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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago

Monday Program Schedule

Sunday  

9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Harry Turtledove
Harry Turtledove
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: David M Stein, DI
David M Stein
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus CD
Who Am I?: Identity in the Virtual World
The increase of social networking and online gaming has created a plethora of virtual worlds to work and play in. How does this affect our identity? Am I the same people online as I am offline? Can I have multiple distinct identities? How free am I to reinvent myself online?
Julia S. Mandala, D.H. Aire, Jonathan Stars
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus EF
Myth and Religion in SF&F
Using known mythology, adapted mythologies, and original mythologies and religious systems in genre writing.
Martin Berman-Gorvine, Sara M. Harvey, P. C. Hodgell, Bradford Lyau, Brenda Sinclair Sutton
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus IJ-KL
Merging Mind and Machine
In the last decade we\'ve learned to send video and audio signals into human brains, and to give humans and animals the ability to control robot limbs or computer systems. We\'re quickly learning to interface mind and machine. What\'s happening in the science? What does this mean for humanity? Ramez Naam, author of More Than Human and Nexus charts the past, present, and future of neural interfaces.
Ramez Naam
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMField
Faith in Science Fiction & Fantasy
Faith can take many forms besides organized worship of a Higher Being, and yet, not a single Earth culture known to us exists absent a faith system in some form. What is the importance of faith in motivating human beings and in creating realistic worlds? What are the things people put their faith in? Magic? Science? Laws? Government? Wealth? Fame? Not a debate of the validity of ideas but a discussion of their value and use as motivators for all of us.
Mike Flynn, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Isabel Schechter, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Randy Smith
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGold Coast
World Building Workshop 5: Architecture, Education, and Technology
Your world and it\'s inhabitants will need a place to live, will have advanced depending on the planet and it\'s age to some degree. What direction did that advancement take? What does the architecture, educational systems and technology levels look like? How does the education of the people relate to the architecture and technology?
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGold Coast
World Building Workshop 5: Architecture, Education, and Technology
Your world and it\'s inhabitants will need a place to live, will have advanced depending on the planet and it\'s age to some degree. What direction did that advancement take? What does the architecture, educational systems and technology levels look like? How does the education of the people relate to the architecture and technology?
Nancy Fulda, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Elizabeth Moon
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMMcCormick
Urban Fantasy Isn`t Just for Women
With an increasing number of men writing UF and male protagonists in it, Urban Fantasy isn\'t just \'vampire shagging.\' What\'s going on in the cross-genre now the MEN are more visibly kicking ass? What are the series and authors to watch if you like your urban fantasy gritty and male-reader friendly?
Richard Lee Byers, Kat Richardson, Violette Malan
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMOffsite
Stroll with the Stars, Shamble with the Zombies
MEET AT: Hyatt Main Entrance on Wacker Drive A nice morning stroll with some of our favorite Authors, Artists and Editors. (And we stress, \"stroll\" - def: a leisurely walk. This will not be a heart-pounding aerobic activity, it will be a stroll). Join us for some fresh air, a healthy stroll and some good conversation. A leisurely mile - which will take a little less than an hour.
Liz Gorinsky, Stephen H. Segal, Stu Segal, Steven H Silver
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMWater Tower
Cartoons
A Salute to Chuck Jones, 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
 
10:00 AM-12:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Design and Make Your Own Wand and Spell Book
Feeling Magical, we have the materials to make some nice wands and decorate spell books
Alissa McKersie
 
