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

Saturday Program Schedule

Friday   Sunday

9:00 AM-9:30 AMAddams
Reading: Michael Cassutt
Michael Cassutt
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 1: The World Basics
This is the starting point. What world will you have? You will need to have an idea of the \"air\" the life on your world will breathe, and decide if your planet is warm or cold by placing it near or far from your sun and moon. Perhaps you will have other things in your solar system, what are they? How do they affect your planet, and what effect will they have on your world as you do more building? There\'s plenty of room to add in moons, comets, asteroid belts, space stations, warp points, or other important objects. Determine the optimum life zone and the ice, water, land lines. There\'s room to start making notes about special features, like unique resource deposits, derelict spaceships, or ruins from ancient races.
9:00 AM-10:30 AMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 1: The World Basics
This is the starting point. What world will you have? You will need to have an idea of the \"air\" the life on your world will breathe, and decide if your planet is warm or cold by placing it near or far from your sun and moon. Perhaps you will have other things in your solar system, what are they? How do they affect your planet, and what effect will they have on your world as you do more building? There\'s plenty of room to add in moons, comets, asteroid belts, space stations, warp points, or other important objects. Determine the optimum life zone and the ice, water, land lines. There\'s room to start making notes about special features, like unique resource deposits, derelict spaceships, or ruins from ancient races.
Nancy Fulda, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Derek Kunsken, Jay Lake
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Dana Lewis
Mari Kotani, Dana Lewis, Takayuki Tatsumi
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus CD
Write What You Don't Know
We remember English teachers lecturing: "Write what you know." Well, we think you ought to write what you don't know. How else can you write about space travel and alternate history and fire-breathing dragons and vampire detectives? We'll discuss how a little research and common sense can give you just enough background to really write what you don't know.
Howard Andrew Jones, Louise Marley, Rachel Neumeier, Jack Skillingstead, Lynda Williams ORU
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus EF
So You Wanna Be A Writer
Join experienced pros and up-and-coming professionals to talk about the business of writing and publishing. How did they get their start? What advice do they have for newcomers? What's a realistic view of your career arc? How is it best to start--novels or short stories? Hear answers to these questions and many more.
J. Kathleen Cheney, Betsy Dornbusch, Jason M Hough, Allen M. Steele, Eldon Thompson
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus IJ
The Lives (and Deaths) of Stars
The night sky is ablaze with countless pinpoints of light, each a nuclear furnace creating the very elements that make us. Christian Ready presents the story of the birth, of stars in nebulae, the formation of solar systems, the detection of extrasolar planets, and the process by which stars die, creating the next generation of stars, planets, and us.stars.
Christian Ready
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus KL
Men Writing Women
For many years, women writers were in the minority, particularly in science fiction. Worse, they were forced to adopt male or gender-neutral pseudonyms. Still, what is often overlooked is how many male writers have written stories from the female protagonist point of view or even using a female pseudonym. This panel will explore this issue from a variety of perspectives.
Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jan Bogstad, Myke Cole, Russell Davis, Alec Nevala-Lee
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMComiskey
SFWA Business Meeting
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Business Meeting
Kate Baker, Jim Fiscus, Ann Leckie, Lee Martindale, John Scalzi, Bud Sparhawk, Rachel Swirsky, Catherynne Valente
 
9:00 AM-9:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Roberta Gregory
Roberta Gregory
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMField
Writing Groups: Good, Bad, or Indifferent
Some writers crave the company of other writers, seeking not only feedback on their work but also support and/or commiseration. Others prefer to work in solitude or only seek input once a work is finished. Yet others fall somewhere in the middle. What are some of the benefits and pitfalls of being in a writer's group? Is face-to-face better than online, or vice versa? How do you handle personal or professional issues within the group and still keep it functioning? Are there any "best practices" for forming or nurturing a group?
Eleanor Arnason, Gerri Balter, Rhiannon Held, Julia S. Mandala, Courtney Schafer
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGold Coast
Last Man Standing; Frederik Pohl
Appreciation of Frederik Pohl.
Jim Frenkel , Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Edward James, Robert Silverberg, Joan Slonczewski
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Alternate History vs. Steampunk - Real Science and Dirigibles
What you can and can`t do.
Karen Bergstralh, Rick Boatright, Walter Boyes, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Paula Goodlett
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMMcCormick
A History of Furry Literature
Stories about anthropomorphic animals have been around for centuries. We look at how the modern fandom has built on those stories and created its own tropes, from the early works in the 1990s to the present day and beyond.
Gene Armstrong, Kyle Gold
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMOffsite
Stroll with the Stars
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.
Paul Cornell, Laura Anne Gilman, Farah Mendlesohn, Stephen H. Segal, Stu Segal, Sheila Williams, Connie Willis
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMWater Tower
Cartoons
Bugs Bunny Show, 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
 
9:30 AM-10:00 AMAddams
Reading: Leigh Bardugo
Leigh Bardugo
 
9:30 AM-10:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Shanna Swendson
Shanna Swendson
 
9:30 AM-10:30 AMPicasso
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
10:00 AM-10:30 AMAddams
Reading: Susan MacDonald
Susan MacDonald
 
10:00 AM-11:00 AMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Frankenstuffies
Can you stitch together your own monster? We have dozens of plushies, all waiting to be reanimated.
Alissa McKersie
 
10:00 AM-11:00 AMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Joseph`s RPG Game - For Kids by Kids
Joseph was one of our kids last year and this year he wants to run a RPG game. Will you join him
 
10:00 AM-10:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Sharon Shinn
Sharon Shinn
 
10:00 AM-11:00 AMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent-Led Art Show Tour #6
Enhance your experience of the Worldcon Art Show with a docent-led art show tour. The tours are led by a variety of people with individual perspectives. Each will take about an hour. You\'ll get an overview, discussion of particular pieces, and whatever each tour leader may bring. You might find yourselves talking about buying, bidding, and collecting, or the ways different media work, or how artists give a sense of realism while they\'re showing strange devices and dreams. John Hertz has organized 2-3 tours a day. To join one, meet outside the Art Show in the Regency Ballroom Foyer when the tour starts, at 10 am, or 2 or 4 pm; check your pocket program or our online guide for details.
Elizabeth Berrien
 
