opening necessity for a great novel? Is it even more important to have a great opening in short fiction?

Paul Di Filippo (M), ML Brennan, Alexander Jablokov, Michael Swanwick, A.C.E. Bauer

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Marina 3

Daring Outer Space Rescues

Spaceflight has long been one of humanity's dreams. We have sent people into space for decades to build space stations and to conduct research. Now with Space X and possible plans for a moon base, what happens when a spacecraft breaks down in outer space, or some system has a catastrophic failure? Real-world solutions are possible, but what would it take to pull off a rescue mission? What happens if we can't pull it off?

Jeff Hecht (M), David L. Clements, Allen M. Steele, Donna L. Young

Saturday, 3:00 PM

Marina 4

Tolkien through the Peter Jackson Lens

With his cinematic versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, director Peter Jackson has certainly left his mark on Middle Earth. How have Jackson's LOTR and Hobbit changed our interpretation or feelings about the books? What have we lost or gained by putting these films on the big screen? More generally, what impact have these movies had on subsequent epic fantasies in film and in fiction?

Tom Shippey (M), Ken Altabef, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Annalisa Schaefer, Ken Mondschein

Saturday, 3:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Darlene Marshall

Darlene Marshall

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Craig Shaw Gardner

Craig Shaw Gardner

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Burroughs

The Alien

Let's probe an alien for a change. What is it about aliens that captures our imagination? Does a good alien have to be different? Should it necessarily be fascinating … and maybe a bit frightening? Why? Which aliens have awakened our sense of wonder? They have been portrayed as benefactors, conquerors, victims, and even objects of desire: why? What parallels can we draw with human-to-human relationships? Perhaps we should be asking "what is it about humans?"

Walter H. Hunt (M), Andrea Hairston, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Ken Altabef, Max Gladstone, Melissa Marr, Hillary Monahan

Max Gladstone, Melissa Marr, Hillary Monahan, Ken Altabef

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Xenolinguistics Discussion Group

What makes a language alien? Conversely, what makes one human or familiar? Join us for an informal discussion about "speech" and other communication modes, rare types of grammar, and fictional alien languages.

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Storytelling with Persis Thorndike

Persis Thorndike

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Beth Meacham

Beth Meacham

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Harbor I

Entering the SF/F Art World

New to the SF/F art world? Looking to work as an illustrator for books, magazines, comics, or the web? Our artistic panelists share their experiences as well as their advice on breaking into the genre — from building a portfolio to making sales, and everything in between.

Annalisa Schaefer (M), Jon Hunt, Ingrid Kallick, Marianne Plumridge-Eggleton

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Harbor II

Terror Fantasies Art Show

Join our Official Artists — Chuck Lang and Wendy Snow-Lang — as they introduce us to the wicked world of Terror Fantasies. They present this extraordinary, spooky art show every year in Salem, Massachusetts. This year, Terror comes to Boskone!

Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Harbor III

Social Implications of New Technologies

What unexpected places may today's tech take us tomorrow? How will we live with 3-D printing? Driverless cars? Robots that quit the factory's floor and start sweeping ours? Handheld everythings? What gadgets will change our lives for good (or ill), and how? And what if those robots get minds of their own?

Edie Stern (M), Jeffrey A. Carver, Janet Catherine Johnston, John P. Murphy, Mark L. Olson

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Independence

Demystifying the Agent Process

The business of finding an agent can be a bit of a mystery. Who should you contact? What should you say? How much of your manuscript should be finished? These are only a few of the questions new authors have, but what about authors who have to change agents? There is a set of other issues they need to manage. Professional agents take the time to share their experience and advice on the steps in the "agent finding" process.

Joshua Bilmes, A.J. Paquette

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Lewis

Filk Circle: Folklore and Fairytales

Bring your songs about ancient tales, the faire folk and the legends of yore. Play along or just come to listen. Open circle format; anyone can sing!

Mary Crowell, Emily Lewis

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Marina 2

Boskone Book Club: The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White

The Boskone Book Club continues! Join us for a conversation that brings con-goers together to consider one noteworthy work at length. This time it's The Incrementalists by Steven Brust (Boskone's Guest of Honor) and Skyler White. Boskone's own Bob Kuhn will lead the discussion; Steven Brust and Skyler White will join the group halfway through for a Q&A. To participate, please read the book and come ready with your observations.

Bob Kuhn (M), Steven Brust

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Marina 3

Writing Fight and Combat Scenes

You can learn fencing, stage combat, or martial arts, but these skills are neither necessary nor sufficient to write compelling, realistic fight scenes. What does it take to write a fight scene that creates tension and drama without turning it into a play-by-play? Panelists will explore how to bring their readers into the fight and leave them gasping for air.

