Geeks vs Sportsball: Why the adversarial relationship between geeks and sports? After all the mocking geeks have endured, why is okay to mock someone else’s interests? Why are some sports–like derby–okay but other not? A panel for fans, geeks, athletes, and geeky athletes. Panelists: Ozgur Sahin, Brian Salisbury, Michael Merriam, Sherry L.M. Merriam, MA, LPC, Dave Kingsley – Thursday July 2, 2015 5:00pm – 6:00pm DoubleTree Atrium 4
Signing: Michael Merriam will be available for autographs. – Friday July 3, 2015 11:00am – 12:00pm DoubleTree Autograph Table A
Evolution of the Publishing Industry: From print to e-books to online publishing, how have these changes affected the industry? How have writers, graphic artists, editors, and others involved in book publishing adapted, and what remains the same no matter what format a book takes? Panelists: Laura Zats, Toni Weisskopf, Dawn Frederick, Michael Merriam, Martha Wells – Friday July 3, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm DoubleTree Atrium 7
Reading: Michael Merriam will read from his own work. Saturday July 4, 2015 3:30pm – 4:30pm DoubleTree 2201
SF Writing Groups – The 2015 Scene: This annual (since 986) get-together of the Minnesota Imaginative Fiction Writers’ Alliance helps science fiction/fantasy writing groups link with writers who are looking for a critique group. Panelists: Eric M. Heideman (mod), Hilary Moon Murphy, Michael Merriam – Sunday July 5, 2015 2:00pm – 3:00pm DoubleTree Plaza 3
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