10:30 AM-11:00 AMAddams
Reading: Martha Wells
Martha Wells
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 7
Walter H. Hunt, Carole Ann Moleti, Lyda Morehouse, Story Musgrave, Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate, Laura Resnick, Thomas Shaner, Mike Shepherd Moscoe
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMBuckingham
Another View on Character Building
How do you create vivid characters who pop off the page? How do you avoid archetypes/stereotypes and predictability? Join a panel of writers discussing their techniques and tricks and ask questions of your own.
Carol Berg, Barbara Galler-Smith, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Paco Ruiz
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: David D. Levine
David D. Levine
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Paul Cornell
Paul Cornell
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus AB
Media Tie-in Novels: Art or Commerce?
TV, film, games--have been around for many decades. Can such works stand on their own, or are they just for fans of the original? From Dragon*Con the panelists will be Peter David, David Gerrold, Michael Stackpole
Richard Lee Byers, Tom Dowd, Matt Forbeck, Joe Haldeman
 
10:30 AM-1:30 PMColumbus CD
WSFS Business Meeting Saturday Edition
WSFS business meeting
Linda Deneroff, Donald Eastlake, Tim Miller
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus EF
Strong Female Characters in SF&F
How is the female character changing in current SF&F and why? What are the positive and negative influences on such characters in books, TV, and film? How do writers handle the treatment of strong female characters, and what are the popular and effective traits and devices? When do writers go too far, providing we can define "too far."?
Diana Rowland, Sara M. Harvey, P. C. Hodgell, Kameron Hurley, Lynda Williams ORU
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus IJ
The Art of the Cover Pose
Jim C. Hines, Steven Vincent Johnson, Yanni Kuznia, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Karen Haber
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus KL
Writing and Publishing Science Fiction in Italy
Debora Montanari and Bruno Vitiello, Italian writers, and Luigi Petruzzelli, founder of Edizioni Della Vigna, Italian publishing house specializing in SF, winners of some 'Premio Italia' (roughly the Italian counterpart of the Hugo), will speak about the state of science fiction in Italy.
Debora Montanari, Luigi Petruzzelli, Arielle Saiber
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMComiskey
From Rockets to Rhetoric
Explore the ways in which science fiction literature/writing, media, and memes can help to illustrate important concepts in human communication, advertising, and persuasion.
Grant Carrington, Charles Justiz, Heather Urbanski, Chuck Walther, Rick Wilber
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal A
The Personal Replicator (Well, Getting There)
It's not Star Trek tech yet, but 3D printers are getting better and cheaper quickly, like personal computers a generation ago. One can print tools, sandals, plastic "cloth," and plastic parts for just about anything, all for feedstock and a machine that costs a few thousand dollars. Higher-end machines can do more complex, multi-material objects. What are the economic and social implications? Are science fiction writers taking note of this technology?
Eightball, Joseph P. Martino, Spring Schoenhuth, Jonathan Stars, Mary Turzillo
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal B
Peggy Rae Sapienza Interview
Pappa Fuzzy from John Scalzi's Fuzzy Nation fame will interview our Fan Guest of Honor Peggy Rae Sapienza.
Mary Robinette Kowal, Peggy Rae Sapienza
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal C
Creating Exciting Anthologies
We're in a golden age of science fiction and fantasy anthologies with clever new ideas coming out monthly from major and minor publishers. But where do they come from? How do editors interest publishers and writers in their ideas? How do you make the hard decisions between great stories and great writing (when you can't have both)?
John Joseph Adams, Jennifer Brozek, Ellen Datlow, Richard Gilliam, John Helfers, Joan Spicci Saberhagen
 
10:30 AM-11:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Sofia Samatar
Sofia Samatar
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Eric Griffith
Eric Griffith
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMField
Competing in Costuming
Tanglwyst de Holloway, Janet Catherine Johnston, Ann Morris, Carole Parker, Isaac Sher
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGold Coast
Social Media for Writers
Should you incorporate social media to advance your career? How? For writers at all stages of their careers.
Lillian Cauldwell, Amanda Luedeke, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Peadar O Guilin
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Why Fantasy Dominates Science Fiction
How and why did fantasy emerge as the dominant commercial and literary force in the genre? Where did science fiction lose its way, in terms of attracting and keeping its share of the fans? What can written SF learn from motion pictures and television, and vice versa? What can SF learn from the more successful fantasy works?
Ty Franck, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Scott Lynch, Farah Mendlesohn
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMHaymarket
Lyric Writing Workshop with Bill Sutton
Start from scratch and develop a complete set of lyrics for a song. Workshop is over two days, minimum of 90 minutes per day, and limited to 10 people.
Bill Sutton, Brenda Sinclair Sutton
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMMcCormick
Girl Power in Young Adult Books
The panel will discuss female characters in YA and what makes them strong.
Aurora Celeste, Niall Harrison, Susan MacDonald, S J Kincaid, Bill Willingham
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWater Tower
Cartoons
Bugs Bunny Show, 9:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWright
Rites and Rituals for Children Becoming Adults
This solo presentation will include a discussion of rites and rituals used through the ages to mark the transition from childhood to adulthood, including breeching ceremonies, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceanera, and metatah.
Morgan Keyes
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWrigley
Why I Love My Editor
Authors discuss advice their editors have given them that have improved their books and stories or helped advance their careers in unexpected ways.
Marie Bilodeau, Adam-Troy Castro, Kat Richardson, Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka), Anne Lyle
 
11:00 AM-11:30 AMAddams
Reading: Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey
 
11:00 AM-12:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Emergency Repairs, Engineering Item With the Tech Team Lia As She Fixes What We Broke Yesterday
Lia O
 
11:00 AM-12:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Wonders of Space
A fun discussion about space.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, Inge Heyer, Corry L. Lee
 