Myke Cole (M), Chris Jackson, James D. Macdonald, Ken Mondschein, Jen Gunnels

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Marina 4

The Children of Metamorphosis

A hundred years ago, Gregor Samsa awoke from uneasy dreams to find himself transformed into a gigantic dung beetle. Franz Kafka was a fairly obscure writer at the time, but his fiction has since helped to transform literature as it challenged preconceptions about what could be done and how it might be done. What other stories of personal "metamorphosis" have since been published that echo or reflect Kafka's masterpieces? Panelists discuss "Metamorphosis" (1915), Franz Kafka as an author, and his literary legacy.

James Patrick Kelly (M), F. Brett Cox, Sarah Langan, John Langan, Darrell Schweitzer

Saturday, 4:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Scott Lynch

Scott Lynch

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Andrea Hairston

Andrea Hairston

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Independence

Reading: Susan Jane Bigelow

Susan Jane Bigelow

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Burroughs

Rejectomancy

Is there really a blue sheet of death? Does an encouraging form letter mean less or more than a generic personalized response? These are just a few of the questions that new writers ponder as they try to read between the lines of the rejection letters they receive. Every new writer goes through this dreaded stage (better known as "rejectomancy") as they try to glean some hidden meaning within the text. Writers who have been there share their own rejectomancy stories and give some helpful advice on ways to avoid the "rejectomancy" trap.

Stephen P. Kelner (M), Craig Shaw Gardner, James Patrick Kelly, Margaret Ronald, Lawrence M. Schoen

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: David L. Clements, Debra Doyle, James Macdonald, Allen Steele

David L. Clements, Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald, Allen M. Steele

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

DragonsLair is Closed for Dinner

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Walter Hunt

Walter H. Hunt

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Myke Cole

Myke Cole

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Lewis

Music Theory

Filk is a tradition born into SF/F fandom in the hallways and stairwells of the places our community gathers. What place does music theory have in the creation and performance of filk? How might music theory affect the creation of new songs within fandom?

Edward L. Stauff (M), Denise A. Gendron, Ada Palmer

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Marina 2

Artistic Interpretations of Classic Stories

Most classic science fiction stories have been visualized by several generations of artists.  Join us for a discussion comparing the various interpretations and how those interpretations may continue to change over time.

Joe Siclari (M), Vincent Di Fate, David G. Hartwell

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Marina 3

Authorship, RPGs, and the Legacy of D&D

Dungeons & Dragons, the first commercially available role-playing game, was published 40 years ago. D&D ushered in a new era of cooperative storytelling that has inspired Game Masters, players, and authors to dream big and create their own fictional universes. Panelists explore the many facets of RPGs — from developing challenging and believable frameworks for cooperative story construction to taking the story beyond the game.

Chris Jackson (M), James Cambias, Mur Lafferty, Lauren Roy

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Marina 4

Are Geeks Fans? Are Fans Geeks?

Sometimes the two terms seem to be used interchangeably. And, it's true that traditionally skiffy images and interests have come to dominate popular culture. But - is it right to think of "fan" and "geek" as synonymous? Why, or why not?

Priscilla Olson (M), John R. Douglas, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Peadar Ó Guilín, Laurie Mann

Saturday, 5:00 PM

Harbor I

Hugo Awards: Dramatic & Written Works

What's the greatest stuff you saw or read last year? Join us to spend 90 minutes discussing 2014's best speculative fiction books, stories, movies, TV shows, theatrical productions, and more! Bring your own suggestions, and help us build a world-class reading/viewing list in preparation for the Hugo Awards at this year's Worldcon in Spokane, WA. Also, find out how to become eligible to nominate your favorite 2014 items for the 2015 Hugos — the ballot is due soon!

Bob Devney (M), Vincent Docherty, Daniel M. Kimmel, Jim Mann, Steve Davidson

Saturday, 5:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville

Saturday, 5:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Marjorie Liu

Marjorie Liu

Saturday, 6:00 PM

Burroughs

Space Weather

Join Janet Johnston to find about outer space meteorology, and learn about solar storms and forecasting space weather. How might the weather in space affect conditions on Earth? What about other planets in our solar system?

Janet Catherine Johnston

Saturday, 6:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

DragonsLair is Closed for Dinner

Saturday, 6:00 PM

Griffin

Cambridge SF Workshop Group Reading

A rapid-fire reading by the members of the Cambridge Science Fiction Writers Workshop, featuring Heather Albano, James Cambias, Brett Cox, Alex Jablokov, James Patrick Kelly, Steven Popkes, Kenneth Schneyer, and Sarah Smith.

