Chicon 7 logoChicon 7 skyline graphic
Membership rate through the convention.
Young Adult (17-21)US$$100
The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago

Friday Program Schedule

Thursday   Saturday

9:00 AM-10:30 AMAddams
New Writers Session 3
A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers.
Brad Aiken, Michael Coorlim, Dennis Y. Ginoza, Hugh Howey, Janet Catherine Johnston
9:00 AM-10:30 AMBuckingham
Are You a Dickhead?
Discuss the works and impact of the writings of Philip K. Dick in science fiction and to our society as a whole.
Tom Doyle, Jonathan Vos Post, Guy Lillian, Bradford Lyau, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Jo Walton
Jo Walton
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus CD
ASFA Meeting
Joni Dashoff
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus EF
Creating Plots
Most writers have no problem getting halfway through a story, but a lot of writers struggle to reach the end. Many lose their way in the "mushy middle" or turn onto another path to find themselves at a climax that belongs in another story. How can writers use structure to avoid fizzling out or losing their way?
Diana Rowland, Betsy Dornbusch, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Julia S. Mandala, Melinda Snodgrass
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus IJ
Writing Gender Roles in Science Fiction
How do you define and write great gender roles in science fiction and fantasy.
Catherine Lundoff, Anne Lyle, Victor Raymond, Julia Rios
9:00 AM-10:30 AMColumbus KL
Acquiring an Agent
Aspiring authors talk about landing an agent for their manuscript.
Joshua Bilmes, J. Kathleen Cheney, R.T. Kaelin, Bryce Moore, Courtney Schafer
9:00 AM-10:30 AMComiskey
Writer Tax Planning
Discusses some of the tax concerns writers have and answers tax questions from writers.
Stephanie Grace
9:00 AM-9:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Nick DiChario
Nick DiChario
9:00 AM-10:30 AMField
Anarchism in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Given the mass actions last year in Tunisia, Egypt, Spain and the U.S., among other places, it may be time to talk about anarchism. Where have science fiction and fantasy treated anarchism and how?
Eleanor Arnason, Richard Dutcher, Kari Sperring
9:00 AM-10:30 AMGold Coast
British SF Television: Why Are Their Programs So Good?
From Doctor Who to Red Dwarf to Primeval, SF programs on British TV have been good. Why is that?
Ryan K. Johnson, Michael Lee, Nicki Lynch, Ann Morris, Graham Sleight
9:00 AM-10:30 AMHaymarket
SF Origami
Science fiction origami with Mark Leeper
Mark Leeper
9:00 AM-10:30 AMMcCormick
How to Write for Furries
We'll give you 50,000 reasons to check out this growing, creative market for your stories and books. If you like animals, there are people who want to read your work!
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.
Ellen Datlow, Scott Edelman, Edward James, Mary Robinette Kowal, Farah Mendlesohn, Lawrence M. Schoen, Stu Segal, Bill Willingham
9:00 AM-10:30 AMPicasso
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
9:00 AM-10:30 AMWater Tower
Astroboy 1-4, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
9:30 AM-10:00 AMDuSable
Reading: Robert G Pielke
Robert G Pielke
9:30 AM-10:00 AMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Connie Willis
Connie Willis
10:00 AM-11:00 AMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Emergency Repairs, Engineering Item With the Tech Team Lia as She Fixes What We Broke Yesterday
Lia O
10:00 AM-12:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: How to Speak Gaelic
Join Peadar as he introduces you to speaking Gaelic and you learn some phrases.
Peadar O Guilin
10:00 AM-10:30 AMDuSable
Reading: Emily Jiang
Emily Jiang
10:00 AM-10:30 AMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Mary Anne Mohanraj
Mary Anne Mohanraj
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAddams
Designing Fantasy Animals and Monsters
When it comes to fantasy animals and monsters, the sky is really the limit. But if you want a believable animal or monster from a biological standpoint, here are some ideas to consider.
Barbara Galler-Smith, Jean Johnson, Rachel Neumeier, Howard Tayler, Daio
10:30 AM-12:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 2
Leigh Bardugo, Laura Anne Gilman, Roland Green, Stephen Leigh, Catherine Shaffer, Harry Turtledove, Tim Waggoner, E. Lily Yu
10:30 AM-12:00 PMBuckingham
The Ghosts Talisman: A Fumetti in Four Parts
Author Jennifer Brozek and photographer Amber talk about the creation of the photographic novel from script and casting to shooting and layout.
Jennifer Brozek, Amber Clark
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Kevin Roche
Kevin Roche
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Mark L. Van Name
Mark L. Van Name
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus AB
Who Are You Really?
A look at ideas about identity. What makes you "you"? From Dragon*Con, the panelists will be: Eugie Foster, Katherine Kurtz, George Perez, and Tedd Roberts.
Elizabeth Moon, Joan Spicci Saberhagen, Catherynne Valente
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus CD
WSFS Business Meeting Friday Edition
WSFS business meeting
Linda Deneroff, Donald Eastlake, Tim Miller
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus EF
Starting a Small Press
"Want to make a small fortune with a small press? Start with a large fortune!" But seriously, before you jump in and announce your imprint to the world, get advice from and ask questions of small press publishers so you don't have to reinvent the wheel (or the printing press).
Inanna Arthen / Vyrdolak, Stephen Haffner, Tod McCoy, Jason Sizemore, Patrick Swenson
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus IJ
The Bob and Connie Show
An hour-and-a-half of Bob Silverberg and Connie Willis talking about anything they want to talk about.
Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis
10:30 AM-12:00 PMColumbus KL
The Hubble Space Telescope
Christian Ready presents a tour of the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, featuring Hubble's latest views of our solar system, star formation, stellar remnants, galaxies, and the most distant images from the very beginning of the universe.
Christian Ready
10:30 AM-12:00 PMComiskey
Artistic Collaboration
Writers usually work alone. But working with composers, actors, and even other writers can yield amazing works. This panel discusses the benefits and the pitfalls of artistic collaboration, and how to maximize the former and minimize the latter!
Laura E. Goodin, Alessandra Kelley, Jay Lake, Jean Lorrah, Louise Marley
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal A
Self-Editing Your Fiction
Many authors love to write the first draft, but hate to revise. Others have nothing against revising, but don't really know what to change or how to change it. How can fiction writers gain distance from their own work, discover what needs to be changed, how to change it, and not lose interest while changing it?
