I can certainly talk about the reasons, but I also wanted to come up with a list of cross-genre works that do include "hard SF." So far I have gotten Catherine Asaro's books (lusty romances cloaked in solid physics) and Asimov's Caves of Steel mystery/science fiction novel. Anyone out there have some other suggestions? I am all ears, metaphorically speaking.
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Title: Ebooks from the Reader’s and Writer’s Perspective
Description: Are ebooks the future of publishing or just a niche market on the way to print? Can a writer have a career in ebooks?
When: Thu 2:00 PM - 3:30 pm
Participants: Cecilia Tan (m), Karen Wester Newton, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Traci N. Castleberry
Title: Faking Paper: ebooks
Description: Are eBooks the future of reading? Is paper dead? What are the problems and pitfalls of the Kindle? What does it feel like to read on electronic "paper"? Is the market ready?
When: Fri 7:00 PM - 8:00 pm
Participants: Alon Ziv, James Bryant (G4CLF), Karen Wester Newton (m), Kathryn Sullivan, Katherine (Katya) Pendill
Title: Cross-Genre Hard SF
Description: While there are many instances of cross genre SF - horror/fantasy, romance/fantasy - hard SF usually isn't involved. Why is this?
When: Sat 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Participants: Karen Wester Newton, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts (m), Jo Beverley