11:30 AM-12:00 PMAddams
Reading: Pat Rothfuss
Pat Rothfuss
 
11:30 AM-12:00 PMDuSable
Reading: M Todd Gallowglas
M Todd Gallowglas
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMAddams
Reading: Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 8
Nancy Fulda, Jim C. Hines, Charles Justiz, James Kahn, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lee Martindale, Tony Pi, Robert Reed, Joan Slonczewski
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: B.A. Chepaitis
B.A. Chepaitis
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: K.A. Bedford
K.A. Bedford
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus AB
Baen Traveling Road Show
Editors from Baen books present what is upcoming in their catalog. Ask questions! Win prizes! From Dragon*Con, the panelists will be Laura Haywood-Cory, Gray Rinehart, and Toni Weisskopf.
Jim Minz
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus EF
George R. R. Martin Interview
George R. R. Martin, Maureen Ryan
 
12:00 PM-1:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Space Jumpsuits
Come decorate your own jumpsuit and add whatever accessories you think you need.
Sy Liebergot, Alissa McKersie, Linda Wenzelburger
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus IJ
Extrasolar Planets
Cool (and very hot) planets are being found in other star systems. What is the current situation? How many might be habitable? Who is using this new information in their worldbuilding?
David L Clements, Brother Guy Consolmagno, John Coxon, Ken Kon Kol
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus KL
What Is Magical Realism?
Is this a new genre, or just another way of looking at storytelling that has been around for a long time? How does it differ from fantasy or surrealism? Is it international in scope, and if so, how do different cultures approach it?
Inanna Arthen / Vyrdolak, Roberta Gregory, Jeremy Lassen, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Kickstart Your Way to Self-Publishing
David Howell,
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Kickstart Your Way to Self-Publishing
Mary Anne Mohanraj
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal A
After NASA?
What happens when NASA shrinks? Can the US depend on the Russians? On the Chinese? Can private enterprise fill the gap? Where is D. D. Harriman when we need him?
Catherine Asaro, Michael Cassutt, Allen M. Steele, Mary Turzillo, Edward Wright
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal B
Climate Change and Society
Discussion of anticipated impacts of climate change: impacts to human health, lifestyles, national security, disaster preparedness, and critical sectors such as energy and food production. Will the changes impact all segments of society equally?
Ben Bova, Doug Fratz, Jeffrey Liss, Ramez Naam, Hayden Trenholm
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal C
The Art of Worldbuilding
How does a writer "build" a world for a story? Physical geography, economics and politics of a society, religions, conflicts.
Brenda Cooper, Joseph P. Martino, David J. Peterson, Courtney Schafer, Thomas Trumpinski
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Eytan Kollin
Eytan Kollin
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Vylar Kaftan
Vylar Kaftan
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMField
Sudden Inspiration
Where do you do your best thinking? Some studies say that for 41% of respondents, the bathroom is the prime location to do their best thinking. The bed had even a larger percentage of responses as the location for people having their `Eureka!` moment. What was the inspiration for your greatest project and where did it come to you?
Anna Sheehan, Tom King, Lissa Price, Sharon Shinn, Harry Turtledove
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
Learning to Be Dangerous
In Gene Wolfe's brilliant 1985 Guest of Honor speech at Aussiecon 2 in Melbourne, he proposed that instead of our field's authors trying to escape our ghetto that we "open our gates and pull the rest in." Historically, fscience fiction has made prophecies so new that the schools cannot hand them out without having their staffs picked up by the police. It's our stock in trade. How do we do it and how do we teach others to do it?
Liz Gorinsky, David Hartwell, Jonathan Stars, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Infrastructure
Aspects include treatment, waste water, civil engineering, and power generation.
Walter Boyes, Paula Goodlett, Gorg Huff, Mark Huston, Laura Runkle
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Tree Studios: Birthplace of Fantasy Art
In the 1930s, Amazing Stories sought out classically trained artists like J. Allen St. John to create artwork for the magazine. Working out of Tree Studios, just north of the Chicon 7 hotel, St. John and other artists created images that adorned the magazines and the novels of L. Frank Baum, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others, and provided a template for artists to come, including Frank Frazetta and Roy Krenkel.
Richard Chwedyk, Jane Frank, Stephen D. Korshak
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMHaymarket
Christian Fandom Meeting
A gathering for Christian fans.
Bill Housley, Nicki Lynch, Michael Sherman, Randy Smith
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMMcCormick
Democracy Is the Worst Form of Government, Can`t We Do Better?
The title is from the Churchill quote: \"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.\" But it is still a poor form of government, except for all the others. Science fiction seems like the ideal forum for exploration of alternative forms of government better than all the others and perhaps better than democracy. So how are we doing?
Adam Beaton, David Brin, Tad Daley, Dave O`Neil
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPicasso
Drill Down Into Story Ideas
Many people ask authors where hey get their idea . This panel asks: "How do you develop your ideas into stories?" We will take an idea or two and work on how we would turn it into a story."
Corry L. Lee, David Marusek, Jamie Todd Rubin, Ferrett Steinmetz, Martha Wells
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
\"Choice of Ending\" Operetta
\"Choice of Ending: An Operetta in One Act\" Book: Tanya Huff; Music and Lyrics: Brenda Sutton; Musical Arrangements: Dr. Mary Crowell) The Operetta Project started soon after editor/singer/songwriter Brenda Sutton republished Tanya Huff\'s harrowing short story \"Choice of Ending\" in the November 2006 issue of the e-zine Mythic Passages.http://www.mythicjourneys.org/newsletter_nov06_huff.html In it, the avatar of the Crone, a homeless hag named Mrs. Ruth, pushes a shopping cart full of Tabasco sauce, empty Girl Guide cookie boxes, and telephone books, through the streets of Toronto helping people. She knows things. She has answers, but an avatar can only respond if petitioned. Rules are rules.
Merav Hoffman, Jordin Kare, Brooke Lundnerville, Char MacKay, Seanan McGuire, Erica Neely, Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper, Adam "The Shark" Selzer, Joey Shoji , Bill Sutton, Brenda Sinclair Sutton, David Weingart
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMSan Francisco
Heinlein's Heroes
Are Heinlein stories evergreen because of his predictive genius, his social commentary, or because he created compelling characters?
Toni Bogolub, Bradford Lyau, Deb Houdek Rule, Ian Randal Strock, Jo Walton
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWater Tower
Cartoons
Here and See Carmina Burana, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWright
Spider-Man: The 50-Year-Old Teenager
This month, Spider-Man turned 50 with the appearance of a new film, various comic titles, television titles, and a musical playing on Broadway. This panel looks at Peter Parker\'s perennial appeal, reminisces about his adventures and relationships, and just fangeeks all over the webslinger.
Scott Edelman, manynote, Michaele Jordan, Barry Lyn-Waitsman, Steve Saffel
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWrigley
Highlights of Tesseracts
The first Tesseracts anthology was edited by the late Judith Merril. Since its publication in 1985, more than 279 Canadian authors, editors, translators and special guests have contributed 541 short stories and poems to the Tesseracts series. Some of Canada\'s best known speculative fiction writers have been published within the pages of these volumes, including Margaret Atwood, Susan Swan, and Hugo and Nebula award-winning authors William Gibson, Spider Robinson, and Robert J. Sawyer. The entire series includes Tesseracts One through Sixteen, plus Tesseracts Q, which features translations of works by some of Canada\'s top francophone writers of science fiction and fantasy. Come join Tesseracts anthology contributors Susan Forest, Derwin Mak, Brett Savory, and Sandra Kasturi as we look at some of the highlights of the series, and introduce the newest member of the Tesseracts family, Tesseracts Sixteen: Parnassus Unbound, edited by Mark Leslie.\"
Susan Forest, Sandra Kasturi, Derwin Mak, David Nickle, Brett Savory
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMAddams
Reading: Juanita Coulson
Juanita Coulson
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Deirdre Murphy
Deirdre Murphy
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMAddams
Reading: Nnedi Okorafor
Nnedi Okorafor
 
