My Sasquan Schedule (Revised August 19)
I'll be at Worldcon this year. Here's how to find me.
I hope to see you in Spokane. Here's what I'll be doing:
The Changing Face of Hard Science Fiction
Thursday 16:00 - 16:45, Bays 111B (CC)
Hard science fiction has roots that at least go back to Verne, and it's been a major part of the field -- some would argue it's been the center of the field, or even the only real SF -- since at least the 1940s. But like the rest of SF, it has evolved and change. Where is it now and where is it going?
The Future of Government
Thursday 17:00 - 17:45, 300B (CC)
We like to think that US democracy is the ultimate and best form of government. But the world has seen many different forms of government over the centuries, and even today many different forms exist around the world. What will governments in the US and other countries be like in the next 10, 50, or 200 years? How will changing technologies and world conditions (e.g., climate change) affect those forms? Are there forms of government that have been proposed that have never existed in the real world, but might?
Genre and the Global Police State
Thursday 20:00 - 20:45, 300C (CC)
Thanks to the Five Eyes -- the joint intelligence sharing treaty between the USA, UK, Australia, and others -- and the total penetration of the internet by NSA/GCHQ monitoring, we now live in a society that is a secret policeman's dream. Wikileaks and then Edward Snowden blew the lid off the scandalous subversion of western democracies by unaccountable secret government agencies. In past decades, SF and fantasy provided a vehicle for trenchant social and political commentary on on-going cultural changes (consider "The Forever War" as a comment on Vietnam), but where are the genre works dealing with the global police state?
and Futurism (Moderator)
Friday, August 21 2015, 1:00 pm
with Trina Marie Phillips, Matt Wallace
Friday, August 21 2015, 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 22 2015, 12:00 pm
Climate Change and Health
Sunday 11:00 - 11:45, Bays 111B (CC)
The climate is changing in ways that have big implications for the future well-being of humans. There will be direct effects (e.g., heat stress) and indirect effects (e.g., disease-carrying mosquitos moving northward). The panelists will discuss what is happening now, what we can expect in the near future, and what might occur down the road if climate change continues on its present course.
Autographing CANCELLED - TRYING TO RESCHEDULE
Sunday 12:00 - 12:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)