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

Sunday Program Schedule

Saturday   Monday

9:00 AM-10:30 AMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 3: The Eco System
What are the environmental conditions of this ecosystem? This is where you can bring in all the information from Workshop 1 and 2 (World basics and Life). Forest, field, sea, desert, mountain, tundra, lava flow jungle, whatever you have created and tie them all together. People need food and water, plants need soil and water, animals need food and water - assuming of course you intend to create a world and creatures that most people reading about them can relate to. How much food is there, is there much water? On your new world the ecosystem will have to be very simple. We'll start big and work down. Of course you can drill to any depth in your creation of a world, and your story line may require such an effort in one or two specific areas.
Brenda Cooper,
9:00 AM-10:30 AMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 3: The Eco System
What are the environmental conditions of this ecosystem? This is where you can bring in all the information from Workshop 1 and 2 (World basics and Life). Forest, field, sea, desert, mountain, tundra, lava flow jungle, whatever you have created and tie them all together. People need food and water, plants need soil and water, animals need food and water - assuming of course you intend to create a world and creatures that most people reading about them can relate to. How much food is there, is there much water? On your new world the ecosystem will have to be very simple. We'll start big and work down. Of course you can drill to any depth in your creation of a world, and your story line may require such an effort in one or two specific areas.
Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Nancy Kress, Derek Kunsken
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Kari Sperring
Kari Sperring
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Allen M. Steele
Allen M. Steele
 
9:00 AM-10:00 AMColumbus CD
Perseverance
Writing for the long haul. Learning to cope with the years of rejection and self doubt that usually precede eventual publication and mastery.
Laura Anne Gilman, Richard A. Lovett, David Marusek, Eldon Thompson, Tim Waggoner
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus EF
The Election of Stephen Douglas and Other Implausibilities
Eleanor Arnason, Jason Heller, Edward James, Evelyn C. Leeper, Jo Walton
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus IJ
China: A New World for Science Fiction
Come learn about the growth of western authors of science fiction in China, and the industry from its roots to its role as a major literature genre in the most populous country.
Yao Haijun, Yan Wu
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus KL
The Evolution of Collecting, Buying and Selling SF Art
Jane shares what it\'s been like to be a \"first generation\" collector and dealer, through 40 years on the inside track of a field that didn\'t come of age until the 1980s and has been in a state of rapid growth and change ever since.
Jane Frank
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMComiskey
Teaching SF Focus on Educators
A Panel for educators, parents and anyone interested, this program would be devoted to discussing science fiction in the classroom, from middle school through college.
David-Glenn Anderson, Tim Griffin, Violette Malan, Chris Mirell, Gregory A. Wilson
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMCrystal C
Christian Services
Non denominational Christian services.
Randy Smith
 
9:00 AM-9:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Susan Forest
Susan Forest
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMField
Fat People in Space
Based on our genre, there aren\'t any. Why not?
Kathryn Allan, David Howell, Julia S. Mandala, Petrea Mitchell
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGold Coast
Dragons for Real?
Our thin atmosphere and high gravity may make flying, rideable dragons almost impossible, though Earth has hosted some impressively large flying creatures in the past. On a warm Titan, dragons would be easy. Would Mars with a thicker atmosphere work? Where could one find or build such a world? What would drive the evolution of such a creature?
Geraldine Haracz, G. David Nordley, Susan Smith, W A (Bill) Thomasson, Daio
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGrand Suite 2AB
Special Interest: Geocaching
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called 'geocaches' or 'caches') anywhere in the world. Anyone can participate and geocaching works as a solo and group activity. Come learn about geocaching, meet geocachers, find trackable items and trade stories.
Evan Friedman, Dick Smith
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGrand Suite 3
Medical Myths and Errors in SF/f
Though many authors take special care to be accurate about history, firearms, police procedures, physics, and other aspects of science and society, medical issues (like law issues) are commonly wrong in writing, TV, and movies. The least likely outcome of a bonk on the head is a quick blackout and a rise to action.
Brad Aiken, C. D. Covington, Lisa C Freitag, Susan Silverton, Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann MD
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMMcCormick
Learning Disabilities in and around Fandom
SF & F as a genre seems to self select for people who are both very bright and often have learning disabilities. These people often have questions about what they can do to make their lives both as fans and in general easier. We hope to answer many of those questions and provide some tools to accomplish that.
Anna Sheehan, Tanglwyst de Holloway, Stephanie Grace, RonO, Thomas Shaner
 
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.
Kate Baker, S. J. Chambers, Gay Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Story Musgrave, John Scalzi, Lawrence M. Schoen, Stu Segal, Catherynne Valente
 
9:00 AM-10:30 AMWater Tower
Anime
Voltron 1-3, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
 
9:30 AM-10:00 AMAddams
Reading: Carol Berg
Carol Berg
 
9:30 AM-10:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Tim Akers
Tim Akers
 
10:00 AM-10:30 AMAddams
Reading: James S. Dorr
James S. Dorr
 
10:00 AM-11:00 AMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Star Wars Craft Session
How creative are you feeling, we get all artistic with the force.
Alissa McKersie
 
10:00 AM-10:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Chuck Wendig
Chuck Wendig
 
