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I may still have an addition or adjustment to my schedule at Readercon 21, most notably hamming, er, playing a bit in A Midsummer Night's Dream, but I must say I find this most gratifying.

A listing of program items is at http://www.readercon.org/program.htm and the draft of the grid is at http://www.readercon.org/docs/RC21ProgramGrid.pdf

Thursday, July 8
8 PM - "A Saucer of Loneliness" by Theodore Sturgeon  -- Vermont room
    I will be reading the classic short story to kick off the Sturgeon marathon.

Friday, July 9
6 PM - The Bonus DVD in Literature -- Salon F
Adams, Freund (Moderator), Halpern, Redick, Smith
     Brandon Sanderson has posted "author commentary" on a chapter-by-chapter basis for all of his major fantasy novels. Steven Hall wrote "un-chapters" for every chapter of his published book The Raw Shark Texts and has scattered them in the world and online. And Catherynne Valente recorded audio "author's commentary" for several chapters of her online YA novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making. How does the presence of authoritative commentary change the reading dynamic? Does it affect the sense of closure and satisfaction that is conventionally experienced when we reach the end of a story? Will a proliferation of such bonus material create more informed readers, or simply ones less willing to work to understand a story? And how does the idea of a "published work" change when different readers may have experienced less or more of it, depending on how much bonus content they have experienced?

Saturday, July 10
Noon - Orphans of the Time Stream -- Salon G
J. Cramer, Crowley, Freund (Moderator), Stross
    In the Hugo-nominated "Palimpsest," a new novella included in his recently-published short story collection Wireless, Charles Stross has written one of the best time-travel stories ever. It takes advantage of the single-mutable-timeline trope to present not one, but three different Stapledonian versions of the far future. What are the implications of a universe in which you can kill your grandfather for good but continue to live as a "timestream orphan?" What does this uncommon take on the nature of time say about causality and free will?

5 PM - Nalo Hopkinson interviewed by Jim Freund -- Salon E
Sunday, July 11
Kaffeeklatsch -- Vineyard room
    I'm trying to remember my topic -- was it using social networking?  Conducting yourself during an interview or reading?  Watch this space...