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Literary Panels / Re: Tobin's Technology Guide
« Last post by CFink on May 10, 2014, 10:05:13 PM »
You aren't perchance thinking of Anderson's High Crusade?
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Literary Panels / Re: Clear-cut Categories, or Stop Blurring the Lines!
« Last post by CFink on May 10, 2014, 10:04:11 PM »
One reason I've come to like Brandon Sanderson. His fantasy stories are fantasy stories. They may have elements of romance or steampunk, but they're fantasy stories.
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Suggest new track category or other idea / Re: Rearranging the standard panel
« Last post by Vyrdolak on May 09, 2014, 10:03:59 PM »
Don't worry, Michael. It will depend entirely on the panel topic.
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Literary Panels / Re: Tobin's Technology Guide
« Last post by bewareofgeek on May 08, 2014, 06:58:52 PM »
I like this one.  So many sci-fi restricts itself to analogues  of past or modern cultures... IN SPACE!
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Literary Panels / Re: Clear-cut Categories, or Stop Blurring the Lines!
« Last post by bewareofgeek on May 08, 2014, 06:57:15 PM »
I've been bemoaning the overspecialization of genre a lot the last few years.  I mean, there's nothing wrong with a dystopian steampunk paranormal romance with zombies...  but are all these labels actually NECESSARY?
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Literary Panels / Re: The Line between Realism and Boring
« Last post by bewareofgeek on May 08, 2014, 06:54:54 PM »
I actually look at it from a slightly different perspective.  There's an awful lot of "grounded" sci-fi/fantasy out there, especially on television, which seems entirely populated by twenty-somethings in dystopian societies that still manage to have sufficient hair products.

(Blue lighting filter optional, but encouraged).

This is Mario, BTW.
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Media Panels / Re: Has Star Wars ruined SF?
« Last post by bewareofgeek on May 08, 2014, 06:50:31 PM »
I could have fun with this one....
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Forum Protocols, Issues, Questions / Re: Possible activity for the con?
« Last post by MWhitehouse on May 07, 2014, 02:33:54 PM »
That is a very Pi-Con kind of thing to do.
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I think there is nothing wrong with the people in front of the room format as long as the people behind the table are more qualified than the people in front of the table. Too often at cons, the people running the panel are merely equally qualified, or even less qualified than the audience to speak on the topic. When that is the case, it makes sense to have a more round table discussion.

However, as I have gotten older and more mature, I have come to learn as an audience member that I would much rather listen to someone who knows more than me rather than speak. I would much rather sit in a room listening to a highly qualified speaker hold forth on a topic rather than listening to some punter in the audience who thinks he's an expert.

Round tables are good. Presentations are good. Panels that have modestly qualified panelists where the audience kinds of takes over and kind of doesn't are not good.
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Suggest new track category or other idea / Re: Participatory things?
« Last post by CFink on May 05, 2014, 10:36:37 PM »
Game shows have been very successful at other cons I have attended/worked.
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