I have the honor of serving as Toastmaster for ARCHON in Collinsville, IL this year. It is a con I have attended on and off for years and enjoy. I really look forward to it. Here’s my schedule for the weekend. In between, find me at Bookseller’s Row, Table 16, outside the Dealer’s Room.
Star Wars – Is It What We Hoped It Would Be?
Friday 12:00 – 12:50, Salon 6 (Gateway Center)
With Episode VIII only months away, how do we feel about what we’ve gotten so far? Have Episode VII and Rogue One lived up to our dreams – and did they make up for Episodes I-III?
David VonAllmen (M), Jimmy D. Gillentine, Mr Paul Hahn, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be
Friday 16:00 – 16:50, St. Clair A & B (DoubleTree – Collinsville)
How has our vision of the future changed as our culture has modernized and shed stereotypes and archaic norms?
Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Ms Joy Ward, Michael Benjamin (M)
Friday 18:00 – 19:00, Center Hall B (Gateway Center)
Book Launch Party: The Exodus–Saga Of Davi Rhii by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Friday 19:00 – 19:50, St. Clair A & B (DoubleTree – Collinsville)
Come discover the trilogy Barnes and Noble named a Year’s Best and Jonathan Maberry, Mike Resnick and others said captures the feel of classic space opera like Star Wars! Buy signed books or 3 and enjoy pizza, soda, and snacks. Giveaways too!
Bryan Thomas Schmidt (M)
In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream: Horror Beyond the Stars
Friday 21:00 – 21:50, Salon 6 (Gateway Center)
Some of the scariest stories take place is space. Some of our favorites are Alien, Event Horizon, Pandorum, and Riddick. Come discuss the best and worst of horror in space (Jason X, anyone?).
Suzanne Cappelletti (M), Jim Yelton , Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Wyatt Weed
Editing: A Diamond in the Rough
Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
What does it take to turn a project from trash to treasure? An open discussion on the editing process.
Claire Ashgrove, Lettie Prell (M), Mr Michales Joy, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Author Reading with Archon 41 Toastmaster Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Salon 4 (Gateway Center) Reading: from The X-Files SECRET AGENDAS– “Border Time”
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Tips For Writing About Things You Know Nothing About
Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
Okay, we can’t know everything about everything. Listen to our experts reveal what they have done to become knowledgeable on a subject or at least what they did to make it seem like they were.
Marella Sands (M), Ms Joy Ward, Rachel Neumeier, Mr Mark Tiedemann , Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Problems and Questions from Young Writers
Saturday 18:00 – 18:50, Cahokian (Gateway Center)
Our pros share their wisdom with those who will eventually replace them. Que sera sera.
Deborah Millitello, Christine Amsden (M) , Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Lloyd Kropp, Glen Cook, Claire Ashgrove
Editing: Behind the Scenes
Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
A chance for new authors to understand what happens to stories after they’re submitted.
Benjamin C. Kinney (M), Mr. Brian Katcher, Mr. Adrian Matthews, Rich Horton, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Volunteer Pizza Party with the Pros!
Sunday 13:00 – 15:00, Madison C & D (DoubleTree – Collinsville)
Please join us as we thank our Archon 41 Volunteers!
Publishing Short Stories: Where and How
Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, Marquette A (Gateway Center)
Our experts share different avenues and platforms on which to publish your short fiction.
Deborah Millitello, Bryan Thomas Schmidt (M) (firstname.lastname@example.org) , Ethan Nahté , Shawntelle Madison, Guy Anthony De Marco
Sunday 15:00 – 16:00, Lasalle (Gateway Center)