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

Thursday Program Schedule

Friday

10:30 AM-12:00 PMGold Coast
Sing Along Chicon 2000 Songbook
Everyone who comes to the sing-a-long gets to keep the Chicon 2000 filk book.
Jan DiMasi, Elliott Mason
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAddams
How to Moderate a Panel
Veteran panelists discuss how to be an effective panel moderator, and offer suggestions on things to avoid.
Anna Crimmins, Janice Gelb, Laurie Mann, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMBuckingham
Digital Narratives: What Are They, Where Are They, and How the Heck Do I Write Them?
This panel discusses how digital technologies have changed the way we tell stories and explores what the future holds.
Christopher Kastensmidt, Amber Clark, Tom Dowd, Nancy Fulda, Daniel Levin
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus CD
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 fscience fiction and fantasy. Let's take a look at some of the most interesting philosophical questions (and maybe even attempts at answers!) in the genre.
Dale Cozort, Deb Geisler, Lezli Robyn, Dr. Sandra M. Grayson
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus EF
Designing Spacecraft as a Hobby
The Internet provides amazing resources for anyone to learn how to design spacecraft, space bases, and other amazing concepts. There are even free flight simulators to let you experience flying your designs. Learn how. Your laptop has more computing power than NASA used to design the moon landings. Learn to use it.
John Coxon, Geraldine Haracz, Tim Stoffel
 
12:00 PM-1:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Make Your Own Ribbons
We provide all the craft materials you need to make your own ribbons in your own style.
Alissa McKersie
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Introduction to RPG
James Shields introduces you to role playing games. There will be a game ongoing through the weekend, so this panel is a good place to start.
James Shields
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Teaching SF
A panel for educators, parents, and anyone interested in discussing science fiction in the classroom, from middle school through college.
David-Glenn Anderson, Richard Chwedyk, Tim Griffin,
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Teaching SF
A panel for educators, parents, and anyone interested in discussing science fiction in the classroom, from middle school through college.
Kendall F. Morris, Val Ontell
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal C
Governing the Solar System
A few centuries from now, humans will be occupying dozens of planets/moons and thousands of space habitats. What sorts of governments will these far-flung settlements have? Will there be a system-wide government? If so, what will it look like?
Jeffrey Liss, Bradford Lyau, G. David Nordley, W A (Bill) Thomasson
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMDuSable
Comfortable With Numbers
Aka: Is \'Innumerate\' a Word? Living in today`s world with a grasp of basic statistics; what our kids and writers should know.
Cynthia Felice, Mike Flynn, Richard Garfinkle, Jonathan Vos Post, Joseph P. Martino
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMField
We`re Here, We`re Queer... Are We Used to It
The appearance of queer characters in SF goes all the way back to the first story of Robert Heinlein\'s featuring Lazarus Long, published in 1949. But for decades GLBT characters were relegated to the background in \"mainstream\" SF. Recently, though, as queer characters have started to become commonplace in mundane TV, movies, and books, so have they moved into the fore in genre media, even video games. Lost Girl (Syfy) features a bisexual main heroine, Marvel comics just had their first gay wedding, Dragon Age has a gay romance plotline... How does inclusion and visibility of GLBT characters in SF affect GLBT fandom, and fandom at large?
Gene Armstrong, Catherine Lundoff, Kevin Roche, Cecilia Tan
 
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
Worldcon for Introverts
Kay Kenyon gives a chat to fellow introverts about how to survive Worldcon and other endless schmoozes - and come back next year for more.
Kay Kenyon
 