1:00 PM-2:30 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Take It Apart
Join Roz as we take a variety of appliances and machines apart, PARENTS REQUIRED for hand tool help
Lia O
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Dr. Charles E. Gannon
 
1:00 PM-2:00 PMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent led Art Show tour #12
Enhance your experience of the Worldcon Art Show with a docent-led art show tour. The tours are led by a variety of people with individual perspectives. Each will take about an hour. You\'ll get an overview, discussion of particular pieces, and whatever each tour leader may bring. You might find yourselves talking about buying, bidding, and collecting, or the ways different media work, or how artists give a sense of realism while they\'re showing strange devices and dreams. John Hertz has organized 2-3 tours a day. To join one, meet outside the Art Show in the Regency Ballroom Foyer when the tour starts, at 10 am, or 2 or 4 pm; check your pocket program or our online guide for details.
Mark Olson
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMAddams
Reading: Grant Carrington
Grant Carrington
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 9
Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paul Cornell, Nick DiChario, Gardner Dozois, Rhiannon Held, Susan MacDonald, T. L. Morganfield, Rachel Swirsky, Carrie Vaughn
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMBuckingham
Moral Ambiguity in SF
Is there still room for moral structure in SF societies and worldbuilding? How does moral ambiguity represent or fail to capture the real world? What are its pitfalls
Nancy Kress, Jay Lake, Lissa Price, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Charles Stross
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Mike Shepherd Moscoe
Mike Shepherd Moscoe
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Jacqueline Carey
Jacqueline Carey
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus AB
Delphic Oracle
Come listen to our hilarious panelists as they participate with the Delphi Oracle (Dani Kollin). From Dragoncon the panelists will be: Todd McCaffrey (M), Jody Lynn Nye, Brandon Winn Sanderson
David Brin, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus CD
Effective Habits for Aspiring Authors
A nuts-and-bolts panel discussing work habits for the aspiring professional author. How to organize, prioritize, set goals, avoid distractions, and make valuable networking connections in the industry. The panel will also discuss mistakes to avoid.
Brad Aiken, Annie Bellet, Lillian Cauldwell, David McDonald, Cecilia Tan, Brad R. Torgersen
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus EF
Sy Liebergot: Ethics In Engineering
Sy speaks about ethics in engineering, using the real examples of the Apollo 1 pad fire disaster and the shuttle Challenger and Columbia space disasters as subjects for this presentation. He ties in how he and his fellow Apollo mission flight controllers approached their part in the successful lunar landings in an ethical manner.
Sy Liebergot
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus IJ
Space Medicine: The Ultimate House Call
What kind of medical and psychological challenges does traveling in space present now and in the near future? How can the weakest link in space travel--the human body--be kept healthy with the limited medical care available in the final frontier? This panel will explore the risks microgravity, radiation, and other extraterrestrial hazards pose to astronauts and what can be done to reduce those risks.
Janet Freeman, Christopher Kovacs, Story Musgrave, John Strickland, W A (Bill) Thomasson
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus KL
Curiosity: The Mars Science Laboratory
The Mars Science Laboratory has the ambitious mission to study the climate, geology, and potential for life of Mars. Weeks after landing, what have we learned? What do we expect to find out in the coming months?
Brother Guy Consolmagno, Bill Higgins
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMComiskey
Nuclear Imagination in the wake of Tsunami/Fukushima
Mari Kotani, Dana Lewis, Mamoru Masuda, Takayuki Tatsumi
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal A
The SpaceX Revolution
Do they really achieve an order of magnitude reduction in costs? How? Will it be allowed to happen? Does this allow space development to \"take off\" or is another order of magnitude cost reduction needed.
Eric Hayden, Charles Justiz, Geoffrey A. Landis, G. David Nordley
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal B
Magical Musicals
The Broadway musical has long used fantasy to help spin its entertainment, from Billy Bigelow\'s encounter with the Starkeeper to Peter and the Starcatcher. What is it about musicals that makes the fantastic even more fantastic?
Laura Frankos, Rich Lynch, Mike Resnick, Connie Willis, Leah Zeldes Smith
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal C
Science in SF
How much science is really needed in a story? How 'real' does the science have to be? How much fudging can you get away with?
Ben Bova, Howard Davidson, Edward M. Lerner, Joseph P. Martino, Mark Stolaroff
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Emma Newman
Emma Newman
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Martha Wells
Martha Wells
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMField
What Every Pro Should Know about Fandom
If you\'re starting to write and you\'re new to fandom and convention-going, this panel will help you understand what to expect from fandom and conventions and how that understanding can benefit you.
Richard Lee Byers, Janice Gelb, Michael J. Lowrey, Lee Martindale, Andrew Porter
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Jack McDevitt
Jack McDevitt
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Karel Capek R.U.R. (1921)
“R.U.R.” is “Rossum’s Universal Robots”, a word introduced by this play. The author said it was a melodrama. The first New York performance was called “Murderous social satire ... hair-raising.” All true. Why is there only one woman (two, actually)? Does the lust to dominate follow from the consciousness of pain?
John Hertz
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 3
What Good is an Editor?
What is the value add for having your work edited? You may have heard it said that you can\'t edit your own writing, it is true. It’s difficult for actors to direct themselves. A writer needs an impartial opinion unclouded their pride of authorship. The writer is very close to the work and may miss errors. The writer knows what they are trying to convey the editor now if the writer got the message accross. The editor will also catch gramatical errors and spelling mistakes.
Jeanne Cavelos, Russell Davis, Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate, Jack Skillingstead, Gordon van Gelder
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMHaymarket
Microbial Residents and Hitchhikers
What types of bacteria normally populate the human body? How and why have human microbiomes changed in recent years? What does this mean for our future?
Liz Batty, Edward R. Rosick, Joan Slonczewski, Susan Smith, Ron Taylor, Daio
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMMcCormick
Canadian Genre Writers
What do Canadian writers offer to genre writing. Is there a unique Canadian perspective?
Cary A. Conder, Susan Forest, Brian Hades, Mike Rimar, Robert J. Sawyer
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Seanan McGuire Concert
\"Join Seanan McGuire and her customary cast of thousands, including Michelle Dockrey and Tony Fabris (Vixy & Tony), Betsy Tinney, Amy McNally, Dr. Mary Crowell, Brooke Lunderville, and more, as they light up the filk stage with her unique mix of fairy tale folk, humorous horror, mad science, and just plain fun. Run-on sentences and gleeful sing-alongs are guaranteed!\"
Seanan McGuire
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMSan Francisco
Digital vs. Traditional
Is the new digital process ruining the arts? Panelists will talk about the pros and cons of using digital media and how it effects productivity, creativity and the market.
Amber Clark, James Stanley Daugherty, Kurt Erichsen, Mark J. Ferrari, Jane Frank
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Summer Wars, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWright
What's New On TV?
A look at new SF/F/Horror shows on television: Grimm, Once Upon a Time, Terra Nova, et. al.
Dave O`Neil, Bob Devney, Perrianne Lurie, Sharon Sbarsky, Shanna Swendson
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWrigley
How to Speak Klingon
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, founder and director of the Klingon Language Institute (the folks who restored HAMLET to the original KLingon) promises to teach you 80% of Klingon grammar in a mere 50 minutes. Learn the basics of warrior tongue and how to sing \'Soft Kitty\' in Klingon!
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWrigley
How to Speak Klingon
Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, founder and director of the Klingon Language Institute (the folks who restored HAMLET to the original KLingon) promises to teach you 80% of Klingon grammar in a mere 50 minutes. Learn the basics of warrior tongue and how to sing \'Soft Kitty\' in Klingon!
Lawrence M. Schoen
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMAddams
Reading: Kari Sperring
Kari Sperring
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Carole Ann Moleti
Carole Ann Moleti
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: K.A. Bedford
K.A. Bedford
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMAddams
Reading: Kathryn Sullivan
Kathryn Sullivan
 
