Yes! It's that time again! And since I received my schedule today I can share it with all of you.
Fri 4:00 PM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
ARE BLOGS AND FACEBOOK THE ENEMY? (535)
[Panelists: Philippa Ballantine (mod), Orenthal Hawkins, Lawrence Johnson, Jay Smith]
Nowadays, the internet provides every scintilla of news about upcoming genre projects. Does the chatter crush your enthusiasm? Maybe you should relax, reserve judgment and resist the expectations of the "internet echo chamber" -- but how
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
WHY SOME SCIENCE FICTION THEMES REACH THE MAINSTREAM AND OTHERS DO NOT
[Panelists: Kimberly Ann Kindya (mod), Sanford Meschkow, Helen
Collins, Lawrence Johnson]
Post apocalyptic fiction and time travel stories may be two examples of science fiction themes that have fascinated the mainstream. Why do some themes in science fiction appeal to those who do not often read it?
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
ONE HIT WONDERS. (496)
[Panelists: Michael J. Walsh (mod), Patricia M. Cryan, Lawrence Johnson]
Just as there are recording artists who are known for only one hit song, there are writers known for only one story."The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin, “A Subway Named Moebius” by A.J. Deutch,“The Werewolf” by Clemence Houseman and LUD-IN-THE-MIST by Hope Mirlees come to mind.
Why in each case is critical attention focused on only one story by these writers?
Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
WAS "AVATAR" THE NEXT "STAR WARS" (532)
[Panelists: Phillip Thorne (mod), Peter Prellwitz, Lawrence Johnson, Theodore Krulik]
There are similarities: new technology, an exciting, but perhaps not very original plot and box office success. But thirty years into the blockbuster era, can anything match the impact of the original "Star Wars"
Last year was a blast. Last year I had a great time at the True Blood panel and the Doctor Who panels as well as the Buck Rogers panel. I got the chance to meet and chat with other great authors and I hope to do the same again this year.
I am looking forward even more so this year than I did last year because of the Return 2 Earth book launch and the contests that we will be holding. What do you mean by we? My daughter Lauren will also be avaliable to sign copies of her novella, The Visions of Koto-Ryin.
Everyone who arrives to the book signing will receive a ticket and will be eligible to win a prize. Everyone who arrives and buys a book in the Escape 2 Earth series will be eligible to win other kinds of prizes.
The book signing is Saturday Nov. 20.
In the meantime check out Hugh Casey's Ten Reasons Why You Should Go to PhilCon: http://hughcasey.livejournal.com/1354293.html
Check out some pictures from last year: