Next Weekend: Philcon 2014

Philcon’s just around the corner! Many opportunities to come say hi on Friday & Saturday, including Saturday’s 5pm reading with Lawrence Schoen. Here are the deets, so far. (as always, subject to winds of change) 

Fri 8:00 PM – JAMES BOND IN THE YEAR 3000. (Plaza VI)
[Panelists: Kimberly Ann Kindya (mod), Tim W. Burke, Craig Jamison,
Fran Wilde] Exploring the fusion of science fiction and the spy novel. How have
SF writers depicted the future of espionage?

Fri 9:00 PM – ARGUING ENDER’S GAME (Plaza VI)
[Panelists: Peter Prellwitz (mod), Fran Wilde, Robert C Roman, Christopher Weuve, Andrew C. Ely, Diane Raetz] A modern classic?  A key work of science fiction? A profound insight into the human condition? Or militaristic nonsense about child abuse?  Or something in-between? This may be the most controversial SF novel since STARSHIP TROOPERS, and like STARSHIP TROOPERS, it doesn’t seem to be going away.

Sat 10:00 AM -A NEW PODCAST : TALKING AGAINST THE ROAR (Plaza II)
[Panelists: Jay Smith (mod), Craig Jamison, Anthony L. Selletti,
Deborah Stanish, Fran Wilde] So you say you want to produce your own podcast? Do you have something to say? Podcasters talk about getting started and making sure your voice can be heard over the roar of hundreds of other similar shows

Sat 11:00 AM – FANTASY AND ECONOMICS (Plaza II)
[Panelists: Neal Levin (mod), Hugh Casey, Christie Meierz, Fran
Wilde] If all the gold that Smaug is hoarding gets into circulation, won’t
Middle Earth be wiped out by rampant inflation?  If wizards can
conjure up gold, Would it force the country switch over to the
turnip standard? How does the economy work in Lankhmar or Hyborea?
Which writers have dealt with this as a serious issue

Sat 2:00 PM – THINGS YOU SHOULD READ BUT DON’T KNOW ABOUT YET
[Panelists: Fran Wilde (mod), Anne Gray, Todd Dashoff, Hildy Silverman, Deborah Stanish] There are many creators of science fiction, fantasy and webcomic work who are worth reading, but whose names you might not recognize. Our panelists will supply you with their insights and recommendations.
Sat 5:00 PM – READING – LAWRENCE SCHOEN & FRAN WILDE(Executive Suite 623) A reprise of last year’s fantastic reading!

Sat 8:00 PM EXPANDING A SHORT STORY INTO A NOVEL (Plaza II)
[Panelists: Hildy Silverman (mod), Brian Koscienski, Sally Wiener
Grotta, Victoria Janssen, Mike McPhail, Fran Wilde] Many shorter works, from “Flowers for Algernon to “Ender’s Game” have been successfully expanded into novels.  How is this done? Are there times when this is not a good idea

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