Weekend in Boston

by wjw on February 14, 2022

I’ll be spending the weekend in Boston, attending Boskone, their annual convention. I hope you’ll all stop by and say hi.

Here’s my schedule, for any of you needing to track me down.

Fantastic Leadership Format: Panel

18 Feb 2022, Friday 19:00 – 19:50, Burroughs (Westin)

In the beginning were the gallant king, the noble scientist, and the jut-jawed space commander. Has SF/F literature progressed beyond these creaky stereotypes? What more interesting portraits of leadership have emerged? What makes a good leader? Who’s your favorite kingpin-ish character: Harrow Nonagesimus? Leia Organa? T’Challa? Eddard Stark? Maia Drazhar? Laura Roslin? Miles Vorkosigan? Who would win the ultimate boss fight?

Allen M. Steele, Zachary Topping, Walter Jon Williams (Word Domination) (M, Robert V.S. Redick

Reading: Walter Jon Williams Format: Reading

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 13:00 – 13:25, Griffin (Westin)

Kaffeeklatsch: Walter Jon Williams Format: Kaffeeklatsch

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Galleria – Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)

What’s At Stake? Format: Panel

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Marina I (Westin)

Does the SF/F/H field suffer from stakes inflation? Are too many protagonists called upon to save the galaxy — instead of simply solving a smaller (and perhaps more believable) problem? Can you spoil the whole story by upping the stakes too high? Let’s talk about some satisfying genre tales with more modest ambitions.

Scott Edelman, Jeffrey A. Carver, Michael Swanwick, Walter Jon Williams (Word Domination) (M), Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Book Launch Party Format: Party

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 18:30 – 19:20, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)

Party to celebrate books launched around the time of Boskone 59, with special emphasis on small press publications:

mearsk February 15, 2022 at 11:04 am

That leadership panel sounds interesting. Obviously Eddard Stark would be the first to go. I’m pretty sure Miles Vorkosigan comes out ahead at the end.

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