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Mythcon 41 - July 2010


July 8, 2010: We have made some final updates to the schedule, adding more information about “extra-curricular” activities and accounting for some last-minute cancellations. This is the schedule that we sent to the printer on Thursday before the conference and that will be included in the registration packets.

Download Mythcon 41 Schedule (PDF, 503 KB)

The following guests are scheduled to participate in programming:

Guests of Honor

Tim Powers, Author Guest of Honor

Tim Powers, Author

Tim Powers is a science-fiction and fantasy author. He has received numerous awards and nominations for his works, including the World Fantasy Award for his novels Last Call (1992) and Declare (2000). He has been nominated for four Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, winning the award in 1990 for The Stress of Her Regard.

Janet Croft, Scholar Guest of Honpr

Janet Brennan Croft, Scholar

Janet Brennan Croft is the editor of Mythlore, one of the premier periodicals on the Inklings and fantasy literature. She has published many articles and three books on J.R.R. Tolkien, including War in the Works of Tolkien (2005) that won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies.

Other Guests

A. Lee Martinez
Author. A Nameless Witch, Monster, Too Many Curses, Divine Misfortune
Will Clarke
Author. Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles, The Worthy: A Ghost’s Story
John D. Rateliff
Scholar. The History of The Hobbit
Jason Henderson
Author. Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising
Diana Pavlac Glyer
Scholar. The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community
Suzanne Frank
Author. Reflections in the Nile, Shadows on the Aegean; Director, SMU CAPE Creative Writing Program
Shanna Swendson
Author of the Enchanted, Inc. series as well as scholarship on such works as Pride and Prejudice and Firefly
Lou Antonelli
Author of Fantastic Texas, dozens of short stories, and recipient of ten honorable mentions in The Year’s Best Science Fiction

Writers’ Track

Mythcon is always a great event for aspiring writers, but this year we are partnering with the SMU CAPE Creative Writing program to offer a special writers’ track  This will include panel discussions and presentations with a variety of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror writers, many of them from North Texas. Amateur and professional writers alike are invited to join our special guests for in-depth conversations about the craft of fiction — with special emphasis on the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. And be sure to bring your copies of the authors’ books for autographs!

Saturday, July 10

  • 11:00 AMDIANA PAVLAC GLYER — Doing What the Inklings Did: Practical Advice for Writing Groups
  • 1:00 PMPANEL — No Publisher? No Problem! The Nuts and Bolts of Self-publishing. Mark Hooker, Diana Glyer, Will Clarke. Moderator: Jason Fisher.
  • 2:00 PMTIM POWERS — Taking Your Plot and Characters Seriously
  • 3:00 PMPANEL — Working with Agents, Editors, and Publishers. Jason Henderson, Tim Powers, Will Clarke, Shanna Swendson, Suzanne Frank.

Sunday, July 11

  • 11:00 AMJASON HENDERSON — Launching a Book Series: From Idea to Bookshelf
  • 1:00 PMPANEL — Should Speculative Fiction be Realistic? Lou Antonelli, Shanna Swendson, Tim Powers, A. Lee Martinez.
  • 3:00 PMSUZANNE FRANK — Playing God: Building Worlds for Your Fantasy Fiction
  • 4:00 PMPANEL — Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie. Janet Brennan Croft, A. Lee Martinez, Paula DiSante. Moderator: Randy Hoyt.