Introduction to the Program
If you've been to a Worldcon before, you probably know what to expect from a Worldcon program. But if you haven't, you have a great time ahead of you.
Worldcon programs are large and diverse, and include lectures, debates and panel discussions. Typically there will be in excess of 500 distinct items in this core program over the 5 days, with up to a dozen tracks running in parallel at any moment time. The formal program ranges over topics from fiction and writing to politics and science, and participants have included Nobel Prize winners, astronauts, scientists, writers, editors, publishers, artists, film makers, and fans.
We have published our list of confirmed program participants
. Over 600 participants are confirmed including writers, artists, publishers, scientists and fans from all corners of the science fiction world (as well as the real one!).
Our full program is now available. Please note that although this is near-final, some changes are still happening. We have provided one web page for each day of the convention.
Our program grid
is also available. This version is up to date as of August 23, 2012.
Program Areas and Highlights
Our program includes all of the following areas: follow the links (where available) for more detailed articles.
- Literary (Writing, Publishing, Criticism)
- Autograph Sessions
- Comics and Graphics Novels
- Media (Film, TV, and more)
- Anime and Cartoons
- Fan Programming and Fan Lounge
In addition look out for the following special events (you can find these under the "Events & Exhibits" menu).
We also have a unique collaboration with Dragon*Con
which will be taking place on the same weekend in Atlanta. We will be presenting a series of joint panels with professionals from both locations interacting through a virtual meeting, both with live audiences in the rooms at their respective conventions. Chicon 7 members will also be able to watch a video of the Dragon*Con Parade, while Dragon*Con members will be able to watch a live broadcast of the Hugo Award Ceremony.
Participation Programming and Activities
Alongside our traditional programming, we are also delighted to offer some more
interactive programming and activities. (Note that most of these activities are open while
a few such as the Writers' Workshops require preparation or pre-registration).
We have a number of special off-site trips planned, both before the convention (for those arriving early) and during Chicon 7. (Note: some of these items are subject to additional charges or pre-con sign-up).
For Younger Fans
Our support for younger fans comes in two parts. For childen up to 12, we
will be providing professional childcare. For 6-12 year olds
we also have a fan-run children's programming stream - ChiKidz.
Still have questions? For more information, please email the