July 30th, 2013

fo' shizzle, rifftrax

my Shore Leave 35 schedule

Here's my tentative schedule for Shore Leave 35 this weekend at the Hunt Valley Inn in Maryland:

6-7pm: "Sci-Fi Squares" a riff on Hollywood Squares hosted by Dean Rogers, and with Christopher Bunye, Christopher Carothers, Robert Greenberger, William Hensel, Rachel Wyman, and more (Valley)
10pm-midnight: Meet the Pros, with ALL THE AUTHORS! (Hunt/Valley corridor)

11am-noon: Boogie Knights concert (Valley)
1-2pm: "Superheroes in Film," with Greg Cox, Peter David, Dave Galanter, Steve Wilson, and Ethan Wilson (Salon E)
2-3pm: "From Tie-in to Original," with Christopher Bennett, A.C. Crispin, Peter David, and Jo Wyrnick (Chase)
3-4pm: "Orphan Black: Klone Klatch," with Marco Palmieri and Jen Rosenberg (Derby)
4-5pm: "Leverage: The Book of Jobs," with Greg Cox (Derby)
6-7pm: self-defense workshop -- limited to 20 people, please sign up at registration (Concierge)

10-11am: "Writing in Collaboration: Are Two Pens Better Than One?" with Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, and Melissa Scott (Derby)

Please note that, no matter what the pocket program or grid may say, I'm not on the "Podcasting and Social Media" panel, nor am I on the "From Screen to Page: Movie Novelzations" panel, as they conflict with other things I will be doing.

Expect that I'll be signing at the book dealer some time between 11am and 5pm on Sunday as well.

Hope to see folks there!
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ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Melora"

The obligatory "differently abled" storyline, and man is it crummy. The DS9 Rewatch meets "Melora."

An excerpt:
And all this is before the first act is halfway done, and the episode’s focal character is firmly established as somebody we’re given no reason to care about. Aside from giving Bashir someone to have hot low-g monkey sex with, the episode doesn’t seem to have much of a purpose. The B-plot isn’t any better, mostly because Peter Crombie utterly fails to be convincingly menacing—he can’t even seem to figure out how he’s going to kill Quark (something Quark himself points out in the runabout), making his ability to take Starfleet officers hostage even more absurd. And hey, we’ve got a character who has a thing about gravity, so let’s let her stop him with gravity! That would be awesome!
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    tonight's Covert Affairs