Steven Popkes (M)

Saturday 6:00 PM

Lewis

Jewish Havdalah Service

Service ending the Sabbath.

Saturday, 6:30 PM

Galleria-Stage

Boskone's Multi-Author Book Party


Fans and readers: come meet the presses who have come to the convention! Join us for Boskone's Multi-Author Book Party, and see what's new from authors you already love, as well as those you have yet to discover. Authors and publishers with a new book and a current Boskone membership are welcome to take part, but need to contact program@boskone.org for details.

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Story Games

Artists and writer Annalisa Schaefer leads kids in a fun activity in which they each take turns in writing part of a story together.

Annalisa Schaefer

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Harbor II+III

Featured Filkers: A Concert with Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff

Jeff and Maya Jeff Bohnhoff are musicians of many talents who have been making music for over 25 years. Their wry wit, wicked talent for parody, and ear for a well-sung tale are a rare combination. Come find out why as our Featured Filker performs. Mary Crowell will also join them for a few songs.

Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff, Mary Crowell

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filk

Come sing with your friends or make new ones.

Saturday, 7:00 PM

Marina 2

Star Trek: New Voyages Phase II presents "Mind-Sifter"

Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II is an award-winning independent internet series of new episodes of classic Star Trek. "Mind-Sifter" is a fan favorite story, originally written by Grandma Trek herself, Shirley Maiewski. When the crew of the Enterprise is forced to accept Captain Kirk's death, Spock and McCoy must come to terms with their own grief. When Spock discovers a plot by the Klingons to send Kirk back in time to destroy the Federation, it will take all the courage and abilities of the crew of the Enterprise to rescue their beloved Captain before he succumbs to the horrific torture of the Mind-Sifter. Episode screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel with the cast and crew.

Rob Mauro (M)

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Harbor II+III

NESFA Awards
 Ceremony

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) presents its annual Skylark and Gaughan Awards. The Skylark Award honors the work and personal qualities of an exceptional contributor to science fiction. The Gaughan Award is presented to a talented emerging artist.

David G. Grubbs (M), Gay Ellen Dennett, Tony Lewis, Michael Sharrow, Jane Yolen, Bruce Coville

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: LJ Cohen

LJ Cohen

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Burroughs

Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem

Dark fiction and suspense are natural bedfellows. What is it about their synergy that works so well? How do you walk the line between mystery and suspense when there are monsters tearing their way through the plot? And how do dark fiction and horror help generate or amplify those nail-biting moments that make readers blaze through a story to see how it ends?

Leigh Perry (M), Dana Cameron, John Langan, Paul G. Tremblay

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Kid Crafts

Free crafting time for children in Dragonslair.

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filk

Come sing with your friends or make new ones.

Saturday, 8:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Marshall Ryan Maresca

Marshall Ryan Maresca

Saturday, 8:30 PM

Harbor II+III

Improv at Boskone

Welcome to an exciting hour of improvisation with a special SF/F twist. A troupe of professional improvisers performs short-form games inspired by speculative fiction topics that are truly out of this world. You can influence the action by offering inventive suggestions from the audience. Join us for some truly fantastic fun and games!

Rosena Cornet (M), Gregory Scott, A. Vincent Ularich, Shiyan Bee, Erik Volkert

Saturday 9:00 PM

Burroughs

Small Press Marketing Roundtable

Publishers, editors, and marketing specialists from some of today's hottest small presses share stories, tips, and advice on marketing small press works in an ever-changing landscape.

Neil Clarke, Steve Davidson, Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock

Saturday, 9:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: John Langan

John Langan

Saturday, 9:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

Saturday, 9:00 PM

Marina 2

Star Trek: New Voyages Phase II: Various Episode Screenings

Star Trek: New Voyages/Phase II is an award-winning independent internet series of new episodes of classic Star Trek. Continuing the 4th and 5th seasons of the original series with new actors, Phase II films the untold stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Kirk, and his crew, with the help of Trek alumni and industry pros. Founded in 2003, with 9 episodes and 3 vignettes released, Phase II's numerous awards include the 2007 On-Line TV Guide Award for Best SciFi Webisodes, Golden Icon Awards for both Best Webseries and Best Actor (Cawley), and both a Hugo and a Nebula nomination. Episode screenings will be followed by a Q&A panel with the cast and crew.

