ConJose 2002

Updated: 25 August 2002

Thursday* * Friday* * Saturday* * Sunday* * Monday


Thursday 11:00am Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Joe Haldeman, Gardner Dozois

Thursday 1:00pm CC A2A7

Artificial Intelligence: Will We Recognize It When We See It?

Are we looking in the right direction? Are they training us? What ifthe AI doesn't want to be discovered?

Vernor Vinge, Tom Galloway, Hugh Daniel

Thursday 1:00pm CC A4

Worldcon Bidding: Stickers and Cheese Slicers

What goes into bidding for a Worldcon? How does the bidding process and voting work? Come hear explanations (and horror stories) from recent and current bid committee members.

Deborah M. Geisler, Andrew Adams, Joe Siclari

Thursday 1:00pm CC A5

Collecting SF Art for Fun and Profit

Savvy science fiction art collectors share their tips and experiences in acquiring science fiction and fantasy art.

Jane Frank, Bjo Trimble, Karen Haber, John Grant/Paul Barnett, John Trimble

Thursday 1:00pm CC A6

Nightingale to Lark: Tips to Transition from Night Folk to Morning People

Most fans left to their own devices aren't morning people. Most fans function best at night. We will try to give you some helpful tips to aid our fannish night folk in transitioning to a 9 to 5 lifestyle successfully.

Kent Brewster, Evelyn C. Leeper, Allison Lonsdale, Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Thursday 1:00pm CC B1B2

Welcome to San Jose

Find out about the interesting museums, restaurants and places in San Jose from the locals.

Lynn Gold, Kevin Standlee

Thursday 1:00pm CC B3B4

Venus Rearmed: How Dangerous Have New Genre Heroines Become?

Does the endurance of SF/Fantasy heroines encourage exploitation and pose a threat to feminist principles?

Mari Kotani, Dr. Janice Marie Bogstad, Vera Nazarian, Chris Moriarty

Thursday 1:00pm CC C3C4

Is It Everyone's Fandom?

Science fiction fandom's once big happy family has turned dysfunctional. Have special interest groups changed the meaning of "science fiction fan"?

Ctein, Moshe Feder, Perrianne Lurie, Lee Martindale, Fred Patten

Thursday 1:00pm CC D

SIG: Libertarian Fandom

Thursday 1:00pm CC E

SIG: Geocaching

Have you found a use for that GPS yet? The people who geocache mix orienteering with an old fashioned treasure hunt.

Thursday 1:00pm CC J1J4

Exploring the Solar System

What questions do we expect to answer? What resources do we expect to find? After exploration, what's the next step? How could this effect the development of civilization?

Loretta McKibben, Jay Reynolds Freeman, Edwin L. Strickland III, David Morrison

Thursday 1:00pm CC J2

Working with Damon Knight

Those who worked with Damon Knight over the years talk about his influence on the field of science fiction.

Steve Miller, Frederik Pohl, Joe Haldeman, Robert Silverberg, Gene Wolfe

Thursday 1:00pm CC K

SIG: Brotherhood without Banners

Join the fans of George R. R. Martin's epic Song of Ice and Fire.

Thursday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 2


Terry McGarry, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Len Wein

Thursday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Bob Eggleton

Thursday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 1


Connie Willis

Thursday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 2


Jack L. Chalker

Thursday 2:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

R. Garcia y Robertson

Thursday 2:30pm CC A1A8

Trends in eBooks

Our panelists discuss the year's developments in eBooks. What are the new developments in formats, readers, and other aspects of the technology? How has the crash affected this business compared to traditional book publishing? Come hear how far the shift from paper to electronic formats has come.

Michael Ward, David Howell, Scott Edelman, Michael Segroves

Thursday 2:30pm CC A2A7

Science Fiction of 2001

A tsunami of titles! How can you find the gems and avoid the less than brilliant? What were some of the most notable books and short fiction written in 2001?