10:00 AM-11:30 AMPicasso
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 17
K.A. Bedford, Warren Hammond, Bill Housley, Kameron Hurley, Robert G Pielke, Alan Smale, Michael R. Underwood, Mary Frances Zambreno
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Juanita Coulson
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Mark J. Ferrari
Mark J. Ferrari
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus CD
WSFS Business Meeting Monday Edition
WSFS business meeting
Linda Deneroff, Donald Eastlake, Tim Miller
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus EF
Getting the Most Out of Writing Groups
There are all kinds of writing groups for all kinds of writers. What should you look for and what rules should you follow to get the most out of the experience? How do you handle conflicting suggestions and how do you comment on others' writing effectively?
David McDonald, William Shunn, Sarah Stegall, Kyle Gold
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus IJ-KL
The "Other" Space Telescopes
When the phrase "Space Telescope" is mentioned, the public assumes the Hubble Space Telescope. But NASA and ESA have an armada of space telescopes studying the universe at wavelengths beyond the capabilities of Hubble. From the Far Infrared to the most intense Gamma Rays, there\'s a telescope in space exploring the universe at that wavelength. Christian Ready will discuss a few of these spacecraft and how they are helping to revolutionize our understanding of the universe.
Christian Ready
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMComiskey
Crewed Space and History
We\'ll discuss how we got into space in the first place - anything from ancient Greek cosmology to the Shuttle is fair game.
publius, Dale Cozort, Geoffrey A. Landis, Mary Turzillo
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal A
String Theory for Dummies
String Theory 1-A for those who struggle with physics.
Laurel Anne Hill, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Harry Kloor, G. David Nordley
 
10:30 AM-11:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Mike Rimar
Mike Rimar
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGold Coast
Ray Bradbury Memorial
80 years ago today, Ray Bradbury met Mr Electrico who told him to live forever, causing Ray to decide to become an author. Let us pay tribute to the Grand Master from Waukegan.
Kent Nebergall, Gary K Wolfe
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Ballroom B
Steampunk and Cosplaying: Boon. Threat or Menace?
Everybody\'s seen the steampunk and cosplaying enthusiasts who\'ve become a major part of SF conventions and fandom in general; is this new rise of organized costumers a benefit to SF fandom, or is it just a ephemeral trend?
Richard Dutcher, Elektra Hammond, Sarah Hans, Leigh Ann Hildebrand, Kevin Roche
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 5
Resnick Films
Mike Resnick hosts - METAL TEARS (from Mike`s `Robots Don`t Cry`) - 40 minutes NEUTRAL GROUND (from my `Neutral Ground`) - 16 minutes
Mike Resnick
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMMcCormick
Magical Realism vs. Traditional Fantasy
Explore the overlap among Magical Realism and contemporary, urban, and traditional fantasy--and even horror.
Lillian Cauldwell, Kat Richardson, Nick Mamatas, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Cat Rambo
 
11:00 AM-12:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Chicago Quidditch team
We look at the real sport of Quidditch
 
11:00 AM-11:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Julia Rios
Julia Rios
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 18
Geraldine Haracz, Laurel Anne Hill, Kenneth Hite, Adam Christopher, Mary Turzillo, Jo Walton, Walter Jon Williams
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Randy Henderson
Randy Henderson
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus EF
Apollo 13: Technical General Public Lecture
Sy Liebergot, former Apollo Flight Controller, will guide us through a technical discussion of the unfolding failure of the Apollo 13 cryogenic oxygen tank explosion. Sy was there and relates technical details of the explosion as they really happened.
Sy Liebergot
 