Rob Mauro (M)

Saturday, 9:30 PM

Harbor II+III

Fun with Silly Poses

Expect to emit great giggles at our group reenactments of scenes from SF/fantasy/horror cover art. Warning: high probability of awkward audience participation and pretty pathetic props.

Erin Underwood (M), John Chu, Bruce Coville, David Anthony Durham, Max Gladstone, Mur Lafferty

Saturday, 10:00 PM

Harbor II+III

Reading: Steven Brust

Steven Brust

Saturday, 10:00 PM

Burroughs

The Jodorowsky Effect

Alejandro Jodorowsky, a Chilean filmmaker, author, and surrealist, influenced some of the greatest cult SF/F works of the last 60 years. He directed the first midnight cult film (El Topo), his comic series The Incal inspired The Fifth Element, and he spearheaded a failed effort to film Dune — "the greatest SF movie never made." Jodorowsky's production art for Dune inspired Star Wars, Alien, Heavy Metal, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and others. His other work is also critically acclaimed and hugely influential. Panelists discuss Jodorowsky's legacy, his "Psychomagical Realism, " and his influence on contemporary work.

Paul Di Filippo (M), Carrie Cuinn, Daniel M. Kimmel, Don Pizarro, Steven Sawicki

Saturday, 10:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

Saturday, 11:00 PM

Marina 4

Open Filking (Late Night)

Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake. Or longer.

 


Sunday

Sunday, 9:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

MarbleWays and Legos

Sunday, 9:30 AM

Marina 4

Flash Fiction Slam

Join Boskone's second Flash Fiction Slam. Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins! Sign up before the con for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis by e-mailing erin.m.underwood@gmail.com. Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Galleria for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.

Carrie Cuinn (M), James Patrick Kelly, Kenneth Schneyer, Fran Wilde, F. Brett Cox

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Griffin

Reading: Wendy Snow-Lang

Wendy Snow-Lang

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Independence

Reading: James Cambias

James Cambias

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Art Show

Vincent Di Fate Tour

Stroll through Boskone's Art Show with the NESFA Press Guest, Vincent Di Fate, as he shares his thoughts on his own work and some of the other pieces on display.

Vincent Di Fate

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: A.C.E. Bauer, Darlene Marshall, Leigh Perry (Toni L. P. Kelner), Karl Schroeder

A.C.E. Bauer, Leigh Perry, Darlene Marshall, Karl Schroeder

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Long Live the Legion?

It's still dead. Anyone have any ideas if/how/when our favorite group of superheroes might don their rings and fly again?

Priscilla Olson

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Fun and Games with Walter Hunt

Walter H. Hunt

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: David Clements

David L. Clements

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Harbor I

SF/F Art for Children

Science fiction and fantasy art isn't just for adults. With the cool creatures and fantastic landscapes, it's also a perfect genre for children. However, SF/F art for children has largely gone unnoticed. Who are some of the artists working in this area? Is there a line between art created for adults and children? Our panelists will dish on some of their favorite artwork for kids.

Gay Ellen Dennett (M), Michael A. Burstein, Ingrid Kallick, Marianne Plumridge-Eggleton, Annalisa Schaefer

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Harbor II

Chandra X-Ray Mission

Quasars, pulsars, the center of the galaxy! The Chandra satellite and x-ray telescope has already allowed us to see wonders with amazing precision. A look at this technology — what it has already done, how that has impacted our vision of the universe and what it promises to show us in the future.

Donna L. Young

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Harbor III

The New Doctor Who Crew

Doctor Who has a new Doctor as well as new recurring characters. What do we think? How well are they representing the series? What should they do next? What wouldn't be tolerated?

Jim Mann (M), Kate Baker, Dana Cameron, Tim Szczesuil, John Chu

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Lewis

Filk: Fandom Within Fandom

Filk is a fandom within fandom, and a microcosm of fandom at large. What is filk's place in the larger fannish community? How does filk relate to fandom-at-large, and fandom-at-large to filk?

Roberta Rogow (M), Denise A. Gendron, Ellen Kranzer

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Marina 2

Designing and Marketing Games

Do you have a good idea for a game that you've been playing with, but you're not sure how to build a great game around your idea? Or do you want to convert your gaming code into cash? Our panelists share their experiences with the video game design process as well as the marketing needed to achieve success. However, are there any similarities or crossover experiences that compare to RPG game design?

Heather Albano (M), Emily Lewis, Matthew London, Brianna Spacekat Wu, Steve Davidson

Sunday, 10:00 AM

Marina 3

Overlooked Anthologies

Everybody says that some of the most interesting work in science fiction, fantasy, and horror bypasses the novel and shows up in short stories. But anthologies tend to have shorter shelf lives than novels, and not everybody gets to read these stories before they are gone. From short stories, novelettes, and novellas, panelists share some of their favorite places for finding shorter fiction that should not be overlooked.

