Potlatch 5 Schedule

Updated January 29, 1996

Thursday, February 1, 1996

7:30-?? PM
Program Book Stapling Party

If you find yourself in town before the convention, you can come to Wrigley-Cross Books' new location (1809 NE 39th, 281-9449) to help us staple program books. E-mail Paul Wrigley at WRIGLEY.PAUL@deps.ppl.com for directions.

Friday, February 2, 1996

7:00-8:00 PM
Opening Ceremonies: The Trial of R. Lionel Fanthorpe

Robert Lionel Fanthorpe, one of the world's worst and most prolific authors of SF, Fantasy, and Horror, will be placed on trial (in absentia) for murdering the English language. You won't want to miss this!
8:00-10:00 PM
The Lathe Of Heaven

The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin, is a very fine and frightening work exploring themes of power and responsibility. The TV movie version was made by WNET in 1979 and shown on most PBS station during January of 1980. It was never put out as a commercial video. Not many people have seen it since. We have been loaned a copy by a man named Harold Goldes, who works at Microsoft. Thank you, Harold!

Ms. Le Guin wrote an essay on the movie which is called "Working on 'The Lathe'" and was published in Horizon magazine. This piece was collected in Dancing at the Edge of the World, published by Grove Press in 1980.

An interesting tidbit: Ms. Le Guin herself was an extra during one scene, along with her husband, son, and her husband's aunt. I can't spot them in the scene and suspect they got cropped out, but maybe someone has sharper eyes than I do. It's the scene where George and Heather are eating in a crowded cafeteria.

10:00-?? PM
Lathe of Heaven Informal Discussion

Saturday, February 3, 1996

10:00-11:15 AM
What Fantasy Does For Us
Karen Voorhees (ringleader), Sarah Goodman, Mike Marano, and Suzy McKee Charnas

In an age of reason and of scientific wonders, why do we still tell ourselves fantasy stories? What's still so magic about magic? This panel will consider the roots of speculative fiction in ancient mythology, myths and fairy tales as well as in written literature of earlier eras. And we will discuss the various reasons we read fantasy today. What sorts of fantasy do you read? What does it do for you?

11:15-12:30 PM
Bargains and Bridges: The Reader Meets the Writer
Jerry Kaufman (ringleader), Debbie Notkin and Steve Swartz

Is there an unwritten bargain between the reader and the writer? What does the reader expect from the writer? What does the reader owe? How does the reader bridge the gap caused by time, distance or culture? Are there special needs or practices in science fiction that make its bargains and bridges different?

12:30-2:00 PM
Lunch and microprogramming

2:00-3:15 PM
Creativity: The Quantity and the Process
David Bratman (ringleader), Ursula K. Le Guin, Tom Whitmore, David G. Hartwell, Amy Thomson

What is the general flow and scope of an author's career? (We're speaking from a creative viewpoint, not from marketing or publishing.) How do writers re-invent themselves and remain challenging through the span of a career? How do they respond creatively to the pressures shaping their fiction? How do the shapes of authors' careers affect how readers look at their work?

3:15-4:30 PM
Future Fiction
Jane Hawkins (ringleader), Dave Howell, Elise Mathesen, Luke McGuff

The written novel as a method for telling stories is quite recent compared to plays and oral story telling. Movies as a mass medium are about seventy years old. Right now, we have interactive movies, Moos and Muds, collaboration via email or the equivalent of computer bulletin boards, and a variety of forms which may or may not classify as fiction. Are these of interest only for the sake of novelty or are they engaging as forms of art? What other methods for telling stories can we foresee for the future?

4:30-5:45 PM
Everything You Know is Wrong
Eileen Gunn (ringleader), Pat Murphy, Ellen Klages, John D. Berry, and possibly some surprise guests

A panel of edge-hardened experts raise and respond to questions about writing, publishing, and marketing. Is nothing sacred? You bet.

5:45-9:00 PM
Dinner and microprogramming

9:00(ish)-?? PM

11:00-12:00 PM
Wine and Chocolate Tasting in Hospitality

Sunday, February 4, 1996

10:00-12:00 AM

Sunday Brunch is a Potlatch tradition. Space will be limited, so be sure to buy your brunch ticket at Registration as soon as you arrive at the convention! The cost for the buffet style meal will be $13.25, including gratuity. The final menu may vary slightly from the following:
Chilled juice
Fresh fruit
Scrambled eggs
Hot biscuits
Eggs Benedict
Barbecued Salmon Tidbits
Crepes Normandy
This brunch will sell out. Get your reservation early!
12:00-2:00 PM
Clarion Auction

Here's the reason Potlatch was born. The Clarion West Auction provides scholarship funds to worthy writers selected from those chosen to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Not only is this an opportunity to buy some keen and unique stuff, but you could help a future Nebula- or Hugo-winner get a challenging, rewarding start to his or her career!

We're working to make this year's Clarion West Auction the most lucrative--and the most fun--in Potlatch history. Items to be auctioned include galleys (some signed), first editions, novelty items, artwork, and assorted surprises good for laughs as well as largess. Some donations were prepared specially for this auction. And if you bid on something and don't get it, you'll get a kiss! (No, really!)

2:00-3:00 PM
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Page Fuller (moderator), Mark Bourne, Ellen Klages, David Levine, Spike Parsons

Join in the Potlatch version of "Whose Line Is It Anyway." You've partied for two nights, it's Sunday afternoon, your cognitive ability has gone south and all you can do is laugh. This will be the place to come and join our gifted amateurs, as they are put to the test. Watch them be amazingly quick witted after two nights of no sleep!. You'll laugh, you'll cry, You'll applaud . Your audience participation is a must.

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