10:00 AM-11:30 AMHaymarket
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
10:00 AM-11:00 AMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent led Art Show tour #10
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.
Jane Frank
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAddams
INT: SCREENWRITER BRAIN
Michael Cassutt, B.A. Chepaitis, Mike Kiss, Harry Kloor, Melinda Snodgrass
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 12
Grant Carrington, Laura Frankos, Daryl Gregory, Roberta Gregory, Katy Stauber, Chuck Wendig, Connie Willis, Martha Wells
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMBuckingham
Firefly Reboot
What would life be like for the Firefly crew 10 years later? what changes would have happened? Would you prefer the show to pick up where it left off? Where would you like to see the show go, and what changes would you make? Come discuss your thoughts on what life would be like if Firefly came back.
Bob Devney, David D. Levine, Ann Morris, Brenda Sinclair Sutton
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Stephen H. Segal
Stephen H. Segal
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Sheila Williams
Sheila Williams
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus AB
Collaborations
Collaboration takes special skills. Our panelists talk about what it takes and how easy or difficult it is. From Dragoncon the panelists will be: Les Johnson, Jody Lynn Nye, Janny Wurts
Eric Flint, Charles Stross
 
10:30 AM-12:30 PMColumbus CD
WSFS Business Meeting Sunday Edition
WSFS business meeting
Linda Deneroff, Donald Eastlake, Tim Miller
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus EF
Historical Reality in Fantasy
Why have castles in the same world as dragons? How would having magic actually impact a feudal society? What roles would sorcerers really occupy in such a world?
Niall Harrison, P. C. Hodgell, Michael J. Lowrey, Gregory Rihn, Mary Frances Zambreno
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus IJ
Galaxies, the Universe
Explore how galaxies formed in the early universe, how different they are today, and how collisions trigger bursts of star formations. Christian Ready presents the story of galaxies. The Milky Way is our home, and home to 200 billion stars and at least as many other worlds. And yet it is only an island in a universe of hundreds of billions of galaxies. Explore the early universe less than a billion years after the big bang. Discover how Dark Energy has changed our understanding of the fate of the universe itself.
Christian Ready
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus KL
Human or Robot: Is Human Spaceflight Necessary?
Madeline Ashby, Ben Bova, Jim Plaxco, Artsnova
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMComiskey
SF in Libraries Focus on Schools
Science fiction is an area of increasing interest and activity for library collections. Discover what types of materials are being collected, how they are being used, and how they are exposing a new generation to science fiction.
James Bryant, Bryce Moore, Peadar O Guilin, Greg Prickman, Maurine Starkey
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal A
Committing Series
Writers talk about writing a series: whether (and how) they planned out their series and whether they started out intending to write a series or stumbled into it as the series took off. They also address how they manage to avoid repetition while keeping their characters and worlds consistent. They explain what they would and wouldn\'t do next time.
Adam-Troy Castro, Chris Gerrib, Jason M Hough, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Moon
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal B
Escape from the Planet of the Slush Pile
Ginjer Buchanan, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Lynne M. Thomas, Gordon van Gelder
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal C
China`s and India`s Fast Rising SF Market
Is China the next fast-rising realm for SF? How to write for the Chinese audience? And is English-speaking INDIA perhaps a better bet? Are there ways to encourage fandom in these vast markets?
Jan Bogstad, David Brin, Quifan Chen, Emily Jiang, Ruhan Zhao
 
10:30 AM-11:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Lillian Cauldwell
Lillian Cauldwell
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Kristine Smith
Kristine Smith
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Carol Berg
Carol Berg
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMField
Phineas & Ferb
What is the attraction of this show? Is it the spy subtheme, the fantastic gadgets, the songs, or the fact that both boys and girls are equally competent?
Gerri Balter, Christopher Kastensmidt, Jeanne Mealy, Isaac Sher, Kathryn Sullivan
 
10:30 AM-11:00 AMGold Coast
Reading: Louise Marley
Louise Marley
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
World Building from Games to Stories
Games and Stories both require world building. How can the needs of one kind of world building benefit the other use of these new worlds.
Evan Friedman, Emma Newman, Victor Raymond, Rob Stone, Scott Vander Ploeg
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Clarion Call
Daniel Abraham, Richard Garfinkle, David Marusek, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Rachel Swirsky
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMMcCormick
Music Stars, Celebrity, and Science Fiction
This panel explores music stars both historical and fictional in science fiction. It will investigate how celebrities have been imagined in future worlds and alternate histories, as well as how music stars have taken up science fiction themes in their work.
Sean Nye
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMPicasso
Lyric Writing Workshop
lyric writing workshop with bill and brenda sutton Second day to develop complete set of lyrics. Sing your song tonight?
Bill Sutton
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMSan Francisco
The Future of Analog Magazine
An all-Analog panel featuring authors who are featured in or have been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, as well as current editor Stanley Schmidt. Where is the magazine going, where has it been, what topics are current Analog authors exploring, what do they hope to see from their peers in the coming years, and so forth.
Richard A. Lovett,
10:30 AM-12:00 PMSan Francisco
The Future of Analog Magazine
An all-Analog panel featuring authors who are featured in or have been published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, as well as current editor Stanley Schmidt. Where is the magazine going, where has it been, what topics are current Analog authors exploring, what do they hope to see from their peers in the coming years, and so forth.
Stanley Schmidt, Catherine Shaffer, Brad R. Torgersen
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Nausicaa, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWright
Short Stories to Order
Pat Cadigan, Ellen Datlow, Robert Reed, Christopher Rowe, E. Lily Yu
 
