guest of honour
Oct 17, 2011
I'll be Canvention Guest of Honour this year. Here's what's up
Opening Ceremonies – Fri. 7 PM, Ballroom BC
Canvention Guest of Honour interview – Sat. 11 AM, Ballroom BC (Laurence Schoen as interviewer.)
Linguistics for Fiction
– Sat. 3 PM, Solarium
From Tolkien to Game of Thrones writers and moviemakers have paid attention to the development of created languages. What goes into creating an authentic language? How do biology and psychology help determine language? This panel will introduce you to the study of languages on Earth and to what may determine the development of language on an alien world. (Matthew Johnson(M), Alex Pantaleev, Lawrence Schoen, Karl Schroeder)
Kaffeeklatsch – Sat. 4:00 PM, Room 207
Sun of Suns Graphic Novel Sneak Peek – Sat. 6 PM, Parkview
Aurora Award Banquet – Sun. 11 PM Shade Restaurant
Aurora Award Ceremony – Sun. 12 PM. I'll be MC'ing.
Cyberpunk: Is It Dead? Did It Ever Really Exist?- Sun. 2
Bruce Sterling once said that if you claim to be writing cyberpunk, you aren’t. Others who have been linked to the cyberpunk movement have disavowed any knowledge of its actions. What is this literary movement in science fiction, and why do writers seem to either run towards or away from the label? (Kathryn Allan, Simon McNeil, Ira Nayman(M), Karl Schroeder, Allan Weiss)
Closing Ceremonies – Sun. 3 PM, Ballroom BC
Jul 27, 2009
14 minutes of me
I gave a keynote address on "the rewilding: a metaphor" at the O'Reilly Open Source 2009 convention last week. It was recorded, and you can now watch it here:
The talk is notable for the number of times I go "um" and refer to my notes; that's mostly because I was called in at the very last minute, and was literally preparing the presentation on the plane. I scrawled it on my iRex tablet, which you'll see me referring to as I talk.
The key ideas--the central metaphor of "the rewilding" are part of a really big research program I'm in the middle of. It's the capstone to all the ideas that went into two of my novels, Ventus and Lady of Mazes. Those two books form a thematic whole, but their statement's not complete. They need a final book, and The Rewilding will be that book--if I can pull it all together in my own mind.
O'Reilly was a bit of a testbed for that--to see if I could bring it all together into a fifteen minute talk that would make sense and be relevant. You might think that's kind of like flying without an intellectual safety net, and it is; but life's too short, and as an SF writer, it's my job to point to new ideas, not necessarily to fully articulate them.
So try the talk, "um's" and all, and let me know what you thought.