Jeanne Cavelos, Don Mead, E J Swift, Carrie Vaughn, Rick Wilber
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal B
Old Space vs. New Space
What happens when you get an old space and new space astronaut in the same room?
publius, Sy Liebergot, Henry Spencer, John Strickland, Edward Wright
10:30 AM-12:00 PMCrystal C
Michelangelo and That Whole Crowd: Early Artists Who Dabbled in Science
Some artists from the past were also interested in science, and some among them are also characters in fscience fiction stories. The panel will focus on these artists, and the works in which they appear.
Debora Montanari, G. David Nordley, Luigi Petruzzelli
10:30 AM-12:00 PMDuSable
Transhumanism and Space Exploration
Discussion about how humanity can evolve in order to explore space.
Nancy Fulda, Leo Korogodski, Geoffrey A. Landis, Henry G. (H.G.) Stratmann MD, W A (Bill) Thomasson
10:30 AM-12:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Dave Smeds
Dave Smeds
10:30 AM-12:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Stan Schmidt
Stanley Schmidt
10:30 AM-12:00 PMField
Dyeing Techniques 101
Come see how many ways one technique can get different looks. Samples will be available for close inspection.
Aurora Celeste, Rebecca Tinkham Hewett, Carole Parker
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGold Coast
The Basics of Character Building
We often talk about world-building, but what does it take to create a character from scratch? How do you choose a name? How do you choose personality traits -- both strengths and flaws? Do you create the character first and then the world, or vice versa? How does the character affect the unfolding of the plot?
Chris Gerrib, Daryl Gregory, Violette Malan, Courtney Schafer, Sharon Shinn
10:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
The 1939 World Science Fiction Convention and New York World's Fair
A look back at fannish history.
John L. Coker, III, Erle Korshak, Dave Kyle, Robert A. Madle, Arthur L. Widner
10:30 AM-11:00 AMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Kristine Smith
Kristine Smith
10:30 AM-12:00 PMHaymarket
The Short Fiction Club Scene
Short fiction is often referred to as a 'club scene' where writers get together and kick back and forth new ideas. What's going on in the short fiction markets? What are the hot trends? How has online publishing changed the field?
Mur Lafferty, Tony Pi, Julia Rios, Rachel Swirsky, Sheila Williams
10:30 AM-12:00 PMMcCormick
The New Pulp Fiction
The Guardian newspaper in the UK mentioned in a recent story that there is a new "rock'n'roll pulp fiction chic" and that Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig are leading the way. What is this new pulp fiction?
Stephen Blackmoore, Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig
10:30 AM-12:00 PMPicasso
A Song Writing Workshop with Cat and Bari Greenberg
Juanita Coulson, Lynn Gold, Barigato, Cat Greenberg, Cathy McManamon
10:30 AM-12:00 PMSan Francisco
Aliens in Daley Plaza!
Chicago isn\'t just in flyover country, you know! This panel celebrates science fiction and fantasy set in the Windy City, from Ray Bradbury\'s \"To the Chicago Abyss\" to Jim Butcher\'s Harry Dresden series.
Richard Chwedyk, Neil Rest, Steven H Silver
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWater Tower
Dirty Pair TV, 1-4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWright
Violence in Fantasy
The use and misuse of violence in SF and fantasy. How much is too much?
10:30 AM-12:00 PMWright
Violence in Fantasy
The use and misuse of violence in SF and fantasy. How much is too much?
Doug Hulick, Scott Lynch, D.H. Aire, James Enge
11:00 AM-1:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Steampunk My Book/Phone/Bag
Bring phone cases, bags, books, boxes, old shoes or boots, and give them that Victorian clockwork look. (Parents' help needed.)
Alissa McKersie
11:00 AM-11:30 AMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire
11:00 AM-12:30 PMWater Tower
Dirty Pair TV 1-4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
11:30 AM-12:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Mark J. Ferrari
Mark J. Ferrari
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAddams
Mobile Phones Are the Future
We were promised flying cars and undersea homes. What we got was the Internet and mobile computing. The future is all around us and is amazing.
Dave O`Neil, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Peadar O Guilin, Espana Sheriff, Bill Willingham
12:00 PM-1:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 3
Adam-Troy Castro, Scott Edelman, Eric Flint, Tom King, Nancy Kress, Frederik Pohl, Kristine Smith, Mr. Magic Realism/Bruce Taylor, Edward Willett
12:00 PM-1:30 PMBuckingham
Tolkien in Technicolor
From the aborted Beatles concept of The Lord of the Rings to the forthcoming Hobbit trilogy of Peter Jackson, a discussion of films based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Norman Cates, The Wombat, Toni Lay, Barry Lyn-Waitsman, David McDonald
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Carole Ann Moleti
Carole Ann Moleti
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Susan Casper
Susan Casper
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus AB
Hear tales of the best rejection letters sent or received by our panelists of writers, editors, and publishers. From Dragon*Con, the panelists will be Toni Weisskopf, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and T.C. McCarthy,
Lee Martindale, Connie Willis
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus EF
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.
Richard Dutcher, Carl Fink, Mike Flynn, Richard Garfinkle, Kendall F. Morris
12:00 PM-1:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Comics for Kids
We have hundreds of free comics, for kids, but where to start: a chance to chat together about comics and take away some recommendations.
Tanglwyst de Holloway, Maurine Starkey
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus IJ
Beyond the First Two Pages
We've all heard how important it is to hook a reader's attention quickly. But let's say you've already done that. Your story's opening dramatic, ingenious, and free of typos. Your first two pages have been polished to near oblivion. Now what?
Carol Berg, John Berlyne, Nick Mamatas, Darlene Marshall, Pat Rothfuss
12:00 PM-1:30 PMColumbus KL
Female Villains
Where are the female villains in our stories today? We often speak of writing strong female characters, but what about strong female villains? The villain is often the hero/heroine in his/her own story, yet we rarely see strong female villains portrayed in SF&F. An examination of characterization that moves beyond the ever popular rape scenario that is often given as a primary motivation for women seeking revenge. Sometimes, women are just mean. Let's look at them.
David Boop, Stina Leicht, Joan D. Vinge, Martha Wells, Gene Wolfe
12:00 PM-1:30 PMComiskey
Designing Professional Covers
Crash course in design principles for self-published authors.
Michael Coorlim, Dale Cozort, David Malki, Stephen H. Segal
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal A
Dyson Sphere Update
What is a Dyson sphere? When can we make one, or at least part of one, and how? As a society, would we want to? What could one do with a Dyson sphere? Can we detect one now, or in the near future? What would be the environmental ethics of a Dyson sphere maker?
