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I ended up getting a third panel at Worldcon. The first two are on ebooks (one on digital publishing as a career choice for writers, the other on how well eReaders work). The third one is on a topic I am less well grounded in: Cross-Genre Hard SF. The premise is that hard science fiction is not usually mixed with any other genre and discussion will center around why.

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.

Updated Worldcon Schedule
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?
Location: P-522B
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?
Location: P-516D
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?
Location: P-511D
When: Sat 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Participants: Karen Wester Newton, Karl Schroeder, Peter Watts (m), Jo Beverley

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Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
Hope it goes well. You'll like Karl. And he can talk about almost anything. And will have reasons. hope your group emails about the panel ahead of time.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! So far none of the folks on the Faking Paper panel have put their email addresses into the system. That's how I noticed I had a 3rd panel-- I was looking for emails and noticed three topics listed.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)
Sorry, can't think of anything :(
Aug. 2nd, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
Not sure how "hard" you'd consider these suggestions, but I think of them as SF (not Fantasy) with a romance cross-genre aspect:
Kate Elliott's Jaran series
Lisanne Norman's Sholan Alliance series
Roby James' Commencement and Commitment
S.L. Viehl's Stardoc series
Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe novels
I'll see if I can come up with some HSF/Mystery books, too. KRI
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