David Hartwell, Charles N. Brown, Gardner Dozois, Jonathan Strahan

Thursday 2:30pm CC A4

Getting Started in Media Costuming

So you want to be a character from Star Wars, Star Trek, a comic book or other media character - how to get started in making the costume.

Andy Trembley, Jennifer G. Tifft, Eleanor M. Farrell, Anita Taylor, Kelly Bolton, Judy Grivich

Thursday 2:30pm CC A5

Tolkien and the 21st Century

Harold Bloom says he won't be read. Tom Shippey says he's essential.

Diana L. Paxson, David Bratman, Teresa Edgerton, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Philip Kaveny

Thursday 2:30pm CC A6

2001: The Year vs. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick had a particular vision of the future -- powerful technologies in a sterile environment. Somehow the ISS and MIR look nothing like Kubrick's vision and we do not now even have the technology shown in the movie. How has Kubrick's vision shaped our visions of the future? Will we ever approach Kubrick's world? Will humanity evolve into Star Children? Was Kubrick's vision of Clarke's universe spanning journey successfully captured on film?

Tom Galloway, Dr. Takayuki Tatsumi, Louise Kleba, Richard F. Dutcher, Alastair Reynolds

Thursday 2:30pm CC B1B2

San Jose: It's What's for Dinner

Where to eat? What restaurants need reservations? What restaurants are cheap and close? What restaurants are worth a drive?

Bruce Schneier, Karen Cooper, Lynn Gold

Thursday 2:30pm CC C1C2

Visual Research

Once you've got your 45 years of National Geographic, what next? Create a good reference library/file and avoid copyright infringement when using it.

David Cherry, Jael, Richard Hescox, Bob Eggleton, April Lee

Thursday 2:30pm CC D

Classic Fanzines

What fanzines of the past were memorable or seminal to the development of fanzine fandom?

Joe Siclari, Milt Stevens, Moshe Feder, Richard Lynch, Roger Sims, Jerry A. Kaufman

Thursday 2:30pm CC E

Should I Run for a Fan Fund?

Current and former Fan Fund winners answer questions like, How do you run as a Fan Fund candidate? What do Fan Fund winners typically do on their trips? How long should the trip be? What should you take? What does administration involve? How do you raise money? What's the best way to write and publish your trip report?

Pat Sims, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Joyce Scrivner, Naomi C. Fisher

Thursday 2:30pm CC F

The Future of Africa, In Fact and Fiction

Billions of dollars of aid have been poured into this continent. The news reported from the region is filled with conflict, drought, and disease. What is the real situation there? What are the likely futures? What futures has science fiction predicted for this land mass?

Mike Resnick, Nancy Farmer, William C. Dietz, Grant Kruger

Thursday 2:30pm CC G

Introduction to the WSFS Business Meeting

The Worldcon Business Meeting can be a scary event for newcomers. The panel provides an introduction to why the business meeting is important and how it works. It also talks about a few items you'll probably see discussed over the course of the con if you attend.

George Flynn, Martin Easterbrook, Kent Bloom, Anthony R. Lewis

Thursday 2:30pm CC J2

Early Automata: Robotics From Myth To Ancient And Medieval Devices

Once, just being able to move by itself was a wonder. But in the late middle ages, clockwork devices became surprisingly sophisticated, performing calculations and even reacting to their environment to a limited extent. Air pressure as well as clockwork was used to produce surprising effects.

Harry Turtledove, Donald Kingsbury, Buzz Nelson, Dr. Charles J. Cohen, Susan Groppi, Bill Taylor

Thursday 2:30pm CC K

How To Do a Fantastic Reading

The purpose of this workshop is to teach writers how to do a great public reading of their own works. Craig English brings years of acting and coaching experience to teach authors to bring their words to life while keeping their audience enthralled. Authors should bring a sample of their writing, but if they are too shy to read, that's okay too.