1:00 PM-2:30 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Star Wars Craft Session
Make a puppet Chewbacca or a cardboard model, masks, or your own letterhead paper.
Alissa McKersie
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMAddams
Whom Should We Honor Next?
In the history of Worldcons, many deserving fans and pros have been honored as Guests of Honor. But there are many others who are also deserving and who have not yet been given that lifetime/career honor. This panel will attempt to come up with some ideas on what qualifications, honors/awards received, longevity in the genre, etc. that should be taken into account when deciding whom to honor next. The panelists will also offer suggestions on deserving fans and pros who have not yet been so honored.
Rich Lynch, Andrew Porter, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Alan Stewart, Joel Zakem
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMBuckingham
Summers in Oz: L. Frank Baum in Macatawa, MI (and Chicago)
A discussion of L. Frank Baum's life during his Chicago years and his summers in Macatawa, MI.
Tom Doyle
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus CD
A Different Take on 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, Myke Cole, James Stanley Daugherty, Amanda Luedeke
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus EF
Astronomy More Than Observing
Astronomy is more than just observing; it's making sense of those observations. A good theorist needs a good imagination... and no fear of being wrong. Aryabaha in ancient India and Ptolemy in ancient Rome, the medieval bishops Oresme and Cusa, the 19th century astronomers Schiaparelli and Pickering, all rose to the challenge; and they were all almost correct. Which is to say, they were wrong... sometimes hilariously, sometimes heartbreakingly so. What lessons can 21st century astronomers take from these discarded images?
Brother Guy Consolmagno
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus IJ-KL
SF Scene in Europe
Our Guest of Honor and some of his editors and publishers speak on the sf scene in Europe
Barbara G.Tarn, Debora Montanari, Luigi Petruzzelli, Mike Resnick
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMComiskey
Fans in the Classroom
This panel will share experiences teaching SF/F in the classroom where the students are a combination of existing fans and non-fans.
Phyllis Eisenstein, Deb Geisler, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Spring Schoenhuth, Heather Urbanski
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal C
Why Editors Are Your Friends
A discussion of editors as quality gatekeepers. The important role editors play in helping writers succeed. We'll deconstruct the sense of animosity some writers feel about those who reject their work. Look at editing from the editor's point of view. Why rejection is the last thing editors want to do and how discovering great stories is their greatest joy.
Jim Frenkel , Barbara Galler-Smith, John Helfers, Ian Randal Strock, Lynda Williams ORU
 
1:30 PM-2:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Adam-Troy Castro
Adam-Troy Castro
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMField
Feminist SF in China
What is the state of feminist SF in China?
Jan Bogstad,
1:30 PM-3:00 PMField
Feminist SF in China
What is the state of feminist SF in China?
Emily Jiang, Yan Wu
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGold Coast
Capitalism vs. Socialism
The current recession/depression and the widening gap between rich and poor has rekindled the age-old debate between the \"free market\" and \"controlling the means of production.\" We\'ll debate the merits and negatives of both economic systems and generate discussion about the economic future of humankind.
Adam Beaton, Vincent Docherty, Walter H. Hunt, Michaele Jordan, Meg Totusek
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMMcCormick
Con-Going 101
For neo-fans - how to plan, budget and survive your con-going experiences.
Gerri Balter, Toni Lay, Elliott Mason, Ann Morris, Sharon Sbarsky
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Bill and Gretchen Roper With Erica Neely
Bill and Gretchen sing together. Erica and Bill sing together. Bill and Erica sing a lot of serious songs, with the occasional funny one sprinkled in. Gretchen and Bill sing a lot of funny songs, especially duets. The dynamics of constructing a set list for this concert will be interesting. Yes, that's a good word for it. We also expect that you'll enjoy it, because they're all excellent performers.
Erica Neely, Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMSan Francisco
Researching History That Never Happened
A discussion of alternate history fiction from an author's point of view. How do authors go about researching the complexities of history?
Martin Berman-Gorvine, Nick DiChario, Kenneth Hite, Mary Robinette Kowal, Adam Christopher
 
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWright
Food in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Do authors pay enough attention to the practical constraints of their created worlds when describing what their characters are eating? Does anyone want a bug butter sandwich - or vat meat?
James Bryant, Petrea Mitchell, Daio, Fran Wilde, Mary Frances Zambreno
 
2:00 PM-5:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: John Wardale - Braids
John will be on hand to braid your hair, with hundreds of styles to choose from.
John Wardale
 
2:00 PM-2:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Alan Smale
Alan Smale
 
2:30 PM-4:00 PMColumbus G
Experimental Pressure Rockets - Design
Corry L. Lee, James Shields
 