David G. Hartwell (M), Melissa Marr, Jane Yolen

Sunday, 10:30 AM

Griffin

Reading: Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth Bear

Sunday, 10:30 AM

Independence

Reading: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Griffin

Reading: Allen M. Steele

Allen M. Steele

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Burroughs

Death Rays: A Dialog

Fifty-six years ago, the director of the then-new DARPA said the agency might try to develop a death ray as the "ultimate" weapon to obsolete the hydrogen bomb. A few months later, Gordon Gould walked into DARPA and said he could make a laser, so the agency gave him a million dollars. At the end of last summer, the Navy deployed its first laser weapon on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf. We'll talk about the half-century of "death ray" development and the state of the art, and show some pictures.

Jordin T. Kare, Jeff Hecht

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Bruce Coville, Walter Hunt, Thomas Sweterlitsch, Walter Jon Williams

Bruce Coville, Walter H. Hunt, Thomas Sweterlitsch, Walter Jon Williams

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Kids' Concert with Featured Filkers Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff

Maya and Jeff Bohnhoff entertain Boskone's children with a fun-filled set of music.

Jeff Bohnhoff, Maya Bohnhoff

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Ginjer Buchanan

Ginjer Buchanan

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Harbor I

Nifty Narrative Tricks

Some SF/F/H writers like to dazzle us with their out-of-the-ordinary storytelling. Let's discuss such twisty techniques as insidious in-clues, unreliable narrators, unstated genders, shifty time-shifts, uncanny cameos, and more. What other clever things can be done with narrative to make the story more powerful and interesting?

Jo Walton (M), Steven Brust, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Darrell Schweitzer

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Harbor II

Imagining the Unimaginable in Art

Our artists shine light on the dark fantastic worlds they and their peers create. Learn about their artistic influences, imagery, and styles.

Joe Siclari (M), Vincent Di Fate, Bob Eggleton, Charles Lang, Wendy Snow-Lang

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Harbor III

The Fairytale Princess, Circa 2100

Before Disney appropriated Snow White, Jasmine, Aurora, and the rest of the "princess clique, " these were characters who presumably served a deeper purpose in structuring the fables of bygone years. What parts do they play for today's children? What meaning might these reminders of a fairytale feudal past still hold a hundred years from now?

Sarah Langan (M), Ingrid Kallick, Hillary Monahan, Carrie Vaughn, Tom Shippey

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Independence

Contracts: Talking Terms

Literary contracts can be tricky to navigate. Find out about the mysterious clauses and terms that are hidden in plain sight. When is a deal too good to pass up or too good to be true? Ask questions about what's okay to publish, find out about legal landmines, and ask the questions that you most want to know. 

Joshua Bilmes

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Marina 2

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

From comics to movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has succeeded in keeping comic book fans interested and engaging new ones. With the weekly television show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the reach extends. How does the show expand the storytelling toolkit of comics and/or the movies? Which elements have been successful and which could use some improvement? 

Jack M. Haringa (M), LJ Cohen, Jim Mann, Marshall Ryan Maresca, John Langan

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Marina 3

Writing Workshops: What's Right for You as a New Writer?

Thinking about attending a writing workshop or an MFA program? Wondering how to pick which one is right for you? Once you do, then what? There is no magic formula to elicit an acceptance letter, but a solid application is a good place to start. Join representatives from various writing programs and learn how to present the best of what you have to offer as a student.

Kenneth Schneyer (M), Debra Doyle, Theodora Goss, Shahid Mahmud, Jill Shultz

Sunday, 11:00 AM

Marina 4

YADN: Yet Another Dystopic Novel

Why are dystopias so popular in fiction? With the ever-increasing number of dystopic novels, the circumstances of the characters' lives, the world they inhabit, and the struggles they face often have a repetitive quality. Yet readers consume them like comfort food. What's comforting about coming catastrophes? How do authors keep their stories feeling fresh and new when their worlds are so grim and austere? How long can this futuristic feel-bad boom last?

Brenda Noiseux (M), Ken Altabef, Peadar Ó Guilín, Alison Sinclair

Sunday, 11:30 AM

Griffin

Reading: Vincent O'Neil

Vincent O'Neil

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Griffin

Reading: John Chu

John Chu

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Independence

Reading: Jeff Hecht

Jeff Hecht

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Burroughs

The Herschel Project

The Herschel Space Observatory (launched 2009) was one of the European Space Agency's flagship missions. The spacecraft, which featured a 3.5m diameter far-infrared telescope, was sent to the second Lagrange point. Over its almost 4-year lifespan, it observed both objects in our solar system and targets in the most distant galaxies known. David L Clements began working on Herschel in 2001, and has been a leading member of some of the largest projects using this spacecraft. He will discuss the science and technology of the mission, and present results on topics ranging from star formation to the origin of galaxies.

