Boskone Schedule

Boskone is New England’s longest running science fiction and fantasy convention. Join us for a weekend of fun at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston, MA from February 13-15, 2015. Programming begins at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 13th and is free to the public from 2:00-6:00 pm. Memberships are required after 6:00 pm on Friday and throughout the duration of the convention. For more information, visit

Beauty and the Beast

Friday 15:00 – 15:50, Lewis (Westin)

Disney adapted “Beauty and the Beast” into an animated film 25 years ago, but where did this age-old romantic story begin? What other stories of mythic love and romance have survived the ages? Are these old fairytales and myths derived from tales of “Cupid and Psyche” or “East of the Sun/West of the Moon?”

Priscilla Olson (M)( , Chris Jackson( , Peadar Ó Guilín( , Jane Yolen( , Greer Gilman(


Mythic Love and Epic Romance

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Harbor III (Westin)

Some of the greatest love stories come from ancient mythology, such as Psyche and Cupid or Odysseus and Penelope. However, great love stories that span the fantastic and (in some cases) the centuries also come in more modern tales, featuring couples such as Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese, Bella and Edward, Wesley and Buttercup, Dr. Frankenstein and Elizabeth, and Count Dracula and Mina. What do these tales of love and romance tell us about love? What do these epic love stories tell us about ourselves? And why are we drawn to them?

Darlene Marshall (M)( , Debra Doyle, Max Gladstone( , Chris Jackson( , Ada Palmer( (


Autographing: Valerie Frankel, Chris Jackson, James Patrick Kelly, Carrie Vaughn

Saturday 12:00 – 12:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

Valerie Estelle Frankel( , James Patrick Kelly( , Carrie Vaughn( , Chris Jackson(


Writing Fight and Combat Scenes

Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

You can learn fencing, stage combat, or martial arts, but these skills are neither necessary nor sufficient to write compelling, realistic fight scenes. What does it take to write a fight scene that creates tension and drama without turning it into a play-by-play? Panelists will explore how to bring their readers into the fight and leave them gasping for air.

Myke Cole (M)( , Chris Jackson( , James D. Macdonald, Ken Mondschein, Jen Gunnels(


Authorship, RPGs, and the Legacy of D&D

Saturday 17:00 – 17:50, Marina 3 (Westin)

Dungeons & Dragons, the first commercially available role-playing game, was published 40 years ago. D&D ushered in a new era of cooperative storytelling that has inspired Game Masters, players, and authors to dream big and create their own fictional universes. Panelists explore the many facets of RPGs — from developing challenging and believable frameworks for cooperative story construction to taking the story beyond the game.

Chris Jackson (M)( , James Cambias( ( , Mur Lafferty( , Lauren Roy( , Bill Todd



Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Harbor I (Westin)

Swashbuckling adventure models itself on tales of privateers like Sir Francis Drake (latter half of the 16th century), buccaneers like Henry Morgan (mid-17th century), and pirates like Blackbeard (turn of the 18th century). We even see suitably swashbuckling pirates in the Caribbean into the early 19th century. Who today is writing adventure stories that tap this rich vein? How are they adapted for fantasy and science fiction? What is the appeal for a speculative fiction-loving audience? What happens when these stories go arrr-wry?

James Cambias (M)( ( , Steven Brust( , Chris Jackson( , Darlene Marshall(

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