2:30 PM-3:00 PMDuSable
Reading: B.A. Chepaitis
B.A. Chepaitis
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAddams
Business Issues for Writers
Discussing tax and contract issues that writers have to deal with.
Joshua Bilmes, Howard Rosenblatt
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 0
Eileen Gunn, Joe Haldeman, George R. R. Martin
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus CD
Georges Melies; and the First SF Film
\"Thanks to the film \"Hugo,\" far more people know about the work of Georges Melies, whose Le Voyage dans la Lune is considered the first SF film. How much do we know about Melies and his work?\"
Richard Chwedyk, Deirdre Crimmins, Lawrence Person, Maurine Starkey, David Voderberg
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMComiskey
The Best SF Teaching Anthology
Both college and high school teachers seem on a continual quest to find the best single anthology for teaching an introductory science fiction course. From The Science Fiction Hall of Fame to the James Gunn anthologies to the recent Wesleyan Anthology, which are the best and why?
David-Glenn Anderson, Richard Gilliam, Tim Griffin, Victor Raymond, Gary K Wolfe
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal A
Sometimes Things Go Wrong in Space
Sometimes -- well, actually, quite often -- space missions don't go quite as planned. Our panelists tell war stories about some of the lesser-known ways things have gone wrong, or almost gone wrong.
Charles Justiz, Kent Nebergall, Henry Spencer
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal C
Interstellar Trade in an STL Universe
Assuming Einstein is right, we will still expand into the galaxy. What sort of trade is imaginable between star systems separated by travel times measured in years or decades?
Edward M. Lerner, Joseph P. Martino, Charles Stross, W A (Bill) Thomasson, Chuck Walther
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Tony Pi
Tony Pi
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMField
The Alien as Metaphor
Movie aliens aren't real aliens; they're humans in disguise. What do movie and TV aliens tell us about us? Is it surprising that during the Cold War the enemy aliens were often from Mars... the "Red Planet?" Do the aliens of "Avatar" tell us something about how we exploit primitive cultures? Is "Paul" a variation of the "fan as Slan?" We have met the aliens and they are us.
Kathryn Allan, Eric Hayden, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Daniel M. Kimmel, Jason Schachat
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGold Coast
The Pioneering Specialty Science Fiction, and Fantasy Book Publishers
Small press publishers had a tremendous impact on early SF. Publishers such as Shasta Press, Gnome Press, and others were started by SF fans when they realized that that there was a lot of good SF out there and nobody was really publishing it. Come hear about early small presses, the books they created, images they produced, and the people that drove SF forward after World War II.
John L. Coker, III, Erle Korshak, Stephen D. Korshak, Dave Kyle, Robert A. Madle
 
3:00 PM-4:00 PMGrand Ballroom
Opening Ceremonies
Jane Frank, Sy Liebergot, Dave McCarty, Kathy Morrill, Rowena Morrill, Mike Resnick, Peggy Rae Sapienza, John Scalzi
 
3:00 PM-3:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Lezli Robyn
Lezli Robyn
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMMcCormick
Hall or Competition Costume?
How to determine whether a costume is a competition costume or a hall costume.
Aurora Celeste, Elektra Hammond, Kevin Roche, David M Stein
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Blind Lemming Chiffon
Blind Lemming Chiffon, Denver blues comedian, gets many requests but keeps on singing anyway. If you're foraging for facile fingers and demented ditties, come in and enjoy his whole wheat (sort of like wry, but healthier) humor, ingenious instrumentality and vivid vocalizations of wicked and satiric original parodies, with perhaps an occasional cover of a popular folk song thrown in now and then, and, if you're lucky, a rendition of "The Eggplant That Ate Chicago" played on ukulele and kazoo."
Blind Lemming Chiffon
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMSan Francisco
Dissertations on Fandom
A view from academia.
Beverly Friend
 
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWrigley
Daily Science Fiction Year One
A discussion of the first year of Daily Science Fiction, an innovative e-mail magazine, with authors who have appeared in it, as well as signing of the paper anthology.
Jonathan Laden, David D. Levine, Gra Linnaea
 
3:30 PM-4:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Ferrett Steinmetz
 
3:30 PM-4:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Carrie Vaughn
Carrie Vaughn
 
4:00 PM-5:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Experimental Pressure Rockets - Launching
Make pressure rockets indoors and then take to the grassy knoll outside.
James Shields
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Jean Lorrah
Jean Lorrah
 
4:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Sy Liebergot
Sy Liebergot
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAddams
New Writers Session 1
A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers.
S. J. Chambers, Hanna Martine, Alec Nevala-Lee, Emma Newman, Thomas Olde Heuvelt
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 1
Carol Berg, Lillian Cauldwell, Ellen Datlow, Jean Johnson, Edward M. Lerner, Anne Lyle, Pat Rothfuss, Lawrence M. Schoen, Maurine Starkey
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMBuckingham
Storytelling the Old-Fashioned Way
An exploration of the oral tradition of storytelling and how it relates to writing fiction. This panel of storytellers and writers will discuss tricks and techniques of oral storytelling that will and won't work in the written form.
Marie Bilodeau, B.A. Chepaitis, M Todd Gallowglas, Deirdre Murphy, Michael R. Underwood
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus CD
Hive Minds, Real and Fictional
Hive minds are a commonly used trope to make aliens more foreign. What do hive minds look like in reality and how do they compare to the depictions in fiction?
Tanglwyst de Holloway, Carl Fink, Leo Korogodski
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus EF
What Is Next for Body Modification?
What is the next advancement in genetic engineering, prosthetics, organ/neuro-implants, and age retardation/reversal etc.
Brad Aiken, James L. Cambias, Tom Doyle, Jonathan Stars
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus IJ-KL
Is Europe Winning the Space Science Race?
Budget cuts and project overruns are leading to NASA's science program cutting back on missions. At the same time, ESA's projects are enjoying great success. Does this mean the US is falling behind? And what about Japan, Russia, and China?
David L Clements, Brother Guy Consolmagno, Kent Nebergall, John Strickland
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMComiskey
The Hunger Games in the Classroom
The Hunger Games, the first novel in Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy about a futuristic government that conscripts children into an annual televised death match, won an award for excellence in children's science fiction. In March 2012, the movie version was released. Should this kind of book or movie be included in a public school classroom curriculum?
David-Glenn Anderson, Kay Kenyon, Stina Leicht, Violette Malan, Val Ontell
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal A
Faith in Fiction
Faith -- or even the considered rejection of faith -- is an area often overlooked in world-building for speculative fiction in spite of the impact it's had on our world (for good and bad). How does faith affect the world view and formation of a fictional world?
Tim Akers, Paul Genesse, Laurel Anne Hill, Isabel Schechter, Shanna Swendson
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal C
Logic and Time Travel
If time travel stories are inherently illogical, how can we read them -- let alone write them?
James Bryant, Anaea Lay, Laura Frankos, Lawrence Person, Tony Pi
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Adam Christopher
Adam Christopher
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Sharon Shinn
Sharon Shinn
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMField
LARPing: Make-Believe for Adults
Do you long for the days when you were a child and you could be a superhero one day and a cowboy the next? Well, you can go back and do it all again with live-action roleplaying. The panel discusses different kinds of LARPS and how you can get started playing in them.
Norman Cates, Amber Clark, Ann Morris, Kevin Riggle
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGold Coast
GOH Reading: Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Best of Bidding
Discussion of the best (and worst?) Worldcon bid groups, and the factors that helped determine whether they won or lost.
Janice Gelb, Mike Glyer, Sharon Sbarsky, Kevin Standlee
 
4:30 PM-5:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: James Patrick Kelly
James Patrick Kelly
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMMcCormick
So You Think You Want to Run a Convention?
A panel on the basics of con-planning and con-running.
Vincent Docherty, Deb Geisler, Laurie Mann, Howard Scrimgeour, Milt Stevens
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMSan Francisco
SF and Border Science
From a writer/publisher point of view... You in the USA are masters in this, but seeing the point of view from Italy (a country which, in the last century at least, has despised scientific culture) might be interesting.
Barbara G.Tarn, Debora Montanari, Luigi Petruzzelli
 
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWright
Should SF Be More Optimistic?
When authors talked about the slow pace of technological innovation, the technologists turned around and criticized science fiction for its lack of vision in recent years, saying SF authors spend too much time on dystopian visions like The Road, The Walking Dead, and the I, Robot film. What happened to the optimistic future of Star Trek? Are writers spending too much effort on worst-case scenarios instead of what might be accomplished? Is any of this the fault of readers, publishers, or media companies?
Kathryn Allan, Niall Harrison, Katy Stauber, Lynda Williams ORU, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
 
5:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Irish Myth Storytelling
As we enjoy our ice cream, we return inside to relax and listen to celtic mythologies, told in a true Irish Seanachai style with Peadar.
Peadar O Guilin
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Bill Housley
Bill Housley
 
5:00 PM-5:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell
John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Jim C. Hines
Jim C. Hines
 
5:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Joan D. Vinge
Joan D. Vinge
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMAddams
Where's My Cure for Cancer?
Cancer cures have been about 10 years away for roughly the past half-century. Why is it so hard to find a cure for cancer, and what are the most promising lines of research today?
Liz Batty, Janet Freeman, Judy Lazar, Susan Smith
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMBuckingham
Restaurant City!
Discussion of some of the great restaurants in Chicago, what's new, what's old, what's interesting.
Toni Bogolub, Marcy Lyn-Waitsman, Neil Rest, Dick Smith, Leah Zeldes Smith
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus CD
To Indie or Not to Indie
What are the pros and cons of electronic self-publication? Is it the right choice for you/your project/this moment? What are the options? What factors should you consider when making your decision? What processes are the same or different in electronic self-publication and legacy print publication?
J. Kathleen Cheney, Matt Forbeck, Bill Housley, Hugh Howey, Mike Shepherd Moscoe
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus EF
Computing Before Computers
Examining other ways of calculating before silicon took over. Slide rules, Babbage engines, and more.
Henry Spencer
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus IJ-KL
Latest News From Astronomy
A group of active astronomy researchers highlight the latest research results from space-based and ground-based observatories.
David L Clements, Brother Guy Consolmagno, Tim Stoffel
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMComiskey
Docent Tour of the Online Heinlein Archives
Deb Houdek Rule and Geo Rule will conduct a real-time entry and exploration of the Online Heinlein Archives.
Deb Houdek Rule, Geo Rule
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal A
Can New Writers Still Break in with Short Stories?
A panel featuring short fiction authors both old and new, discussing the value and relevance of short fiction for new and aspiring writers who want to break into professional publication. The discussion will include potential markets, fantasy versus science fiction, and awards.
Dave Creek, Gra Linnaea, Catherine Shaffer, Alan Smale, Ferrett Steinmetz
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal C
Are You as Smart as a Rat? (The 2012 Update)
At Renovation (Worldcon 2011), close to fifty people attended a lively and informative panel about land mine clearance and the rats trained to sniff out explosives. Possibly as many as 110 million unexploded land mines remain worldwide -- the potential surprise gifts that keep on giving. Come find out what's happened in the field since August 2011. Please share your ideas for future ways to solve the ongoing land mine detection and clearance problem.
Laurel Anne Hill, G. David Nordley
 
6:00 PM-6:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Nancy Fulda
Nancy Fulda
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMField
Functional Nerds
The term \"functional nerd\" has been used to describe a new generation of fans. As the pursuits (comic books, RPGs, video games, SF&F books, etc . . .) become hipper and hipper, the culture of fandom is changing to encompass newer and different members. How is fandom evolving? What will it look like in 5 years? 10?
Blind Lemming Chiffon, Dale Cozort, David Howell, Jeanne Mealy, Kevin Riggle
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Learn the Difference Between the NASA C-130, WB-57, KC-135, C-9, and 747 Shuttle Carrier
Learn the difference between the NASA C-130, WB-57, KC-135, C-9, and 747 Shuttle Carrier.
Jonathan Vos Post, Charles Justiz, David Voderberg, (Capt.) Joseph Zieja
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Stress Management for Cons and Beyond
Wonder why you sometimes come home from a con with the flu or a bad cold? Learn simple relaxation techniques, such as self-hypnosis, guided meditation, to help you get through the next few days of too much excitement and too little sleep. Eating right helps, too!
Paul Dale Anderson, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMMcCormick
The Short Story as Testing Ground
Discussing the role short stories has and will play in the genre of science fiction and fantasy, from proving ground to promotions to the merits of writing and reading short stories. We'll explore where the genre is headed, whether its early popularity is enduring (is anyone reading them anymore?) and the influence of contests and electronic publishing on the genre.
Betsy Dornbusch, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Eileen Gunn, Vylar Kaftan, Brad R. Torgersen
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWater Tower
Anime
Karau Phantom Memory, 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
 
