April 20th, 2009


Upcoming Penguicon Appearances

Penguicon 7.0 -- The Open Source and Science Fiction Convention

No, really! I've known about Penguicon since its start, but it was never at a time when I could attend -- for a number of years it was just a few weeks after ConFusion, and that's too many trips across the width of Michigan in the winter. (grin) But they've gotten bigger and bigger -- and this year I decided I should go, too.

Penguicon 7.0 will be (Friday through Sunday) May 1 through 3, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Romulus, Michigan.

Guests of honor include Wil Wheaton, Jane McGonigal, Rasmus Lerdorf, and Spider Robinson. Hack of Honor is Candyfab. [Note this last is the 3-D candy making fabricator.]

Nifty guests include John "maddog" Hall, Steve Eley, Catherine Devlin, and Jeanne Robinson.

Dr. Phil's Panels

After getting on three panels at ConFusion, I suggested three panels to Penguicon -- and two were taken. Including the one where I suggested GoH Wil Wheaton and his attendant, John Scalzi, plus LJ Blogger and all around excellent Michigan author Jim C. Hines. How cool is that? Plus a book signing.

As far as I know this is the final scheduling. Though since we're more than a week away, it is surely subject to change. (grin)

Dr. Philip Kaldon
Saturday May 2, 2009 11:00 am
Can I Be Your Friend? Bringing Authors and Readers Together

John Scalzi, Jim C. Hines, Wil Wheaton, Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel Hogan, Dr. Philip Kaldon. Facebook, LiveJournal, WordPress, MySpace, Twitter, website, etc. -- SF/F/H authors are encouraged to engage in self-promotion on the web. Some, like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton make it look easy. But where's the line on privacy and personal details for the authors? And what about fans bent on making the transition to troll or stalker? No one said this was going to be easy.

Saturday May 2, 2009 6:00 pm
Future Crash - What If We Lose the Knowledge?

David Crampton, Dan Hoyt, Dr. Philip Kaldon. Forget writing about the Singularity. What happens when automation brings us to a tech future where no one knows how to actually DO the tech anymore? SF discussion from H.G. Wells to Stargate and beyond.

Sunday May 3, 2009 9:00am
Book Signings

Including Dr. Philip Kaldon and Al Bogdan -- hopefully signing copies of the Writers of the Future Volume XXIV anthology.

Note that you don't have to actually know or use Linux to attend Penguicon. But I'm sure it wouldn't hurt either. (grin)

Dr. Phil