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWrigley
The Legal System as Plot Device
Sometimes the legal system is integral to the plot, for instance Alfie Bester's Demolished Man, Philip K. Dick's story that gave rise to the movie Minority Report, etc. When the legal system (or a part of it) is essentially a "character" in the story, what are the challenges? How "credible" must it be? How do you create a plausible legal system? How much of the system do you need to create/expose? To the extent that it greatly differs from what the reader is accustomed to, do you have to provide a rationale for it, or can you just provide it as a "given"? This would seem to be a good panel for authors who have used the legal system as a plot device. (I'd be interested in moderating this one.)
Cynthia Felice, John Hertz, Ken Liu, Sean Mead, Gregory Rihn
 
11:00 AM-1:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Lego Doctor Who (K9 Daleks, TARDIS) and Hogwarts Express build.
Item for Children - Come along and make a Doctor Who Lego of some sort, we have K9s, TARDISes, and Daleks and help create a fantastical Hogwarts Railway.
James Shields, Linda Wenzelburger
 
11:00 AM-11:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Monica Valentinelli
Monica Valentinelli
 
11:00 AM-11:30 AMGold Coast
Reading: Mike Flynn
Mike Flynn
 
11:30 AM-12:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Morgan Keyes
Morgan Keyes
 
11:30 AM-12:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Sara Douglass Memorial Bob Kuhn
Bob Kuhn
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMAddams
Reading: Susan Silverton
Susan Silverton
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 13
Bradley P. Beaulieu, Jan Bogstad, Michael Cassutt, Dave Creek, Susan Forest, Jane Frank, Richard Gilliam, Jean Lorrah, Melinda Snodgrass
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMBuckingham
Is the Apocalypse Such a Bad Thing?
Join us as we examine the tradition of post-apocalyptic Literature and ask if the world ending can ever be seen as a positive result.
John Hertz, Jason Sizemore, Heather Urbanski
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Adam-Troy Castro
Adam-Troy Castro
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Tanglwyst de Holloway
Tanglwyst de Holloway
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus AB
Tor to Come
Editors from TOR books present their upcoming books. From Dragoncon the panelists will be: Claire M. Eddy, Paul Stevens
Tom Doherty, Melissa Frain, Jim Frenkel , Liz Gorinsky, Stacy Hague-Hill, David Hartwell, Beth Meacham, Patrick Nielsen Hayden
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus EF
The Future Evolution of the Short Story
What role is the short story playing in reading lives today? It used to be a proving ground in SF, is that still true? Why/not? What are our favorite venues for short stories lately? What\'s the right price point for short stories? Electronic or print? Anthology or single sale? This would be a great panel for lots of audience participation.
Donald J. Bingle, Ellen Datlow, Barbara Galler-Smith, Eileen Gunn, Mike Rimar
 
12:00 PM-1:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Stamping Fun
Join Alissa as she shows you the pleasure of making designing and having artistic fun with stamps at all levels, up to making Pewter embossed Heat ray activated designs.
Alissa McKersie
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus IJ
Apollo 13: Teamwork and Problem Solving
An application in problem solving and leadership dealing with problem solving management using the Apollo 13 mission as an example. While more than 200,000 miles from Earth, a failure occurred that required the entire mission control and engineering teams to refocus their efforts from a lunar landing to saving the three astronauts who now faced the grim possibility that they might never return to earth.
Sy Liebergot
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus KL
There Will Be Blood - But How Much Is Too Much?
Violence permeates most every genre of writing. What are the keys to creating deep and meaningful violence-themed Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror. And who are the writers who do it right?
Paul Dale Anderson, Richard Lee Byers, Betsy Dornbusch, Warren Hammond, Tim Waggoner
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
The Role of SF for Teaching Critical Thinking
A discussion of science fiction\'s role in the academic world, and how using science fiction in the classroom promotes literacy and encourages students to think critically.
Jonathan Vos Post, Dr. Phil, Chris Mirell, Erica Neely, Val Ontell
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal A
Ceres, Our Nearest `Dwarf` Planet
Almost forgotten in the controversial \"demotion\" of Pluto was the upgrade of the first minor planet, Ceres. Significantly different than the rest of the asteroids, Ceres appears to be fully differentiated, with an ice layer that could provide the water needed to settle the asteroid belt. Will Ceres be the focus of a water-rush in the mid twenty-first century?
Brother Guy Consolmagno, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, G. David Nordley, Eddie Schneider
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal B
SF Squeecast Live!
For the first time ever, a live recording of the SF Squeecast fan podcast, featuring podcast regulars Paul Cornell, Catherynne M. Valente, Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, and Lynne M. Thomas, plus possible special guests.
Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne Valente
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal C
NASA and the Future of Space Exploration
NASA and the future of space exploration
Catherine Asaro, Ben Bova, David Brin, Geoffrey A. Landis, Mary Turzillo
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Christopher Rowe
Christopher Rowe
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Brenda Cooper
Brenda Cooper
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: John Scalzi
John Scalzi
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMField
Winter is Coming
A look at seasons one and two of the TV adaptation of 'Song of Fire and Ice.'
Bob Devney, Perrianne Lurie, Lee Martindale, RonO, Michael R. Underwood
 
