Monday, July 18, 2016

WorldCon 2016 Schedule (Draft)

I'm tremendously excited by my panel schedule for the upcoming MidAmeriCon II, to be held in the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO from Wed to Sun, August 17-21, 2016.

I feel really fortunate to have been selected for these panels, which include incredible participants, and are all about subjects that I enjoy.

Note: The ones with an "(M)" next to my name indicate that I'm a moderator.


Reviewing the Reviews
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)
With the internet, it is easy to find reviews of just about any book published.  But not all reviews are created equal. How can you find reviews that are more than just raves about a favorites author or flames about a hated one?  Which review sites are better than others?  Do Amazon reviews really mean anything?
Gary Wolfe, Michelle (Sagara) West, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (M), Rich Horton

Is Cyberpunk Still a Thing?
Thursday 12:00 - 13:00, 2502B - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)
Cyberpunk hit with a big splash, but as personal computers became more prevalent, smaller, and portable, the genre seems to have faded.  Or has it?  Our panelists take a renewed look at the state of Cyberpunk at ripe young aged of 35.
Ms Pat Cadigan, Cory Doctorow (M), Mr. Matt Jacobson, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, James Patrick Kelly


The New Space Opera Golden Age on the Screen

Friday 10:00 - 11:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)
There appears to be a resurgence in space opera on the silver screen, including The Force Awakens, Jupiter Ascending, Interstellar, and Guardians of the Galaxy not to mention new TV shows like The Expanse and the forthcoming Old Man's War. Is this an encouraging sign that public interest and enthusiasm for science and SF is on the rise? Is this resurgence manifesting in literature as well? What more do we want to see?
Ms Sumana Harihareswara, Lauren Roy, Mr. Matthew S. Rotundo, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Mr. Walter H. Hunt (M)

Magazine Group Reading: Analog
Friday 12:00 - 13:00, 2202 Readings (Kansas City Convention Center)
Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Analog.
Trevor Quachri (M), James Van Pelt, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Ken Liu, Stanley Schmidt, Mr. Alec Nevala-Lee


Alienation and Science Fiction
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Science fiction is often seen as an optimistic genre but it isn't all digital sunshine and robotic puppies. There's plenty of bleak SF, reminding us that we are essentially alone. Whether bleak or bright, what makes SF the perfect genre for setting individuals apart in the world in order to examine what it means to be human or inhuman?
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (M), Robert Reed, Dr. , Joy Ward, Robert J. Sawyer

Traveler of Worlds: A Year of Conversations with Robert Silverberg
Saturday 13:00 - 14:00, 2205 - A/V (Kansas City Convention Center)
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro collaborated with Robert Silverberg on When the Blue Shift Comes.  He has now published a volume about his discussions with Worldcon GoH, SFWA Grand Master, and Hall of Fame author Robert Silverberg and wants to share the behind the scenes stories with you.
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, Mr Robert Silverberg

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