Heading off later today to the Bay Area for FOGcon. I'll be on the following program items:
Friday 4:30 PM, Salon B/C: Designing Alien Bodies. Aliens are probably going to have very different biology than humans do. How do bodies evolve from their surrounding environments? What might be different if an alien evolved in a waterless wasteland, or a chlorine swamp, or in the goo-powered city we designed at FOGcon 1? Ann Wilkes (Moderator), Carol Dorf, M. Christian, David Levine.
Friday 9:30 PM, Sacramento: Mars Wants Our Genitals. Humanity has often been described as exogamous -- if it's strange, and new, we want to have sex with it. This was simple enough when it was the people from the group down the river who spoke strangely -- but what will it mean as we move out into the universe? Writers have already gone there -- James Tiptree Jr.'s "And I Awoke And Found Me Here By The Cold Hill's Side", for example. How will we relate to a universe whose expectations of sex (if they exist at all) may be very, very different from ours? Shannon Prickett (Moderator), Mary Anne Mohanraj, Steven Schwartz, David Levine, Jean Marie Stine.
Saturday 8:00 PM, Salon B/C: Ask a Pro. Ask a professional writer anything you like about craft, business, or whatever you want to know. David Levine (Moderator), Nalo Hopkinson, Rachel Swirsky, Jean Marie Stine, Nick Mamatas.
Sunday 1:00 PM, Santa Rosa: Reading 11. Daniel Marcus, David Levine, Chaz Brenchley.