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Literary Panels / Re: The Works of Allen Steele.
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:56:57 AM »
Excellent!  You can correct us if we get anything wrong.

Literary Panels / Re: The Line between Realism and Boring
« on: May 05, 2014, 10:54:39 AM »
That would be awesome.  Programming, take note!!

Media Panels / Has Star Wars ruined SF?
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:51:33 AM »
In a recent post to the Meta-Panel, Lisa linked to a post by Lewis Beale contending that Star Wars has ruined Science Fiction.  This led to a very interesting exchange, with me at first agreeing and then amending my comment by observing that SW was just the latest in a long line of Hollywood SF travesties, long on action/romance and short on science.  To which George Claxton replied that SW wasn't actually SF at all, but the classic "hero's journey" of fantasy dressed up as SF, and cited several worse offenders.  Rather than waste our brilliance on FB, I propose that this be a panel with me and George included.

Oh, and Vikki Ciaffone wants to be on this, too.

Cosplay and Costuming Panels / Re: Kilt Fashion Show
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:36:33 PM »
Love it!

Literary Panels / The Line between Realism and Boring
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:12:04 AM »
Here's another one I shamelessly stole:
The people who really explore space and fight modern wars have a lot of self control. They donít slam fists into spacecraft controls like Hulk Hogan. Do you have to forget about them in fiction, or can you make them interesting? And if your protagonist is like that do you just have to accept that critics will complain and press on in hopes of finding an audience that appreciates a little verisimilitude?

This is a panel I'd love to be on.  I'd like to broaden it a bit, taking on the fine line writers walk between making not just characters but situations believable and realistic while still taking the reader beyond the constraints of dull reality.

Literary Panels / Short road to success
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:06:58 AM »
Okay, I admit, I'm copping this from another con, but its a panel I'd love to be in the audience for.

Short stories (and novellas and novelettes) were once said to be the way to break into publishing. Are they still? Are people still reading anthologies and magazines? Are more people finding short stories via Amazon?

Fandom Panels / Re: Saying 'Hi' and other forms of Social Interaction
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:28:39 AM »
It need not be restricted to flirting.  Many geeks find this whole business of small talk baffling, from the word "Hi" on.

Literary Panels / Re: Blue-Collar SF
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:20:27 AM »
Jeff Warner said:  Our Guest of Honor is all over this one.  I'm reading Allen Steele's short story collection "Sex and Violence in Zero-G" that i picked up at Philcon. It's his 'Near Space' series about the blue-collar grunts who do all the knuckle-busting jobs that are crucial to living and working throughout the solar system in the next century.

Literary Panels / Teachers in SF
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:13:58 AM »
My suggestion for a panel comes from my thinking there is a dearth of teachers in SF. In fantasy, most of them are wizards, or "elders" or some such teaching magick and the like.

Panel would assume the future in 200-1000 years from now, involving earthlings or alien, on Earth or somewhere else. What would audience members be qualified to teach, or want to teach? What would people (not necessarily children) need to learn, or know? How would things be taught? In person? Via mind-link? Downloaded to a chip in the brain? Or some other way? Would all the teachers be human?

Literary Panels / Politics of the Hunger Games
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:08:02 PM »
Panel on the sociology and politics of Hunger Games and its sequels?  It's playing out to be a scathing commentary on Rich (1%) vs. Poor.  Super-rich manipulating the poor and setting them against each other.  Also strong female protagonist, which is rare and cool.

Forum Protocols, Issues, Questions / Possible activity for the con?
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:06:58 PM »
This is not a panel suggestion, so much as an activity which authors might participate in.  For example, a round table where they play a game, each adding a line to create a story, improvising as they go.  Do you think such a thing might fly?  I'm thinking it might be something like Kirk Poland at Readercon, and could become a tradition at Pi-Con.  Something that involves creativity and friendly competition.   Perhaps a "Whose Line?" type of thing.  Improv with authors or any creative person.

Media Panels / MST3K and Rifftraks
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:04:57 PM »
It is the 25th anniversary of MST3K showing up on National television.  Premiered on Comedy channel 25 years ago in 1989.  An MST3K panel?  Talk about favorite episodes, how the show evolved, etc.  Also its evolution into RiffTraks.  How many folks have seen movies they otherwise never would have watched (*cough* Twilight) made endurable thanks to the crew?

Media Panels / Dr. Strangelove at 50
« on: January 25, 2014, 04:02:08 PM »
The Timelord isn't the only Doctor enjoying his first half-century.  The iconic movie Dr. Strangelove is also fifty.  What has changed since it was made?  What, if anything, still resonates?

Alt-Lifestyle Panels / Fiction has no place in our curriculum
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:58:13 PM »
The new educational Common Core standards marginalize fiction in favor of non-fiction.  What effect is that going to have on the imagination and inspiration of students?  Hasn't SF been traditionally marginalized?  Now all of fiction is getting pushed aside.

Literary Panels / Does SF have a Liberal bias?
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:56:28 PM »
SF is a source of inspiration in a way that Fantasy cannot be, directing us to look forward.  Progressive means progress.  Does this mean that SF is necessarily inclined to push us towards expanded horizons and progressive thinking?  Or is it just as likely to frame dystopias as progress gone bad?

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