James L. Cambias, David L Clements, Jordin Kare, G. David Nordley, Allen M. Steele
12:00 PM-1:30 PMCrystal B
The End of the Space Shuttle Era
The life and death of the space shuttle program.
publius, Kent Nebergall, Tim Stoffel, John Strickland, Edward Wright
12:00 PM-12:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Ian Tregillis
Ian Tregillis
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Jim Frenkel of Tor Books
Jim Frenkel
12:00 PM-1:30 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Eileen Gunn
Eileen Gunn
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGold Coast
F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in on Part Deux: Fantasy Series Not Based on Medieval Europe
A follow-up to last year's irreverent panel of young writers challenging the predominance of medieval-inspired settings in fantasy.
Christopher Kastensmidt, Elizabeth Bear, Dennis Y. Ginoza, T. L. Morganfield
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Weird Tech 1
Why alternate-history tech is different than real world tech and how that effects plot and story arc using examples from the 1632 series.
Walter Boyes, David Carrico, Paula Goodlett, Mark Huston, Laura Runkle
12:00 PM-1:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Game Show: Iron Chef Flash Fiction
The aim of the game is to write a short story in less than 5 minutes. The moderator will give the panelists a subject to write about, and after 5 minutes our writers will each read their masterpieces and let the audience decide the winner before they head into the next round into the next challenge. Three rounds are planned but a fourth will be added if time permits.
Janet Freeman, Christopher J Garcia, Dr. Phil, Mur Lafferty, Lawrence M. Schoen
12:00 PM-1:30 PMHaymarket
Teaching Writing
Many writers teach writing classes in order to supplement their incomes. What's the best way of doing it? What should (and shouldn't) a student expect from a writing class? How can you make the best of them? Which are the good ones and are there any that should be avoided?
Russell Davis, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Tina Jens, Cat Rambo, Gregory A. Wilson
12:00 PM-1:30 PMMcCormick
Surviving Chicon 7
For new fans - What to do, what to see, and how to not break the bank as you go.
Gene Armstrong, Gay Haldeman, Carole Parker, Dick Smith, Eva Whitley
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPicasso
How to Get Kids Interested in SF
Discuss how to interest high school students in literary science fiction and widen their exposure beyond Twilight and The Hunger Games.
Jordan Hamessley London, Jim Minz, Marta, Meg Totusek, Val Ontell
12:00 PM-1:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Tim Griffin and Cathy McManmon
Tim Griffin writes fun and educational music for kids and families. Tim has been an elementary school teacher. Cathy writes music about her personal encounters with all sorts of beings. She has spent a decade teaching music in the classroom. They are both energetic performers. The Chicon 7 filk team had an evil laugh when they forced Cathy and Tim to share a stage. Tim and Cathy will be playing side by side and jumping in and on each others songs - anything could happen!!
Tim Griffin, Cathy McManamon
12:00 PM-1:30 PMSan Francisco
Art in an E-book Market
Will book buyers keep buying even when there is no printed book? Do they have a reason to if there is no shelf of books to compete with? What will be the deciding factor in how art is added to ebooks and what quality will the art be?
Alan F. Beck, David Howell, Steven Vincent Johnson, Deirdre Murphy
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWright
Heicon Reunion
Heicon was the 1970 Worldcon, in Heidelberg, Germany. It was selected in 1969 at the St. Louis Worldcon This was significant because it was the first time the site selected was in a non-English language country. This convention is important because of political history (West Germany does not exist anymore) and fan history. Learn about Heicon antics first-hand, such as the \"Battle of the Balcony\" when fandom routed the bad guys. Ask those who are in the know!
Scratch Bacharach, Mark Irwin, Donald Lundry
12:00 PM-1:30 PMWrigley
The Best Vampire Novel of the Century
\"The Horror Writers Association on the 100-year anniversary of Bram Stoker\'s death in 1912 oversaw the nomination of six finalists from which were selected the one novel they believe has had the greatest impact on the horror genre since the 1897 publication of Dracula. This panel discusses the finalists and the reasons for their selection as well as the one that became the ultimate winner.\"
Richard Lee Byers, James S. Dorr, Kenneth Hite
12:30 PM-1:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Howard Andrew Jones
Howard Andrew Jones
12:30 PM-1:00 PMField
Paper: "Thinking Outside the Box"
Professor Bengels will present her paper: "Thinking Outside the Box: Advice from Science Fiction Writers to Parents of Gifted Children."
Barbara Bengels
1:00 PM-2:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Make Captain America Shields, Wonder Woman Bracelets, or a Sonic Screwdriver
We have the materials to make some interesting items: you choose, and with help from parents and others, let's make them.
Alissa McKersie
1:00 PM-3:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: Janine Wardale: Air Brush Tats
Janine air brushes tattoos, one at a time.
Janine Wardale
1:00 PM-1:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Michelle Sagara West
Michelle Sagara West
1:00 PM-1:30 PMField
Paper: "Intersections of Classical Rhetoric, Memory, and Fandom"
Heather Urbanski presents her paper on "Intersections of Classical Rhetoric, Memory, and Fandom"
Heather Urbanski
1:20 PM-7:20 PMOffsite
Chicago Cubs Game
1:30 PM-2:00 PMAddams
Reading: Leo Korogodski
Leo Korogodski
1:30 PM-3:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 4
B.A. Chepaitis, John Kessel, Sy Liebergot, Derwin Mak, Violette Malan, Louise Marley, George R. R. Martin, Robert Silverberg, Catherynne Valente
1:30 PM-3:00 PMBuckingham
The Future of Food
Science fiction rarely discusses what people will eat in the future. Denny Zager and Rick Evans' 1969 hit song "In the Year 2525" predicted "Everything you think, do and say is in the pill you took today." Will the future really replace barbecue and burgers with tablets and capsules? How far can nutriceuticals go? Are food "printers" and test-tube meats moving out of the realm of science fiction? How are cuisines and tastes evolving? What drives them?"
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Tore Audun Hoie, Eddie Schneider, Susan Smith, Leah Zeldes Smith
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Bill Higgins
Bill Higgins
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Lissa Price
Lissa Price
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus AB
Pyr Rising
Pyr Publishing presents its up and coming writers and selections.
1:30 PM-2:15 PMColumbus CD
Gaiman Theatre #1
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus EF
Seiun Awards Ceremony and SFWJ50
The Seiun Awards, voted by Japanese fandom, will be announced. The awards were previously announced at Varicon 2012. SFWJ50 - come here more at SF in Japan.
Paolo Bacigalupi, Marina Hoshi, Mari Kotani, Mamoru Masuda, Manami Tachibana, Takayuki Tatsumi, Youchan
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus IJ
Money Flows Towards the Artist
Ever been asked to donate your art for free in return for exposure? To pay for inclusion in an art listing? To submit your work to a contest whose only prize is someone else gets to use it? Common cons, scams, and shady deals are guaranteed to pop up in every artist\'s life. The panelists will tell how to spot scams and how to graciously bow out without getting taken.
