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Philcon 2015

Next weekend, I’ll be attending Philcon, the local Philadelphia science fiction convention (which actually takes place in New Jersey). I’ll only be there on Saturday, but I am participating on programming. This is where you can find me.

Sat 3:00 PM – Executive Suite 623 – Reading

I’ll be reading something from The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. There will be glittery cookies, maybe alcohol, and as far as I know, I’ll be sharing a reading slot with one of my critique-mates, Anna Kashina.

Sat 8:00 PM in Plaza III – BEYOND LOVECRAFT: THE CHTHULHU MYTHOS TODAY

Panelists: John Ashmead (mod), Darrell Schweitzer, A.C. Wise, Walt Ciechanowski

Exploring how the Cthulhu mythos has evolved beyond its creator.

Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III – SEX, GENDER IDENTITY, AND SPECULATION: THE ROLE OF SF IN LGBTQA

Panelists: Andi O’Connor (mod), Wen Spencer, A.C. Wise

SF&F has been more accepting of LGBTQA individuals for some time, even if it wasn’t discussed publicly. As more works have been developed, LGBTQA fans have become more open and accepted. Genre literature feature characters of all races, genders, sexes, and species…but is that enough? What more can be done to incorporate LGBTQA characters and LGBTQA fans?

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza VI – WHEN WEIRDS COLLIDE: THE NEW WEIRD VS THE OLD WEIRD

Panelists: April Grey (mod), A.C. Wise, Siobhan Carroll

How do they differ? Has the current crop of writers spawned a new Lovecraft yet?

When I’m not paneling, I’ll be attending other readings and panels, hanging out in the dealers’ room, and hanging out at the bar. Hope to see you there!

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Philcon 2013 Schedule

Next weekend, I’ll be headed to Philcon, Philadelphia’s local(ish) SF/F/H convention. My official schedule is as follows:

Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN SCIENCE FICTION (1559)

[Panelists: Brenda W. Clough (mod), A.C. Wise, Orenthal Hawkins,
Jeff Warner, Michael A. Ventrella]

No writer wants to be considered bigoted or prejudiced, but at the
same time, no writer wants to be censored, either. And, if certain
topics can’t be discussed, does that mean that they can’t be
properly discarded, either? What are the limits on proper
discourse, and who gets to set them

Sat 9:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
SELF-CENSORSHIP (1515)

[Panelists: Judith Moffett (mod), Gordon Linzner, KT Pinto, A.C.
Wise, Alex Lidell]

What are writers afraid to write about? And why? What keeps them
from writing about something?

ETA: I’ll also be hijacking…er, joining a reading by the wonderful Gregory Frost on Sunday at 1:00 PM in Executive Suite 623. In addition to reading words we wrote, we plan to bribe you into attending with booze and brownies. You know you wanna be there. (Thanks to Greg for letting me join in the fun!)

The rest of the time, I’ll be attending other panels, spending far too much money in the dealers’ room, and, I’ve heard rumors the hotel may have a bar…

I hope to see you there!

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Losing Touch

As mentioned in a previous post, one of my Philcon panels was ‘The End of the Paper Book?’ As you might guess, the panel discussion centered around whether e-books will completely replace paper books, and what we’ll lose if they do. Believe it or not, I see the value in e-books, and I understand why some people prefer them. But I’m not one of those people. I want the sound of pages turning, and the feel of paper under my hands. I want something physical I can hold, and maybe fondle a little bit. What? It’s perfectly normal. Shut up.

Aside from the obvious points pro and con, a few things occurred to me during the panel that there wasn’t time to discuss. Luckily, no one is keeping track of time here, and I’m free to ramble.

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