My World Fantasy Con Schedule
See you in Saratoga
I'm not primarily a fantasy writer, but some great works have had a huge influence on me--most importantly, Mervyn Peake's epic Gormenghast. I read The Lord of the Rings like most kids, and was on my third read of it when I discovered Peake. After finishing Gormenghast, I didn't return to Tolkien for another twenty years.
I'll be going on about that and other stuff on my panels, but heck, I'm really there just to hang out and talk, so if you're going to the convention look for me. I'll be around and happy to shmooze.
|City Center 2B||Magic is the essential ingredient of Epic Fantasy… except when it isn't.
Can a story be Epic Fantasy if there isn't a spell hurling mage? Do all quests need a wizard? The panel will discuss how magic is used in Epic Fantasy and some of the texts that do things a little differently.
Paul DiFilippo (mod.), David Keck, Kate Laity, Karl Schroeder
|1:00•City Center 2B||The Fantastic Cities of Monstrous Magnitude
Epic Fantasy has created some of the most arresting and wondrous architecture ever dreamed of. The panel will discuss some of their favorite settings in Epic Fantasy and why those cities and buildings evoke such wonder.
John Clute, Gemma Files, David Levine, Karl Schroeder
Reading, 11:00, in Broadway 2