Archive for April 13th, 2014

My Norwescon schedule

Norwescon, Seattle’s biggest SF con, is next weekend! I’ll be there, and here’s my program schedule:

  • Reading: David D. Levine
    Thu, Apr 17, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Cascade 1
    Arabella and the Marsman, a YA Regency Interplanetary Airship Adventure. Arabella is a Patrick O’Brian girl in a Jane Austen world — born and raised on Mars, she was hauled back home by her mother, where she’s stifled by England’s gravity, climate, and attitudes toward women. When she learns that her evil cousin plans to kill her brother and inherit the family fortune, she joins the crew of an interplanetary clipper ship in order to beat him to Mars. But pirates, mutiny, and rebellion stand in her way. Will she arrive in time? Rated G
    David D. Levine
  • Behind the Scenes at Kennedy Space Center
    Fri, Apr 18, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Cascade 12
    In January, Hugo-winning SF writer David D. Levine was invited to attend the launch of the TDRS-L satellite from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch event included visits to a launch pad under construction, the upper stories of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the crawler-transporter, which are not open to the public, as well as press conferences with administrators, scientists, and astronauts. He took lots of pictures. Come see his slides and ask questions!
    David D. Levine
  • Giving Good Alien
    Fri, Apr 18, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cascade 9
    It’s pretty darn hard to write about a life form completely outside of our experience. No matter how good an SF story is, if you come across an alien that’s either `just a guy in a suit’ or too far from our current understanding of the laws of physics, it can throw you out of the story. So what does it take to create a believable alien?
    David D. Levine, Dean Wells, Nancy Kress, Pat MacEwen
  • First Page Idol
    Sat, Apr 19, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Cascade 10
    Feeling brave and bold? Send us your novel’s first page to be read aloud and critiqued by our pros. Email to by Friday!
    Camille Alexa, Cat Rambo, David D. Levine, Kevin Scott, Phoebe Kitanidis
  • The Many Sides of Hard SF
    Sat, Apr 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Cascade 10
    While some predicted the decline of hard SF in the 1960s and 1970s, it’s alive and thriving. What makes SF hard SF? Does it have to play 100% by known physical laws, or can it break them in some areas? Are all sciences open to hard SF, or are some a better fit than others? Come and join us for a lively discussion.
    David D. Levine, Elton Elliott, Jason Bourget, Nancy Kress, Russell Ervin
  • Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook, OH MY!
    Sun, Apr 20, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Cascade 3&4
    Where do you get your fandom fixes? Every social media has it’s own culture. What’s different about the various social medias, and how do they interact within themselves and with each other in spreading fandom.
    David D. Levine, Donna Prior, Jen K, Jonny Nero, Sara Twitty