The venerable Arisia convention gets underway at the Westin on Boston's waterfront tomorrow, and once again I will be a program participant. If you want to see me perform for your entertainment, here's where and when the monkey will dance:
Friday (January 16) at 5:30 p.m.: Do We Need Science Fiction? Panel discussion on whether SF really plays a role in the development of new technologies. James L. Cambias (moderator), Stephen Wilk, B. Diane Martin, Jeff Warner, and Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert.
Saturday (January 17) at 1:00 p.m.: Game Design From First Principles Panel on game design theory and methods, open to audience members with games they'd like help in developing. Joshua Newman (moderator), James L. Cambias, David Olsen, Jaime Garmendia, and Carolyn VanEseltine
Sunday (January 18) at 10:00 a.m.: Reading Don Sakers, James L. Cambias, and Suzanne Palmer. I'll be reading from my short story "Contractual Obligation" in the War Stories anthology.
Sunday at 2:30 p.m.: Story Autopsy Panel discussion in which we analyze what works and what doesn't in well-known published works. This time we're doing two recent award-winners — "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal, and "The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere" by John Chu.