2:30 PM-4:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Build your Space Ship with Lego
The Space game is on, we need you to build your own space ship, for our display - Time is against us!!!!!
Alissa McKersie, James Shields
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Brenda Cooper
Brenda Cooper
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMAddams
Reading: Robert Reed
Robert Reed
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 10
Daniel Abraham, Tim Akers, James S. Dorr, Alan Dean Foster, Ty Franck, Stina Leicht, Elizabeth Moon, Deirdre Murphy, Sheila Williams
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 2: Life As We Know It
There\'s life Jim. Yes, indeed there must be life to sustain our characters. What is the life/food chain on your world? Who eats who and why? What dominates the world? Are they all from the same phylum (all reptiles, or insects)? Do they have similar characteristic traits like sonar, magic, or luminous skin? Which animals are domesticated? Which animals are prize catches for hunters?
3:00 PM-4:30 PMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 2: Life As We Know It
There\'s life Jim. Yes, indeed there must be life to sustain our characters. What is the life/food chain on your world? Who eats who and why? What dominates the world? Are they all from the same phylum (all reptiles, or insects)? Do they have similar characteristic traits like sonar, magic, or luminous skin? Which animals are domesticated? Which animals are prize catches for hunters?
Nancy Fulda, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Nancy Kress, Derek Kunsken
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Ken Liu
Ken Liu
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Julia Rios
Julia Rios
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus AB
Manned Space Stations
Dragon*Con & WorldCon join forces to give both audiences a Q & A with Capt. William Shepherd & Sy Libergot the panelists will be: June Scobee Rodgers (M), Captain William Shepherd
Sy Liebergot
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus CD
Vivid Character Building
How do you create vivid characters who pop off the page? How do you avoid archetypes/stereotypes and predictability? Join a panel of writers discussing their techniques and tricks and ask questions of your own.
Carol Berg, Teresa Frohock, Randy Henderson, Kay Kenyon, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus EF
Space, Spies and SuperGadgets: Adventure TV of the 60
Shows like "The Avengers", "Jonny Quest", "Batman", "Wild Wild West", "Wonder Woman", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Thunderbirds" and more made the years from mid 60's to the mid 70's a golden era for SF and Adventure on TV
Cat Greenberg, R. J. Johnson, David D. Levine, Barry Lyn-Waitsman, David M Stein
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMComiskey
The Zeitgeist Movement
Come and learn more about The Zeitgeist Movement, a grass-roots social and economic movement that advocates for the replacement of all current economic models with a money-free and computerized "resource-based economy". It promotes replacing human labor with automation, government through collective participation of the public by using the scientific method, aided by computers. Private property will not be abolished, but it will become obsolete as culture grows, being replaced by a system of universal access. If this sounds interesting (or dangerous) to you, come learn and debate about this economic and societal revolution!
Adam Beaton, Tad Daley, Thomas Trumpinski
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal A
Space: When Do WE Go?
With military personnel and scientists so far being the only ones who get to travel into space, when will the ordinary person get to outer-space?
Michael Cassutt, Geraldine Haracz, Jeffrey Liss, Henry Spencer, Edward Wright
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal B
The Secret History of Science Fiction
Funny Science Fiction stories that never made it into the history books or encyclopedias.
Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, George R. R. Martin, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal C
Space Battles
SF movies unrealistic portray battles in space. And it\'s hard to write a completely scientifically accurate (by today\'s standard) space opera, especially in interstellar spans. Explore how to develop a workable pseudo-physics to provide a realistic feeling and backdrop to your stories.
Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Jordin Kare, David Voderberg, Chuck Walther
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeflatsche with the Nielsen Haydens
Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Ellen Datlow
Ellen Datlow
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMField
Sometimes Even Hollywood Gets It Right
There are countless depressing examples of what usually happens when a good book is made into a bad movie. But on rare occasions, the film is as good (or better) than the book. Which movies are those, and what makes them worth seeing?
Deirdre Crimmins, Bob Devney, Tom Dowd, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Jason Schachat
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Mary Robinette Kowal
Mary Robinette Kowal
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Alt History vs Steampunk -- Computing without electronics
Computing without electronics, the real limits of Babbage engines, fluidic computing, relays, and switches.
Walter Boyes, Paula Goodlett, Gorg Huff, Mark Huston, Laura Runkle
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Clarkeworld Reading
David Klecha
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMHaymarket
Develop your Story Idea
We will take an idea or two from the audience and work on how we would turn it into a story.
B.A. Chepaitis, Jean Cavelos, Alec Nevala-Lee, Jamie Todd Rubin, Courtney Schafer
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMMcCormick
Airships : the Reality
With the popularity of steampunk and other backward-looking and revivalist movements, lighter-than-air transport gets a lot of talk these days -- not all of it well-informed. What is the difference between a blimp and a Zeppelin? What is flying like when you need power to land? What are the operational realities of hydrogen, helium, rigids, and non-rigids? Why don\'t we see more of them in our skies today?
publius, Howard Davidson, Lisa Hayes, David Malki, Joseph P. Martino
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPicasso
Murray Leinster: Dean of Science Fiction
He was named the Dean of Science Fiction by Time Magazine. His career spanned from 1916 until 1975 and he introduced many common themes to the science fiction vocabulary, from alternate history to first contact.
Tom Doyle, Eric Flint, Steven H Silver, Billee J. Stalling, Michael Swanwick
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Vixy & Tony with Betsy Tinney
The cheerful and charming Seattle-based duo Vixy & Tony, joined by virtuoso cellist Betsy Tinney, will play a selection of original songs and interesting covers, in an energetic and uplifting folk-rock style. Expect to hear award-winning songs from their debut album Thirteen, as well as new songs.
Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Betsy Tinney
 
