Peter J. Heck has been a full-time writer and editor since 1983. He has collaborated with Robert Asprin on 4 novels in the comic SF series, "Phule's Company," most recently Phule’s Errand (2006). In between fiction deadlines, Heck works as a free-lance editor for several New York publishers. He is also a regular book reviewer for Asimov's Science Fiction and Kirkus Reviews Heck and his wife Jane Jewell live in Maryland, where he has recently become a staff writer for his local newspaper. He also plays guitar and banjo in Col. Leonard’s Irregulars, a popular local band.
Recently published - Phules Errand -- co-author with Robert Asprin (US edition Ace; Japanese edition Hayakawa)
|Thu||1300||Exomusicology||Science fiction has been creating alien cultures for decades, but we rarely think about alien music. Where are there descriptions of alien music in the genre? What might truly alien music sound like? Would we like it? Would we even recognize it?||Dave HOWELL, John T. SAPIENZA,Jr, Peter HECK|
|Thu||1600||Travel as a Research Method||So here you are in Japan; can you use the trip to stimulate your work? What are the ups and downs of tourism-as-research? What do you miss? What does it add?||Amy THOMSON, Jon COURTENAY GRIMWOOD, Peter HECK|
|Sat||1000||Is Science Fiction Necessary?||Haven't we won? Aren't science-fictional ideas, vocabulary, themes and predictions now deeply embedded in the popular culture? Aren't a disproportionate percentage of popular movies from our genres? Don't mainstream authors dip into the slipstream every day? So, what's our mission now? What worlds are left to conquer -- and why?||Inge HEYER, Paul CORNELL, Peter HECK, Robert Charles WILSON|