Elizabeth Berrien, Jane Frank, Alessandra Kelley, Howard Tayler
1:30 PM-3:00 PMColumbus KL
The Art of Writing Effective Book Reviews
Professional science fiction book reviewers discuss how to write effective book review in the SF, fantasy and horror genres.
Doug Fratz, Sarah Stegall, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
1:30 PM-3:00 PMComiskey
Autograph Session for Win Some, Lose Some: The Complete Hugo Nominated Short Fiction of Mike Resnick
Come and get autographs from the many authors and editors who wrote introductions to this collection of Mike Resnick\'s collection of Hugo-nominated short stories. Copies of the book will be available at the session and the authors will also be willing to autograph their own works. A bonus autograph session for these authors!
Catherine Asaro, David Brin, Nick DiChario, Gardner Dozois, Eric Flint, Bob Garcia, Lezli Robyn, James Patrick Kelly, Kay Kenyon, Nancy Kress, Jack McDevitt, Laura Resnick, Mike Resnick, Robert J. Sawyer, Steven H Silver, Brad R. Torgersen, Harry Turtledove, Sheila Williams, Connie Willis
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal A
Reading and Q&A with John Scalzi
A reading and Q&A session with John Scalzi, our Toastmaster.
John Scalzi
1:30 PM-3:00 PMCrystal C
Transhumanism: Where Do We- as Homo Sapiens Go From Here?
Western society is rapidly moving toward a time when many dreams of the transhumanism movement, such as advanced genetic engineering, prosthetics, organ/neuro-implants, and age retardation/reversal will become reality. The question is how society - including speculative fiction writers - will respond to this evolutionary change in human beings.
Brad Aiken, James L. Cambias, Edward R. Rosick, Jonathan Stars, Hayden Trenholm
1:30 PM-2:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Bradley P. Beaulieu
Bradley P. Beaulieu
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Lee Harris of Angry Robot
Lee Harris
1:30 PM-3:00 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Edward M. Lerner
Edward M. Lerner
1:30 PM-3:00 PMField
Doom and Gloom and Dark Despair, Young Readers Love Them Everywhere
The earliest fairy tales; blood 'n' guts adventure stories of the 19th century; penny dreadfuls, pulp novels and horror comics; all the violently orphaned and threatened Disney heroines and heroes; grimly realistic and gritty juvenile fiction in the 1970s; up to today's violent, brutal, scary, and dystopian YA fiction - as long as kids and teens have been reading, they've lapped up these dark tales and begged for more. What's behind the fascination of younger people with dark themes in fiction? Does it hurt them? Is it morbid? Or do these fictional tropes serve a vital purpose?
Inanna Arthen / Vyrdolak, Jordan Hamessley London, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Susan MacDonald, S J Kincaid
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGold Coast
The Steampunk Genre
Discussion of the literature/writing of the steampunk genre. What is steampunk? How did it began, and what ground has it already tread? Where is steampunk going in the future?
S. J. Chambers, Michael Coorlim, Paul Genesse, Sarah Hans, Jay Lake
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Mary Shelley Frankenstein (1831)
Here is one of those books everyone talks about but no one has read. It is poetic and pungent. The man runs; the monster blames; what is missing from this picture? The author puts in a blind man to make sure we see. Cries for sympathy pour from the monster\'s lips. Where have we heard them before?
John Hertz
1:30 PM-3:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Posterity Calls: SF&F in Academic Libraries
A discussion of academic libraries that collect SF&F. How are we shaping the historical record for SF&F as we collect manuscripts, books, magazines, fanzines, audio recordings, and electronic materials?
Paul Dale Anderson, James Bryant, Arthur Kreymer, Fred Lerner, Bradford Lyau, Lynne M. Thomas
1:30 PM-3:00 PMHaymarket
Reading: John Joseph Adams
John Joseph Adams
1:30 PM-3:00 PMMcCormick
Young Adult Trends
A look at the various current trends in the Young Adult book market, from the dystopias to paranormal romance.
Leigh Bardugo, Gwenda Bond, Aurora Celeste, Emily Jiang, Bryce Moore
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPicasso
The History of Chicon
Join some of our past Chairmen as they share their memories from Chicon 1 in 1940 to now and the 7th Chicon. No other city has had as many Worldcons.
Erle Korshak, Dave McCarty, Kathleen Meyer, Tom Veal
1:30 PM-3:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Roberta Rogow and Lynn Gold
Two filkers; one room. Although most folks think of Roberta Rogow and Lynn Gold as a study in opposite coasts, it turns out they both lived much of their lives in the same state. Will it be a rivalry of North Jersey vs. South Jersey? Will it be East Coast vs. West Coast? Come and find out!
Lynn Gold, Roberta Rogow
1:30 PM-3:00 PMSan Francisco
Magic and the Power of Language
Tolkien started from language. How does magic differ depending on the language used? What happens when you start from a different viewpoint?
William S. Annis, Kari Sperring
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWater Tower
Dirty Pair TV 1-4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWright
"To Be" or Not "To Be": Constructed Languages in SF&F
Why do warrior cultures seem not to use linking verbs and definite articles? Are there forms of agreement between nouns, verbs, and adjectives other than gender and number? What do constructed languages bring to storytelling, other than overall coolness?
Anne Lyle, Petrea Mitchell, David J. Peterson, Lawrence M. Schoen, Tim Stoffel
1:30 PM-3:00 PMWrigley
100 Aspects of a Pith Helmet
How the symbols of colonialism inform and undermine steampunk.
Amber Clark, Eightball, Roland Green, Gregory Rihn
2:00 PM-2:30 PMAddams
Reading: Tanglwyst de Holloway
Tanglwyst de Holloway
2:00 PM-4:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: RPG Session 2
James's adventures continue, with further role playing fun.
James Shields
2:00 PM-2:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Allen M. Steele
Allen M. Steele
2:00 PM-3:00 PMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent-Led Art Show Tour with Ctein and Teresa Nielsen-Hayden
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.
Ctein, Teresa Nielsen Hayden
2:30 PM-3:00 PMAddams
Reading: Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt
2:30 PM-3:15 PMColumbus CD
Gaiman Theatre #2
2:30 PM-3:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Jo Walton
Jo Walton
3:00 PM-3:30 PMAddams
Reading: Jean Johnson
Jean Johnson
3:00 PM-4:30 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 5
Jacqueline Carey, Mike Flynn, Hugh Howey, Vylar Kaftan, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Seanan McGuire, Nnedi Okorafor, Geoff Ryman, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
3:00 PM-4:30 PMBuckingham
Occupy Fandom
How does or can fandom intelligently and effectively use its collective voice of conscience to help make our world a better place?