Craig English

Thursday 2:30pm CC N


Joe Haldeman

Thursday 2:30pm Exhibit Hall 2


Todd Dashoff, Lawrence Schoen, James Van Pelt, Edward Willett, ElizaBeth Gilligan

Thursday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 1


Ellen Datlow

Thursday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 2


Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman

Thursday 3:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Walter Jon Williams

Thursday 3:15pm CC N


David Gerrold

Thursday 4:00pm CC A1A8

Weather Around the Solar System

What do planetary atmospheres have in common? What does Jupiter's weather tell us about Earth's? What does it tell us about the Sun's? What do Earth and maybe Titan have that nowhere else has? Why is it important to get to Pluto soon? Venus isn't tide-locked to the Sun -- are its super-rotating winds responsible? Why do you check the weather report before aerobraking at Mars?

Loretta McKibben

Thursday 4:00pm CC A2A7

The Mythology of Buffy

In Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon has created a fully functional mythology...or has he? Over the past seven years, the 'Buffyverse' has presented an often conflicting view of its own reality. Where does the true mythology lie? How can this world function? Or should we just relax and say 'it's all just a show'?...

Laura Anne Gilman, Ben Yalow, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Thursday 4:00pm CC A4

Minor Characters Who Stole the Stage

Discussion on what favorite minor characters authors and readers couldn't get out of their heads.

Charles Stross, Laura Frankos, Mark W. Tiedemann, Kristine Smith

Thursday 4:00pm CC A6

Enjoying the Art Show: How to Get the Most Out of a Worldcon Art Show

A Worldcon art show can be overwhelming for fans used to the art shows at regional cons. There is so much to see that you can miss a lot. The panel provides advice for enhancing your experience and talks about several items in the current art show that you just shouldn't miss. It also explains how you can bid on art, how the auction works, and how you go about buying the piece you bid for.

John F. Hertz, Joni Brill Dashoff, Douglas Herring, Elizabeth Humphrey

Thursday 4:00pm CC B1B2

Intellectual Property Introduction

What's the difference between a copyright, patent, and trademark and should I get one for my short story/game idea/art? When does allusion cross the line to copyright infringement? Is it really infringement if I don't make any money on it? What should I do if I think someone has stole my material?

Julie Stephenson, Laura Majerus, C. E. Petit, Christy Hardin Smith

Thursday 4:00pm CC B3B4

Women in Combat - Fact vs. Fiction

With movies like Charlie's Angels and TV shows like Alias, we're seeing "normal" woman do extraordinary things. What are the real physical limitations of women fighters? What areas do women excel over men? Are women really faster? More resistant to pain? Are there "women's weapons," i.e.weapons that are more dangerous in the hands of a skilled woman vs. a skilled man? Are there weapons that women should avoid?

Diana L. Paxson, Karin Lowachee, Susan R. Matthews, John G. Hemry

Thursday 4:00pm CC C1C2

The Superhero as Metaphor

Why the average person identifies with heroes from the X-Men, Justice League, etc, and how this could be used as a tool to promote tolerance.

Carl L. Cipra, Chris Barkley, Richard F. Dutcher, Rob Gates, Len Wein, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Thursday 4:00pm CC C3C4

Two Married Authors. Who Does the Dishes?

Tips for household survival in two-writer families

Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

Thursday 4:00pm CC F


Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman read from their new novel, The Fall of the Kings(a sequel to Ellen's novel Swordspoint), coming from Bantam in November, 2002.

Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman

Thursday 4:00pm CC H

SIG: Yoga

Yes, even fans can do yoga. Meet fellow fans that are interested in discussing their experiences with yoga.

Thursday 4:00pm CC J2


Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday 4:00pm CC J3

How Do You Know When You Are Dead?

The movie The Sixth Sensewas not the first fiction to feature a character who is dead. Niven's Inferno, Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworldseries, and Connie Willis' Passageall have protagonists who are dead or die and continue to be featured players. What other fiction features dead people? Are there any restrictions on the actions of dead people? What are some of the reactions of the characters who find themselves dead? Are there any advantages to having a dead protagonist?