12:00 PM-12:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Rachel Swirsky
Rachel Swirsky
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Music of the Ring
What music will look like in the NTL next generation.
David Carrico, Paula Goodlett
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Strong Characterization
How do authors approach writing the characters in their stories? What do they consider to be the elements of strong characterization and how do authors achieve that in their stories?
Diana Rowland, Richard A. Lovett, Joan D. Vinge, Walter Jon Williams
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMHaymarket
Science Fiction In Memoriam
A remembrance of authors, fans, artists, and actors who the science fiction community has lost since we last convened at Renovation.
Mike Glyer, Laurie Mann, Steven H Silver
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMMcCormick
Introduction to Linguistics
A basic introduction to linguistics and linguistics diversity, and how it might contribute to realistic languages in fiction.
William S. Annis, Anaea Lay, Beverly Friend, Petrea Mitchell, David J. Peterson
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Court and Country
Court & Country Concert: The Voice of Early Music--While you\'re spending your day in the future, set your way-back machine or Tardis for the Renaissance, and join Court and Country for a family-friendly concert of medieval and renaissance music with a fillip of percussion to set your foot tapping. Songs are sung in multiple languages including English, Latin, French & Spanish. They range in time from the 12th century through the turn of the 17th century and feature such themes as hunting and drinking; glory, pride and warning; secular life and sacred worship; and, of course, love and courtship.
Katherine Finegan, Kerri-Ellen Kelly, Elizabeth Langan, Adam Michaud, Sharon Spanogle
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMSan Francisco
Chicago`s Uniquely Quiet Fandom
In the 1959 Fancyclopedia II, Dick Eney wrote about Chicago: Despite its conventions, the Windy City has always been fairly quiet as far as fan activity goes. Of old, the Windy City Wampires existed there, but this was an informal group. The Chicon I was put on by a special con-promoting organization. So is Chicon 7. Has Chicago ever had a fandom to rival that of other cities? Why hasn\'t Chicago been able to create something like LASFS or NESFA, and the clubs of other cities.
Phyllis Eisenstein, Marcy Lyn-Waitsman, Neil Rest, Dick Smith, Leah Zeldes Smith
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWright
Podcasting 101
What does it take to make a successful podcast? What kind of software? What kind of hardware? How much time and money will you need to devote if you want to produce a weekly podcast? How do you build an audience? These questions and more will be answered at Podcasting 101.
Kate Baker, Travis Heerman, Patrick Hester, James Patrick Kelly, Mur Lafferty
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWrigley
Medical Myths and Errors Perpetuated by Genre Writers
Though many authors take special care to be accurate about history, firearms, police procedures, physics, and other aspects of science and society, medical issues (like law issues) are commonly wrong in writing, TV, and movies. The least likely outcome of a bonk on the head is a quick blackout and a rise to action.
Christopher Kovacs, David Kushner, Susan MacDonald, Edward R. Rosick, Susan Smith
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMAddams
Reading: Stina Leicht
Stina Leicht
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Bryce Moore
Bryce Moore
 
12:30 PM-1:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Nancy Kress
Nancy Kress
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMAddams
Reading: Paco Ruiz
Paco Ruiz
 
1:00 PM-2:30 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Star Wars Costuming
We have the costume, learn how easy it was to make, and consider your own project, costumes welcome.
 
1:00 PM-2:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: John Wardale Leia Braids
John Wardale
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMDuSable
Reading: D.H. Aire
D.H. Aire
 
1:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Jay Lake
Jay Lake
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMAddams
Reading: Thomas Trumpinski
Thomas Trumpinski
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 14
S. J. Chambers, Alan Dean Foster, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Morgan Keyes, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Lissa Price, Susan Silverton, Allen M. Steele, Joan D. Vinge
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMBuckingham
Guilty Pleasures
Some movies are just awful and then others go beyond awful and becoming enduring classics of bad movie making. What movies are so bad that they're good? What makes us keep watching turkeys like "Plan 9 from Outer Space" or "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians?" And what modern movies might be candidates for the pantheon of the terrible?
Lynn Gold, Daniel M. Kimmel, Daniel Levin, Guy Lillian, Jason Schachat
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Carolyn Ives Gilman
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus AB
Movie Magic
Movie Magic: Makeup, Special Effects & Props- A look at the things that give that extra spark and bring characters to life. From Dragoncon the panelists will be: Matt Green, Corey Castellano, Cheralyn Lambeth, Nicholas John Robatto
Norman Cates, Christopher J Garcia, Ryan K. Johnson
 
