Yey! We’re here! And by here, we mean at the 43rd ConFusion SF/F Convention in Detroit!

Our crack team of Robots will be out and about all weekend signing, reading, talking and doing their very best to win at BarCon.

Below you’ll find a rundown of where everyone will be and when. Come say hi if you see us!


Angry Robot author Wesley ChuWesley Chu

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Charlevoix
Plotter’s Rule! (Or So They Tell Me)
Meticulous plotting for the win! Writing from a detailed outline is the best, most effective writing strategy. Well… at least for some writers. What are the strengths and weaknesses, and what might be some alternatives, other than just making it up as you go along?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Isle Royale
Writing is Fundamental

Some of the fundamentals of prose storytelling have evolved over time, and some vary wildly between genres. What has changed since the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres came to be as we know them, and how have genres like mystery, romance, and YA diverged?


KameronHurley2016Kameron Hurley 

Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
Keweenaw
Rail Guns, Power Armor and Killer Robots
How close are we to the military technology heralded in SciFi books? Experts will talk about what is on the horizon.


Angry Robot author Adam RakunasAdam Rakunas

Friday

17:00 – 17:50 
Manitou
The Expanse
Open, round table discussion of the characters, themes, and theories about what is happening/happened in the show.

Saturday

12:00 – 12:50
Petoskey
The Dynasty of Deep Space Nine 
Deep Space Nine: Great Trek, or the Greatest Trek? The newest incarnation of  Star Trek will launch in 2017, but, really, what’s the point when Deep Space Nine has already happened? Our panelists will discuss what made DS9 not just great Trek, but the greatest Trek ever.

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

10:00 – 10:50
Leelanau
Fantasy & SF All-Stars
Panelists draft players for their team from across the science fiction and fantasy multiverse, right before your eyes, to confront an existential threat! Who will they choose, who will they ignore, and who will end up with the best team? The audience decides the winner!


Angry Robot author Ferrett SteinmetzFerrett Steinmetz

Friday

20:00 – 20:50
Eating the Future
Keweenaw
Juicy nuggets of forward facing cuisine. Find out what your children will be eating on their way to Mars, create menu’s for offworld diners or cash in on the next food craze.

21:00 – 21:50
Erotica: More Than Sex?
Keweenaw
Panelists discuss character, plot, and yes, sex scenes in erotica. What makes a sex scene hot? How do you use sex to drive the plot? When do the erotic elements cross into objectification? How do authors approach sex and erotica in het and queer romance?

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

15:00 – 15:50
Leelanau
How To Author Your Persona

How do you develop who you are as an author for your fans while keeping your private life semi-private?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing


Angry Robot author Patrick S TomlinsonPatrick S Tomlinson

Saturday

10:00 – 10:50
Saugatuck
Interstellar Colonies: A Hubristic Fantasy?
Novels like Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel Aurora suggests that extrasolar colonies are unlikely to succeed, even if we can overcome the challenge of “getting there.” Is this pessimism justified by the science? Is it worth trying anyway? Or do we need to accept the Solar System as our one and only home?

14:00 – 14:50
Keweenaw
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Last ConFusion, our panelists tackled driverless cars and their implications. But, with technology moving as fast it is, this ConFusion we’ll tackle it all. What technologies are on the horizon and what kinds of stories can we tell in their wake?

17:00 – 17:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

18:00 – 18:50
Isle Royale
Reading

Sunday

12:00 – 12:50
St. Clair
Here’s What They Did to My Baby! 
No one really knows how the game is played. The art of the trade. How the sausage gets made. We just assume that it happens. And by it, we mean publishing a book. Authors tell the tale of the publishing process from their perspective. Copyedits! Title changes! Other mad alchemy!


Mike Underwood looks like this. For now...Michael Underwood

(Our sales and marketing guru Mike will be attending as an author in his own right but if you see him, please do pop over and say hello!)

Friday

13:00
Isle Royale
Co-Writing For Fun and Profit
Writing is often viewed as a solitary activity, but many well-regarded works in SFF are the product of collaboration. With serialized fiction reclaiming its place as a major player in the field, collaborations amongst large groups of authors are gaining popularity and praise. What makes a good collaboration work? How do co-writers get–and stay–on the same page? What should authors keep in mind from the business end when signing contracts for co-written work?

16:00
Isle Royale
Collaborating With Your Copyeditor
Bad copyedits are so legendary in this business that STET has become both a punchline and a battle-cry. But most copyeditors are genuinely trying to help authors achieve their vision. Let’s discuss how to form productive working relationships that produce more polished books and don’t leave anyone contemplating STET knuckle tattoos. Dear copyeditors: there is a typo in this panel description just for you.

17:00
Interlochen
World-building Culture Beyond Aesthetics
Many authors take care to ground readers in the aesthetic details of their secondary-world cultures, using clothing, architecture, food, and language to give readers a ‘feel’ for what a culture is like. Often, these details are drawn from stereotypes of real regions of the world, leaving us with the generic “middle easternness” of Narnia’s Calormen, or the “future Chinese empire with no Chinese people” of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Let’s talk about how to go beyond aesthetics to build original cultures with their own philosophies, biases, social orders, and worldviews. How can we build distinct cultures in our work without using medieval Europe as the cultureless default against which other societies are compared? What are our favorite fictional cultures, and our favorite stories that use distinct original cultures to add more to their world than appropriated aesthetics?

19:00 – 19:50
St. Clair
Self Publishing For Fun & Profit
Self-publishing has undergone massive changes in the past ten years. Authors and audiences have more opportunities to create and find the stories they want, niche genres and subgenres are finding new life, and voices that have been ignored by traditional publishing are taking successful advantage of the direct-to-consumer approach. Where might self-publishing go in the next ten years?

Saturday

12:00
Keweenaw
Reading

16:00 – 16:50
St. Clair
Autograph Signing

17:00
Keweenaw
Disney Rules Genre Film
With the acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, Disney has brought the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s orbit. Between that, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, is Disney the only game in town when it comes to genre blockbusters? Can Warner Brothers, Sony, and the rest still compete?

Sunday

11:00 – 11:50
Ballroom A & B
Reading

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