My family and I will be making the trip to Philcon again this year but things will be more exciting this time around.
It’s not that I didn’t enjoy last year’s event because I actually had a great time. This time will be different for two reasons. 1) I have been invited to participate on four panels which is double the number from last year but the big difference will be the long awaited book launch of the sequel to Escape 2 Earth 2012.
For the past four and a half years my daughter Lauren and I have been writing short stories connected to Escape 2 Earth, so many in fact we have put several of them together in paperback and titled it Inside the Spiral Galaxy. Almost immediately after the release of Escape 2 Earth readers started asking what happened next.
I had been considering a sequel which is now going to be a trilogy and it appears that the Escape 2 Earth Universe has been born. What does this have to do with Philcon? Some of you may ask. Well the answer is the people, not only are they friendly most of them really appreciate a good science fiction story.
Very few ever talk about it but there actually two types of sci-fi cons, one for those who enjoy watching sci-fi movies and TV shows the other convention is for those who want the whole experience, the trifecta of science fiction which includes reading. With workshop panels including publishing companies and literary agents also panels covering everything from Dr. Who to True Blood it was clear to me that this crowd get’s it.
It is the perfect venue for the double book launch of Return 2 Earth and Inside the Spiral Galaxy. This will be an upbeat event so we are going full tilt with large sci-fi posters, refreshments and lots of special sci-fi related prizes. Two years ago I was invited to attend a science fiction convention loaded with TV and movie stars down in Dallas. It was fun but as a writer I really enjoyed my conversation with L.A. Banks and listening to John Maberry on last year’s panel at Philcon.
Who will win the Escape 2 Earth 2012 gift basket?
Here is a list of dates, times, and room number for my panels.
Fri 4:00 PM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
ARE BLOGS AND FACEBOOK THE ENEMY? (535)
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
WHY SOME SCIENCE FICTION THEMES REACH THE MAINSTREAM AND OTHERS DO NOT(473)
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
ONE HIT WONDERS. (496)
Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
WAS "AVATAR" THE NEXT "STAR WARS" (532)
I hope to see you there.
Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Escape 2 Earth Series