I’ll be on three panels, as well as attending the Hugo Awards ceremony. This will be my first Worldcon. My panels are:
Friday, August 31
VIOLENCE IN FANTASY
10:30 AM, Wright: Silver West
The use and misuse of violence in SF and fantasy. How much is too much?
Saturday, September 1
WHY FANTASY DOMINATES SCIENCE FICTION
10:30 AM, Grand Suite 3: Gold East
How and why did fantasy emerge as the dominant commercial and literary force in the genre? Where did science fiction lose its way, in terms of attracting and keeping its share of the fans? What can written SF learn from motion pictures and television, and vice versa? What can SF learn from the more successful fantasy works?
DISASTER RESPONSE IN SF
7:30 PM, Gold Coast: Bronze West
Apocalyptic natural disasters, hungry zombies, devastating plagues. These are all mainstays of SF&F stories. The federal government has real National Incident Management System (NIMS) for dealing with them. How would NIMS react to some science fictional scenarios? What would the response look like?