This weekend I'll be attending the venerable PhilCon science fiction convention, at the Crowne Plaza hotel in scenic Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Here's my schedule of events:
Friday, November 18, 8:00 p.m., Plaza III: Utopias That Make Us Cringe — I'll be moderating a panel on utopian societies in science fiction that don't actually seem very utopian at all.
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 a.m., Executive Suite C: Taking Your Game from Concept to Creation — I join a distinguished group of panelists to discuss how to actually design and publish a game.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Crystal Ballroom Three: Writing For Aliens: Constructing Languages — This time I'll be the most obscure member of a powerhouse panel talking about alien communication.
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Plaza II: Psionics: Where Did They Go? — A group of writers tackle the question of why psychic powers were once ubiquitous in science fiction and why that has changed.
Sunday, November 20, 12:00 noon, Plaza II: The Prehistory of SF — I'll be moderating a panel about early works going back to ancient Rome, in which we try to settle whether or not they were science fiction and how they influenced the field.