C.J. Cherryh

MisCon 31 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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  • 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 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Cmdr. Data vs the Self-Driving Car, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle), Manny Frishberg, James Glass

    Would you put your kid in a self-driving ambulance? In an accident, a self-driving vehicle will take the action with the highest probability of the most favorable outcome; a human driver (or Data) might take a crazy risk if the possible benefit was great enough. What might a computer mind really look like?

  • Break Sat 4:50 - 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 5:00
  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, What's New In Science, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: C.J. Cherryh, James Glass, Hugh S. Gregory

    Our scientists will discuss what's new in science this year.

  • 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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