They’re Taking The Hobbits to DragonCon!

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Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today is Misty’s turn. If you want to find her to get a book signed or hear her speak, this is where she’ll be:

Friday, Sept 1
The Overlooked: Under-Represented Heroes & Heroines of the Wild West
The settlers of the Wild West were more than white, male cowboys. They were also women and foreigners from Asia, Africa, Mexico, and the Native Americans who were there originally. Our experts discuss these heroes and heroines of the West that have been overlooked by history and historic fiction.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret S. McGraw, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Delilah S. Dawson, Faith Hunter)

The Oldest Profession: History’s Most Famous Harlots
Description: History has a lot of unsung heroes, none more surprising as its harlots. Contrary to what you may have read in the history books, our present has been shaped and often guided by some of the most notorious and celebrated madams and working women. This survey panel showcases some of the best!
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Margaret McGraw, Gail Martin, Jean Marie Ward, Misty Massey)

Saturday, Sept 2
The Black Dog: Depression and Mental Health in Fiction and Fandom
Our panelists examine how mental health is portrayed in sf. Are there any portrayals that help those of us dealing with our own issues? Note that this is not a prescriptive or workshop.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(John Hartness, Gail Martin, Darin Kennedy, Misty Massey)

The Works of Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman has only increased in popularity in recent years, with popular television shows based on his stories either in production or on the air. We’ll discuss the source material and the differences that manifest in interpreting it for mass media.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Galleria 5 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Misty Massey, Eric R. Asher)

Sex, Race, and Gender in Alternate History
All types of gender, race, and sexuality expressions are often represented in Steampunk culture and Alternate History in general. This mature audience discussion panel talks about the intersection of sex, gender, race, and lifestyle are handled in our fiction, fashion, and cultural lives.
Time: Sat 11:30 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tony A Ballard-Smoot, Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Delilah S. Dawson)

Sunday, Sept 3
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
The ladies and gentlemen of Broad Universe read snippets from their works.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Piedmont – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, Misty Massey, John G. Hartness, Clay and Susan Griffith, Margaret S. McGraw, Trisha J. Woldridge)

The Dark Side of Alternate History
One of the enduring tropes of steampunk is its unflagging optimism. Yet many alternate histories and historical fantasies have darker views of events. Steampunk zombies, alternate apocalypses and intrigue abound, and this panel explores what happens when optimism gives way to a darker reality.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Misty Massey, Tamsin L. Silver, Clay and Susan Griffith, Mark Zoran)

Author Roundtable: Tales of the Wild and Weird West!
The west wasn’t there to be won, it is a place where the weird and wondrous worlds of speculative fiction play. These authors discuss the weird west genre – its tropes, definitions, rules and how to break them.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Augusta – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Kathryn Hinds, Tamsin L. Silver, David Boop, Misty Massey)

Magic Found, Magic Lost: The Magicians Fan Panel
A moderated fan-panel discussion of the hit show’s second season
Time: Sun 10:00 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(R.R. Virdi, Misty Massey)

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