12:00 PM-2:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Hunger Games Cornucopia
A selection of activities including Ghoodminton to test your skills, in the Hunger Games.
Alissa McKersie
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus IJ-KL
The Herschel Space Observatory
A talk about the latest results from the Herschel Space Observatory.
David L Clements
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
In the late 80s anime OVA series came out which reflected classic Golden Age science fiction. It gathered a fan following, but unfortunately it has not reached our shores. Why haven't more science fictions have heard of it?
C. D. Covington, Juan Sanmiguel, Isaac Sher
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal A
Military Members on Military Science Fiction
A panel featuring current or prior military servicemembers, all nations, who are also professionally published writers. The focus would be on lending authenticity to military science fiction, the common mistakes made, suggested research, as well as suggested reading, both fiction and non-fiction. As well as anecdotal stories from the service careers of the panelists.
John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Brad R. Torgersen, (Capt.) Joseph Zieja
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Lee Martindale
Lee Martindale
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Roland Green
Roland Green
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMField
Self Publishing- Why or Why Not?
It has always been an article of faith with professional writers that self-publishing lowers the quality of the merchandise. Is that still true, or is the explosion of self published eBooks and print on demand volumes a new paradigm for authors? If you are going to self-publish, how do you do it right?
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Jeremy Lassen, Tod McCoy, Sarah Stegall
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
World Building Workshop 6: Daily Life
Based on the information from the previous panels (provided by our moderators) What is the general state of life on our created world? Based on all the decisions that were made by those in the previous panels are the people comfortable, struggling or extinct? What are their mores, their fashions and dress, their rituals with regard to mating and respect? What are their diet? What in do they do for fun?
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
World Building Workshop 6: Daily Life
Based on the information from the previous panels (provided by our moderators) What is the general state of life on our created world? Based on all the decisions that were made by those in the previous panels are the people comfortable, struggling or extinct? What are their mores, their fashions and dress, their rituals with regard to mating and respect? What are their diet? What in do they do for fun?
Daniel Friend, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Elizabeth Moon,
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 5
Resnick Films
Mikes films continue THE FAITH MACHINE (from Mike`s `Article of Faith`) - 23 minutes DO NOT PRONOUNCE THE NAME OF THE LORD IN VAIN (from my THE BRANCH) - 32 minutes HIS AWARD-WINNING SCIENCE FICTION FILM (from Mike`s `His Award-Winning Science Fiction Story) - 13 minutes
Mike Resnick
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPicasso
Monday Feedback Session
Tell us what you think we should know about the convention.
Dave McCarty
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Bill and Brenda Sutton with Jordin Kare
Bill & Brenda Sutton are multiple Pegasus award winning musicians and songwriters who perform filk, folk, and Irish music, often under the band name Bed & Breakfast. Jordin Kare has been filking for 37 years, He\'s a Ph.D. astrophysicist and space systems designer. Many of his songs have become filk classics, including Fire In The Sky (quoted by Buzz Aldrin on national television), Darkness, and Heart of the Apple Lisa. The Suttons material bounces from beer to Beltane, vampires to volunteering, and time travel to tea - while Jordin is a punster and storyteller as well as a songwriter and (very occasionally, these days) a performer. Brenda is also a member of the award-winning band Three Weird Sisters. These old friends will entertain you as they polish off some old favorites.
Jordin Kare, Bill Sutton, Brenda Sinclair Sutton
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWater Tower
Cartoons
Snow White, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Gra Linnaea
Gra Linnaea
 
1:00 PM-2:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Hunger Games Trivia
Relax and chill out as we have some trivia games based on the books.
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Christopher Kastensmidt
Christopher Kastensmidt
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 19
Ron Donachie, Fabio Fernandes, George R. R. Martin, Emma Newman, Adam "The Shark" Selzer, Kari Sperring, Gene Wolfe
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsche: Saladin Ahmed
Saladin Ahmed
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal B
Collaborating with the Guest Of Honor
A group panel with Mike Resnick and his collaborative partners, both old and new. Different experiences, different stories, different subjects, different approaches. What\'s been learned? What\'s the good, the bad, and the ugly? Why is Mike such a recidivist, when it comes to collaborations?
Nick DiChario, Eric Flint, Lezli Robyn, Harry Kloor, Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick, Brad R. Torgersen
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Scott Edelman
Scott Edelman
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Violette Malan
Violette Malan
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGold Coast
OkaRel Universe
The OkaRel Universe is a 10 novel series, published by Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, set in a very different universe. The character-driven stories tackle themes of culture clash in a context where all-out war is so horrific it is all but obsolete, but passions still run high. Too big to be restricted to the main series, the OkaRel Universe is also the setting of related works by both origin author, Lynda Williams, and others
Brian Hades, Angela Lott , Tegan Lott, Lynda Williams ORU
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 5
DragonCon Parade
 
1:30 PM-6:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Dead Dog Filk
Filk until they kick you out...
Jan DiMasi
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Mushishi 1-4, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
 
2:00 PM-2:45 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Lego Building to Wind Down, Retrieve Your Space Ship, Prizes, Models, Say Farewell, and Have a cheer
James Bacon, Alissa McKersie, James Shields
 
2:00 PM-2:45 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: If Its Broken, We Can Fix It
Lia O
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Dani Kollin
Dani Kollin
 
3:00 PM-4:00 PMGrand Ballroom B
Fire Sale
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Shinesman, 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.