3:00 PM-4:00 PMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent led Art Show tour with John Hertz
Enhance your experience of the Worldcon Art Show with a docent-led art show tour. The tours are led by a variety of people with individual perspectives. Each will take about an hour. You\'ll get an overview, discussion of particular pieces, and whatever each tour leader may bring. You might find yourselves talking about buying, bidding, and collecting, or the ways different media work, or how artists give a sense of realism while they\'re showing strange devices and dreams. John Hertz has organized 2-3 tours a day. To join one, meet outside the Art Show in the Regency Ballroom Foyer when the tour starts, at 10 am, or 2 or 4 pm; check your pocket program or our online guide for details.
John Hertz
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMSan Francisco
Fans and Academics
This panel discusses what Fans and Academics can learn from each other.
Phyllis Eisenstein, Beverly Friend, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Neil Rest, Dick Smith, Leah Zeldes Smith
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWright
Revive Fandom`s Relevance to the 21 Century
Some people believe that we are no longer relevant as Science Fiction Fans. Some people think that all Fandom offers to the 21st Century are wizards, elves, superheroes and vampires and that we have become even more introspective and are now accomplishing our demise by internal fragmentation. Do we need to be more Skiffy? Should we limit our fannish focus to just SF? Come join us for this discussion and perhaps help create a new manifesto for fandom.
Scratch Bacharach, Nicki Lynch, Jeanne Mealy, Milt Stevens, Alan Stewart, Joel Zakem
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWrigley
Best New SF&F Authors of the 21st Century
What are the best authors to have joined the genre since 2000?
Elizabeth Bear, Graham Sleight, Gary K Wolfe
 
3:30 PM-4:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: David L Clements
David L Clements
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMAddams
Reading: Eric Griffith
Eric Griffith
 
4:00 PM-5:30 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Build Your Space Ship with LEGO: Judging
Please sign up in advance -- Astronaut Story Musgrave answers questions and judges the space ship competition.
Carl Fink, Corry L. Lee, Story Musgrave
 
4:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Kat and Co Photograph the Competition.
For those who have not made a model, but want to record the event, with new photography skills.
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Mary Turzillo
Mary Turzillo
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Charles Stross
Charles Stross
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMAddams
Reading: E. Lily Yu
E. Lily Yu
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 11
Tanglwyst de Holloway, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Lezli Robyn, Eric Hayden, John Scalzi, Stanley Schmidt, Cecilia Tan
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMBuckingham
Creating Formidable Women Protagonists
How do you portray a formidable women in fiction. How do you make sure she's still a woman and not just a guy with different plumbing?
Annie Bellet, Brenda Cooper, Tina Jens, Michaele Jordan, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Karen Haber, Joan Slonczewski
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Joan Spicci Saberhagen
Joan Spicci Saberhagen
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Michelle Sagara West
Michelle Sagara West
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus CD
Quantum Physics Meets Magical Realism
The way in which Quantum Physics describes the universe seems more and more to enter the realm of the fantastic. Where does reality end and fantasy begin?
Dennis Y. Ginoza, Tim Stoffel, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor, Catherynne Valente
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMComiskey
Mike Resnick Presents Baby Pictures
Mike Resnick
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal A
The Prime Directive: Altruism or Survival Strategy?
Is galactic civilization billions of years older than we are? Giving the Kzin a star drive seems like a really bad idea. Are there rules out there? Would voluntary enforcement be enough if coupled with a few horror stories? How could rules be established and communicated? When and how might we find out?
James L. Cambias, Dale Cozort, Anaea Lay, John Strickland, W A (Bill) Thomasson
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal C
Technology That Improves Our Society
A look at technology that not only makes our lives easier, but actually improves society as a whole.
David Brin, Dave O`Neil, Janet Freeman, Tore Audun Hoie, Jonathan Stars
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMDuSable
Reading: S. J. Chambers
S. J. Chambers
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeflatsche with Eric Flint
Eric Flint
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: David Marusek
David Marusek
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMField
Science Fiction in China
What are the modern Chinese trends in Science Fiction? What are the strongest cultural influences?
Jan Bogstad, Emily Jiang, Yan Wu, Ruhan Zhao
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Eureka vs. Warehouse 13 Smackdown
Our fast-talking teams have lots of explaining to do. Which shows characters would come out on top at challenges like growing a new heart for the Tin Man? Mopping up the BP oil spill? Hyperbole, puns, downright trash-talking -- it\'s the brand-new, no-holds-barred SF TV game show of your dreams. And as the audience, only _you_ can decide who wins!
Patrick Hester, Bob Kuhn, Seanan McGuire, Thomas Shaner, Shanna Swendson
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 3
TAFF at 60
James Bacon, Christopher J Garcia, Robert A. Madle, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMHaymarket
Trivia for Chocolate
The annual trivia contest. Come give correct (or in Tom Galloway's case, smartass) answers and have chocolate thrown at you (or in Tom's case, thrown back to the judges).
Jim Mann, Mark Olson, Steven H Silver
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMMcCormick
Women in Underground Comics
In the underground comics era of the 1970s, women were respected creators and groundbreaking publishers, not simply sexy 'chicks' drawn by artists like Robert Crumb. Little-known work by some of the most respected pioneers of this medium, and by women who are now unknown.
Roberta Gregory
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPicasso
Saturday Feedback Session
Tell us what you think we should know about the convention.
Dave McCarty
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
The Great Luke Ski: Live in Concert!
Luke Ski will be performing all of his greatest hits that have made him The Dr. Demento Show\'s most requested act of the 21st century. At the Logan Whitehurst Memorial Awards For Excellence In Comedy Music, Luke won the award for Outstanding Parody Song of 2011 for his Peanuts tribute, Snoopy The Dogg. From Star Trek to Star Wars, from Spider-Man to the Joker, from Lord of the Rings to Jack Sparrow, if you love fannish comedy music, this is the show to see! Visit thegreatlukeski.com for more info.
The Great Luke Ski
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMSan Francisco
Artists Round Table Part One
A venue for fans to ask questions of the artists.
Elizabeth Berrien, Amber Clark, James Stanley Daugherty, Kim DeMulder, Rowena Morrill, Maurine Starkey
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Slayers 1-3, 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWright
Phandemonium Book Club: Home Fires
Phandemonium, the parent organization for Chicago\'s Capricon, sponsors a month book club. This month\'s reading is Gene Wolfe\'s Home Fires. All members of Chicon are welcome to attend.
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWrigley
Presentations: The Good, The Bad, The WTF?
What components make up a good presentation; for singles, couples, cast of thousands.
Cary A. Conder, Ann Morris, Gregory Rihn, Kevin Roche
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMAddams
Reading: Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Vylar Kaftan
Vylar Kaftan
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Elizabeth Moon
Elizabeth Moon
 
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Liza Groen Trombi & Gary K. Wolfe
Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K Wolfe
 
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With: Paul Cornell
Paul Cornell
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMAddams
Reading: Stephen Leigh
Stephen Leigh
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Hanna Martine
Hanna Martine
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: David D. Levine
David D. Levine
 
6:00 PM-6:30 PMAddams
Reading: E J Swift
E J Swift
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMBuckingham
Doctor Who: Is It Still a Kid
Has the \"kids show\" gotten more grown up with the last three Doctors? Was it an adult show even before the original cancellation? When, and how, did the transition happen, if it did?
Ryan K. Johnson, Michaele Jordan, Kerri-Ellen Kelly, Michael Lee, David McDonald, Lynne M. Thomas
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus CD
Series, Why Do We Love Them? Why Do We Hate Them?
What is it about a long running series that sucks us in? What throws us out? How do series writers keep from rewriting the same old same old.
Eric Flint, Jack McDevitt, Lyda Morehouse, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Ferrett Steinmetz
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMComiskey
New Space: Where Do We Go Now?
Now that the shuttle era has ended, where does the US go from here? We\'ll explore all the competitors, concepts, and plans we have time to discuss.
David L Clements, Geraldine Haracz, Geoffrey A. Landis, Kent Nebergall, G. David Nordley
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal A
Sex in Fantasy and Science Fiction: How Much is Too Much?
The sex scenes are getting steamier in all genres, and science fiction and fantasy are no exception. Hear how authors decide how hot their stories need to be and weigh in on how much is too much.
Diana Rowland, Kat Richardson, Kameron Hurley, Lynda Williams ORU, Bill Willingham
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal B
Fanacademy
Take an entertaining trip through the history of fandom, as preserved in library collections. Learn how puzzled mundanes react when confronted by fan and convention culture in contemporary academic settings.
Juanita Coulson, Christopher J Garcia, Greg Prickman, Randy Smith
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal C
Feminism in Fantasy
An examination of the role of feminism in fantasy, ranging from subverting the tropes of victimization to the rise of the kick-ass heroine.
Valerie Estelle Frankel, Sarah Hans, Julia Rios, Joan D. Vinge
 
