Mark L. Van Name, who John Ringo has said is "going to be the guy to beat in the race to the top of SFdom," has worked in the high-tech industry for over thirty years and today runs a technology assessment company in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. A former Executive Vice President for Ziff Davis Media and national technology columnist, he's published over a thousand computer-related articles and multiple science fiction stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including the Year's Best Science Fiction. His first novel, One Jump Ahead, begins the Jon & Lobo series and appeared in June. The next book in the series, Slanted Jack, will appear in June, 2008.
Recently published - One Jump Ahead (novel), stories in Future Weapons of War and Cosmic Tales II
|Thu||1300||The Future of Computers||Computers are getting lighter and more capable every year. (The latest innovation: tie two or more onto the same piece of silicon). Is there an end in sight? Or does it only end at some point in the so called "Singularity?"||Chris COOPER, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL, Mark L. VAN NAME|
|Fri||1300||Readings||Mark L. VAN NAME|
|Sat||1400||SF Tribes? The New Communities in Internet Society.||Our community has grown so big, we have many small cabals, each of which cares nothing for the others. Through the Internet, blogging and e-mails our ties are strengthened and old community values wear thin, as proved by Hurricane Katrina. Any connection there?||Lou ANDERS, Mark L. VAN NAME, Yoshio KOBAYASHI|
|Sat||1600||?s It Really Strange?: New Slipstream||Bruce Stterling coined the term Slipstream nearly twenty years ago. Since then a bunch of new writers has written a lot of that kind of unclassifiable strange fiction. But is it a type, or subgenre? One thing is clear now. Many writers in their thirties now prefer to write bizarre and surrealistic stories within our genre. And it happens in Japan, too.||Kelly LINK, Patrick NIELSEN HAYDEN, Mark L. VAN NAME, Takashi OGAWA|
|Sun||1100||Upcoming from Baen Books||Baen Books upcoming titles and publication schedule.||Mark L. VAN NAME, Jennie FARIES|
|Mon||1000||Mysteries: Cross-Overs, Overlaps and Marketing||Some fans read both mysteries and SF/F; while others read from only one genre. But when Glen Cook's works show up on the mystery shelves, and Laurel K. Hamilton's are now labeled SF/F, what difference do marketing lines and writing styles make?||Carolina GOMEZ LAGERLOF, Chris COOPER, Marianne PLUMRIDGE-EGGLETON, Mark L. VAN NAME, Patricia MACEWEN|