David L. Clements

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Michael Burstein, Dana Cameron, David Hartwell

Michael A. Burstein, Dana Cameron, David G. Hartwell

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Discussion Group

Group: Knit-A-Long

The Knit-A-Long is our annual exploration of string theory ... and a chance to show off your prowess with the needles. Come and join the fun, and get to finger fine fibers with other obsessive knitters.

Priscilla Olson, Edie Stern

Sunday 12:00 NOON

Galleria - DragonsLair

Drawing Animals with Official Artist Wendy Snow-Lang

Wendy Snow-Lang

Sunday 12:00 NOON

Galleria - Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: John Langan

John Langan

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Jack Haringa

Jack M. Haringa

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor I

Swashbuckling

Swashbuckling adventure models itself on tales of privateers like Sir Francis Drake (latter half of the 16th century), buccaneers like Henry Morgan (mid-17th century), and pirates like Blackbeard (turn of the 18th century). We even see suitably swashbuckling pirates in the Caribbean into the early 19th century. Who today is writing adventure stories that tap this rich vein? How are they adapted for fantasy and science fiction? What is the appeal for a speculative fiction-loving audience? What happens when these stories go arrr-wry?

James Cambias (M), Steven Brust, Chris Jackson, Darlene Marshall

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor II

What to Wear When Saving the World

Saving the world is one thing; doing so in style is another. How much practicality are authors, artists, and filmmakers willing to sacrifice so their characters look good going into battle? Are heroes' and heroines' outfits getting any more realistic? What tools and gear should they be sure to bring — and where can they store them without those pesky pockets that so spoil the line of a good getup? How do writers keep things real without forsaking fashion?

Fran Wilde (M), Valerie Estelle Frankel, Felicia Herman, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Harbor III

Writers on Writing: Worldbuilding from the Ground Up

Some spectacular stories take place in worlds very different from our own: from life on (or in) a gas giant to a civilization that lives on a world-tree as big as the Himalayas. But there are perils associated with venturing far beyond human experience. An inconsistent or poorly described worldscape can furnish a confusing story, or challenge a reader's ability to suspend disbelief. Hear from writers who have created fully realized worlds that their readers can almost see, touch, and smell.

E. C. Ambrose (M), Myke Cole, Peadar Ó Guilín, Lauren Roy, Rosemary Kirstein

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Lewis

Sassafrass Concert

Join Sassafrass for some short sets of fantastic folk with Emily Lewis, Ada Palmer, and others!

Ada Palmer, Emily Lewis

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 2

Women in Comics

Do women get the same opportunities as men in comics? Do female superheroes receive fair representation? Are female superheroes 'over-sexualized'? Let's examine trends in the comic book industry over the last decade regarding the 'fairer sex' in comics.

Carrie Cuinn (M), D. Lynn Smith, Marjorie Liu, Jane Yolen, Brenda Noiseux

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 3

Noir & Moral Ambiguity in SF

Noir is a shadowy staple of the futuristic crime tale, emphasizing moral conflict, dark themes, and sexual tension. Films like Blade Runner and Dark City, as well as books like Gibson's Neuromancer and Lethem's Gun, with Occasional Music are gloomy, gritty dramas that demand attention despite our instinct to turn away. Why do they work so well? Panelists discuss some of their favorite future-noir stories, novels, and films.

James Patrick Kelly (M), Laird Barron, Leigh Perry, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Thomas Sweterlitsch

Sunday, 12:00 NOON

Marina 4

Editors — After the Draft

An editor can make a good manuscript great. No matter how perfect you think your manuscript is, there is always room for improvement, tightening, trimming ... and editing. Once your manuscript is done, submitted, and accepted, what happens next? What can you expect? What do you do if you don't agree with changes? How many people are involved in the work? Professional editors share tips and techniques for those struggling with the editing process.

Tom Easton (M), Neil Clarke, Jordan Hamessley, Shahid Mahmud, Beth Meacham

Sunday, 12:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: James Macdonald and Debra Doyle

James D. Macdonald, Debra Doyle

Sunday, 12:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Darrell Schweitzer

Darrell Schweitzer

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Michael Burstein

Michael A. Burstein

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Burroughs

Real Magic

Making magic feel real — and fresh — can be challenging. How does an author invest "she cast a spell" with as much verisimilitude as "he baked a pie" or "it licked its chops"? Rules and boundaries can help, but how do you make supernatural rules seem natural? Panelists discuss the perils and potential associated with using magic in fiction.

