August 7th, 2012


I've Got More Panels

WorldCon in Chicago

I just got my revised list of WorldCon panels and they've added one panel:

Fri Aug 31 Noon-1:30:pm Game Show: Iron Chef Flash Fiction
Grand Suite 3 The aim of the game is to write a short story in less than 5 minutes. The moderator will give the panelists a subject to write about, and after 5 minutes our writers will each read their masterpieces and let the audience decide the winner before they head into the next round into the next challenge. Three rounds are planned but a fourth will be added if time permits.
Christopher J Garcia, Dr. Phil, Janet Freeman. Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Mur Lafferty

Though I have a tendency to write long, I have also produced shorter works in shorter time scales, including the WOTF workshop 24 hour challenge story. Five minutes? Piece of cake. (gurk!) Looks like I'm up against 2012 John W. Campbell nominee Mur Lafferty, amongst others. (eek!) Oh, and our moderator Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen is the publisher of Alembical, which is devoted to the longer work of novellas. How long again is a five-minute novella? (grin)

Already on the books:

Fri Aug 31 4:30-6:00:pm Scale and Space: Seeing Neil Armstrong's Footprints
Columbus EF What can we see from space? Popular TV shows suggest we can infinitely enlarge any image without any loss, but the real world is both much more complicated and much more interesting. We know Neil Armstrong's footprints are still on the Moon - but can we see them? And from how far away? And what else can we see? The Internet is full of fascinating images. (This is an updated version of a Science presentation I made at ConFusion 2011)

Sat Sep 1 3:00-3:30:pm Reading: Dr. Phil
(I suppose I'll have to figure out what something suitably short I can read here... grin.)

Sun Sep 2 12:00-1:30:pm The Role of SF for Teachng Critical Thinking
Comiskey A discussion of science fiction's role in the academic world, and how using science fiction in the classroom promotes literacy and encourages students to think critically.
Chris Mirell, Dr. Phil, Erica Neely, Jonathan Vos Post, Val Ontell

Science, Applied Science Fiction and literature. And now Iron Chef: Short Story!

(You know, I really wanted to be on this Iron Chef panel, but figured with all the talent showing up at WorldCon, what chance would I have?)

Dr. Phil