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Boskone 49

10 Apr

Boskone 49, February 17-19, 2011

Guest of Honor John Scalzi

Official Artist Daniel dos Santos

Special Guest Toni Weisskopf

Featured Filker Tricky Pixie (S. J. Tucker, Betsy Tinney and Ben Deschamps)

For more information, please click here visit the official Boskone site

Panel: New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

24 Feb

On Saturday, during the panel “New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror” the audience asked if the panelists could post the names that they were mentioning. Here is the list recommended by the panel. If you have any questions or additions of your own, please post them in the comments.

Panel: New Faces of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
These exceptional writers may still be in the early stages of their career, but already we catch glimpses of greatness. Let’s name names — and talk about what makes them so special.
Panelists as shown above:  David Anthony Durham, Peter V. Brett, Paul Di Filippo (M), Kelly Link, Laird Barron

This list includes a mixture of new writers as well as under-read writers that the panelists wanted to share. Happy reading!

  • Mike Allen
  • Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Nathan Ballingrud
  • Simon Bestwick
  • Allyson Bird
  • Nadia Bulkin
  • Matt Cardin
  • Maille Chapman
  • Blake Charlton
  • Michael Cisco
  • Andrew Cox
  • Steven Duffy
  • David Anthony Durham
  • James Enge
  • Gemma Files
  • Matthew Fox
  • Richard Gavin
  • Stephen Graham Jones
  • Michael Grant
  • Kevin Hearne
  • N.K. Jemison
  • Paul Jessup
  • Nicholaus Kaufmann
  • Alice Kim
  • Margo Lanagan
  • John Langan
  • Livia Llewelyn
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Gary McMahaon
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • Peter Orullian
  • Joseph Pulver
  • Robert Reddick
  • Beth Revis
  • Ian Rogers
  • Karen Russell
  • Ken Scholes
  • Simon Strantzas
  • Anna Tambour
  • Paul Tremblay
  • Don Tumasonis
  • Genevieve Valentine
  • Jean-Christophe Valtat
  • Kaaron Warren
  • Marly Youmans

Also, two authors who’ve been active for quite a while but are under read: Wilum Pugmire and Don Webb.

Tweet out, Twitterverse

18 Feb

On Twitter? Follow BoskoneNews as we’ll be tweeting during the convention.

Tweeting during Boskone? Use #Boskone  so others can see what you’re up to.


Taking fun photos too? Consider sharing them in the Boskone 48 Flickr group

Arriving today? Here are a few things you might like…

17 Feb

For those arriving early, here are a few ideas on how to spend the last day until Boskone.


The Boston Phoenix lists Boskone 48 in the weekly blog post The Week in Geek as well as Thursday night entertainment.

The Boston Athenæum is current running an exhibit of Edward Gorey’s work.  Hours from their website are Thursday 8:30 a.m.* to 5:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.* to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Need a bite to eat? The Boskone restaurant guide is now available on the restaurant page.

Join the Discussion: Sign Up for a Kaffeeklatsch or a Literary Beer

13 Feb

Come join these authors, editors, and artists for a drink and discussion about anything under the sun or beyond the stars. Check out the pocket program in your registration package to see who will be doing what, and when. However, before grabbing your cuppa coffee or buying your beer and joining the group, be sure to sign up early for your preferred session to avoid losing your seat at the table!

This is your chance to ask that burning question about the new novel. Hear some interesting stories about the struggles of being a writer or making your first sale. You might even meet a new friend, discover some new books for your “to read” list, or compare notes during a critical discussion about a literary theory. These small group discussions are rewarding opportunities to get to know your favorite writer better.

Sláinte (Cheers),


Listed below are the dates, times and writers/artists who have made themselves available to chat with you.

Note: These dates and times are “almost” final. Times, participants and places are subject to change. Please be sure to check the final conference schedule once it is posted. Please remember that attending these sessions requires advance sign-up.




  • 10am [Galleria]: Greer Gilman, Jo Walton
  • 11am [Galleria]: Jeanne M. Cavelos
  • 12noon [Galleria]: Esther Friesner, Christopher Golden
  • 1pm [Galleria]: Peter V. Brett, David Anthony Durham
  • 2pm [Galleria]: Margaret Ronald, Melinda Snodgrass
  • 3pm [Galleria]: Neil Clarke, Beth Meacham
  • 4pm [Galleria]: Laird Barron, Sarah Langan, Paul G. Tremblay


  • 5pm [Galleria]: Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner
  • 10am [Galleria]: Joan Slonczewski
  • 11am [Galleria]: Bruce Coville, Jane Yolen
  • 12noon [Galleria]: Michael F. Flynn
  • 1pm [Galleria]: Charles Stross
  • 2pm [Galleria]: Walter H. Hunt, Alexander Jablokov




  • 12noon [Bar]: Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas
  • 1pm [Bar]: Karl Schroeder
  • 2pm [Bar]: Michael F. Flynn, James Patrick Kelly
  • 3pm [Bar]: Michael Swanwick
  • 4pm [Bar]: Jeffrey A. Carver
  • 5pm [Bar]: Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald


  • 12noon [Bar]: Jean-Pierre Normand, Omar Rayyan
  • 1pm [Bar]: Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess
  • 2pm [Bar]: Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Still time to read a book (or two)

12 Feb

The countdown to Boskone 48 is on! If you’re anything like me, I use the weeks leading up to Boskone to cram in as many books as possible. During the rest of the year, I try to diversify my interests, but mid-January to mid-February is all sci-fi all the time.

Last weekend, on a cross country flight, I managed to finish The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross and start and finish Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Yesterday, I grabbed A Fire Upon the Deep, inspired by conversations from last year’s Boskone Kaffeeklatsch with Vernor Vinge. And I still have high hopes for squeezing in The Jennifer Morgue by Charles Stross (he is the Guest of Honor and therefore deserves my sacrifice of sleep) and In the Court of Crimson Kings by S.M. Stirling since it has image from this year’s Boskone site by artist Gregory Manchess on its cover.

If you’re new to Boskone and don’t where to start, the folks of NESFA have kindly compiled a list of reviews. Additionally, you can scan through the list of participants on the Boskone website and let random acts of clicking diving your path. Or just come to Boskone, listen and participate in any discussion to find out all the fun you’ve been missing.




Reminder: Last day for hotel discounted rates

28 Jan

The discounted rates for the Westin Boston Waterfront close Monday 1/31. Click here to book now.