Some of you in the DC area, and elsewhere, have asked about the Capclave 2016 convention, which runs October 7 – 9 at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, 620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877. Right now, it looks like there will be 300 – 400 attendees, and I’ve been told that the focus is on reading and writing (so don’t expect people in costume). For admission at the door:
- Full Weekend $65 ($30 for Student and Active Military)
- Friday Only $25
- Saturday Only $45 ($20 for Student and Active Military)
- Sunday Only $20
The schedule can be found here: http://www.capclave.org/capclave/capclave16/programming.php. I’m flattered to inform you that I will be participating on three panels:
- Friday at 5PM in the Rockville/Potomac room: War in Space – Space battles, rarely realistic in movies or TV, can be presented in detail in a book. Panelists will describe how they see war in space.
- Friday at 8PM in the Bethesda room: Who’s the Bad Guy in a World Without Absolutes? Heroes, villains, and moral relativism. Does speculative literature have any concept of Good or Evil anymore?
- Saturday at 2PM in the Frederick room: Military SF: More Than People With Guns – The panelists will delve into the many non-military elements that help flesh out military science fiction, discussing the complex nature of this genre.
There is also a mass autograph session in Salon A on Saturday at 7:30PM. The good news is that I’ll be participating. The bad news is that I forgot to order more physical copies of my books, and it’s too late for me to get them printed and shipped by then. I’ll only have a very, very small number of books with me, for which I sincerely apologize. For those who still want an autographed copy, I will do my best to ensure that one finds its way to you.
Anyway, there are a lot of great topics that will be discussed (take a peek at the programming) and I hope to see you there!