If you are in the Houston area this coming weekend (June 21st – 23rd), come see me at the always-fun ApolloCon convention.

This year, I’ve been invited to be the Fan Guest of Honor. (Woot!) This year’s guests so far also include Bradley Denton (Guest of Honor), Peri Charlifu (Artist Guest of Honor), Selina Rosen (Special Guest), Paul Abell, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Bill Crider, Michael Finn, Kim Kofmel, Alexis Glynn Latner, Stina Leicht, Katy Pace, Lawrence Person, K. Hutson Price, Amy Sisson, Martha Wells, Mel. White and many more!

I’ve always had a great time at ApolloCon and you will, too. Stop by and say hello!

Here’s where I’ll be (UPDATED!):

FAN GoH EARLYBIRD: KAFFEEKLATSCH WITH JOHN DENARDO
Time: Fri 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Room: Rm #317
Informal chat item.

OPENING CEREMONIES
Time: Fri 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Room: Seattle I
Panel: Peri Charlifu, Bradley Denton, John DeNardo, Selina Rosen, Jonathon Guthrie
Chair’s welcome and introduction of Honored Guests.

GENRE JOURNALISM
Time: Fri 8:00PM – 9:00PM
Room: Tucson
Panel: John DeNardo, Keri Bas
How can we find out what is going on in our genres, our fandom, and their related industries? Who has the coolest pictures, the best facts and the earliest rumors? Learn where to find the reports and reporting you need. . . Or be inspired to become a genre journalist!

WHEN SPEC FIC STOLE MY BRAIN…OR MY HEART…OR ALL MY TIME
Time: Sat 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Room: Seattle II
Panel: John DeNardo, Bill Crider, Bradley Denton, Stina Leicht
How did you discover speculative fiction? Our panelists share their own experiences of the book, the show, the movie, the person, the moment. . .

THE NEW NEW NEW DOCTOR WHO
Time: Sat 1:00PM – 2:00PM
Room: Scottsdale
Panel: Kathy Thornton, John DeNardo, Tim Miller
Join dedicated fans and interested bystanders for a journey into the TARDIS, from the archives of the early doctors to speculation about the next one. How will the Impossible Girl impact future seasons? Who will replace Matt Smith? What surprises does the 50th Anniversary Special hold in store? What HAS Steven Moffat been smoking? All this and more.

FAN GoH: JOHN DENARDO INTERVIEWED
Time: Sat 5:00PM – 6:00PM
Room: Tucson
Panel: John DeNardo, Lawrence Person
Hugo-winning Fan Guest of Honor John DeNardo is interviewed by Lawrence Person.

DOES THE WRITER OR THE READER DECIDE A WORK OF FICTION’S GENRE?
Time: Sun 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Room: Tucson
Panel: Keri Bas, John DeNardo, Bradley Denton
A work of fiction can be categorized at many different points in its “lifecycle.” Who has the final word? Why do we categorize fiction at all? Is genre an inherent aspect of fiction or a post-hoc assessment?

FRACK YOU! NO! FRELL YOU!
Time: Sun 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Room: Seattle II
Panel: John DeNardo, Chuck Coshow, Val Villarreal
What makes a made-up slang sound real? How do we know what it “really” means? And why can some words jump out of their sources and into our general lexicon?

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