5:00 pm – 6:15 pm – Library
Sharon and Steve read from their novelette “The Space at Tinsori Light”
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm – Miracle Ballroom
How do you introduce new characters into existing story arcs?
Lancelot Schaubert (M), Chuck Gannon, Sharon Lee, Emily Munro, Walter Hunt
While you might be sure they belong, a misstep can unbalance a story and cloud what you’ve already written. We’ll explore approaches that allow new characters to thrive along with your story.
8:30am – Fusions Restaurant, in-hotel
Friends of Liad Breakfast
A continuing tradition: Steve and Sharon invite all Friends of Liad to join them for breakfast, where we can catch up on life, the universe, and everything. NOTE: This is not a convention event. Everyone pays for their own breakfast. Even Sharon and Steve.
11:30am – 12:45pm – Miracle Ballroom
Kathryn Sullivan (M), Sharon Lee, Steve Miller
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm – Miracle Ballroom
In Conversation with David Mattingly
Michael Ventrella (M), Sharon Lee, David Mattingly, Steve Miller
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Lounge area outside the restaurant
Teddy Bear Tea
8:00 pm – 9:15 pm – Salon C
11:30 am – 12:45 pm – Miracle Ballroom
Secrets to Putting a Lasting Foundation Under Your Universe
Lancelot Schaubert (M), Steve Miller, Chuck Gannon, Walter Hunt, Aaron Rosenberg
If you’re planning on using — and reusing — a universe in multiple stories or novels you’ll want to avoid having to retcon yourself. Having some sense of the physics and the social structures you want to work with can ease your job and comfort your readers down the line.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm – Salon C
Cut the Boring Parts
Elektra Hammond (M), Sharon Lee, Keith De Candido, Ann Stolinsky, Aaron Rosenberg
Writers are told they need to cut out all the boring parts. But boring to whom? Those who like every last detail of a ship or weapons? Those who want only action? What about quiet bits of worldbuilding – should they stay or go?
Full HELIOsphere schedule can be found here
Looking forward to seeing all of you soon!