Philcon 2017

This weekend I’ll be at Philcon, the longest running science fiction conference in the world. If you’ll be there, too, I hope you’ll say ‘hi’!

Here’s where I’ll be (and occasionally at the bar).

Sat 11:00 AM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPHS: JON MCGORAN AND AMY HOWARD WILSON

Sat 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
THE FUTURE OF SPORTS

[Panelists: Eric Hardenbrook (mod), Elektra Hammond, Gary Ehrlich,
Orenthal Hawkins, Chris Kreuter, Jon McGoran]

What’s going to be popular in 2099? Hoverbike racing? Anti-grav
technology allowing us to make versions of Quidditch or the battle
sims from Ender’s Game? Will football start to look like what
“17776” predicted for it

Sat 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
WESTWORLD

[Panelists: Jon McGoran (mod), Steve Vertlieb, Paul Levinson, Tom
Doyle, Matt Black]
“I think there may be something wrong with this world.” Season one
ended with quite a bang, and with plenty to speculate about for the
upcoming season two. Are we following the story towards something
like 1976’s Futureworld…or is that moment a part of the new show’s
canonical past

Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
FINDING A GOOD EDITOR
[Panelists: Julie Ann Dawson (mod), Jon McGoran, Elektra Hammond,
Alex Shvartsman, April Grey]

<<“I need an editor.” he said.  “what  kind?’ She asked.
“ALL OF THEM” he bemoaned.>>  Developmental editors, line
editors, and copy editors all bring different skills to the table,
but where do you find one that’s good, affordable, and willing to
work with your style instead of against it

Sun 2:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
THE ART OF THE NOVELLA

[Panelists: Ken Altabef (mod), Jon McGoran, Aaron Rosenberg,
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Gregory Frost]

A novella is a story between 17,000 words and 40,000 words (as
defined by the Hugo Awards, at least). Does this format require a
different approach than a novel or a short story? What particular
challenges does it pose?

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