Dragon Con 2017
to Sep 4

Dragon Con 2017

I was invited to attend Dragon Con this year as a professional. Dragon Con is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia and other than E3 in Los Angeles, I haven't been to a convention this huge (from what I've heard and read, Dragon Con attracts more than 70,000 people). 

What makes this convention cool for me is that the novel I wrote with Eric Flint, Iron Angels, will be officially released on September 5, but will be available at the convention.

I have a fairly light schedule, which suits me fine as I really want to walk around and mingle and hang out with friends!


Friday, September 1st:

Title: Murders, Mysteries, and Mayhem in Alternate History
Description: This mature themes panel will go over a multiverse of ways to murder, discuss some of the millions of history's mysteries and their alternative solutions, and a variety of ways the world ends in magnificent mayhem with a panel of authors in this late night roundtable.
Time: Fri 11:30 pm  Location: Athens - Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: S.M. Stirling, David B. Coe, D.Alan Lewis, Alistair Kimble

Saturday, September 2nd:

Title: Autographing Session
Description: I'll be at The Missing Volume booth with Eric Flint signing copies of Iron Angels.
Time: Sat 12:00 pm  Location: Americasmart building 2, First Floor Booths 1400, 1402, 1301, 1303. (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Baen Books Travelling Roadshow
Description: Baen Books slideshow regarding available titles as well as upcoming releases.  Of course, Iron Angels will be in the slideshow!
Time: Sat 2:30 pm  Location: Regency V - Hyatt (Length: 2.5 Hours)


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Guest Speaker at Sacramento Valley Rose Chapter of RWA

I have been invited to speak at the Sacramento Valley Rose Chapter of the Romance Writers of America in an official capacity as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Here is a brief description of what I'll be discussing: The FBI is portrayed often in film, television, and books, but the portrayals are not often accurate. Writers need to learn just enough of the day-to-day investigative duties and terminology to add the required touch of realism to their characters and plots involving law enforcement.

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Blood On The Bayou - Bouchercon 2016
to Sep 18

Blood On The Bayou - Bouchercon 2016

I will be attending Bouchercon (world mystery convention), which is being held in New Orleans this year! The organizers have once again seen fit to have me on a panel: DEAD MAN’S PARTY - Realities of death investigation

I'm also looking forward to great company, wonderful food, and awesome cocktails! I'll definitely be heading to the French 75 Bar, which I wrote about, here.

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MidAmeriCon II - The 74th WorldCon
to Aug 21

MidAmeriCon II - The 74th WorldCon

I'll be attending and participating in this year's World Science Fiction Convention, also known as MidAmeriCon II and WorldCon, held in Kansas City, Missouri. I've been attending WorldCon since 2011, but this is the first year I am participating on panels.

Having moved around the country quite a bit starting in 1993 (the U.S. Navy, a couple of other jobs, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation contributed to this somewhat nomadic lifestyle), my friends are typically not residing where I currently live, so I enjoy traveling to these conventions to hang out with my friends for a few days. Despite WorldCon being a fan-based convention rather than professional convention, plenty of business is conducted at restaurants and whichever bar happens to be the designated hangout bar--this is also known as "bar con." Writers, editors, and agents all tend to congregate at this location and I have to admit, most of my networking has occurred at the bar. I know this paints the people involved in the publishing industry as a bunch of drunks and is one of the great cliche's when it comes to writers, but we like to have a good time and let loose, what can I say?

The staff in charge of programming has kindly arranged for me to participate on 5 panels!


Futuristic Crime Investigations

Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Whether it is the shiny and clinical crime investigation of Minority Report (short story, film and TV), or the rough and dirty type in Leviathan Wakes (novel, and now the TV show The Expanse), crime investigations are as much a part of futuristic SF as spaceships and aliens. Do these investigations function in any way that is based in reality? How do they reflect our opinions on crime and those who investigate crime today?


The Future of Forensics

Thursday 12:00 - 13:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Forensic scientists analyze scientific evidence in criminal investigations and, as with all science , the methods available grow and change and improve on a regular basis. This panel of experts discuss what is current and lead to where it might go next. 


Creating the 1632 Universe

Thursday 17:00 - 18:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

A look at how Eric Flint created the 1632 universe, how other authors have contributed, and how a fandom has grown up around it complete with its own conventions and publishing house.


Bogus Science in TV Shows

Saturday 12:00 - 13:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)

Television procedurals like Numbers, CSI, and Scorpion purport to use science to solve their cases of the week, but in actuality, their science is as fake as anything in The Expanse or Fringe.  Could these shows succeed using real science?  How does their depiction of science impact people's perceptions of science in the real world? CSI makes forensics look case solving and utterly dependable, but that’s not how it works in the real world.


Programming for Mature Fans at SF Conventions

Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, 2204 (Kansas City Convention Center)

It is important to create programming for audiences in all walks of life, interests, and needs. We have programming that is diverse in content as well as programming on race, gender, politics, and more. Among all of this, what kind of programming should we have for older fans? Are conventions still relevant to people in their 70s, 80s and 90s . If not, what kind of programming should be available and what can we do to help encourage them to stay in the fold?


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