Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Worldcon Schedule

Here's my final panel schedule (as of 7/20):


Wed 14:00 - 15:00, Designing Believable Physics (Panel), A03 (RSCC)
Is it possible that the laws of physics behave differently
in different parts or times of the universe? How would
that impact world creation? Would biological development
even happen, or might intelligence arise in some other way?
Participants: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (M), Steve Gillett, John G. Hemry, Gregory Benford

Wed 21:00 - 22:00, What Does Your SF Sound Like? (Panel), A04 (RSCC)
What means science fiction music to you? A majestic piece
by Williams or Holst? The theremin in _The Day the Earth
Stood Still_? Our panel discusses trends in science fiction
music and plays some samples.
Participants: Jim Mann (M), Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, James Bacon


Thu 11:00 - 12:00, The 1960s, 50 Years On (Panel), A05 (RSCC)
The 1960s saw a number of great SF writers come into the
forefront -- Roger Zelazny, Philip K. Dick, Samuel Delany,
Ursula Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and others. It also saw
huge changes in SF, with the coming of the New Wave and the
reactions for and against it. Looking back, how do we
view 1960s SF.
Participants: Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (M), Robert Silverberg, Jim Frenkel, Parris McBride, Jerry Kaufman


Fri 17:00 - 18:00, Applied Quantum Mechanics: The Ultimate Mind
Trip (Panel), D04 (RSCC)
Quantum mechanics has always been a mind trip. Particles
altering their behavior based on what other particles will
do. Particles that are in multiple places at once or that
can suddenly tunnel through a barrier and appear elsewhere.
But the trip can get even stranger as we apply this
knowledge. Quantum mechanics is no longer just about the
subatomic universe.
Participants: Gregory Benford (M), David Brin, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Corry L. Lee


Sat 11:00 - 12:00, Generation Gap? Is the Conversation in Written SF Fractured by Cohort? (Panel), A09 (RSCC)
Elizabeth Bear noted there are different conversations
amonst the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers, and
Generation X. How differentiated (or segregated) are the
different generations editors and writers conversations?
Is the on-going conversation between SF writers, the
playing with each other's ideas restricted to writers
of a roughly similar age?
Participants: Liz Gorinsky (M), Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Paul Cornell, Ginjer Buchanan

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