FogCon Schedule

As some of you might now, I’ll be appearing at FogCon this weekend! I’m not a guest of honor, family, so calm down. But I will be on some panels!

It feels really weird to put this here, but if you’re coming to the con, here’s where I’ll be:

Reading with Ellen Kushner and Keyan Bowes

Each of us will read from our own works. Both Ms. Kushner and Ms. Bowes are excellent writers, and I’m really looking forward to this.

Saturday 10:30 – 11:45, Santa Rosa Room

Panel: “Friend” as code word

Panelists: Heather Rose Jones (Moderator), Nabil Hijazi, Michael R. Johnston, Ellen Klages, Ellen Kushner

Throughout LGBTQ history, “friend” was often a codeword for a different relationship — lover, partner, etc. This has been reflected in the literature that has come down to us from these earlier times, and has made a garden industry out of looking back and speculating where it does and not apply. The panelists will discuss “friend” as a code word in queer culture and literature, along with offshoots such as “friend of Dorothy” and the more modern usage of “family’ as queer chosen family.

Panel: Small Houses, Big Futures: Publishing SF with Small Presses

Panelists: Rebecca Gomez Farrell (Moderator), Jon Chaisson, Eileen Gunn, Michael R. Johnston, Dave Smeds

While many of us dream of a Big 5 deal, there are numerous Small Press publishers that are taking risks the larger publishers can’t, giving more writers access to the market. But that access comes with smaller (or no) advances and a larger proportion of labor on the author. What’s different about publishing with a Small Press vs. a big publishing house? How is the experience different, for the editor and for the writer?

Published by Michael R. Johnston

Father of an eighth grader, high school English teacher, writer. Fifty years old and feeling almost every bit of it on some days, and not a bit of it on others. Based in Sacramento, California, USA

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