It is that time again - the height of the summer, when our heat-poached brains turn to television and movies and bright, exciting stories presented in a variety of dimensions. Also Polaris - the media-favouring Toronto sf convention that is taking place weekend after this one, in Richmond Hill. For the past few years, they've been letting the writers in - writers including me - along with the stars.
Polaris is taking place July 16-18 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel - roughly at Highways 7 and 404. For directions and other miscellany, click right here.
I'll be there all three days, talking up Supernatural and Lost and Dollhouse, a bit about publishing, and also reading and signing.
Here is my schedule.
I will be reading, probably from my upcoming novel Eutopia, possibly a short story, at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the President's Boardroom
A post-series discussion of the mythology of Lost.Colleen Hillerup (M), David Nickle, Robert Smith?, Nikki Stafford, Lance Sibley
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 1:00 PM
Is the Internet — with web distribution, e-books, and buying of books online — going to kill the publishing business? What about authors and independent booksellers?
Panelists: Kenneth Tam (M), David Nickle, Rob St. Martin, Karen Dales, Robert J. Sawyer
Note: No more Panelists are being accepted for this Panel.
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 5:00 PM
A discussion of the plot and character advancements in the second (and final) season of Dollhouse. What did you think of how it ended? What could have been done better?
Panelists: Samantha Daigneault (M), David Nickle, Michelle Rowen, Sheena Callighen
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 6:00 PM
A discussion of the ethical and technological ideas presented in the most recently cancelled Joss Whedon show, Dollhouse.
Panelists: Samantha Daigneault (M), David Nickle, Julie E. Czerneda, Christin Milloy, Douglas Smith
Scheduled day/time: Saturday 10:00 PM
Lucifer is risen, God is AWOL, and both Angels and Demons are ready for their last dance of the night. As the armies get into position there is more to Sam and Dean than mere hunters. Discuss the brothers' roles in the coming apocalypse.
Panelists: David Nickle, Kelley Armstrong, Gemma Files, Sheena Callighen, Suzanne Church
Scheduled day/time: Sunday 12:00 PM