WorldCon Schedule

This is my Final Schedule for the 2016 WorldCon in Kansas City.  Y’all come!   As I have discovered previously that this theme (which I don’t have time to change anytime soon) is quite rigid about its cuts, and doesn’t observe line breaks above the cut,  I’m chatting here so that maybe, just maybe, I can paste in the schedule easily  below the cut.   I have scheduled items on Thursday afternoon, Friday (two), Saturday (three) and Sunday (two) and of course will be hanging out (mostly trying to find a place to sit down) much of the rest of the time.  I’m findable.

The Schedule:

Science Fiction as Epic

Thursday 13:00 – 14:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)

Often science fiction that is epic in nature is dismissed as “space opera,” but science fiction can be epic without resorting to the world destroying of Edmond Hamilton or the dogfighting X-Wings of Star Wars. What constitutes epic science fiction and what does it do that more personal stories can’t?

John Kessel (M) , Frederick Turner, Elizabeth Moon, Walter Jon Williams, Cynthia War

Autographing: Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson

Friday 12:00 – 13:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)

Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson

Space and Human Speciation

Friday 16:00 – 17:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

Human speciation in an interstellar culture. Isolated by travel times in decades or centuries, interstellar settlements might satisfy some of the criteria for speciation, even with low birthrates. Genetic drift or intentional modifications might leave some parts of humanity unable to breed with others, at least by normal methods. How long would that take? Can we imagine what our great to the nth grandchildren might look like?

Elizabeth Moon, Ms Rachel Neumeier (M), G. David Nordley, Frederick Turner, Mr. Preston Grassmann

SIGMA: Planning the Future Today

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)

The SIGMA Forum is a collection of science fiction writers who offer futurism consulting to the United States government and appropriate NGOs.

Dr. Charles Gannon, Bud Sparhawk, Greg Bear, Elizabeth Moon (M)

Medical Myths and Errors in SF

Saturday 16:00 – 17:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)

You’ve done what now? Er, pretty sure that would kill you. And so goes the medical community when they read or watch yet another amusingly bad medical error. Come along and find out more.

Perrianne Lurie (M), Dr. Brad Aiken, H.G. Stratmann, Elizabeth Moon, Virginia Campen

Reading: Elizabeth Moon

Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, 2203 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)

Elizabeth Moon

Kaffeeklatsch: Eleanor Arnason, David Brin, Elizabeth Moon

Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center)

Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Moon, David Brin

Terraforming Terra: Geoengineering for Climate Change Survival

Sunday 12:00 – 13:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)

What can we do in terms of really big engineering projects to change or adapt to what looks like a pretty hot, wet, and stormy future?

Gregory Benford , Ian McDonald, Patricia MacEwen, John DeLaughter PhD, Elizabeth Moon, Mrs. Laurel Anne Hill (M)

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