Jane Fancher

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

CJ Cherryh 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.

I was born In Renton, Washington, In the shadow of Mt. Rainier. I was raised around a flight school, but when we moved to the country I had to choose between planes and horses. I chose the horses and have (almost) never regretted it. Besides horses, I enjoy art, music, dance of all kinds, travel, a variety of sports, and making furniture. Mostly I enjoy DOING as opposed to observing.

I have virtual degrees in Physics and Anthropology from Washington State University and training in computer programming, psychology, philosophy, and history. I have paid my bills with such diverse activities as lecturing on dolphins, troubleshooting computer programs, art and training horses, and I have a particular talent for cleaning stables.

How all this led to working on a Graphic Novel adaptation of C. J. Cherryh's Gate of Ivrel, I'm not quite certain. Stranger still, that career move somehow led to writing my own stories. My first novel (Groundties from Warner/Questar) came out In October, 1991. The sequel, Uplink, was released in March, 1992 and the third, Harmonies of the 'Net, in October, 1992.

More recently, I have written the Dance of The Rings series (Ring of Lightning, released in June, 1995, Ring of Intrigue, released in January, 1997, and Ring of Destiny, released in December, 1999). My prequel to the to the Groundties series is at my agent, along with the "extended versions" of those three books. I'm currently working on the next "Ring" book, which might best be described as "Tesla meets Godzilla". I've got a few short stories out, including on in the upcoming Thieve's World anthology.

I'm fascinated with things technological for what they can do, but mostly for how they do it and the effects on people of what they do. Although my current Interests are In Virtual Reality and Science Education, mostly I'm a gestaltist.

I'm also fascinated by what makes things tick—things from computers to people to galaxies—I think the Native American philosophies are a good beginning, and Biosphere 2 a welcome western extrapolation. In the twenty-first century, I look for humanity to extend that working model to

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

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Early Bird Book Signing, Ballroom C
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Carol Berg, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, David Farland, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Randy Henderson, Michael Hodges, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Some of our authors will sign books.

  • Break Fri 2:50 - Fri 5:00
  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, How to Appear Human, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Tex Thompson

    We all want to make friends on Earth, but we don't always know how. Human social customs are strange and complex, and can baffle even the most well-meaning being. Make the most of your time at this convention by learning some ways to have fun while talking to humans.

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Deliberate Practice, Jefferson
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Jane Fancher, Jason A. Holt

    Science has proven that deliberate practice makes an expert of an acolyte. Our brains are wired to try, fail, then try again. This kind of practice boils down to 4 things: motivation, pre-existing knowledge, having immediate feedback, and repeatedly performing the same or similar tasks. How can we learn using deliberate practice? How can we continuously challenge ourselves so that we become the next Big Thing?

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 10:50 AM, The Three Laws of Robotics & You, Yellowstone
    Panelists: Josh Aronoff, C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Manny Frishberg, James Glass

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Are Asimov's 3 rules more important now than ever? Can we avoid a "Terminator" future? Can we predict how drones and the rise of the robots will affect us in 10 years?

  • Break Sat 10:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Spotlight: Cherryh, Fancher, Spotlight
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Alien Spacecraft in SF & Movies, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Hugh S. Gregory, Guy Pace

    Lets talk about spacecraft in pop culture. How are they different than the real deal? Will we ever actually create FTL drives? Is the Millenium the best space ship of all time? What about the Serenity or the Enterprise? Are the Battlestar Galactica ships the most realistic? Does that make them sort of boring?

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 2:00
  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, It's All In The Details, Ballroom C
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Julie Frost, Michael Hodges

    Sometimes all you have to do to set a scene is write a few details and the readers will fill in the big stuff. In this panel we'll talk about what kind of details do this best, and other ways to describe a scene.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Sun 6:00
  • panel Sun 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Science Fiction Then and Now, Monster Tent (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, James Glass

    How far back does Science Fiction really go? How is it different today? Is it different? Is it better? Worse? How has it changed over time?

  • Break Sun 6:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Simply Human, Ballroom C
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Jane Fancher, Manny Frishberg, Hugh S. Gregory, Meradeth Houston

    Robots run a great deal of our world, making our cars, food, medical equipment; robots even make our robots. What will there be for humans to do in the New Age of Humanity? Films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner raise questions about machine sapience and sentience. Will technicians have to swear an e-version of the Hippocratic Oath? What will be the ethics of dealing with old and/or non-functioning computers?

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