This weekend I’ll be attending Philcon, the worlds oldest science fiction convention, just outside Philadelphia. I’ve got a pretty full schedule, so if you’re going to be there, I hope you will stop by at least one of my sessions.
Thing start for me on Friday night, with a half hour reading at 8 p.m. (or a half hour of several shorter readings, separated by some banter, jokes and hopefully softball questions from those in attendance). That takes place in Executive Suite 623.
On Saturday, though, things get underway for real, with some very cool panels and some great SF writers:
The Dreaded Infodump,
Noon in Crystal Ballroom Three
SF requires special techniques of exposition. How do you get across backgrounds and ideas without boring your readers?
Gregory Frost (mod), D.L. Carter, Jon McGoran, Michael A. Ventrella, Jim Stratton, Vikki Ciaffone
Incorporating New Scientific Discoveries Into Our Writing
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)
We now know modern humans have Neanderthal DNA. New planets are being discovered almost on a daily basis. Technology is allowing us to print organs. What recent discoveries are you putting into your stories? And where will SF go now that the future is here?
Alex Shvartsman (mod), Dr. H. Paul Shuch, David Walton, Alexis Gilliland, Jon McGoran
The Value of Editors
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)
Having an outside view on your work is important, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what an editor can do for you — and protect the readers.
Sally Wiener Grotta (mod), Jon McGoran, Ian Randal Strock, Neil Clarke, Brian Koscienski, Peter Prellwitz
Autographs at the Autograph Table
Sat 6:00 PM
It’s All About Soul: The Films of Alex Garland
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza VI (Six)
From his first script “28 Days Later” to his Directorial debut “Ex Machina,” Alex Garland has explored the implications of a Soul in SF settings. The common thread amongst all the stories is the looming specter of Death. Let’s discuss Alex’s work, the futures of morality and artificial immortality, and the relevance of death.
Jeff Warner (mod), Tony Finan, Rodney Somerstein, Jon McGoran
The Soul of a New Machine
Sat 11:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom II Two
The Three Laws of Robotics, the Voight-Kampff test, the Turing test, and the recent “Ex Machina” film. We will explore the question: how does a robot think?
Jeff Warner (mod), Jon McGoran, Gregory Frost, Christopher Weuve, David Walton