Boston’s Boskone 48: Fantasy, Art, Science & Fangs?


Truebies and vampire fans near Boston won’t want to miss Boskone 48 this weekend. This regional science fiction convention offers an innovative no-boundaries layout, exciting exhibits, inspiring events and great guests including none other than author Charlaine Harris!

Other guests include:

Joan Slonczewski (Hal Clement Science Speaker)

It’s great to see a real scientist, in this case a biologist, on the guest list for a science fiction con. Too often, at these events the science is forgotten or overlooked and the fiction is emphasized. Joan Slonczewski isn’t just any biologist either. She literally wrote the book on microbiology (Microbiology: An Evolving Science, co-authered with John W. Foster) and is a professor of biology at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.

Along with teaching courses in Microbiology, Virology, Global Health and Molecular Biology & Genomics, Slonczewski also teaches a course in Biology and Science Fiction and is the creator of the Biology in Science Fiction Wiki. She is also the author of several science fiction books, including the novel A Door into the Ocean, winner of the John Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.

Karen Anderson (NESFA Press Guest)

This longtime and active fan and filker (filk is science fiction folk music) has a lot of wisdom to share with newcomers to the science fiction scene. She can also provide unique insight for new and emerging authors hoping to publish through NESFA Press, which has published several collections of her late husband, Poul Anderson’s work. A special appreciation session is scheduled for noon on Saturday.

Erica Neely (Featured Filker)

Musical guest Erica Neely is widely known for her murderous tendencies. Her songs often include untimely demises or at least long and draw out suffering. Many also possess a wry sense of humor and elegant wit despite their macabre themes. Sixteen songs from her 2007 album Hello, Stranger can be previewed and purchased online through CD Baby.

Gregory Manchess (Official Artist)

A review of Gregory Manchess’ online gallery may leave visitors wondering what he’s doing being the featured artist at Boskone. His work is beautiful, certainly, but also very down to earth and rooted in the present. An odd choice it would seem for a science fiction convention. Yet even in these images visitors will find that moment of stillness, sometimes even among rampant action, that marks Manchess’ work and strikes a familiar chord among science fiction readers. Here is the artist whose work draws fans in to far-flung worlds and beings beyond imagination but still very much like ourselves.

Charles Stross (Guest of Honor)

Readers who don’t recognize the name Charles Stross have obviously been elsewhere for most of the 21st millennium. As the featured guest, Stross will be participating in two panels on Friday; a reading, 2 panels, book launch and an autograph signing on Saturday and a panel, kaffeklatsch and interview on Sunday. Details are available from his blog, Charlie’s Diary.

The complete list of participants is HERE.

Oh, wait, did we forget something? All the above wasn’t enough? You want details about what Special Guest Charlaine Harris will be up to at Boskone 48? Well, let us just tell you…

Harris will help get Boskone 48 off to a great start by attending a celebration being held in her honor at Fangatsia (the Galleria) and hosted by Eric Norseman and Pam (sorry, NOT Alexander Skarsgard and Kristin Bauer) at 8 p.m. on Friday. An hour later, at 9 p.m. you better have your pens out because Harris will be signing autographs. Enjoy all the other great events Boskone has to offer early on Saturday because at 11 a.m. Harris will join Daniel Kimmel and moderator Joshua Bilmes to discuss True Blood: Books vs. Broadcast. Stay put in Harbor 1 after the discussion because at noon Darlene Marshall will be interviewing the “Southern Vampire Mystery Woman”.

She’ll be back at it at 2 p.m. as part of the Authors I Love (and Why) panel which also includes Paul Di Filippo and James D. Macdonald under the moderation to David Anthony Durham. Harris will be signing autographs again at 4 p.m. on Saturday before heading to a 5 p.m. Kaffeklastch (advanced registration required) with Toni L.P. Kelner. She’ll wrap up the day at the Awards Ceremony which begins at 9 p.m.

On Sunday, 10 a.m. will find Harris discussing the Spirit of Place with fellow panel members Laird Barron, Alexander Jablokov and Margaret Ronald. Darlene Marshall will moderate that session. That concludes Harris official duties with Boskone 48 but that doesn’t mean she’ll be running out of the building. The great thing about this event is that you never know what may happen!

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