Liz Gorinsky, Ann Morris, Stephen H. Segal, Eva Whitley
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: Edward James
Edward James
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Jim Minz
Jim Minz
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus AB
Military SF - Reality vs. Writing
How different is the current military from the fictional? Does it matter? From Dragon*Con, the panelists will be Kacey Ezell, Louis Hibben, Mark Malcolm, and Michael Z. Williamson.
Jim Fiscus, John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell, Elizabeth Moon, Mike Shepherd Moscoe
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus EF
Global Warming
A discussion of recent events in the ongoing global warming controversy.
Vincent Docherty, Phyllis Eide, Doug Fratz,
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus EF
Global Warming
A discussion of recent events in the ongoing global warming controversy.
Mike McMillan, Ramez Naam
3:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus H
ChiKidz: ChiPhotography
"Kat works in the television and movie industry, and will talk about and demonstrate some simple photography skills, if you have a camera, please bring it. (iPhone cameras too!)
Kat Ogden
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus IJ
Turning Ideas into Stories
Many people ask authors where they get their ideas. This panel asks: \"How do you develop your ideas into stories?\"
Tim Akers, Roland Green, Louise Marley, Alec Nevala-Lee, Jamie Todd Rubin
3:00 PM-4:30 PMColumbus KL
Talk to a Rocket Scientist
Putting real science in your science fiction.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, Howard Davidson, Janet Freeman, Harry Kloor, Marta
3:00 PM-4:30 PMComiskey
How Google Works
Have you ever wondered how Google comes up with the rankings it does? Ever wondered why it can be so hard to find what you\'re looking for or how Google knows what you are thinking before you do? What lies behind the decision to place one site above another? This session will be a deep, complex dive into the mechanics of how Google works behind the curtain. You\'ll learn about the various factors that are assessed when ranking a page and what elements are important versus what you may have read. Some math may be involved...
3:00 PM-4:30 PMComiskey
How Google Works
Have you ever wondered how Google comes up with the rankings it does? Ever wondered why it can be so hard to find what you\'re looking for or how Google knows what you are thinking before you do? What lies behind the decision to place one site above another? This session will be a deep, complex dive into the mechanics of how Google works behind the curtain. You\'ll learn about the various factors that are assessed when ranking a page and what elements are important versus what you may have read. Some math may be involved...
Judith Lewis
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal A
Filling the Magazines
Current and former magazine editors discuss how to be an effective magazine editor, and how the job has been changing as dead-tree magazines give way to web-based electron-based venues. And why can't an e-zine have as many stories as they want since there isn't a page count?
John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Stanley Schmidt, Jason Sizemore, Gordon van Gelder
3:00 PM-4:30 PMCrystal C
The Broken Promises of Science Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke said we would be flying to Jupiter by now, yet we haven't even managed to tackle low earth orbit. What, if anything, has gone wrong in space and other area of science fiction? Why hasn't the promise kept up with the reality?
Ben Bova, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Kendall F. Morris, Thomas Trumpinski
3:00 PM-3:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Charles Justiz
Charles Justiz
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Eddie Schneider
Eddie Schneider
3:00 PM-4:30 PMFan Lounge KK#2
Kaffeeklatsch: Walter H. Hunt
Walter H. Hunt
3:00 PM-4:30 PMField
Jay Kay Klein Memorial
Fan photographer Jay Kay Klein, who died on May 12, 2012, was considered by many to be THE photographer of the science fiction and fantasy community.
Melissa Conway, Juanita Coulson, John Hertz, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Andrew Porter
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGold Coast
Science Fiction Mount Rushmore
Who would be on the "Mount Rushmore of Science Fiction"? Wells, Verne, Shelley, Stapledon? Doc Smith, Hamilton, Campbell, Williamson? Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov, van Vogt? Zelazny, Le Guin, Brunner, Delany?
Grant Carrington, Dave Creek, Stephen Haffner, Deb Houdek Rule
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Time Passed in the Past
Virginia DeMarce
3:00 PM-4:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Members of the Broad Universe organization read short excepts from current works.
Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Catherine Asaro, Carol Berg, Sue Burke, J. Kathleen Cheney, Brenda Cooper, C. D. Covington, Gwynne Garfinkle, Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, Roberta Gregory, Laurel Anne Hill, Mary Robinette Kowal, Catherine Lundoff, Lyda Morehouse, Deirdre Murphy, Cat Rambo, Roberta Rogow, Kathryn Sullivan
3:00 PM-4:30 PMHaymarket
The Rebirth of Fancyclopedia
The Fancyclopedia was first created in Jack Speer in 1944 and updated in the late 1950s by Dick Eney. Now a group of editors (you could be one) have banded together to create an online wiki called Fancyclopedia 3, which already has more than 6,000 pages. Learn about fannish history and how (and why) to get involved.
Mark Olson, Steven H Silver, Randy Smith, Alan Stewart
3:00 PM-4:30 PMMcCormick
Books, Books Everywhere
For those fans who are having trouble finding their bed, fridge, pet, etc. because they are running out of space to store their books, this panel explores how others have solved the dilemma of storage and organization of large book collections.
Linda Deneroff, Rebecca Tinkham Hewett, Evelyn C. Leeper, Marcy Lyn-Waitsman
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPicasso
Travel as Research
They say travel broadens, does it work for writers, too? Can a road trip inspire or are you doomed to get it wrong? Can you see your own world more clearly from a distance.
Lawrence Watt-Evans, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Laura Anne Gilman, Tony Pi, Fran Wilde
3:00 PM-4:30 PMPlaza Ballroom
Betsy Tinney, Dr. Mary Crowell, and Amy McNally
Dr. Mary Crowell, award-winning pianist and singer/songwriter from the sultry Southeast will share the stage with the sublime Betsy Tinney, a gifted and elegant cellist/songwriter, from the Northwest. They will perform works from their collective repertoires with dazzling Amy McNally, a third pillar of excellence joining in on fiddle/violin. Do enjoy this triumvirate of musical elegance as they perform original jazz, blues, classical, and folk music!
Mary Crowell, Amy McNally, Betsy Tinney
3:00 PM-4:30 PMSan Francisco
Designing Professional Covers: A Different Perspective
A different look at the design principles for self-published authors. How to make it look professional.
Alan F. Beck, Elizabeth Berrien, Mark J. Ferrari, David Malki, Maurine Starkey
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWater Tower
Melody Time (1948), 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWright
Torchwood: Miracle Day and Beyond
Two Immortals? Can Rex live with immortality? Can Jack live with Rex having immortality?