6:00 PM-6:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Rhiannon Held
Rhiannon Held
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMField
The Next H1N1.
Two years ago we went through a public inoculation that we haven\'t seen since the 60s. What new bug is out there and how do we protect the public health against it.
Liz Batty, Vylar Kaftan, Perrianne Lurie, Seanan McGuire, Ron Taylor
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGold Coast
Finding Minorities
Where can you find books written by minority writers? How about books with minority lead characters? Our panelists discuss the evolution and current landscape of minorities as characters and recommend books by and about minority sexualities, races, genders, and ethnicities.
Martin Berman-Gorvine, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Sofia Samatar, Sarah Stegall
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Writers Round Table
Introduction to writing in the 1632 Universe
Karen Bergstralh, Walter Boyes, David Carrico, Virginia DeMarce, Paula Goodlett
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Conquering Writer
Has your story fizzled out or hit a wall before completion? There are common reasons for this, and common solutions which work for most writers. Pros discuss their tips and tricks for getting a story back on track.
Russell Davis, Tom King, Eldon Thompson, Monica Valentinelli, Gene Wolfe
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMMcCormick
The Carl Brandon Society Awards Ceremony
The CBS gives out two annual literary awards, they will present the awards for 2010 publications. The Kindred Award is given to the year\'s best work of speculative fiction dealing with race, by a person of any racial background. The Parallax Award is given to the year\'s best work of speculative fiction by a self-identified person of color. Both awards include a gift of $1000 and a commemorative plaque.
Candra Gill, Victor Raymond
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMSan Francisco
Turn Up the Steam
Jes Nevins recently wrote about the \'continuum of steampunk,\' referencing Cherie Priest\'s statement that steampunk is not a yes/no proposition, but one of \'how much?\' How much Steam is required? Is Alternative history required? It is fantasy, or SF or is it a lifestyle? Is it all of this? Something else?
Leigh Bardugo, Kenneth Hite, David Malki, Gregory Rihn
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Last Exile 1-3, 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
 
6:30 PM-7:00 PMAddams
Reading: Anne Lyle
Anne Lyle
 
6:30 PM-8:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: S. J. Chambers
S. J. Chambers
 
7:00 PM-7:30 PMAddams
Reading: Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka)
Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka)
 
7:00 PM-7:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Tim Waggoner
Tim Waggoner
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMAddams
New Writers Session 4
A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers.
Teresa Frohock, Stina Leicht, Ken Liu, D.H. Aire, Michael R. Underwood
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMBuckingham
How Does Science Fiction Change Social Ideals?
Science fiction used to be basically an agent of social change. Is that still true? if so, how are current writers suggesting or encouraging changes?
Catherine Asaro, Liz Gorinsky, Jeremy Lassen
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus CD
Do We Need Paper Books?
Publishers, editors and writers discuss the future of paper versus electrons, and what qualities may make paper better for some books.
Joy Crelin, Amanda Luedeke, Steve Saffel, Ian Randal Strock, John Teehan
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMComiskey
Anime for Beginners
If you\'ve ever found yourself wondering what all that anime/manga stuff is about, but found yourself confused, annoyed, or weirded out by it, this panel can help. We\'ll talk about some of the basics of anime, and discuss shows that can help new viewers ease smoothly into enjoyable viewing experiences.
Madeline Ashby, publius, Dana Lewis, Isaac Sher, David Voderberg
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMCrystal C
Planet Earth at a Crossroads
Humans have made huge changes to our home planet. We've chopped down half the original forest to grow food. We've sucked giant lakes, rivers, and under-water aquifers dry. We've extracted the easiest to access fossil fuels and minerals from the crust. And we're now warming the planet and acidifying the oceans at the fastest rate in millions of years. What does the future hold for our planet? How can we address these challenges? How should science fiction represent them?
Adam Beaton, Tim Griffin, Katy Stauber, Ken Kon Kol
 
7:30 PM-8:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Cecilia Tan
Cecilia Tan
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMGold Coast
Disaster Response in SF
Apocalyptic natural disasters, hungry zombies, devastating plagues. These are all mainstays of SF&F stories. The federal government has real National Incident Management System (NIMS) for dealing with them. How would NIMS react to some science fictional scenarios? What would the response look like?
Marie Bilodeau, Myke Cole, Eightball, Jean Johnson, Scott Lynch
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Heroic Age 1-3, 8:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
 
8:00 PM-9:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Martin Berman-Gorvine
 
8:00 PM-9:30 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Beer: Dr. Charles E. Gannon
Dr. Charles E. Gannon
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMAddams
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMBuckingham
Themed Filk: Golden Oldies of Filk
Barigato, Cat Greenberg
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMColumbian
Themed Filk: Lords and Ladies and Tales of Love
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMComiskey
Apollo 13: Anatomy of the Failure
Sy Liebergot, former NASA Apollo EECOM Flight Controller will guide us through the unfolding failure of the Apollo 13 cryogenic oxygen tank explosion. He details the eerie links of events during the eight year history of the Apollo 13 cryogenic oxygen storage tanks from manufacture to the explosion of Oxygen Tank 2. Sy was there, at his Mission Control console, and relates the details of the explosion as they really happened, using the actual real-time data on his EECOM console screens in Mission Control. He will show you \"how the data played.\"
Sy Liebergot
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMGold Coast
Themed Filk: Sing Your First Song
David Perry, Roberta Rogow, Kathleen Sloan
 
9:00 PM-4:00 AMHaymarket
Themed Filk: Tuning Room
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMPicasso
Themed Filk: Performers Poker Chip
Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris, Lynn Gold
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Euchre Tournament
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Samurai 7 1-3, 9:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
 
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Charles Stross
Charles Stross
 
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With: Stephen H. Segal
Stephen H. Segal
 
10:00 PM-4:30 AMBuckingham
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-4:00 AMColumbian
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-11:30 PMGold Coast
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-11:30 PMPicasso
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:30 PM-11:00 PMAddams
Reading: Lyda Morehouse
Lyda Morehouse
 
10:30 PM-12:00 AMWater Tower
Anime
Romeo X Juliet 1-4, 11:00 p.m. - 12:45 a.m.