This weekend.. Back to the ConFusion -- Friday 16 January to Sunday 18 January 2015. The Doubletree Hotel Detroit/Dearborn, 5801 Southfield Road, Detroit, MI 48228, is hosting for the third year.
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!For some previews, ConFusion has a cool Tumblr.
Plus Detcon1 -- last summer's NASFiC in Detroit -- is holding a party Friday night. See below.
The full Program is now available as a PDF.
Six panels, moderating one -- and a reading! Now with panelists and rooms!
ConFusion Schedule for Dr. Phil Kaldon
Friday 6pm: Dearborn 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: Michigan - Big Top Opening Ceremonies) Friday 8pm: Warren 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. Julie Winningham, Philip Kaldon, Aset, Steve Drew' (Friday 9pm: Erie Detcon1 Thank You Party) Life seems so empty now that we're not running a NASFiC anymore. So we're going to throw one last party this weekend at MI Official ConFusion to say thank you to everyone who supported us. We'll have ribbons and shirts and some other surprises to give away, food and drink, plus a DJ Scalzi-inspired playlist and a slideshow of our favorite pictures from the con. Join us in the Erie Room Friday night! Saturday 10am: Dearborn 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? Christian Klaver, Philip Kaldon, Cinda Williams Chima, Steve Buchheit Saturday 11am: Southfield Time Travel Devices, Doors, and Deus Ex Machinas How to travel through time (in literature and media) Philip Kaldon, Ferrett Steinmetz, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Laura Resnick Saturday 4pm: Dearborn 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. Bill Higgins, Philip Kaldon, Ron Collins, Andrew Zimmerman Jones Sunday 10am: Warren Tomlinson/Kaldon reading Patrick S. Tomlinson and Philip Kaldon read from their works. 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: Erie 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. Philip Kaldon, Jason Sanford, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, Patrick S. Tomlinson, Brent Seth
Note: Room map is from 2013. (Click on map for larger.)
Anyway, these are all fun panels to be on and I am very excited about my reading.
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