Once again, our own Jim Cambias (who feels rather odd writing about himself in the third person) will be a guest at Readercon. Readercon has been running since 1989, and in that time has earned a reputation as a top-notch conference on the literary side of fantastic fiction. If you want to dress up like a Klingon or swap bootleg Indonesian vampire film cassettes, you'll be disappointed at Readercon. But if you want to talk about writing and writers, this is your Mecca. Come to Burlington, Mass., and prostrate yourself toward the glory that is Readercon.
And if you want to throw a few genuflections at JLC, here's his schedule:
Friday 3:00 PM: Reading (30 min.)
"How Seosiris Lost The Favor of the King." A new fantasy short story about an Egyptian wizard and a troublesome foreign sorcerer.
Friday 6:00 PM: Workshop (60 min.)
Brainstorming Inclusive Immersive Worlds. A workshop on creating an imaginary world with realistic social divisions.
Saturday 12:00 Noon: Talk / Discussion (60 min.)
Travel Literature. James L. Cambias, Michael Dirda, Debra Doyle, Fred Lerner (L), Howard Waldrop. Panel discussion on the connection between travel writing and SF/Fantasy.
Saturday 2:00 PM: Talk / Discussion (60 min.)
Great War Geeks Unite. Victoria Janssen with discussion by Leah Bobet, James L. Cambias, Don D'Ammassa, Debra Doyle, Walter H. Hunt, Barbara Krasnoff, Barry B. Longyear, Alison Sinclair, Howard Waldrop, Paul Witcover. Panel discussion about World War I in SF and fantasy, along with grumbling about why it's so neglected.
Sunday 2:00 PM: Talk / Discussion (60 min.)
The Appeal of Lovecraft. Mike Allen with discussion by James L. Cambias, Michael Cisco, Amanda Downum, Theodora Goss, Donald G. Keller, John Langan, Faye Ringel, Diane Weinstein. Why H.P. Lovecraft is so popular even though he's so flawed.
UPDATE: All of this wonderful Cambias activity starts this Friday, July 9 at Readercon in Burlington, MA.