Boskone 49

Boskone 49, February 17-19, 2012

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)

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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.

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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.

Deciding on whether or not to attend as a family? With activities in the Dragonslair to sword fighting/combat demostrations to gaming to music Boskone has a little something for everyone.

DragonsLair is a place for kids activities and programming. Any child between the ages of 7 and 12 with a membership may attend. Story-telling, sing-a-longs, sessions with Higgin’s Armory people, crafts and reading are among our activities.

*Note that DragonsLair does not take responsibility for keeping kids from wandering off, so we aim it at somewhat older/presumably more “free range” kids. A younger child (ages 5 and 6) could probably be in DragonsLair on his own. If not, a parent could stay with the child and do Dragonslair together with him.

Dragonslair schedule (as of 2/15):

Friday 5pm: Games in Dragonslair
Saturday 10am: Wing Building
Saturday 11am: Midnight Belles at Dragonslair – Spooky and funny songs and stories of the land and sea by The Midnight Belles with April Grant, Faye Ringel
Saturday 12noon: Sword and Buckler Demonstration – Have at you! Witness the subtle skills of attack, parry, and grapple as the Higgins Armory Sword Guild brings to life the earliest recorded style of swordplay, which features priests, students, and women as combatants.
Saturday 12:30pm: Arming a Knight -Have you ever wondered how a knight got into his armor? It wasn’t easy. Come watch as the demonstrators of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild harness a knight for combat and explain how his armor works.
Saturday 1pm: Medieval Halberd Drill and Workshop – Learn to be a soldier in a medieval army! Members of the Higgins Armory Sword Guild will demonstrate the use of the halberd, a late-medieval polearm, and then teach Dragonslair participants battlefield drill with the weapon.
Saturday 2pm: Storytelling with Bruce Coville
Saturday 3pm: Acting & Voicing with Robert Kuhn
Saturday 4pm: Longswords and Lightsabers by Kunstbruder Come learn to use either a lightsaber or a longsword! Lessons will be done with safe, foam weapons.
Saturday 5pm: Fun & Games with Walter H. Hunt
Sunday 10am: Crafts for Kids: Going Buggy with Priscilla Olson
Sunday 11am: Magic Show with Daniel P. Dern
Sunday 12noon: Stories for Kids withLeah Cypess
Sunday 1pm: Scary Stories for Kids with Sarah Langan

Swordsmanship, Fighting style demonstrations
Longing for a little action? On Saturday both Higgins Armory and Kunstbruder will stage various events in the Galleria. If you want to take part, sign-up at the Consuite. Otherwise, feel free to watch the action right before your eyes. Click here to see photos from 2010.

Saturday 12noon: Medieval Swords by Kunstbruder Come learn to use the longsword in the medieval German tradition! Hands-on lessons will be done in small groups, so sign up early with Kunstbruder in the con suite!
Saturday 3pm: Rapier Fencing Class Come try the martial art of the Renaissance gentlemen. Con-goers are welcome to take part, no experience necessary. Equipment will be provided. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)
Saturday 2pm: Greatstick Demonstration and Class Come experience the living descendant of the medieval longsword. Con-goers are welcome to take class, no experience necessary. (Space is limited, so sign up early with Higgins in the Consuite.)

Music (Filk)
Filksongs are fandom’s folk songs, generally played on acoustic guitar, with themes of SF, fantasy and fannish interests. If your kids like music, listening to filk can be lots of fun.

Filk schedule (as of 2/15)

Saturday 2pm Griffin: Theme Filk Circle: “Philosophy” Come bring your favorite songs about philosophers or deep thoughts, or just listen, and don’t forget Immanuel Kant was a real pissant with Erica Neely
Saturday 9pm Griffin: Open Filking Keep on singing as long as you can stay awake
Sunday 12:30pm Griffin: Filk Theme Circle: “Eldrich Horrors” Got songs about Cthulhu, zombies, or demons under the bed? Come join in the singing or just listen with Ellen Kranzer
Sunday 4pm Griffin: Open Filking Last chance to sing together.

Did a swashbuckler steal your gold? Did Batman divert your nuclear strike on your estate? Not to worry, gaming has you covered. Gaming will be located in the Galleria Ballroom near the Hucksters Room and is open throughout normal hours of the convention.  Both tournaments are back and, because you asked for it, the video games have been updated and Call of Duty will be on the Xbox 360. We’ve even got zombie games for the zombie party, so come on in and play, but please don’t fall to pieces

Con Suite is our hospitality area, and it’s between the Art Show and Hucksters Room. Stop by for some soda and munchies, to meet new and old friends and have fun!


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

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.