C.J. Cherryh

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Jane Fancher and I are more than sharing ideas on upcoming novel Alliance Rising, an Alliance-Union novel---we are sharing writing: we pass it back and forth and have arrived at a modus operandi that lets each of us work at our best. 
We hope this will be an ongoing set of stories in a universe many of you have asked for---not that we're stopping Foreigner; but with two of us going at it, there's time.

Resident of the Pacific NW. BA in Latin in 1964, U of Okla; MA in Classics at Johns Hopkins U. in Maryland, 1965; and additional language course at OU in 1967.

Academic awards and Honors: American Classical League Scholarship 1960; Alpha Lambda Delta; Phi Beta Kappa; Woodrow Wilson Fellow 1964-5 in Classics. Guest of Honor at Bucconeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention, in Baltimore, MD.

Academic specializations and areas of reasonable competency: Latin, Greek, bronze age myth as related to archaeology; field archaeology (qualified but never practiced); law of early Roman Empire; history of engineering; French (professional translator); Italian and other languages in which I can at least get a drink of water and directions to the train station; was once classroom teacher.

Informal training and areas of personal interest: human genetics, astronomy, space science and aeronautics, astrophysics, botany, geology, climatology (some of this formal education, where it crosses my archaeological studies); cosmology, anthropology; technology in general with practical and anthropological considerations.

Professional experience: teaching Latin, Greek, Ancient History; writing; semiprofessional in archaeological photography

Hobbies: travel, weaving, aquariums, dinosaurs, art.

I write full time; I travel; I try out things. The list includes, both past tense: fencing, riding, archery, firearms, ancient weapons, donkeys, elephants, camels, butterflies, frogs, wasps, turtles, bees, ants, falconry, exotic swamp plants and tropicals, wilderness survival, fishing, sailing, mechanics, carpentry, wiring, painting (canvas), painting (house), painting (interior), sculpture, needlepoint, refinishing furntiture, video games, archaeology, Roman, Greek civ, Crete, Celts, caves.

I've traveled from New York to Istanbul and Troy; outrun a dog pack, and seen Columbia lift on her first flight. I've fallen down a cave, nearly drowned, broken an arm, been kicked by horses, fended off an amorous merchant in a tent bazaar, fought fires, slept on deck in the Adriatic, and driven Picadilly Circus at rush hour. I've waded in two oceans and four of the seven seas,

Web site: http://www.cherryh.com/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Forget the Beginnings--Writing Endings, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Anne Groell, Todd Lockwood, Eldon Thompson

    There is a lot of focus on getting the beginning of your story or book just right, but what about the ending? A satisfying ending can make or break a book. What are some ways you can be sure that your ending won't alienate your readers? Or better yet, keep them coming back for more? In this panel we'll discuss this all things endings.

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Politics for Storytellers, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey)

    There's often talk of incorporating religions,magic, and history into your world, but what about politics? How do you design the politics of an entirely new world? How do you keep track of who's backstabbing whom? And, most importantly, how do you write about politics without becoming too political, at the risk of isolating readers?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, What's New In Science, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, James Glass, Hugh S. Gregory

    Fusion reactors? Hand transplants? Adamantium-laced bones? Flying cars? What's new in science this year? Come find out.

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Sun 7:00
  • panel Sun 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Improving Your Climax, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: S. A. Bolich, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Anne Groell

    Everything you've done has led up to this moment. Your readers are invested and demand answers. All the tension has been built up, emotions have been tangled up, bad things have happened, it all comes down to this very moment. But...can you deliver?


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