Archive for January 15th, 2018

ConFusion panel schedule

I will be attending ConFusion in Detroit, Michigan this coming weekend! This is my first ConFusion since E/c2 ConFusion (Mass ConFusion) in 1979! I gather the convention has changed a bit since then. Here’s where you can find me at the con:

  • 9pm Friday, Isle Royale
    Let’s Talk: Physics
    A lighthearted talk on a hard science topics with smart and funny people. Let’s Talk: Physics will dive deep into the building blocks of the Universe and try not to giggle about Super G-Strings.
  • 11am Saturday, Petoskey
    Last Exit Before The Worst Timeline
    Alternate histories that explore what the world would look like if a particular horror had been averted can be a way of resisting the narrative that slavery, genocide, colonialism, sexism, and other social evils are inevitable steps on the road to human progress. What are our favorite alternate histories (and alternate presents) that look at better worlds, and how can we use the format to inspire people to hope–and action–in uncertain times?
  • 4pm Saturday, Isle Royale
    Nasa Spinoffs
    Since 1976, NASA has featured an average of 50 technologies each year in the annual publication. Of these 1000 , what has changed lives daily? What can we expect in the future?
  • 5pm Saturday, St. Clair
    Autograph Session (5 PM)
    Come meet your favorite authors, artists and musicians and have them sign things! (Please limit your signing requests to 3 items per person.)
  • 10am Sunday, Charlevoix
    Missing and Deleted Scenes in the Age of the Internet
    On the advice of artist John Tenniel, Lewis Carroll dropped an entire chapter from Through The Looking Glass. That chapter was almost lost to history until a galley turned up in a Sotheby’s auction. These days, writers have a lot more options for their missing scenes, including sharing them as promotional freebies on their websites or including them in newsletters or crowdfunding platforms. Can scenes that ultimately didn’t strengthen the work still merit sharing with readers? What makes a missing scene a good candidate for sharing with readers vs. consignment to the recycling bin of history?
  • 11am Sunday, Isle Royale
    Reading: David D. Levine and Stephanie Morris – NOT IN PRINTED SCHEDULE
  • 1pm Sunday, Saugatuck
    To Mars!
    NASA is finally ready to make humanity’s dream of sending people to Mars a reality. What challenges need to be overcome, and what is ready to go!