Boskone 59, February 18-20

Boskone takes place from Thursday February 18 to Sunday the 20th this year. I was super fortunate to get some spots on really fun panels and some other events, and yes in the spirit of my new book STRINGERS, I pitched a talk on animal sex comedy and it was accepted. That’s Sunday. If you’re coming, you’ll want to stick around for that (I’m bringing pictures).

Full schedule here. My stuff below:

VIRTUAL: Judging a Book by Its Cover Format: Panel

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 08:00 – 08:50, Marina III (Westin)

The cover has long been an integral part of any book — an important peek into its contents and the author’s intent. But now, does a cover matter less to an internet sale than a bookstore purchase? Do writers get much cover input? (Why not?) What goes into the art director’s choice of illustrator and subject for a given work? Are any particular styles trending? What are the latest and greatest SF/F/H covers out there?

Reiko Murakami (, Chris Panatier (, Ace Tilton Ratcliff (, Michael Stearns (Upstart Crow Literary) (M) (
Science Fiction Meets Detective Fiction Format: Panel

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Marina II (Westin)

Even SF/F/H authors enjoy solving a good mystery. Writers from Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick to J.D. Robb, Tanya Huff, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Aliette de Bodard have all deployed detective characters. The panel may consider these and other fantastic fictional detectives, detective story structures within SF plots, whether a great detective needs a good murder, and other bloody intriguing themes.

Colin Alexander (Colin Alexander) (, Brendan DuBois (M) (, Chris Panatier (, Leigh Perry (, Clea Simon (

Mother Nature’s Sense of Humor as Expressed Through Animal Procreation Techniques Format: Panel

20 Feb 2022, Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina I (Westin)

Did you know that the lonely male angler fish attaches to the female and becomes part of her — living out the rest of his life as an on-demand sperm satchel? Did you know giraffes drink each other’s pee to see if it’s business time? Did you know some snails have both male and female organs and repeatedly stab each other with “love darts” until they both end up pregnant or DEAD? Learn about how they do it … and speculate how this could be applied to aliens.

Chris Panatier (, Frank Wu (Everywhere and Yet Nowhere) (, Steven Popkes (, Jennifer Pelland (M) (

Book Launch Party Format: Party

19 Feb 2022, Saturday 18:30 – 19:20, Galleria – Autographing (Westin)

Party to celebrate books launched around the time of Boskone 59, with special emphasis on small press publications:

  • E. C. Ambrose, The Maya Bust, September 2021 (Rocinante)
  • David B. Coe, Invasives, January 2022 (Belle Books)
  • Andrea Hairston, Redwood and Wildfire, February 2022 (
  • Paul Jeter, Savage World and Other Stories, August 2021 (PJET Gallery)
  • James Patrick Kelly, The First Law of Thermodynamics, August 2021 (PM Press)
  • Chris Panatier, Stringers, April 2022 (Angry Robot)
  • Adam Stemple, Bad Company, February 2022
  • Christine Taylor-Butler, The Lost Tribes: Trials — Young Adult Coming Soon (More Books)
  • Zachary Topping, Wake of War, July 2022 (Forge Books)
  • Nathan Toronto, Rise of Ahrik, July 2021 (Revenge of the Emerald Moon, July 2022)
  • Walter Jon Williams, Lord Quillifer, February 2022 (Simon & Schuster)

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