Connie Willis, Cordelia Willis, Laurie Mann, Larry Niven, Eric M. Van

Thursday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 2


Gregory Benford, P. C. Hodgell, Robert A. Metzger

Thursday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

James Patrick Kelly, Lucius Shepard

Thursday 4:00pm F Imperial Ball

Opening Ceremonies

Kevin Standlee, Tom Whitmore, Vernor Vinge, John Trimble, Bjo Trimble, David Cherry

Thursday 4:00pm H Almaden Ball 2


Kent Brewster

Thursday 4:45pm CC J2


Jack L. Chalker

Thursday 5:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Kage Baker

Thursday 5:30pm CC A1A8

Writers of the Future: The Movie

A short film about the Writers of the Future contest will be presented.

Thursday 5:30pm CC A2A7

Should we Terraform Mars? Ethical Pros and Cons

Do rocks have rights? What would the impact of terraforming be on Martian extremophiles, if they exist? What would a terraformed Mars provide to the human race in general? Should the aesthetic demands of a few determine the destiny of many? Could Martian resources ever become economically significant? How much settleable real estate might we get?

Steve Collins, Scott Parker, Jim Terman, Edwin L. Strickland III

Thursday 5:30pm CC A3

How to Lie With Statistics: The Continuing Story

Numbers are passive creatures -- sheep, really -- subject to wretched abuse by the wolves of the world: advertisers, activists, industry groups, governments, and sundry other special interests. Let us drill down to the darkness at the heart of matters and learn when a number is not a number, but only a sort of adjective. This is a self-defense class.

Michael F. Flynn

Thursday 5:30pm CC A4

The Joy of the Short Story

True, one can't easily make a living writing only short stories, but a great many writers excel at the short forms. Learn about why some writers have published more short pieces than long and why you might want to as well.

Shane Tourtellotte, James Patrick Kelly, David Levine, David Marusek, Eileen Gunn, Lucius Shepard

Thursday 5:30pm CC A5

Differences Between Writing for Children and Writing for Adults

It isn't enough to remove sex and gore, writing for children can be a complex tradeoff. You want to make the tale exciting without losing your audience in details or experiences that are too far outside their knowledge. What adjustments does a writer have to make when writing for children? Can you write a Young Adult novel and still make it interesting enough for adults to read?

Terry Pratchett, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Suzy McKee Charnas, Tad Williams, Terry Bisson

Thursday 5:30pm CC A6

Anatomy of the Unicorn

How do you persuade someone that a unicorn or dragon is real? And that you've had one posing in your studio? Basing imaginary animals on mundane animal anatomy is a common method, but if you follow it too closely all you get is a extra large iguana or a horse with a horn. Just how and where do you introduce the necessary element of the unusual and fantastic?

Bob Eggleton, Frank Kelly Freas, Theresa Mather, Elizabeth Humphrey

Thursday 5:30pm CC B1B2

A History of Worldcons

In a decade long ago and far away, fans gathered to hold the first science fiction Worldcon and oh, what a long, strange trip it has been since then. Hear about both memorable and appalling conventions from the people who were really there.

Anthony R. Lewis, Mike Glyer, Joe Siclari, Frederik Pohl, Andrew I. Porter

Thursday 5:30pm CC B3B4

Feedback Session

Here is a chance for you to provide compliments to or ask questions of the chairmen of ConJose.

Thursday 5:30pm CC C1C2

Star Trek Jeopardy!

We'll give the contestants the answers in various Star Trek related categories, and they'll have to provide the questions. But watch out for the Stardate Doubles!

Bjo Trimble, Michael F. Siladi, Jim Mann, Chris Barkley, Chris Garcia

Thursday 5:30pm CC C3C4

SIG: The Lord of the Rings Fan Club

Thursday 5:30pm CC D

Legal Issues Affecting Authors

Copyright, Internet Piracy, Contracts, and other traps on the road to success.

C. E. Petit, Christy Hardin Smith, Christine Valada, Sean P. Fodera, Melisa Michaels

Thursday 5:30pm CC F


Hal Clement

Thursday 5:30pm CC H

SIG: Stupid Airline Security Stories

Many of us fly, some of us fly a lot. Since September 11, the ground and airline personnel are particularly paranoid. Come and share some of your stories about experiences of getting on a plane and getting (or not getting) to your destination. Points for brevity and wit.

