Balticon is just a few short days away, starting Friday at the Hunt Valley Marriot in Baltimore, Maryland, and continuing through all of Memorial Day weekend.

I volunteered for a bunch of panels this year, and am both surprised and pleased (and a little shocked) to find that I am on almost all of them (and only moderating one of the them). I’m going to be almost as busy as I was at Darkovercon. Looking particularly forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

4:00pm in Belmont
Stories We Like to Hear Out Loud
[Moderator: Alan Zendell, Speakers: Elektra Hammond, Cindy Young-Turner, Roxanne Bland, Norm Sherman]
Panelists read excerpts from some of the favorite stories they like to have read to them. The audience offer the names of some of their favorites.

5:00pm in Salon B
Swords & Sorcery
[Moderator: Kelly A. Harmon, Speakers: Michael D. Pederson; Elektra Hammond; David Wood; C.J .Henderson]
How Has It Evolved, panelists contrast New Swords & Sorcery to that of earlier decades.

9:00pm in Salon B
The Modern Short Fiction Market and the Ebook Revolution
[Moderator: Paul D. Lagasse, Speakers: Emilie P. Bush, Michelle D. Sonnier, Neal Levin, Elektra Hammond]
Where is the revolution going, why should you join, will it save genre? Does it have the potential
to resurrect short fiction as a profitable enterprise, and if so, how can we get there?

noon in Parlor 1041
Magical Systems in Fantasy Literature — A Round Table Discussion
[Moderator: Gail Z. Martin, Speakers: Hildy Silverman, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Myke Cole, Jody Lynn Nye (Guest of Honor), David Wood, Barbara Friend Ish, Elektra Hammond, Bill Fawcett, Jean Marie Ward]
Panelists look at what are some of the things we expect to see in magical systems and give examples of works that are missing those factors, but work just fine for the reader anyway.

1pm in Salon D
Just Dandy: The Importance of Accessories in Steampunk
[Moderator: Elektra Hammond, Speakers: Janine K. Spendlove, Jared Axelrod, Doc Coleman, Rebecca K. Davis]
Finding the perfect accessories is vital to having the perfect steampunk costume: Find out the best places to get these accessories and tips and tricks to making your own.

3pm in Salon D
A Literary World Without Borders
[Moderator: Joshua Bilmes, Speakers: Elektra Hammond, D. Douglas Fratz, Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate, Nathan O. Lowell, Maria V. Snyder]
Where do you go for sf/f stuff on the internet? Panelists look at how the internet is changing how people find and buy books. Is this the beginning of the end for physical bookstores?

9am in Parlor 1041
The Technology of Steampunk — A Round Table Discussion
[Moderator: Emilie P. Bush, Speakers: Elektra Hammond, Rebecca K. Davis, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bernie Mojzes, C.J. Henderson, Andrew Fox]
What does and doesn’t fit into a steampunk world? How does the setting shape technology and how people relate to it?

7pm in Garden Room
The Eternal Launch Party
[Moderator: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Speakers: Jonah Knight, Mike McPhail, C.J .Henderson, Jeff Lyman, Neal Levin, Elektra Hammond, Keith R. A. DeCandido, John Hemry (Jack Campbell), Patrick Thomas, James Daniel Ross, Charles Edward Gannon, Bernie Mojzes, S.J. (Sooj) Tucker]
The Dark Quest Books release of Danielle Ackley-McPhail’s Eternal Cycle Series of urban fantasy novels, including Yesterday’s Dreams, Tomorrow’s Memories, and the newly released Today’s Promise, as well as other 2012 titles, to be announced. Be sure to stick around long enough to hear the music of SJ Tucker and Jonah Knight!

10am in Belmont
If You Like To Read Books by __________ , You’ll also like books by __________
[Moderator: D. Douglas Fratz, Speakers: Darrell C. Schweitzer, Elektra Hammond, Robert E Waters, Simone Caroti]
Audience members provide names of books or authors they like, panelists will suggest books or authors they might also like.

noon in Belmont
Editing Anthologies
[Moderator: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Speakers: Keith R. A. DeCandido, Mike McPhail, Darrell C. Schweitzer, Elektra Hammond]
What are the challenges faced by anthology editors? What are the benefits? How do you go about it? What do you want to tell authors submitting stories?

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