New Zealish

by wjw on July 26, 2020

I will be a participant in this year’s Worldcon, which was to be held in New Zealand but will now be held online.

I’m posting my appearance schedule below.  The first time given is New Zealand time.  I’ve found that to convert from New Zealand time to Mountain Daylight Time (where I live), you need to add six and then subtract 24.  For instance, if the program item is at noon on Friday in New Zealand, then you add six hours (to 1800 or 6pm), then cross the Date Line and subtract 24, which means that the event will be held at 6pm on Thursday MDT.  If you’re not MDT, you’ll have to do the conversion to your own time zone yourself.

Also, to tune in to program items, you have to be a member of Conzealand.

Here’s my schedule.  The MDT time for the item is below the list of participants, in caps and boldface.

Wild Cards: Writing the Mosaic Novel Format: Panel

30 Jul 2020, Thursday 09:00 – 09:50, Programme Room 3 (Webinar) (Programming)

Wild Cards is a collaborative series edited by George R. R. Martin & Melinda Snodgrass. Set in an alternate post-World War II Earth, Wild Cards is about super heroes and super villains who developed their powers after a virus hit the Earth.

What are mosaic novels and how have they been used in the Wild Cards series?

Peadar Ó Guilín, Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass (Stealing Fire Productions Inc.) (M)


Reading: Walter Jon Williams Format: Reading

30 Jul 2020, Thursday 10:30 – 10:55, Reading Room 1 (Programming)

Walter Jon Williams


Great Worlds in SF Format: Panel

31 Jul 2020, Friday 13:00 – 13:50, Programme Room 1 (Webinar) (Programming)

A satisfying SF world is more than name. What makes such a world appealing to the reader? Does that appeal correlate with the depth and complexity of the writer’s creation? What aspects — physics, biology, history, other — are important?  What are good examples, and maybe what are some bad ones?

James Davis Nicoll (James Nicoll Reviews / University of Waterloo Theatre Centre), Fred Lerner D.L.S. (M), Amy (A.K.) DuBoff, Walter Jon Williams, Sheila Williams (Asimov’s Science Fiction)


From Page to Screen: Screenwriting 101 Format: Panel

2 Aug 2020, Sunday 10:00 – 10:50, Programme Room 2 (Webinar) (Programming)

So you finally get your dream to write for movies or TV. How is it different from writing prose? Experienced screenwriters share their secrets with you today!

Dr Candice Michelle Goodwin (RWC Productions), Catherine S. McMullen (M), Zaza Koshkadze, Walter Jon Williams, Melinda Snodgrass (Stealing Fire Productions Inc.)


Etaoin Shrdlu July 26, 2020 at 5:32 pm

Oddly enough, I just started reading “Dealer’s Choice” a couple of days ago and was wondering which parts of it were yours.

wjw July 27, 2020 at 1:17 am

The sections featuring Modular Man and Frank Zappa are mine. Maybe some others too, I don’t remember.

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