Thursday 5:30pm CC J1J4

Genetic Engineering Technology: How Might it Work?

Assuming it's legal, how would it work? Retroviruses? Cloned stem cell manipulation? How do the methods affect distribution and availability? Should there be a regulatory authority and if so, does the standard of "safe and effective" apply?

Greg Bear, Syne Mitchell, Thomas Hopp, Perrianne Lurie

Thursday 5:30pm CC J2

Mining History For Fun And Profit

Feudal England. The American Civil War. The European Renaissance. Are all the good time periods already written to death? What other historical periods can be the basis for science fiction and fantasy? Can you take an episode from the past and recast it into the near (or far) future? What historical periods still contain literary gold?

Evelyn C. Leeper, Sean McMullen, R. Garcia y Robertson, Pauline J. Alama Ph.D, Tim Powers

Thursday 5:30pm CC J3

Force Fields

Thursday 5:30pm CC K

What can electromagnetism do for us? How do new materials, potential superconductors, or ultra-fast computer reactions create new possibilities? Are there any other forces that might be used?

Ken Wharton, G. David Nordley, Jordin Kare, Kevin P. Roche, Matt Austern


Craig English

Thursday 5:30pm CC N

So Far Away: Cons and Long-Distance Relationships

Cons are a great place to meet your own kind, but what if your perfect mate lives many miles away? Find out some DOs and DON'Ts about convention relationships from our panelists.

Rob Gates, Peter Knapp, Lynn Gold, Christian McGuire, Michael Ward

Thursday 5:30pm Exhibit Hall 2


Kevin J. Anderson, Karin Lowachee, Susan R. Matthews, Rebecca Moesta

Thursday 5:30pm F Glen Ellen

Finding Filking

What draws us into filk? What's the attraction of sitting in under-heated rooms at three in the morning leading sing-alongs about the Klingon army? A few looks at the things that pull people into filking.

Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Lee Martindale, David Weingart, Stephen Savitzky

Thursday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 1


Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 2


Alastair Reynolds

Thursday 6:15pm CC F


Robert Charles Wilson

Thursday 6:15pm CC K


John L. Flynn

Thursday 7:00pm CC H

WSFS Mark Protection Meeting

This committee manages the WSFS service marks like "Worldcon" and "Hugo Award" and consists of members elected by the Business Meeting and appointed by Worldcon committees. This meeting is open to all members of ConJose.

Thursday 7:00pm F Fairfield

Broad Universe: An Introduction

We're going to conquer the world. Find out how!

Amy Axt Hanson, Suzy McKee Charnas, Wen Spencer, Mary Anne Mohanraj

Thursday 7:00pm F Glen Ellen

Grudge Match

Who would win a fight between...? Since 1995, Grudge Match(tm) has been answering that question on its popular website. Now they're bringing their mayhem and warped humor to you, with a sci-fi twist, of course. They set the stage, the Expert Panelists back their favorites -- but YOU choose the winner! Grudge Match: Where Useless Knowledge Breeds Champions.

David Howell, Shane Tourtellotte, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Ian Randal Strock

Thursday 8:00pm F Imperial Ball

Guest of Honor Interview - David Cherry

Come and learn more about our Artist Guest of Honor. Long time friend of David Cherry, Bob Eggleton will interview David.

David Cherry, Bob Eggleton

Thursday 9:30pm F Imperial Ball

Guest of Honor Interview - Vernor Vinge

Come and learn more about our Writer Guest of Honor. Long time friend of Vernor Vinge, Greg Benford will interview Vernor.

Vernor Vinge, Gregory Benford

Thursday 10:00pm F Cupertino

Dark Bedtime Stories

What's better than a scary story right before bedtime? A sexy scary story right before bedtime! Put on your pajamas and your fuzzy werewolf slippers and join us for a few readings...