1:30 PM-2:15 PMColumbus CD
Gaiman Theatre #3
 
1:30 PM-2:30 PMColumbus EF
Forthcoming from Nightshade
Jeremy Lassen
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus IJ
Reading: George R. R. Martin
George R. R. Martin
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus KL
It Doesn't Have to Be War
Writers and Editors want the same thing - a well written story or document that sells. So, why does it seem like they're always at loggerheads? How to get along with your editor/writer.
Jennifer Brozek, Ty Franck, Jim Frenkel , Janice Gelb, Sheila Williams
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMComiskey
The Science Fiction Film in the Classroom
A small group discussion of science fiction film in the classroom and beyond, from the early 1950s to today.
Lillian Cauldwell, Chris Deis, Bradford Lyau, Chris Mirell, Val Ontell
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal A
The Space Program Viability
Does it stand a chance? This can be a small group presentation or a large group presentation!
David L Clements, Charles Justiz, Jeffrey Liss, Kent Nebergall, Edward Wright
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal B
Spaceflight: The Beauty, the Glory and the Sacred
John Scalzi interviews Story Musgrave. Story is is an astronaut, surgeon, jet pilot, and landscape architect. As he flew on six Shuttle missions, bred a unique new type of palm tree, and earned graduate degrees in seven different subjects, he has ignored all conventional limits. Come hear Story interviewed by Chicon 7 MC John Scalzi.
Story Musgrave, John Scalzi
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal C
The Resurgence of Pseudo-Science in 21st Century America
From Creationism/Intelligent Design to Astrology, non-scientific concepts seem to be capturing the population\'s imagination once again. What is causing this rise of anti-science and what, if anything can be done to stop it?
James L. Cambias, Richard Garfinkle, Kendall F. Morris, Matthew S. Rotundo, Mary Turzillo
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Edward Willett
Edward Willett
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Scott Edelman
Scott Edelman
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Fanzines: Not Just for Fans
Big Name Pros have long been active in writing (and publishing) fanzines. The surprising thing is, they don\'t always stop when they hit the bestseller lists. Names like Benford, Resnick, Wolfe, and McDevitt have all graced fanzines\' pages in recent years. Find out why the pros do it.
Andrew Porter, Mike Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Dick Smith
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMField
SF and science now
Has SF lost the plot in a collaborative, data-driven, statistical and complex world of science? (Trying to get at how well we can depict the science we\'ve got now, much less the science we will have in the future.)
Howard Davidson, Joseph P. Martino, Ramez Naam, W A (Bill) Thomasson, Brad R. Torgersen
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
Laura Anne Gilman
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Isaac Asimov Pebble in the Sky (1950)
Set in a future Chicago! How could we resist? If in the Foundation series ordinary things happen to strange people, here strange things happen to a very ordinary person. Of course the author carefully quotes, not quite as in the original, “I find no fault in this man.” Of course it’s a third love story and, as advertised, unlike the others.
John Hertz
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 3
The Ethics of Book Reviewing
Discussion on what are the ethics of book reviewing? What biases or conflicts of interests need to be divulged? What kinds of statements are not appropriate? Is it OK to review a book by a personal friend (or an enemy)?
Roland Green, Michael J. Lowrey, Monica Valentinelli, Jo Walton
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMHaymarket
Grimm From a Portland Perspective
Portlanders, and others, talk about Grimm and the odd reach of Portland Police.
Jim Fiscus, David D. Levine, Jeanne Mealy, Lyda Morehouse
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMMcCormick
Music and Sound Media in Science Fiction
An exploration of music and sound media as explored by various science fiction writers - of special interest would be popular music, amplified sound, sound recording, LP collections, radio and TV broadcasting.
Sean Nye
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPicasso
Looking Forward to the Post Apocalyptic World
Jeanne Cavelos, Elizabeth Bear, Kameron Hurley, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Sean Mead
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Barigato and LadyCat of the Unusual Suspects
FRESH FILK! Barigato and LadyCat are half of the new filk band The Unusual Suspects from St. Louis, MO. The married songwriting team perform an eclectic mix of original songs about science fiction and fantasy, love, life and spacecraft, or just plain whimsy. Filk filled with Adventure! Romance! Magic! Pirates! Ghosts! Cats and Vacuums! (No, really, come listen, you�ll see.)
Barigato, Cat Greenberg
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMSan Francisco
Where's Thursday?
In the 1970s and 80s, a question like "when's Phoenix" and "where's Thursday?" was common among Chicago fans. No, we weren't confused. "Thursday" was the name of an informal meeting of fen who gathered in each others living rooms once a week on Thursday, of course. There was no formal business and the only rule was that Thursday was open to everyone. We invite you to join us on Thursday night as we recreate our youth, collate a retrospective Windy apa and argue over whose turn it is to go out for more Coke.
Marcy Lyn-Waitsman, Deirdre Murphy, Neil Rest, Leah Zeldes Smith
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWater Tower
Cartoons
UPA Jolly Frolics, 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWright
Victorian and Edwardian Science Fiction
This panel will survey the high points of Victorian and Edwardian science fiction, highlighting both the well-known works that helped shape the genre and lesser-known curiosities. Different cultural and literary notions that helped shape that fiction will also be discussed.
Matthew Bennardo, David Malki, Randy Smith
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWrigley
Genre-Bending
On the nature of genre, its mutability, and asking the question of what it means and how you use (or ignore) it.
David Boop, Ginjer Buchanan, Daryl Gregory, Tom King, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMAddams
Reading: Martin Berman-Gorvine
Martin Berman-Gorvine
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Fabio Fernandes
Fabio Fernandes
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMGold Coast
Reading: Laura E. Goodin
Laura E. Goodin
 
2:30 PM-3:15 PMColumbus CD
Gaiman Theatre #4
 
2:30 PM-4:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Make your Light Saber
Make your own light saber. Parental help needed
James Bacon
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMDuSable
Reading: James Enge
James Enge
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Anaea Lay
Anaea Lay
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAddams
Anime Then and Now
The evolution of anime fandom (and its relation to SF fandom) from the 1980\'s to the present
Aurora Celeste, publius, C. D. Covington, Juan Sanmiguel, Isaac Sher
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 15
Brenda Cooper, Lawrence Watt-Evans, M Todd Gallowglas, Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick, Michelle Sagara West, Kathryn Sullivan, Takayuki Tatsumi
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 4: Aspects of Culture and Spirituality
It is easy to end up with a single monolithic religion, government, language, morals, etc. across your world and monoculture is boring. Your world will need some sort of Spirituality, a political direction, a way to create and enforce law, morals etc.... Religion and morality are tricky enough without trying to extend them to alien civilizations. We will consider in this workshop the high points of the culture and spirituality of world creation.
3:00 PM-4:30 PMBuckingham
World Building Workshop 4: Aspects of Culture and Spirituality
It is easy to end up with a single monolithic religion, government, language, morals, etc. across your world and monoculture is boring. Your world will need some sort of Spirituality, a political direction, a way to create and enforce law, morals etc.... Religion and morality are tricky enough without trying to extend them to alien civilizations. We will consider in this workshop the high points of the culture and spirituality of world creation.
Jason M Hough, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin, Amanda Luedeke, Elizabeth Moon
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Gra Linnaea
Gra Linnaea
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus AB
Asteroid Mining
Mining for metals & other substances can destroy the ecology of our Earth. Why do that when there are huge resources floating around in space? From Dragoncon the panelists will be: Stephen Fleming, Richard Garriott, Les Johnson
Ben Bova, Story Musgrave
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus EF
Future Worldcon Host Cities STRUT THEIR STUFF
Tacoma, London, Houston, come find out where Worldcon is going after Chicon! Come see who\'s in the running, find out who\'s next, hear about the bids, the winners, and what\'s happening next for WorldCon!
Adam Beaton, Norman Cates, Vincent Docherty, Mike Scott, Alex Von Thorn, Eva Whitley
 
