It looks like the good folks organizing this year's WorldCon in Montreal are in the final steps of their schedule preparation. That said, I'm thrilled to be participating in the three panels listed below (and moderating the last one). I'm really looking forward to meeting my co-panelists, some of whom I know through their work and by reputation.
If you have any comments or suggestions on specific items you'd like to see me bring up or feel should be addressed, don't hesitate to comment here or drop me a line via e-mail!
When: Thu 17:00
Title: Putting the World into Worldcon
Session ID: 549
All Participants: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Jetse de Vries, Tore A. Høie, Kyoko Ogushi
Moderator: Jetse de Vries
Description: Our information about SF outside the English language is often provided by (mediated by) Anglophone experts who have been to the foreign land in question and brought back what interests them. Here, instead, we gather experts from SF/fantasy traditions outside
English to tell us what we should look out for.
When: Fri 19:00
Title: What's the Score?
Session ID: 400
All Participants: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Chris Becker, Inanna Arthen, Nir Yaniv
Moderator: Inanna Arthen
Description: If music be the food of SF movies, play on. From
Bernard Herrmann to John Williams to Danny Elfman, who are the great composers of SF movies and why should we care?
When: Sat 15:30
Title: A Fine Line
Session ID: 621
All Participants: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Gordon Van Gelder, Karen Burnham, Paul Kincaid
Description: "Publishers have got to live, like anyone else, and you cannot blame them for advertising their wares, but the truly shameful feature of literary life before the war was the blurring of the distinction between advertising and criticism. [Reviewers] churned forth their praise: 'masterpiece', 'brilliant', 'unforgettable' and so forth - like so many mechanical pianos." (George Orwell) Is this still true (if it ever was)?