Participants: Chris COOPER, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL, Mark L. VAN NAME
Computers are getting lighter and more capable every year. (The latest innovation: tie two or more onto the same piece of silicon). Is there an end in sight? Or does it only end at some point in the so called "Singularity?"
Thu 1600 Evil Leaders
Participants: Dave LUCKETT, David D. LEVINE, Esther FRIESNER
Evil leaders in history and literature are fascinating. What makes them evil, and why do they interest us? What is evil? Can an evil leader benefit his people? Does writing about evil help us understand the reality? Should a writer feel obligated to say something profound, or just have fun?
Fri 1200 Kaffeeklatsche
Participants: David D. LEVINE
Sat 1200 Location,Location,Location: How Setting Influences and Structures the Story
Participants: David D. LEVINE, Delia SHERMAN, Lillian CSERNICA, Stanley SCHMIDT
How do the arc of the Ringworld, the hills of the Shire, the plazas of Trantor shape their stories' characters and events? Does local color bewitch or bore the reader? (Does it matter? -- why?) Are real places easier to evoke than imaginary ones? Which genre settings can't you forget?
Sat 1600 Sex and Technology
Participants: David D. LEVINE, Dr Andrew A. ADAMS, Patricia MACEWEN
The automobile.....the movie......the Internet......then? How has modern technology affected sex? What lies ahead - virtual reality harems? Computer-enhanced marital aids? The orgasmatron? What can we look forward to? (and is this all a Good Thing?)
Sun 1700 Miss Piggy and Godzilla
Participants: Amy THOMSON, David D. LEVINE, Tom GALLOWAY
We have fun and speculate on some interesting dates. Poor Godzilla.
Mon 1000 The Singularity: How to Write About It
Participants: Charles STROSS, Gregory BENFORD, David D. LEVINE, Jack William BELL
The singularity may be the most interesting idea to come out of SF, yet may pose a challenge which may be insurmountable — how to set a story in a world which is, by definition, incomprehensible? If a singularity lurks about a hundred years after the invention of the computer: does this mean that hard SF is a contradiction in terms once it gets outside the near future? Can SF stories cope? Or should writers just ignore it and move on?
After the con we'll be touring to Matsumoto (Sep 4-5), Hida-Furakawa (Sep 6), Takayama (Sep 7-8), Kanazawa (Sep 9-10), and Tokyo (Sep 11-16).