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Where I Will Be and When


And now for a "where I'll be when" post...


I have my schedule for Anticipation/the 67th WorldCon in Montréal:

Saturday, August 7

3pm: Autograph Session

10pm: "It's a Disaster" (Disaster movies reflect their times. From nuclear war to terrorism to eco-catastrophe, what do these movies tell us about ourselves? Do they help us deal with our fears or just make things worse?)
Media Track, Session 263, Location P-513C, 1 hr
Panelists: Bruce Rockwood, Daneil Grotta, Laurie Mann, H. G. Stratmann, Me


Sunday, August 8

2pm: "Eh?: The Revival of Audio SF" (One of this year's Hugo nominees for dramatic presentation is a nine hour audiobook. Are fans ready for an audio SF revival? Should these be acted out or simply dramatic readings? Is audio SF ready for the 21st century?)
Media Track, Session 332, P-524B, 1.5 hrs
Panelists: Joe Mahoney, Nicki Lynch, Robert Wiersema, Gillian Horvath, Me

5pm: "Apocalypse and Dystopia"
Scholarly Track, Session 646, P-523B, 1.5 hrs
My independent presentation: "Anticipating Worlds Gone Wrong: Contemporary Young Adult Dystopias”
Other presentations in this session are by Allan Weiss, JJ Pierce, and Thom Bryce


Monday, August 9

12:30pm: "Hard SF: Is it What You Do, or How You Do It?" [Many critics - including David Hartwell - argue that hard SF is as much defined by an attitude (how you depict science in an SF story) rather than to do with detailed depiction of science. So a story like Ted Chiang's "Tower of Babylon" could be hard SF whilst being based in a completely imaginary scientific foundation. Is this a useful way to see things?]
Literature in English Track, Session 588, P-511A, 1.5 hrs
Panelists: Marc Schirmeister, Joël Champetier, Gabrielle Harbowy, Me


In other news...

* I have accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner event in September for the Friends of Rudisill Library at Lenoir-Rhyne University. My talk will be "'I Take My Life in My Hand': A Tale of Two Cherokees and the Trail of Tears."

* I also have accepted invitations to be a guest author at two 2010 conventions:
MarsCon 2010
RavenCon 2010


"There are two sides to reality. There is what is, and there is what people believe. Seldom are they exactly the same."
-L.E. Modesitt, Jr. The Magic Engineer

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ithildyn
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Have fun! It's been years since I've been able to make it to a WorldCon, so I'm a teensy bit envious [g]
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
jagash
Jul. 11th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Have an excellent time at WorldCon; I wish my finances and day job could accommodate me heading on over there, but alas I won't be able to make it despite it's proximity.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm so sorry I won't get to meet you in person this time.
madkestrel
Jul. 11th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
Have fun, darling! Alas, this year I'll be staying home. But I promised Josh Palmatier I'll be writing the whole time. :D
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Writing is good. :) And thank you, I do plan to have fun!
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eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good idea! I'll talk to Tony about it. One way or another, I'll plan to take notes and share. :)
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 4th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I've talked to Tony, and I definitely will be podcasting from the con. Please let me know if there are any particular questions/issues you'd like me to raise during the "Audio SF" panel, okay? Thanks so much!
mackiedockie
Jul. 12th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
Have a great time in Montreal! I see Highlander's own Gillian Horvath is on the media panel. An interesting mix!
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!

I am indeed very excited to be on a panel with Gillian Horvath. :)
sittingduck1313
Jul. 12th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC)
After I caught the con bug from attending ConCarolinas, I've been seriously considering attending RavenCon, as it's much less of a drive for me. And with the gaming room not closing, I'm thinking of maybe running some Arkham Horror and The Stars Are Right. To refresh your memory, The Stars Are Right is the Lovecraft-themed game with the catchphrase, "The world is doomed and you can help. Help doom it, that is."
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
LOL! I love that catchphrase. And I'm so pleased you're considering coming to RavenCon! It was great fun this year (my first time at that con). I think you'd also enjoy the Poe connections they make each year in their programming. Very Lovecraftian. ;)
peadarog
Jul. 12th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Apocalypse and Dystopia sounds really, really cool. Though the hard SF could be great too....
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm really looking forward to them both. I'm pleased to get to take part in such diverse programming, rather than sticking to one track only.
emerdavid
Jul. 13th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
Too bad the MarsCon you're going to next year is not the MarsCon that's held here in the Twin Cities. If it were, I'd be there for sure.
eldritchhobbit
Jul. 16th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, too bad indeed! It would be fun to get to visit with you again in person. Maybe one of these days I'll be invited to the other MarsCon.
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