Craig Shaw Gardner (M), Myke Cole, E. C. Ambrose, Beth Meacham, Carrie Vaughn

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Mur Lafferty, Kenneth Schneyer, Alison Sinclair, Charles Stross

Mur Lafferty, Kenneth Schneyer, Charles Stross, Alison Sinclair

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Discussion Group

Voiceovers

Anyone interested in the art of voiceovers such as audiobooks, eLearning or documentary narration, commercial voiceovers, ... is welcome to join a discussion to share ideas and suggestions.

Bob Kuhn, David G. Grubbs

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-DragonsLair

Creating Amazing Animals With Pipe Cleaners

Benjamin Newman

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 1

Kaffeeklatsch: Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Harbor I

The Romantics and the Development of Speculative Fiction

Shelly, Keats, Coleridge, Byron, Polidori, Blake, Hugo, Grimm, Wilde, Dickinson, and Poe are just a few of the iconic authors from the Romantic period (approx. 1780-1850) who had a significant impact upon the development of the speculative fiction genre. Panelists discuss the art and literature of the Romantics that has had the most influence upon their own work. What should you read? What should you avoid? And what is a Romantic anyway?

Theodora Goss (M), Gregory Feeley, Greer Gilman, Walter Jon Williams

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Harbor II

Finding Yourself in Story

We've all encountered fiction that's hard to forget, but has any piece of literature ever had an actually profound effect on you? Let's try to go beyond the usual discussion of "most unforgettable moment." What fictional scene or work has guided you to a decision, sparked a self-realization, led to an epiphany, or provoked a change in the course of your life? We'll talk about the stories that truly moved us.

Steven Popkes (M), Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, Jo Walton, Paul Di Filippo

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Harbor III

The Evolution of Urban Fantasy

Now wildly popular, urban fantasy first appeared on our literary radar in the 1980s — showcasing works by Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, and Terri Windling. Today, the genre embraces elements of paranormal romance, horror, and noir in books such as The Mortal Instruments, The Sookie Stackhouse Series, and The Dresden Files. Why is urban fantasy so successful? Are there further opportunities for writers in this genre, or is fantasy with a modern setting morphing into science-fantasy? What are our favorite urban fantasy books? Whom should we be reading?

Darlene Marshall (M), ML Brennan, Ginjer Buchanan, Leigh Perry, Max Gladstone

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Independence

Managing Your Motivation

Professional consultant Stephen Kelner leads an interactive discussion with attendees on how to stay motivated to write during good and bad times alike. Hear all of the tips, tricks, and dirty little secrets of getting words on the page.

Stephen P. Kelner (M)

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Lewis

Recording and Music Technology

Music technology is ever-changing and advancing. What gear is best for live performances, and what should you use for recordings? What's out there that you wish you had in your own studio? What price points should you keep in mind?

Mary Crowell (M), Jeff Bohnhoff, Ada Palmer, Edward L. Stauff

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Marina 2

Magnificent B-Movie Monsters

From Pumpkin Head to The Blob, these B-movie monsters continue to capture our attention. But why? B-movies aren't generally known for their scripts or their acting, and some are even best known for "jumping the shark"nado. So, what keeps us coming back for more? Panelists discuss the good, the bad, and the awesomeness of a truly magnificent B-movie monster. They'll even name a few of their favorite beasts.

Bob Devney (M), Vincent Di Fate, Bob Eggleton, Mallory O'Meara, Frank Wu

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Marina 3

YA Then and Now

In the 1960s, when Norton, Clement, Heinlein, and Asimov were contemporary authors, there was no real perception of young adult fiction. Today, there is a thriving industry built around teenaged protagonists and authors who exclusively write YA fiction. Who are some of the current or emerging authors? What else has changed in the field between then and now? Are the books by those bygone authors still relevant for young adults today?

Ken Altabef (M), A.C.E. Bauer, Bruce Coville, Stacey Friedberg, Veronica Koven-Matasy

Sunday, 1:00 PM

Marina 4

The Year in Physics and Astronomy

An annual roundup of the latest research and discoveries in physics and astronomy. Our experts will talk about what's new and interesting, cutting-edge and speculative: the Higgs boson, solar and extrasolar planets, dark energy, and much more besides.

