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20 November 2015 @ 10:16 am
OryCon and Sci-Fi AuthorFest this weekend  
OryCon 37, Portland's annual science fiction convention, starts today! It's at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. I'll be on the following program items:

  • Fri Nov 20 2:00pm: Endings: Cuddling with the Reader in Douglas Fir (3rd floor)
    You've just blown your reader's mind with your story's climax. Make sure they'll come back for more--give them a good denouement! with David D. Levine, Erica L. Satifka, Anna Sheehan, Ann Gimpel, Gr� Linnaea


  • Fri Nov 20 4:00pm: How to Blurb Your Novel in Sunstone (3rd floor)
    We all need them, we all hate them. Summing up our books may be harder than writing them in the first place! Learn techniques to write compelling book descriptions (aka "blurbs"), and hook readers. with David D. Levine, Jennifer Brozek, Fonda Lee, DongWon Song, Shannon Page


  • Sat Nov 21 12:00pm: Agents Assemble! in Sunstone (3rd floor)
    Do you need an agent in 2015? Find out who to look for, and what they can do for you, from finding a traditional book deal, to selling foreign rights. to landing that elusive film deal...and when to fire one. with David D. Levine, Christy Fifield, Anna Sheehan, John Hedtke, David Boop


  • Sat Nov 21 2:00pm: David Levine Reading in Hawthorne (2nd floor)
    David D. Levine reads from his first novel, "Arabella of Mars." with David D. Levine


  • Sat Nov 21 3:00pm: Mad Science panel in Salon B (LL1)
    Present preposterous theories for world domination--for everyone's own good, of course. Panelists expound upon how, with the unlimited funds of a typical archvillain, they would take over the world. with Guy Letourneau, Dan Dubrick, Kristin Landon, David D. Levine, Melinda Hutson


  • Sun Nov 22 11:00am: What I Wish I Would Have Known: Pitfalls for New Writers in Douglas Fir (3rd floor)
    All the things writers should know going in, from craft to scams, and what our panelists wish they'd known. with J. Steven York, SD Perry, Laurel Anne Hill, David D. Levine, J. A. Pitts


  • Sun Nov 22 1:00pm: Turkey Readings in Salon C (LL1)
    It hurts so good--the worst SF/F/H in the universe! with Anthony Pryor, David D. Levine, Brian J. Hunt


After the con, on Sun Nov 22 at 4:00pm, the ninth annual Sci-Fi AuthorFest will be held at Powell's Cedar Hills. This event, which brings together "a starfleet of science fiction and fantasy authors" -- many of whom just happen to be in town for OryCon -- for "one galactic booksigning event," is free and open to the public. I'll be there and so will a bunch of other cool people. Hope to see you there!