My LACon IV Schedule
Holy crap, I’m doing a lot of stuff at the upcoming Worldcon — my schedule is of Strossian proportions. Here’s what they have me doing and when. I’m cutting and pasting from the e-mail:
Wed 8/23 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN CAREER
Robin Wayne Bailey
Robert J. Sawyer(M)
Precis: How to manage your life as a writer.
Wed 8/23 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
THE DAY JOB
Paul A. Abell
Precis: Many SF writers and SF fans are scientists in real life.How do they combine the two? What is doing science for a living really like? Are we all really mad scientists who want to rule the world?
Thu 8/24 11:30 AM, 60-90 minutes.
POLITICS & SF
John Maddox Roberts
Precis: Which political ideologies from science fiction novels could and/or do work in real life? Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Starship Troopers? Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale? The whole Star Trek universe?
Thu 8/24 3:00 PM, 60 minutes.
AUTOGRAPHING: John Scalzi
Thu 8/24 4:00 PM, 60 minutes.
READING: John Scalzi
Fri 8/25 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.
THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
David F. McMahon, MD(M)
Precis: Medicine is evolving at an amazing pace. New discoveries, technology, etc. are announced every day. What will medicine be like in 100 years? Will we have tricorders and neuroscanners like in Star Trek? How about growing or cloning organs? Will we be using organics to solve problems instead of nanobots?
Fri 8/25 1:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
PARODY, PASTICHE, AND HUMOR
Peter S. Beagle
Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff(M)
Precis: There’s a time and place for everything. Or is there? Does humor have a place in modern fiction? Can there ever be too much?
Fri 8/25 4:00 PM, 60-90 minutes.
SWIMMING IN THE GENE POOL
Jody Lynn Nye
Precis: What are the ethical problems of the Human Genome Project? Are we playing God when we fool around with genes and chromosomes? Can a world of all blonde and blue-eyed children be far behind? When we can work miracles on the molecular level, will the people in areas we can “correct” be discriminated against?
Fri 8/25 5:30 PM, 60-90 minutes.
Geoffrey A. Landis
Thomas R. McDonough(M)
G. David Nordley
Robert J. Sawyer
Precis: Where are the Extraterrestrials? Why haven’t we been contacted? A gold mine for SF ideas, the academic study of this problem has come a long way in the last 10 years. Are we victims of a galactic conspiracy, or is the forest full of wolves?
Sun 8/27 10:00 AM, 60-90 minutes.
MIGHT MAKES RIGHT
Joe W. Haldeman
Precis: An awful lot of ‘hard SF’ is set in a military milieu. Is that to be our destiny in space? Or are Gordon Dickson, Robert Heinlein, and Jerry Pournelle just giving us some rip-roaring adventures? Besides, what’s wrong with militarism?
The good news is that they didn’t put me on anything in before 10am or that starts after 5:30pm, and I have Saturday off. Clearly I’ll have to do all my socializing then. Although I do understand there’s some sort of ceremony then that I need to consider attending. I’ll have to give it some thought.