MisCon 29 Attending Professional
Steve Diamond founded and runs the review site, Elitist Book Reviews (www.elitistbookreviews.com), which was nominated for the Hugo Award in 2013, 2014 & 2015. He writes for Baen, Privateer Press, Ragnarok Publications, and numerous other small publications. RESIDUE is his first full-length, published work. His is also the editor of the Horror anthology, SHARED NIGHTMARES.
Scheduled Panels and Presentations:
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Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Apocalyptic Video Games, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
Panelists: Steve Diamond, Erik Evjen
Let's discuss video game depictions of the Wastelands, like Fallout and Borderlands.
- Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 1:00
Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Beta-Reader/Writer Relationship, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
Panelists: Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)
In this panel, Peter Orullian and Steve Diamond talk about the relationship between author and beta-reader. Come hear their unique story, and how a good beta-reader can make all the difference.
Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Space Opera Rising?, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: Dave Bara; Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, James Glass
Fantasy has held the public's fascination for a while now, but is SF/space opera on the rise again? Films like GotG, Jupiter Ascending, the new Star Wars are obviously box office hits. How does that affect science fiction literature? How will it affect genre book sales?
- Break Sat 2:50 - Sun Noon
Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Fruitless First Draft Struggles, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord)
First drafts are hard, no matter your skill level. It can be like trudging uphill, barefoot, in half foot of maple syrup. Let's discuss ways to make it through, to quiet that little voice in your head telling you this is crap. What are some of the things you shouldn't worry about when writing first drafts? What are some of the things you should? But despite all the challenges, are there any fruitless first draft struggles?
Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Near Future Science Fiction, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
Panelists: Dave Bara, Steve Diamond, James Glass
Where will the next big Near Future Science Fiction (like today's Bladerunner) come from? Comics? Genre literature? TV? Films? What about games? What will it be?