Boskone schedule

February 8, 2010 at 8:27 am (Cons)

I’ll be at Boskone this coming weekend, and with any luck I’ll be a little less frazzled than I was at Arisia.  (Although if I’m entertainingly frazzled, then that’s fine too.)  Here’s my schedule for the con:

Friday, 8pm: Biblical Themes and Religion in Genre Fiction
OK, the Bible is full of some really fabulous stories, and a lot of people are familiar with it, so there’s resonance in the well of souls. What other reasons propel writers back to those tales? And what about the Koran and the Torah—do they not also have fabulous stories? Give example of great SF/Fantasy that have used Biblical and religious themes (Because there are never enough books to read…)
Jeffrey A. Carver (M), Walter H. Hunt, Dani Kollin, Steven Popkes, Margaret Ronald

Saturday, 3pm: The Heroine’s Journey
We’ve got a whole book and academic sub-genre dedicated to the hero’s journey and its mythic importance in our culture (thank you, Joseph Campbell!) As usual, they left out the girls. Is the heroine’s journey different from that of the hero? If so, in what ways and why? (Is the differentiation embodied in those two terms even germane any longer?)
Lois McMaster Bujold, Greer Gilman, Rosemary Kirstein (M), Margaret Ronald, Jo Walton

Sunday, 9:30am: Reading
Margaret Ronald
(I’ll see if I can arrange coffee for anyone who shows up.)

Sunday, 1pm: Why Adults Love YA
Are grown-ups just trying to recapture their mispent youth, or is there something either more compelling about this kind of fiction? If so, what?
Bruce Coville, Michael J. Daley (M), Sarah Beth Durst, Margaret Ronald, Navah Wolfe

As usual, I’m way over my head.  But the last few times that’s happened, I’ve had a lot of fun, so we’ll see how it works out this time.  Hope to see you there!


  1. auntielou said,

    I read YA when I’m on vacation. It’s absorbing and often can be read very quickly. I think I read the entire Indian in the Cupboard series in one day.
    Bigger books like Harry Potter are more of a commitment because they’re kind of a pain to carry around. I read the first one when I was getting over a cold, but I tried that with the last one and it was just too much work to hold it up. Perhaps I was a little sicker that time, too.
    I don’t think I’m trying to recapture my youth, but to be swept away by story — something that good YA does with alacrity.

    • mlronald said,

      “Swept away by story” is a good way of putting it. I’ve been trying to put into words what it is about YA that feels different to me (when it does feel different — I suppose that’s another matter to discuss) without claiming that they’re simpler, because a lot of them aren’t. There is something wholeheartedly enthusiastic about a lot of YA fiction, and that may be what I like about it.

  2. Mom said,

    YA seems less fettered by all the practical experience that we adults carry with us. Perhaps it is the lack of frontal lobe development, but it is kind of nice to not worry about consequences and the real world as much.

    • mlronald said,

      That’s a good way of putting it. One point that got put forward during the panel was that YA fiction isn’t afraid to be optimistic — even the dystopias have some trace of hope. I wonder if they’re linked.

  3. auntielou said,

    Well put.

  4. Sarah Beth Durst said,

    So nice to meet you at Boskone! Just wanted to tell you that I picked up a copy of Spiral Hunt after our panel, and I read it on the train ride home. I really enjoyed it! Great protagonist and fun story! I loved the concept of the Hound and her unusual power. I was completely sucked in. Looking forward to reading Wild Hunt.

    • mlronald said,

      It was wonderful to meet you as well! And I’m really glad you liked it — I’ll be looking out for Ice now too. Thank you again for a fantastic panel.

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