Anna Sheehan, Stephanie Grace, Toni Lay, Lee Martindale, Kevin Riggle
3:00 PM-4:30 PMWrigley
SF of the 1950s
Was the 1950s the true "Golden Age of Science Fiction" as Barry Malzberg and Robert Silverberg have claimed? Why or why not?
Gary K Wolfe, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
3:30 PM-4:00 PMAddams
Reading: Julia S. Mandala
Julia S. Mandala
3:30 PM-4:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Matthew S. Rotundo
Matthew S. Rotundo
4:00 PM-4:30 PMAddams
Reading: Lawrence M. Schoen
Lawrence M. Schoen
4:00 PM-5:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: Make Fairy, Demon and Dragon Wings
Shari Cyd and her team will help you make fairy, demon, and dragon wings. Parents' help welcomed.
Shari Cyd Brezinsky
4:00 PM-4:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Paul Cornell
Paul Cornell
4:00 PM-5:00 PMRegency Ballroom Foyer
Docent led Art Show tour #7
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.
Jean-Pierre Normand
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAddams
New Writers Session 2
A panel for new and debut authors to discuss their work and careers.
Nancy Fulda, M Todd Gallowglas, Sarah Hans, Bill Housley, Jonathan Stars
4:30 PM-6:00 PMAutograph Tables
Autograph Session 6
Paul Genesse, Doug Hulick, James Patrick Kelly, Jay Lake, Gra Linnaea, Hanna Martine, Sharon Shinn, Charles Stross
4:30 PM-6:00 PMBuckingham
The Fannish Inquisition
Do you want to hear more about the sites bidding on Worldcon? During Chicon 7 we will be voting for the location of the 2014 Worldcon (London, England is currently running unopposed). Come hear what other sites have to say about why you should vote for their area.
Adam Beaton, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Mike Scott, Alex Von Thorn
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#3
Kaffeeklatsch: D.H. Aire
D.H. Aire
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbian KK#4
Kaffeeklatsch: Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus CD
Interview with Mike Resnick
Interview with Guest of Honor Mike Resnick by his longtime friend and sometime collaborator, Barbara Galler-Smith, about his more than 50 years in the science fiction community: from pulps, fandom, Masquerades, and tricks of the business of writing, Mike freely talks about it all.
Barbara Galler-Smith, Mike Resnick
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus EF
Scale and Space: Seeing Neil Armstrong's Footprints
What can we see from space? Popular TV shows suggest we can infinitely enlarge any image without any loss, but the real world is both much more complicated and much more interesting. We know Neil Armstrong's footprints are still on the Moon - but can we see them? And from how far away? And what else can we see? The Internet is full of fascinating images.
Dr. Phil
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus IJ
Exoplanets, Exobiology, Extensions of SF
How do the increases in exoplanet detection capabilities, and exobiological modeling, impact the world of science fiction and even fantasy? As projection and proof become harder to disambiguate, the following questions becomes pointedly important: What misreading create misleading myths? Distract us away from possibilities that have now become probabilities or impossibilities? What are the problems with habitable moons that haven't been answered? Why is the Goldilocks Zone of an M-class star not necessarily a Goldilocks Zone at all?
David Brin, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, Geoffrey A. Landis, G. David Nordley, Ian Tregillis
4:30 PM-6:00 PMColumbus KL
Writing the SF Novelette
Shorter than a novella but longer than a short story, the science fiction novelette presents a set of unique challenges, but has also produced some of the great classics of fscience fiction (including the original versions ofThe Bicentennial Man, Ender's Game, Blood Music, and others), and remains one of the best ways for aspiring writers to learn the fundamentals of plot, structure, and characterization. A discussion of the particular risks and rewards of the novelette form, from the perspective of both established and emerging voices in short science fiction.
Eleanor Arnason, Michael Coorlim, Bud Sparhawk, Brad R. Torgersen, Connie Willis
4:30 PM-6:00 PMComiskey
Nerdlesque: Filking for Burlesque?
The neo burlesque movement seems to be full of nerds and geeks in troupes such from New York's Epic Win Burlesque to Portland's Critical Hit, even individual shows like NERDZ in Seattle and the Hitchhiker's Guide to Burlesque in Los Angeles. Some acts are fun and campy tributes to fan favorites while other numbers offer a serious contemplations. Either way, it's a love letter.
Amber Clark,
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal A
Wild Cards
There will be a number of writers from my Wild Cards series at the con. I will be glad to moderate a Wild Cards panel with half a dozen of them as panelists.
Paul Cornell, Stephen Leigh, George R. R. Martin, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Melinda Snodgrass, Carrie Vaughn
4:30 PM-6:00 PMCrystal C
Medicine and Science Fiction
How has medicine influenced fscience fiction, and how has fscience fiction influenced the development of new technologies in medicine?
Brad Aiken, Lisa C Freitag, Christopher Kovacs, Kendall F. Morris, Catherine Shaffer
4:30 PM-5:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Randy Henderson
Randy Henderson
4:30 PM-6:00 PMFan Lounge KK#1
Kaffeeklatsch: Ian Randal Strock
Ian Randal Strock
4:30 PM-5:00 PMField
Paper: "Genre Boundaries"
Laura Goodin presents her paper: "Genre Boundaries in Speculative and Adventure Fiction."
Laura E. Goodin
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGold Coast
Star Wars at 35
May 2012 marked the 35th anniversary release of the original Star Wars. How did this film change SF movies and what would the world look like if it had never been? Are today\'s kids seeing it as the first movie in the series or are they now watching it in episode order? And if the latter, why would anyone continue after The Phantom Menace?
Toni Bogolub, James Kahn, Daniel M. Kimmel, Michael Lee, Jason Schachat
4:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 2AB
Libertarian Futurist Society Prometheus Awards Ceremony
The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society.
Fran Van Cleave
4:30 PM-5:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Catherynne Valente
Catherynne Valente
4:30 PM-6:00 PMMcCormick
Space Law
The International Space Station today is acting under Japanese law, not English Common Law, Napoleonic law, Judaic law or Sharia law because the Japanese own more of the station than any other participating nation. in the future, how do we meld terrestrial law with other life forms' jurisprudence when we meet them in our travels? (For example, picture combining the Bill of Rights with the Rules of Acquisition.)
Scratch Bacharach, Jeffrey Liss, Edward Wright
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPicasso
Friday Feedback Session
Tell us what you think we should know about the convention.
