Wednesday, August 02, 2006

World Con Schedule

I am on a whoppin' 8 program items this year:

Panel 1: Wed 8/23 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: FUTURE TRENDS IN SCIENCE FICTION
Participants:
Lou Anders
John-Henri Holmberg
James Patrick Kelly(M)
Mark von Schlegell
Gary K. Wolfe

Precis: Not long ago, we were awash in Splatterpunks, Cyberpunks, and even Steampunks. What happened to those SF literarymovements? What's the next trend?

Panel 2: Thu 8/24 12 Noon, 60 minutes.
Title: AUTOGRAPHING: Lou Anders
Participants:
Lou Anders

Panel 3: Thu 8/24 3:00 PM, 60 minutes.
Title: KAFFEKLATSCH: Lou Anders
Participants:
Lou Anders

Panel 4: Thu 8/24 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: PUBLISHING SCIENCE FICTION
Participants:
Lou Anders
Jaime Levine
Anthony R. Lewis
Alan Rodgers
Michael J. Walsh(M)

Precis: From small press to major publishing houses, science fiction is a popular place to be. What's it take to know the field and to get your books into the stores?

Panel 5: Fri 8/25 2:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: PYR: A LOOK FORWARD
Participants:
Lou Anders
David Louis Edelman
Kay Kenyon
Ian McDonald
John Picacio
Mike Resnick
Chris Roberson
Dave Seeley
Joel Shepherd
Sean Williams

Precis: One of science fiction's newest major publishers give a look at their future publications.

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Panel 6: Sat 8/26 1:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: OMNIBUS PUBLISHING PANEL
Participants:
Lou Anders
Robert Meyer Burnett
Lydia C. Marano
Richard Pini
Evo Terra(M)
Gordon Van Gelder

Precis: Publishers from different areas of publishing -- a major imprint, a small press, an on-line magazine, a prozine --compare the similarities and differences in their tasks.

Panel 7: Sun 8/27 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: THE INFLUENCE OF EDITORS ON THE SF FIELD
Participants:
Lou Anders
Ellen Datlow(M)
David Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Sheila Williams

Precis: Do editors publish what the readers want to buy or does the field reflect the editors' tastes?

Panel 8: Sun 8/27 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes.
Title: IN DEFENSE OF ESCAPIST LITERATURE
Participants:
Lou Anders
Pat Cadigan
Stephen Eley
Kelly L. Perry
Brandon Sanderson(M)

Precis: Science fiction has had a moniker of being junk food for the mind; escapist fare only. Is that true? Not all of it is literature but surely some of it must be? Mustn't it? What literary trends can be found? What will withstand the test of time? And does it matter?

9 comments:

Michael L. Wentz said...

FUTURE TRENDS IN SCIENCE FICTION

You got your panel on the Future of Science Fiction! Congrats! I plan on being in the audience. It should be a lively panel.

Lou Anders said...

Thanks, Michael!
I've very happy with the whole schedule. Though between this and my meetings, I'm going to be run hard.

Jose said...

I've only been to two Worldcons and one of them I was working a booth so I didn't get to participate. They're an absolute blast and I'm as jealous as heck.

Lou Anders said...

WorldCon and WFC are the two I never miss. Used to do World Horror but it's less relevant for me/Pyr since we don't do horror. Sometimes do Comic Con and am thinking seriously about adding Readercon next year.

Paul Cornell said...

I'll be there for that one, schedule permitting, because, hey, *fifteen* panels!

Tim Akers said...

I'm only able to do WFC this year. Le sigh. But Lou, if you're going to be starting a new literary sf trend there, uh...could you let me know ahead of time. So I can, you know, adjust my schedule.

Lou Anders said...

Fifteen panels is amazing Paul, and makes it hard-but-not-impossible to implement my plan of getting you stinking drunk before each one.

Tim, talking about trends or startign a new trend? Sorry we won't see you til Nov.

Tim Akers said...

I think that when you talking about starting trends, that trends happen. Which may or may not be detrimental to the trend in question. And yeah, I'm pretty bummed about missing WorldCon.

Lou Anders said...

Well, I feel pretty vindicated by the SFBC's FORBIDDEN PLANETS anthology, since I was thinking last year that the next trend after Space Opera would be to drill down to more indepth looks at individual worlds, especially given the real-world interest the views of Titan generated in the mainstream media.