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWright
Mark Protection Meeting
Kevin Standlee
 
6:30 PM-7:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Walt Boyes
Walter Boyes
 
7:00 PM-7:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMBuckingham
Brotherhood without Banners
Fan group gathering.
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus EF
Apollo 13: The Longest Hour
Sy Liebergot speaks about what it was like to be a Flight Controller in Mission Control when a monster failure occurred during the Apollo 13 mission and landed squarely in his lap. He relates the general details of the explosion as they really happened
Sy Liebergot
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus IJ-KL
Mars Desert Research Station
To date, over 100 crews have simulated over 1000 days of living on Mars. We'll discuss what these bases do, adventures and misadventures, and how to participate in upcoming crews.
David D. Levine, Kent Nebergall, John Strickland
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMComiskey
The Mechanism and the Writer
This panel discusses how throughout the history of writing the instrument used has affected not only the ease of writing but actually the content and even the philosophy of the writer.
Richard Chwedyk, Cynthia Felice, Chris Gerrib
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMCrystal A
Dystopias -- Have They Changed Over Time?
Dystopias have always been a part of science fiction. Have they changed over the decades? If so, how? If not, why not?
Niall Harrison, Philip Kaveny, Jeremy Lassen, Amanda Luedeke, Sean Mead
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMGold Coast
The Future of Video Gaming
From biometrics to immersive VR, how technology is changing and what that means for interactive entertainment.
Adam Beaton, Tom Dowd, Daniel Levin
 
7:30 PM-9:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Crime and Fantasy
From vampire assassins to wizard private eyes to undead thugs, crime has been mixing it up with fantasy for years. What is it about crime, noir, and the paranormal that's so appealing?
Stephen Blackmoore, Diana Rowland, Jim Frenkel , Bob Garcia, Steve Saffel
 
8:00 PM-10:30 PMOffsite 2
Ursula Bielski`s Haunted City Tour
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ursula, she has published a few books on Chicagoland ghost folklore, including Chicago Haunts and More Chicago Haunts. Her background research is exhaustive so local history is a major component of her ghost stories. She also chairs the bi-annual Chicago Ghost Conference and has appeared on several TV and radio shows.
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMAddams
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMBuckingham
Themed Filk: Midnight Howl at the Moon
Bill Roper, The Great Luke Ski
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMColumbian
Themed Filk: Jamming Room
Mary Crowell, Amy McNally, David Perry
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMColumbus EF
GOH Presentation Rowena Morrill
Kathy Morrill, Rowena Morrill
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMColumbus IJ-KL
Ozma Plus 50: My Week Among the Searchers for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
The modern quest to seek evidence for extraterrestrial civilizations began half a century ago. Bill Higgins recounts his journey to a distant valley filled with radio telescopes where he met with scientists, writers, and artists in the birthplace of modern SETI.
Bill Higgins
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMComiskey
Exploring the Solar System
In recent years, our understanding of our solar system has advanced considerably, from the sun to a completely new outer solar neighborhood. Christian Ready will take you on a tour of our solar system as you have never quite seen it before."
Christian Ready
 
9:00 PM-10:30 PMDuSable
The Exploration of Gender Roles in Science Fiction
Gay and lesbian themes in science fiction, or sexuality outside the mainstream to be more inclusive.
Lillian Cauldwell, Sara M. Harvey, Deirdre Murphy, Paco Ruiz, Graham Sleight
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMGold Coast
Themed Filk: Alphabet Circle
Tim Griffin, Cathy McManamon
 
9:00 PM-4:30 AMHaymarket
Themed Filk: Tuning Room
 
9:00 PM-10:00 PMPicasso
Themed Filk: Found Filk
Juanita Coulson, Roberta Rogow, Sharon Spanogle
 
10:00 PM-4:30 AMBuckingham
Open Filk
A filk circle. Sing and play what you like.
 
10:00 PM-4:30 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.