Back to the ConFusion, the 41st ConFusion by name and 42nd annual January gathering (starting with the AA Realx-I-Con in 1974), is a go! 2015 looks to be an exciting year--it will be the year that Marty McFly really traveled to in Back to the Future II, whatever that Facebook meme says, so look out for those hoverboards, they must be right around the corner. (No, seriously, look out!) We're anticipating another excellent con, with the first-time appearance of author Karen Lord, researcher Dr. Cynthia Chestek, and gaming gurus Monte Cook & Shanna Germain. We'll also welcome back Heather Dale, now performing as our Music Guest of Honor. And then there's Aaron Thul, longtime fan and conrunner, returning after two years away as our Fan Guest of Honor. Please do join us, and we hope to see you there in January!I had four panels and a reading, but they've given me two more panels, from Friday evening to Sunday noon. Including an important reveal -- see below...
Preliminary Schedule for Dr. Phil Kaldon
Friday 6pm: Every Creature (Real and Fantastical) Poops You may have read the book Everyone Poops, but it's so human-centric. What about mermaids, centaurs, and other fantastical creatures? Let's see if we can analogize from real species to arrive at a theory of fantastical pooping. (Caution: conversation may stray into food, sex and gestation.) Rowena Cherry, Cindy Spencer Pape, Lucy Kennedy, Dr. Phil Kaldon (Friday 7pm: Opening Ceremonies) Friday 8pm: Ghosts of SyFy Past Come reminisce about the actual science fiction SyFy used to show, and talk about the network's plans to get back to its science fiction roots. Update 12-19-2014: I asked and no, this 8pm panel does NOT conflict with the Opening Ceremonies, which are scheduled for 7pm. So you have no excuse not to come to the so-called SyFy Channel fish fry... (grin) Saturday 10am: Building a Better Dragon No two writers imagine the same dragon. How would yours be different? Flying, fire, temperament, teeth: what makes a good dragon? Saturday 11am: Time Travel Devices, Doors, and Deus Ex Machinas How to travel through time (in literature and media) Ferrett Steinmetz, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Laura Resnick, Dr. Phil Kaldon (Saturday 3pm: Mass Autograph Session) Saturday 4pm: Time Travel (im)Possibilities Would 1.21 gigawatts get the job done, or would the flux capacitor even work? Time for our panelists and audience to debunk our favorite time travel devices in literature and popular media. Sunday 10am: Tomlinson/Kaldon reading This will be the first public reading from the opening chapters of The Lost Kingdom YA project I am working on. I had planned to read this at WindyCon, but alas the weather kept us away from Chicago in mid-November. Their loss is your gain. Sunday 11am: Science or Science Fiction? Science fiction novels continue to impress with amazing technological advances in so many areas. What's more impressive, though? That some of them are reality! Come talk about some of the things you see on the news today that you first read about years ago in a book.No room assignments yet -- hopefully it won't be a LONG walk/roll from adjacent events. Anyway, these are all fun panels to be on and I am very excited about my reading.
I've said it before -- ConFusion is one of my favorite weekends of the year and I was gypped out of it last year. So if you can, please come on over!
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