Dave McCarty
4:30 PM-6:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Dave Perry and Amy McNally
Celtic Fiddle and American Roots. Pegasus-award winner Amy McNally and Chicago musician David Perry, two of the musicians in the Midwestern Irish band The Tooles, team up to celebrate the release of Amy's new CD, "Hazardous Fiddle." Come hear original songs, eclectic covers, and traditional tunes about cars, bars, women, hockey, drinking, and just a touch of profane salvation."
Amy McNally, David Perry
4:30 PM-6:00 PMSan Francisco
SF at the University of Chicago Over the Years
A retrospective of the various generations of fans who have added to the traditions of SF at the University of Chicago and beyond.
The Wombat, Richard Garfinkle, Kenneth Hite, Alessandra Kelley, Joshua Koppel, Bradford Lyau, John Scalzi
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWater Tower
Gankutsuou 1-4, 5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWright
100 Years of Edgar Rice Burroughs
A look at the life and writing of Chicago's favorite son Norman Bean, we mean Edgar Rice Burroughs. Travel from Oak Park to Barsoom, Pellucidar, and Amtor.
Gardner Dozois, Bob Garcia, Geoff Ryman, Sarah Stegall, Sheila Williams
4:30 PM-6:00 PMWrigley
The Walking Dead: Zombies in Folklore, Science, and Popular Culture
Contrasting the original Haitian Vodoun concept of zombieism with scientific explanations involving poisons that mimic suspended animation (e.g. Wade Davis 'The Serpent and the Rainbow') and with current George Romero and post-Romero depictions in fiction and film.
Deirdre Crimmins, Chris Deis, James S. Dorr, Nick Mamatas
5:00 PM-6:00 PMColumbus G
ChiKidz: 3D Printer - TARDIS
Learn how a 3D printer works, includes some give-aways to hand out.
John Ridley
5:00 PM-7:00 PMCrystal B
Regency Dance
John Hertz
5:00 PM-5:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Gwenda Bond
Gwenda Bond
5:00 PM-5:30 PMField
Paper: "Kim Stanley Robinson, Science, Politics, and Global Warming"
Jan Bogstad presents her paper: "Kim Stanley Robinson, Science, Politics, and Global Warming"
Jan Bogstad, Philip Kaveny
5:00 PM-5:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Robert J. Sawyer
Robert J. Sawyer
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Beer: Bob Kuhn on Audiobooks
Bob Kuhn
5:00 PM-6:30 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Beer: Laura Resnick
Laura Resnick
5:30 PM-6:00 PMDuSable
Reading: Saladin Ahmed
Saladin Ahmed
5:30 PM-6:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Ferrett Steinmetz
Ferrett Steinmetz
6:00 PM-7:30 PMAddams
Cloning Around
We have met the clones and they is us.
Dale Cozort, Thomas Shaner, Milt Stevens
6:00 PM-7:30 PMBuckingham
Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic or Both?
This panel will examine novels like the Hunger Games trilogy that have elements of both dystopian writing and the post-apocalyptic tradition and explore what those distinctions may mean.
John Joseph Adams, Marie Bilodeau, Hugh Howey, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Heather Urbanski
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus CD
Copyright for the Fannish Creator
Fair use. Fan fiction, fan art, fan vid. Creative commons. Sonny Bono. Mickey Mouse. Torrents. Confused about how copyright works, and how fannish interests intersect with it? About how you can protect what you have created and yet encourage others to build upon it? And what you're doing that might get you in trouble? Come and find out about the current state of copyright law, what works and what doesn't, what it can do, and what it can't.
Tom Dowd, Will "scifantasy" Frank, Stephanie Grace, Michael J. Lowrey, Bill Sutton
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus EF
Quantum Quest Neil Armstrong
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey is a 3-D sci-fi animated film. Quantum Quest is science fiction film staring Chris Pine, Hayden Christensen, William Shatner, Samuel Jackson, James Earl Jones, Amanda Peet, Brent Spiner, Robert Picardo, Marke Hamell, Tom Kenny, Doug Jones, Abigail Breslin, Sandra Oh, and Neil Armstrong\'s one and only film role. The film integrates data from 16 Nasa missions. ( A discussion of the film, and Neil Armstrong\'s role and love of science fiction will be given before the film.
Harry Kloor
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus IJ
Toxicology 101: Everything You Know Is Wrong
Environmental scientist D. Douglas Fratz gives a one-hour presentation on the basic science of toxicology.
Doug Fratz
6:00 PM-7:30 PMColumbus KL
How to Avoid Getting Published
Mistakes by aspiring writers that guarantee no sale.
Jack McDevitt
6:00 PM-7:30 PMCrystal C
Ethics of the Near Future
Ethics is now being expanded to cover social responsibility (earlier CSR) and governance. Besides it is becoming more global, helped by modern communications. What will be the end result, and how will that affect politics and literature?
Tad Daley, Lisa C Freitag, Tore Audun Hoie, Jonathan Stars, Hayden Trenholm
6:00 PM-6:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Laurel Anne Hill
Laurel Anne Hill
6:00 PM-6:30 PMField
Paper: "Evil in Lovecraft and Tolkien"
Phil Kaveny presents his paper on"Evil in Lovecraft and Tolkien"
Jan Bogstad, Philip Kaveny
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGold Coast
Firefly Ten Years Later
Browncoats are still flying ten years after the series aired half a season. What\'s the lasting appeal of this short-lived series?
Amber Clark, Bob Devney, Lee Martindale, Ann Morris
6:00 PM-7:30 PMGrand Suite 2AB
1632: Weird Tech 2
Choosing and implementing weird tech in a story - how to find one, and how to realize it for yourself and or others.
Karen Bergstralh, Rick Boatright, Walter Boyes, Paula Goodlett, Gorg Huff
6:00 PM-6:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Joe Haldeman
Joe Haldeman
6:00 PM-7:30 PMMcCormick
Pizza Wars
NY vs Chicago vs the rest of the world
Lynn Gold, Patrick Hester, Guy Lillian, Michael Sherman
6:00 PM-7:30 PMPicasso
Special Interest Group relating to New Orleans Fandom.
Stu Segal
6:00 PM-7:30 PMSan Francisco
Book Covers Revealed
Leading book cover artists and editors discuss how artists get assigned, how cover ideas are developed and more. What\'s the art behind the making of a book cover? Is it magic or routine?
Liz Gorinsky, Daio
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWater Tower
Trigun: Badlands Rumble, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
6:00 PM-7:30 PMWright
Web Promotion and Social Media
How to promote and using social media to bring more marketing to your film
Mark Stolaroff
6:30 PM-7:00 PMDuSable
Larry Santoro
Lawrence Santoro
6:30 PM-8:00 PMFan Lounge
Fan Funds Auction
Come support the Fan Funds!