Jeff Hecht (M), Guy Consolmagno, Mark L. Olson, David L. Clements

Sunday, 1:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Hillary Monahan

Hillary Monahan

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Griffin

Reading: Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Independence

Reading: Lauren Roy

Lauren Roy

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Burroughs

Filking Parody

Parody is a long-held practice and tradition among musicians. But writing one is an art. Join our panel of filkers for a lively, lighthearted discussion of how to pen proper (or improper) parodies. Spontaneous demonstrations and laughter may well ensue …

Jeff Bohnhoff (M), Maya Bohnhoff, Jordin T. Kare, Roberta Rogow

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Autographing

Autographing: Steven Brust, Rosemary Kirstein, Darrell Schweitzer, Jill Shultz

Steven Brust, Darrell Schweitzer, Jill Shultz, Rosemary Kirstein

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2

Kaffeeklatsch: Karl Schroeder

Karl Schroeder

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Harbor I

SF Screen Comedy: Galaxy Quest to Guardians of the Galaxy

Anybody order a side of Meatballs? Let's talk about the most successful SF films with a lighter touch. We've seen many SF feature-length cartoons in the last few years aimed primarily at children: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Planet 51, Mr Peabody & Sherman. Which of those are worth seeing? What about live-action comedies aimed at adults? Are there examples the other way around? Which are the "best" big-screen SF comedies, and what sets them apart from the crowd?

Julia Rios (M), Gillian Daniels, Craig Shaw Gardner, Annalisa Schaefer, Stephen P. Kelner

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Harbor II

NESFA Book Club: Neptune's Brood

The NESFA Book Club hosts its monthly meeting at Boskone. Join us as we discuss Neptune's Brood by Charles Stross, who will join the group halfway through for a Q&A. All are welcome and newcomers are encouraged to attend. 

Gay Ellen Dennett, Michael Sharrow, Charles Stross

Sunday 2:00 PM

Harbor III

The Great Game in Space: SF Retellings of Kim

Rudyard Kipling's novel, Kim, was set in 1800s India when Britain and Russia played the Great Game or espionage and occasional war for dominance of the subcontinent. Always hungry for inspiration from history, SF has dabbled in the Great Game as well. Join us and hear about Poul Anderson's homage to Kim featuring Dominic Flandry, S. M. Stirling's Great Game in a devastated world, and other stories which play in a fascinating milieu.

James Cambias (M), Gregory Feeley, Fred Lerner

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Lewis

WorldCons: What You Need to Know

Join this open discussion about WorldCons. Find out how the selection and bidding process works. How do you volunteer to help? How do you get picked for programming? And, most important of all, how do you wrangle the logistics to run a world class WorldCon?

Erin Underwood, Laurie Mann

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Marina 2

Promoting Your Project

Learn the ins and outs of promotions that get your projects seen by as many people as possible. Find out about hidden opportunities, pitfalls to avoid, and best practices for networking your way to publication success.

Steve Davidson (M), Valerie Estelle Frankel, Ian Randal Strock, Brianna Spacekat Wu, LJ Cohen

Sunday, 2:00 PM

Marina 4

Casting Your Lot with Shirley Jackson

From "The Lottery" to "The Haunting of Hill House, " Shirley Jackson's work has not only helped to shape the horror genre, but to inspire writers both inside and outside of the genre. Moreover, the New York Times describes Shirley Jackson as having two styles: "She could describe the delights and turmoils of ordinary domestic life with detached hilarity; and she could, with cryptic symbolism, write a tenebrous horror story in the Gothic mold in which abnormal behavior seemed perilously ordinary." Is this an accurate summation of Jackson? What more is there to her work and her legacy? Does she continue to inspire and shape horror today?

F. Brett Cox (M), Laird Barron, Paul G. Tremblay, Jack M. Haringa

Sunday, 2:30 PM

Griffin

Reading: Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone

Sunday, 2:30 PM

Independence

Reading: Alison Sinclair

Alison Sinclair

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Lewis

MASSFILC Meeting

Business meeting for MASSFILC, the Boston-area filk association. Dead Dog Filking starts right after the meeting finishes.

Ellen Kranzer (M)

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Burroughs

Feedback Session

Folks, the con is over. (Except for Dead Dog Filking — and of course teardown, where we'd love to have your help!) But we're already working on Boskone 53 (February 19-21, 2016)! So, let's talk about what went right or wrong this year, and how we can achieve perfection next year.

Adina Adler (M), Tim Szczesuil, Erin Underwood

Sunday, 3:30 PM

Lewis

Dead Dog Filk

Still more time to sing with your friends and chosen family until we run out of voice.