it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken

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"If you want me, I'll be in the bar." -- Joni Mitchell

There are also, yanno, some editorial dinners and things. But if I'm not being fed by corporate masters or earning my keep from the Con Committee, um, I'll be in the Same Old Place. Or maybe the Old Same Place. (okay, there's an obscure joke.)

Panel 1:  Thu 8/24 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes. Title: WHY CYBERPUNK IS DEAD
Precis:    Twenty years ago, Cyberpunk was "it" in science fiction. It was bold, exciting, full of new ideas. What happened? Or is it still with us in different clothes? (Moderator)

Rocks fall. People die.

Panel 2:  Thu 8/24  2:30 PM, 60-90 minutes. Title: POST-APOCALYPTIC SF
Precis:    John Varley said "We all love after-the-bomb stories. If we didn't, why would there be so many of them?" Why do we all love them? During the Cold War, the threat of nuclear annihilation was very real; today, the world is a different place, but the threat of annihilation is once again very real. Has the sub-genre changed? How are 21st Century post-apocalyptic stories different from those written during the Cold War era? (Moderator)

I love disaster panels. We will blow up your planet, baby!

Panel 3:  Fri 8/25  4:00 PM, 60 minutes.  Title: AUTOGRAPHING: ELIZABETH BEAR
I will be the sad panda sitting at the table with the big eyes, looking like she'd like a coffee. Come say hi!

Panel 4:  Fri 8/25  5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes. Title: WHY IS SCIENCE FICTION SO WHITE?
Precis:    An exploration of minorities in Science Fiction, both the writers and their characters. (Moderating)

Panel 5:  Sat 8/26  1:00 PM, 60 minutes. Title: KAFFEKLATSCH: ELIZABETH BEAR
They will give me coffee. I will not fail to appear. You should all come, too.... well, whatever six or ten or whatever number it is of you who are first on the sign up list. (If this is like Kaffeklatsches of the past, it'll be me, the two people who came with me, and somebody who took pity at the last minute. Shhh, don't tell the concom: they buy me coffee.)

Panel 6:  Sat 8/26  5:00 PM, 60 minutes.  Title: READING: ELIZABETH BEAR
Um. What do you want to hear? 60 minutes is a LONG TIME. I could read some of The Stratford Man, maybe, or a short story. Or a bunch of bits of things. I leave tomorrow morning at 6 am, so any requests have to be in by tonight when I pack. Hmm. I could read "Los Empujadores Furiosos." It has a bull fight. And it's short. Or I could read "Sounding," which is not long, and made at least one audience member cry the last time I read it.

Panel 7:  Sun 8/27 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes. Title: SHAKESPEARE & SCIENCE FICTION
Precis:    No, he didn't write any but he influenced a lot. Writers talk about how Shakespeare's work influence them and their writing.

(NOT MODERATING YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!FROG!) Hey, I get to talk on this one. And take exception to the panel description in a big way. Anybody up for a brawl on genre definitions of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream? How about Faustus as hard science fiction, where Hamlet is horror?

...there's a reason I'm not moderating this one. Moderators have to be, er, moderate.
Tags: conventioneering, hic!, worldcon 2006
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