I’ll be at the Detcon1 convention this upcoming weekend, Detcon1 being the North American Science Fiction Convention for the year (and the NASFiC being the convention that gets run in the US/Canada when the Worldcon is on a different continent). It’s in Detroit, downtown. It’s not too late to come along — it should be a fine convention, not in the least because I will be DJing an 80s dance at it. Yes! Me! Finally, all those years of dance training will pay off! Or something!
In fact, here’s my whole schedule for the weekend:
Thursday, July 17
5pm: A Renaissance for Science Fiction
Chuck Von Nordheim (moderator), Saladin Ahmed, Anne Harris, John Scalzi, Ellen Denham, Carrie Patel
Our panelists discuss the theme of Poul Anderson’s Detention Guest of Honor Speech: authors should create “not merely clever variations on a theme, but stories which are about people and about science and about history and about art and about philosophy and about the way a mountain looks at twilight when the stars are just coming forth. That kind of science fiction is entertaining.”
Friday, July 18
2pm: Dealing with Bad Apples
Steven H Silver (moderator), Tim Miller, Mark Oshiro, Jesi Pershing, Diana M. Pho,John Scalzi
Trolls, creepers, or just plain jerks. We’ve all encountered them at cons and online. Panelists discuss tools–like comment moderation and harassment policies–for keeping foul and prejudiced people from chasing others out of our community spaces, events, and organizations. And what to do when “they” are “us.”
3pm: Fanzines and Professional Writing
Steven H Silver (moderator), Nicki Lynch, Roger Sims, Jim C. Hines, John Scalzi
At Detention a discussion by the editors of amateur magazines was sparked by Ed Wood asking, “Why weren’t fanzines as good as they once were and why were their writers no longer becoming top quality pros very often?” The panel lasted from about 11 p.m. Sunday until 4:30 a.m. What is the state of fanzines today? How have digital formats affected fanzines? What role do they have now in the career of a professional writer, especially compared to 50 years ago?
4pm: Reading: Carey/Scalzi
Jacqueline Carey, John Scalzi
Jacqueline Carey and John Scalzi read from their work.
Saturday, July 19
12pm: The Other Worldbuilding Panel: Gaming
Jon Davis (moderator), Mike Substelny, John Scalzi, Carrie Patel
Our panelists discuss worldbuilding techniques for video games, focusing on how stories are developed and told for interactive software titles.
10pm: ’80s Dance with DJ Scalzi!
Join DJ Scalzi for a retro dance. Wear your ’80s on your sleeve!
Sunday, July 20
12pm: Creators and Brand Identity
Beverly Bambury (moderator), Martin L. Shoemaker, Sean Mead, John Scalzi
Neil Gaiman. John Scalzi. Would they be mid-list authors in a world without the Internet? Can you be famous in 2014 only by writing or making art? How does a creator build a brand?
I’ll note that for the 80s dance I have (I think) two hours for the dance, and 22 hours worth of music ready on my dance playlist. Because I believe in overpreparation. It’s gonna be fun.
I should also note that there is supposed to be a mass autographing session at 8pm on Friday. I am likely to be there if you wish to have books signed.
When I am not at panels or events, I am likely to be in the bar, per tradition. Feel free to say hello!
See you at Detcon1, I hope.