3:00 PM-4:00 PMColumbus IJ
The Golden Duck Awards
The Golden Duck Awards, which are designed to encourage science fiction literature for children, are presented every year at Worldcon.
Lindalee Stuckey
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMComiskey
Page and Stage: Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy Scripts, and Why You Should
Writing for the stage radically improves any writer's skills in pacing, plot, and especially dialogue. Moreover, the artistic challenge of creating a new world right there on stage with a limited budget and primitive effects, is exhilarating. Theatre audiences are eager for journeys into the unknown. Find out how to take them there and why you should.
David Brin, Grant Carrington, Laura E. Goodin, James Patrick Kelly, Edward Willett
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal A
What Energy Sources Are Sustainable?
Scientific experts discuss the options for future energy, and the pluses and minuses of each.
Howard Davidson, Doug Fratz, Corry L. Lee, Ramez Naam, Hayden Trenholm
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal B
Art Auction
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal C
Inner Space vs. Outer Space
Are the stars, or even the solar system, in humanity's future? Recent progress in genetics, neuroscience, computing, and nanotechnology has far outstripped progress in space exploration or travel. The problems that press on people and society the most - health care, aging, mental health, energy supplies, a damaged environment - have more to do with managing our planet than venturing into space. Should science fiction spend more time on the topics of inner space than outer space?
Kathryn Allan, Tad Daley, Bill Higgins, Edward M. Lerner, David Nickle
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMDuSable
Reading: John Kessel
John Kessel
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsches: Melinda Snodgrass
Melinda Snodgrass
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsches: Joe Haldeman
Joe Haldeman
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMField
China The Central Kingdom: China`s role in 21st Century SF
What is China\'s current role in Science Fiction and how will they shape the future.
Jan Bogstad, Emily Jiang, Yan Wu
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGold Coast
Stalking the Elusive Story Idea
What is creativity? Can it be taught? Is it possible to generate story ideas on demand? A discussion of the practical aspects of inspiration, brainstorming, and the search for material, from the perspective of the working writer.
Vylar Kaftan, Jay Lake, Stephen Leigh, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Alec Nevala-Lee
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: 17th Century Agriculture
Karen Bergstralh, Virginia DeMarce, Paula Goodlett
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 3
What Does a Book Editor Really Do?
Ginjer Buchanan, Liz Gorinsky, Jim Minz, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Steve Saffel
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMHaymarket
The Future of Wetware
Are our brains really inferior to digital computers? Will the 'wetware' become obsolete after the technological Singularity? Or are analog components, in one form or another, actually necessary for the 'higher mind' to develop?
Dale Cozort, Katy Stauber, Leo Korogodski, Kendall F. Morris, Jonathan Stars
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMMcCormick
Fandom`s Blind Spots
As a community, we fans like to think of ourselves as an inclusive bunch, welcoming those of differing ethnicities, sexualities, religious, and gender identities. This panel discussion explores where we fall short and how can we make it better?
Blind Lemming Chiffon, Amber Clark, David Howell, Graham Sleight, Kyle Gold
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPicasso
Worldcon Heritage Project
Fannish history exhibits are a way to connect fans of the present with mementos of the past. The Worldcon Heritage Project is working to collect, catalogue, and repair the publications, T-shirts, and other items from Worldcons past.
Kent Bloom, Laurie Mann, Mem Morman, Mark Olson, Peggy Rae Sapienza
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
David Kushner
A fan for three decades, David Kushner has been an active filker since 1990. His repertoire ranges from many classic filks to traditional folk music, as well as to newer favorites. He will also include some music by his talented wife, Lucy Rebecca Kushner. He looks forward to seeing old and new friends both, and to sharing his heart and soul through his music.
David Kushner
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMSan Francisco
Artists Round Table Part Two
A venue for fans to ask questions of the artists.
Alan F. Beck, Loren Damewood, Mark J. Ferrari, Steven Vincent Johnson, Howard Tayler
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWater Tower
Cartoons
How to Train Your Dragon, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWright
Snag It, Bag It, and Tag It
How many bad artifacts are in Warehouse 13? Are there any good artifacts? Is Indy\'s Ark in Warehouse 13? Is Moses\' Ark in there? Is Mrs. Fredric an alien?
Bob Kuhn, Toni Lay, Lee Martindale, Shanna Swendson
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWrigley
Getting it Right: Religions
Your universes and societies may include religions, but it\'s hard to \'do it right\'... not just the assumed theology, but the way the structure works internally and how it fits into the society. How do you avoid the clutches of the Evil Cardinal or the too-pious guru? Which authors have done it right, and what did they do?
Teresa Frohock, Leigh Ann Hildebrand, P. C. Hodgell, Kameron Hurley, Petrea Mitchell
 