Murray Moore
6:30 PM-7:00 PMGrand Suite 3
Reading: Madeline Ashby & David Nichols
Madeline Ashby, David Nickle
6:30 PM-8:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Beer: Grant Carrington
6:30 PM-8:00 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Beer: Tod McCoy
Tod McCoy
7:00 PM-7:30 PMDuSable
Reading: Carolyn Ives Gilman
Carolyn Ives Gilman
7:00 PM-7:30 PMField
Reading: Peadar Ó Guilín
Peadar O Guilin
7:00 PM-8:30 PMGrand Suite 3
Shabbat Evening Service
7:30 PM-9:00 PMAddams
Reading: Ferrett Steinmetz
7:30 PM-9:00 PMBuckingham
Explore the Philosophical Side of 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.
Dave Creek, James Stanley Daugherty, Tom Doyle, Dr. Sandra M. Grayson, Erica Neely
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus CD
Dark Fairy Tales
Move away from the general discussions of the Disney-ization of fairy tales and talk about how to reinvent fairy tales into dark fiction. The themes of metamorphosis and transition are prevalent in fairy tales, and sometimes where one story ends, another begins. What are some ways to reinvent fairy tales without retelling the same story?
David Boop, James S. Dorr, Sara M. Harvey, Kerri-Ellen Kelly, Bill Willingham
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus EF
Essential Worldbuilding
What are the tools and research methods writers use to craft complex, believable worlds? What are the essential elements necessary to ground a fictional world in a sense of tangible reality?
Jacqueline Carey, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Jean Johnson, Rachel Neumeier, Roberta Rogow, Martha Wells
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus IJ
Discussion of non-straight characters and relationships in genre fiction.
Barbara G.Tarn, Catherine Lundoff, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Kevin Riggle
7:30 PM-9:00 PMColumbus KL
So You Want to Discover the Higgs Boson?
The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva recently announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson, the particle long theorized to give mass to matter. But how do physicists detect particles... and how do we know this one is the Higgs? Hear a Ph.D. physicist teach the basics of particle detector technology (no physics background required!) and answer your questions about the massive machines used to study the smallest stuff in nature.
Corry L. Lee
7:30 PM-9:00 PMDuSable
Looking Back 70 Years in Fandom
John L. Coker, III, Erle Korshak, Dave Kyle, Robert A. Madle, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Arthur L. Widner
7:30 PM-9:00 PMField
Marvel Comics Superheroes from the 1960s
In less than a decade (1961-1969), Stan Lee's Marvel Comics created iconic superheroes that have only grown in popularity over the decades. What was unique about the Marvel superheroes that have led to them becoming such a phenomenon?
Toni Bogolub, Doug Fratz, Marcy Lyn-Waitsman
7:30 PM-9:00 PMGold Coast
Electronic Publishing
Discussion of many aspects of electronic publishing.
Joshua Bilmes, Eric Flint, Paul Genesse, Amanda Luedeke, Jason Sizemore
7:30 PM-9:00 PMMcCormick
Young Adult Movies
The Harry Potter series. Twilight. The Hunger Games. For better or worse, YA fiction is hot and it's increasingly being transferred to the big screen. What`s worked and what hasn't? Are younger fans now only interested in genre movies if they`ve read the book?"
Anna Sheehan, Leigh Bardugo, Deirdre Crimmins, Travis Heerman
7:30 PM-9:00 PMPlaza Ballroom
Concert: Diamond Star
A concert mixing rocks songs from the sound track to Catherine Asaro's Diamond Star and Carnelians with dance, vocals, and readings from these books.
Catherine Asaro
7:30 PM-9:00 PMSan Francisco
An Introduction to the Na`vi Language
This panel will take a look at the Na\'vi language, created by Dr. Paul Frommer for the movie Avatar. First, we will take a brief look at the continuing development of this popular constructed language, then introduce the basics of the language, and leave you with some words and sentences you can share with your friends!
William S. Annis, Tim Stoffel
7:30 PM-9:00 PMWrigley
C. L. Moore Discussion
C.L. Moore was one of the pioneering female sf writers. This panel showcases Moore place in genre and will assess her standing in literature/writing.
Stephen Haffner, Kenneth Hite, Lawrence Person, Sofia Samatar, Graham Sleight
8:00 PM-10:00 PMGrand Ballroom
Moebius Theatre
8:00 PM-9:30 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Beer: John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell
John G. Hemry/Jack Campbell
9:00 PM-10:30 PMAddams
Friends of Bill W
Friends of Bill W
9:00 PM-10:00 PMBuckingham
Themed Filk: Vixy & Tony
Open filking with Vixy and Tony
Michelle Dockrey, Tony Fabris
9:00 PM-10:00 PMColumbian
Themed Filk: How Many of Them Can We Make Die?
Erica Neely
9:00 PM-10:30 PMColumbus CD
Sidewise Awards Ceremony
The Sidewise Awards recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year's panel of judges was made up of Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Stu Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.
Evelyn C. Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Steven H Silver, Billee J. Stalling
9:00 PM-10:30 PMColumbus EF
Heinlein`s Ambassador to the Atom: Robert A. Cornog, Physicist
Robert Cornog (1912-1998), an engineer and physicist, was a close friend of Robert A. Heinlein before Heinlein's literary career began. Cornog, as a cyclotron experimenter, Manhattan Project participant, and rocket engineer, gave Heinlein a window on advanced research, and sometimes served as Heinlein's sounding board for the science that went into his fiction. Their correspondence across decades reveals a shared delight in technology, a passion for science fiction, and an urgent concern to curb the threat of a nuclear arms race.
Bill Higgins
9:00 PM-10:30 PMColumbus KL
Guest of Honor Speech: Mike Resnick
Mike Resnick
9:00 PM-10:00 PMGold Coast
Instrumental Jam
Betsy Tinney will lead instrumentalists and vocalists in an open jam. Bring your instruments, bring your drum, bring your voice – jamming can be even more fun without words!
Betsy Tinney
9:00 PM-4:00 AMHaymarket
Themed Filk: Tuning Room
9:00 PM-10:00 PMPicasso
Themed Filk: Top 10 Filk Songs
Juanita Coulson, David Kushner, Sharon Spanogle
9:00 PM-10:30 PMWater Tower
Project A-Ko, 9:15 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#1
Literary Beer: Dani Kollin
Dani Kollin
9:30 PM-11:00 PMToronto LB#2
Literary Beer: Eytan Kollin
Eytan Kollin
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-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
Revolutionary Girl Utena, 11:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.