My schedule at Philcon 2018: November 16-18, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ

I will be attending Philcon 2018, where I am appearing on a number of panels and doing a reading from my upcoming novel, SHADOWBLADE (Saturday at 2 pm).

Right after that I will be at the autograph table (Saturday from 3 to 4). Please stop by for some freebies and a friendly conversation!

Here is my full schedule:

Friday, November 16:

FANTASY WITHOUT FANTASY?: 8:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour) (3060)

[Panelists: Jim Stratton (mod), Ken Altabef, Sally Wiener Grotta, Carl Paolino, Marshall Ryan Maresca, Anna Kashina]

How much actual supernaturalism or other fantastic elements (dragons, magic, elves, etc.) does a fantasy story require? There are examples of books marketed as fantasy, set in imaginary places, that contain no fantastic elements- How do they function within the genre

Saturday, November 17: 

 FOUNDATIONS OF WORLDBUILDING: PLANETARY SYSTEMS & SPACE: 11:00 AM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour) (3066)

[Panelists: Jazz Hiestand (mod), Anna Kashina, Nicholas MacDonald-Martell, Dr. Valerie J. Mikles, John Monahan]

What effect would having two moons do to the oceans of your world? How do the orbital paths of your planets affect the transit times between them? What factors should you take into account when constructing *your* ideal star system

THE DEPICTIONS OF TECHNOLOGY IN STAR WARS AND STAR TREK: 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)  (3108)

[Panelists: Jeff Warner (mod), John Ashmead, Inge Heyer, Jay Wile, Anna Kashina, Glenn Hauman]

How do these universes differ in the ways they depict their tech? How did the history of each world affect the invention and uses of medical devices, weaponry, methods of transportation, and robotic beings

READING: SHADOWBLADE: Sat 2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)  (3335)

[Panelists: Brandon Budda (mod), Anna Kashina]

Autograph Table Sat 3:00 PM(1 hour) (3350)

[Panelists: Inge Heyer (mod), Anna Kashina]

WRITING INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS IN THE ERA OF THEY: Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)  (3077)

[Panelists: Robert C. Roman (mod), Dr. Valerie J. Mikles, Anna Kashina, Alana Phelan, Kevin Patterson, Linda J. Lee]

Our notions about romance, sex, and marriage are evolving to keep pace with a world that continues to gain a more nuanced understanding of gender identity, the spectrum of human sexuality, and what a family is. Does your writing reflect an inclusive future, or one where the standards of 1950’s America have remained the norm

Sunday, November 18:

THE FUTURE OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND PUBLIC BIOHACKING: Sun, 11am (1 hour)
Synthetic biology aims to create organisms that maintain and propagate themselves while producing a desired outcome, whether that is flowers that glow in the dark, cells that produce rare drugs, or architectural organisms that serve as living homes. From do-it-yourself biologists to biohackers to the International Genetically Engineered Machine, people are already bringing synthetic biology to life. We  will discuss technologies that are available now, illustrative examples, and possible dangers of synthetic life.

THE MYTH OF THE MAD SCIENTIST: Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour) (3078)

[Panelists: Jim Stratton (mod), John Ashmead, Aaron Feldman, Anna Kashina, Alan P. Smale]

Despite a long history in fiction of solo geniuses making the ultimate breakthroughs in their basement labs, collaboration is necessary for scientific advancement. So why do we glorify the loner scientist trope? Can we make collaborative science feel equally heroic? How do we portray science being done realistically while still meeting the needs of the story

 

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2 Responses to My schedule at Philcon 2018: November 16-18, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ

  1. Terry says:

    Wish whoever chose these panels was in my neck of the woods, I’d be at all of them.

  2. I’d be curious about the fantasy-without-fantasy panels for the perverse reason I hate books like that.

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