3:30 PM-4:00 PMDuSable
Reading: James L. Cambias
James L. Cambias
 
4:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Steampunk my Nerf Gun
ChiKidz -We have the Nerfgun, you bring the imagination and parents to help.
Alissa McKersie
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Warren Hammond
Warren Hammond
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAddams
The Heinlein Society Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting of The Heinlein Society. Visitors welcome.
Deb Houdek Rule, Geo Rule
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 16
Gwenda Bond, Pat Cadigan, Phyllis Eisenstein, Stephen D. Korshak, Mari Kotani, Sy Liebergot, Robert J. Sawyer
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMBuckingham
More on the Topic of Philosophy and Science Fiction
We spend a lot of time talking about the nifty science in science fiction, but it has also been a place to explore philosophical ideas. From the use of Star Trek to raise questions of racial equality to Asimov\'s laws of robotics and ethical questions about machines, philosophical issues are intrinsic to much of SF and fantasy. Let\'s take a look at some of the most interesting philosophical questions (and maybe even attempts at answers!) in the genre.
Tad Daley, Lisa C Freitag, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Dani Kollin, Eytan Kollin
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Bud Sparhawk
Bud Sparhawk
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Thomas Trumpinski
Thomas Trumpinski
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus CD
Incorporating the Personal into Speculative Fiction
If the sampling of short fiction presented and discussed in the New Yorker Fiction podcast is any indication, mainstream literary writers draw heavily on events from their own lives, sometimes barely veiled, as inspiration for their work. Since science fiction is generally regarded as writing of ideas, is there any room for this same mining of one\'s personal experiences? Our panel will discuss to what extent when writing the fantastic they are writing about themselves.
Inanna Arthen / Vyrdolak, Gwynne Garfinkle, Nick Mamatas, Cat Rambo, William Shunn
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMComiskey
Circlet Press 20th Anniversary Retrospective Multimedia Extravaganza (and Bingo Game)
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of Circlet Press, still the only publisher dedicated to sex-positive science fiction and fantasy erotica. When Circlet began publishing, the genre of \"paranormal romance\" didn\'t exist yet, \"science fiction\" was for 14-year-old boys only (or so we were repeatedly told), \"pornography\" was by men for men, and \"erotica by women for women\" was a brand new concept to the publishing world. History is boring, but sex is fun and smutty books that open our minds to fabulous ideas are even more fun. This presentation by founder and editorial director Cecilia Tan looks back over the wild and varied history of Circlet Press and the ways the world, the genre, and publishing have changed. There will be prizes!
Joy Crelin, Russell Davis, Cecilia Tan
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal A
Towards More Realistic Spacecraft
Some writers create spacecraft with little connection to current or likely future technologies. This panel will discuss ways to apply real physics, engineering and practical design to fantasy spacecraft.
Charles Justiz, G. David Nordley, Marta, Henry Spencer, Edward Wright
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal C
Tolkien & Me: How and when I first was introduced to the books and the effect it had on my life
Join our group as they talk about all things Tolkien.
Jan Bogstad, The Wombat, Philip Kaveny, Fred Lerner, Ed Meskys, Dick West
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Walter Jon Williams
Walter Jon Williams
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Jack McDevitt
Jack McDevitt
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMField
Science Fiction in the Mainstream
Science Fiction and Fantasy have become increasingly popular in so-called 'mainstream' Literature/Writing. What are the best examples of this -- what do they get right -- what could we learn from them -- and where do they go wrong?
Beverly Friend, John Kessel, Eddie Schneider, Sarah Stegall, Gary K Wolfe
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Jacqueline Lichtenberg
Jacqueline Lichtenberg
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Costuming from the Things You Find at Home
Can't sew? Have no money? You can still costume from the things you find in your closet and possibly the closet of your roommates, family and friends, plus a few things from the kitchen and garage. This panel will help you create costumes that are no-sew and no or little cost.
Caroline Mitchell, Carole Parker, Espana Sheriff, Michael Sherman, Janine Wardale
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Cross Cultural Themes in SF&F
From Resnick\'s Kirinyaga tales to Bacigalupi\'s Windup Girl, more and more we see cross cultural characters and worlds playing leading roles in SF&F. What are some of the best examples? How can this enrich our writing as well as our lives? What are the keys to writing it well? How does one do research?
Warren Hammond, Sara M. Harvey, Sofia Samatar
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMHaymarket
Longevity Panel
This panel is aimed at the planet's future medical situation; practical, social, moral, and technical; developmental and physical. The social and moral ramifications of Longevity are problems that are suited to fandom's area of expertise. Included will be discussions of prosthesis, surgical advances, biologic and chemical cures.
Scratch Bacharach, Janet Freeman, Jeffrey Liss, Neil Rest, Lynda Williams ORU
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMMcCormick
Making a More Universal Worldcon
Does the revitalization of the SF and Fantasy genre requires to embrace their younger counterparts in other parts of the world, leaving the nest of the English culture and language to venture in a more universal approach? Explore all the different approaches of the SF and Fantasy Genre in other languages and cultures.
Quifan Chen, Christopher Kastensmidt, Kerri-Ellen Kelly, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPicasso
Sunday Feedback Session
Tell us what you think we should know about the convention.
Dave McCarty
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
The Road Goes Ever On - Concert
Edward Willett, who is both an author and a professional performer, sings the song cycle The Road Goes Ever On, settings of J.R.R. Tolkien\'s poetry by Donald Swann.
Edward Willett
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMSan Francisco
Art-Focused Cons
Explore the development of cons focussed on the arts - Illuxcon; Spectrum Live...
Jane Frank, Mark Olson, Maurine Starkey
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWright
How to Get Your Work Rejected
The most common blunders aspiring writers make
John Berlyne, Lee Harris, John Helfers, Susan MacDonald
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWrigley
Casting Basics
An introduction to casting for costuming, including making molds, casting resin and plastics, cheap alternatives, making castings look like gems or metal. Will demonstrate as many techniques as there is time for.
Aurora Celeste
 
5:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Role Playing Session with James Shields
James continues his foray into the unknown, have you been slaughtered yet, or are you now committing magery to protect the merry band.
James Shields
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Violette Malan
Violette Malan
 
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Mike Shepherd Moscoe
Mike Shepherd Moscoe
 
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With: Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka)
Seleste deLaney (aka Julie Particka)
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMDuSable
Reading: T. L. Morganfield
T. L. Morganfield
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMGold Coast
Reading: Laura Resnick
Laura Resnick
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMBuckingham
There Was a Neutrino Named Bright
Whose speed might be a bit faster than light, or not quite. Why does Lorentz violation, even just a little, create potential paradoxes, and does light even move at the speed of light?
Jonathan Vos Post, Arthur Kreymer, G. David Nordley, Ian Tregillis
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus CD
Face to Face Critique Writing Groups
Discuss the pro and cons of face to face writing groups and how working with your peers will help your writing.
David Boop, Sue Burke, J. Kathleen Cheney, Martha Wells, Gene Wolfe
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMComiskey
Galaxies in Plasma Lab
It was by looking at the spiral shape of galaxies and the rotation speeds of stars in them that astrophysicists suggested the existence of the so-called \'dark matter,\' which has so far eluded detection. Yet the evolution of galaxies has been successfully reproduced in plasma lab and subsequent computer simulations. Come hear about a controversial way to experimentally test astrophysical hypotheses.
Leo Korogodski
 
6:00 PM-6:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Tina Jens
Tina Jens
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGold Coast
Military Fantasy and Science Fiction
What defines 'military fantasy' and 'military science fiction' as a sub-genre? What has to be present in a sub-genre to designate it as 'military?' What are some examples from popular fantasy and science fiction?
Myke Cole, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Brad R. Torgersen, David Voderberg, (Capt.) Joseph Zieja
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Snerking the Plots
Rick Boatright, Walter Boyes, Eric Flint, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Paula Goodlett
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 3
What is Science Fiction?
Star wars is not Science Fiction! Are rocket ships and ray guns all you need to call it Science fiction or is more needed.
Deirdre Crimmins, Eric Hayden, Leonard Krol, Mark Leeper, Chris Mirell
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMHaymarket
Have Sonic Lipstick Will Travel
Celebrating the great Sarah Jane Smith, as a Companion and on her own.
Anna Sheehan, Stephanie Grace, Ryan K. Johnson, Toni Lay, David McDonald
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMMcCormick
Bad Writing, No Cookie
When Prose Gets Purple, and what to do about it. Illustrated by an Eye-Of-Argon like reading of, er, appropriate material. Fun for everybody.
Eightball, Kat Richardson, Adam "The Shark" Selzer
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Spice and Wolf 1-4, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
 
6:30 PM-7:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Kenneth Hite
Kenneth Hite
 
6:30 PM-8:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Cecilia Tan
Cecilia Tan
 
6:30 PM-8:00 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With: Lynda Williams ORU
Lynda Williams ORU
 
7:00 PM-7:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Fran Wilde
Fran Wilde
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMBuckingham
A Reversal of Minorities
Outside of fandom, Christianity is the majority religion, inside of fandom; it often feels like a persecuted minority. A look at why some people who would lambaste religious persecution in daily life feel it is okay to unload on Christianity within the confines of a convention.
Eightball, David Howell, Marcy Lyn-Waitsman, RonO, Michael Sherman
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMComiskey
Analog-to-Digital Audio Conversion Panel
How to turn vinyl records into digital media. Learn what is needed and how it's done.
Art Warneke
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMGold Coast
Absent Antipodeans
New works by Australian and New Zealander authors who could not be present are read. This year\'s Morningstar Award Winner Helen Lowe and Aurealis Award Winner Mary Victoria and more.
Bob Kuhn
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMWater Tower
Anime
Jyu-Oh-Sei 1-3, 8:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
 
8:00 PM-9:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Michael J. Lowrey; Sunrise Book Reviews
Michael J. Lowrey
 
8:00 PM-9:30 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With: Fabio Fernandes
Fabio Fernandes
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMAddams
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMBuckingham
Themed Filk: Space
Space: the final song frontier with Jordan Kare
Jordin Kare
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMColumbian
Themed Filk: Intimate Jammin\' Styles
Intimate jammin\' styles with Betsey Tinney and Dr Mary Crowell (after the Hugos and parties)
Mary Crowell, Betsy Tinney
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMGold Coast
Themed Filk: Sing Your Shiny New Song
Bill Sutton
 
9:00 PM-3:00 AMHaymarket
Themed Filk: Tuning Room
The Great Luke Ski
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMPicasso
Themed Filk: Bardic
Blind Lemming Chiffon
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Blue Drop 1-3, 9:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
 
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Bheers With: Dave Creek
Dave Creek
 
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Bheers With:
 
10:00 PM-4:00 AMBuckingham
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-3:00 AMColumbian
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-4:30 AMGold Coast
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-4:30 AMPicasso
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:30 PM-12:00 AMWater Tower
Anime
Bubblegum Crisis 1-3, 11:00 p.m. - 12:50 a.m.