Cecilia Tan, Allison Lonsdale, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Keith Hartman, Lucy Sussex

Thursday 11:00pm F Imperial Ball

Film: Buffy the Vampire SlayerHugo Nominee Once More With Feeling


Friday 8:30am CC G

SIG: Photographers

Friday 8:30am CC H

Early Morning Writing Exercises

Friday 10:00am CC A1A8

Virtual Reality Control Systems

You saw the use of virtual reality to control physical reality in Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers. They used an interactive chamber to control a spaceship's weapons. Dr. Charles Cohen presents his real life investigations into virtual reality control systems.

Dr. Charles J. Cohen

Friday 10:00am CC A2A7

The Real Speed of Light

Everybody talks about the speed of light, but nobody does anything about it. An explanation at the intelligent layperson level of the basics of relativity, what it means to SF stories, followed by an actual measurement of the speed of light conducted real-time in the auditorium!

Cliff Stoll

Friday 10:00am CC A3

Lost Wax Casting

Presentation on lost wax casting including design, mold-making casting and finishing

Butch Honeck

Friday 10:00am CC A5

What Will We Illustrate Next?

Once upon a time, a professional illustrator could make a good living working for magazines. Then TV killed the magazine market. If paperbacks follow the magazine market, what will we work on next?

Margaret Organ-Kean, Phil Foglio

Friday 10:00am CC A6

SFWA Meeting

A closed meeting for SFFWA members only

Friday 10:00am CC B1B2


Tad Williams

Friday 10:00am CC B3B4

WSFS Meeting

Open to all Worldcon members, the WSFS Business Meeting is where you can participate in the process of making and changing the official rules for the Hugo Awards and the selection of future Worldcons. Today's meeting is where we hear reports from committees, considerrchanges to the Standing Rules, and go through an initial round of setting debate times for amendments to the WSFS Constitution, and also where you can make nominations to the WSFS Mark Protection Committee. If there are items of business you want discussed at the main meetings later in the convention, make sure you attend today's meeting to keep the business from being dismissed from the agenda.

Friday 10:00am CC C1C2

Masquerade 101

How Does a masquerade run? From registration to check-in to rehearsal to tech to the role of the MC and the judges, learn the nuts and bolts of being in a masquerade or helping with one.

Bjo Trimble, John Trimble, John O'Halloran, Danny Low, Cat Devereaux, Larry Schroeder

Friday 10:00am CC D

Illustrators of the Future

Writers of the Future created a venue for good, new authors. Now Illustrators of the Future creates the same showcase for new artists.

Frank Kelly Freas, Frank Wu, Laura Brodian Freas

Friday 10:00am CC E

Writing for Young Adults and Children

Now that SF/F is one of the hottest things for the young adult market, what are some tips and tricks for writing for young adults and children?

Edward Willett, Nancy Farmer, K. D. Wentworth, Claire Eddy, Thomas Seay

Friday 10:00am CC F

Great Books that Were in Paperback Originals

Examples: Neuromancer, Left Hand of Darkness, Dying Earth, Philip K. Dick's novels. Why weren't they hardbacks?

Andrew Wheeler, Anthony R. Lewis, Janna Silverstein, Jim Frenkel, Eric M. Van

Friday 10:00am CC G

SIG: LiveJournal

For people who use, an online weblog/journaling site, and for anyone who wants to know more about it.

Friday 10:00am CC H

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro interviewed by Sharon Russell

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is interviewed by Sharon Russell, an author who has published numerous articles on Yarbro's work and is currently working on a book on the topic.

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Sharon Russell

Friday 10:00am CC J1J4

Which Should We Focus On: Manned Or Unmanned Exploration Of The Solar System?

Can we really explore the solar system with self-adjusting robots? Can we learn enough remotely? Can we get the people of Earth to be excited about machine exploration? Or should we send humans to explore? Will the people of Earth support the inevitable loss of human life? Is it possible to do both types of exploration?

Henry Spencer, Hugh S. Gregory, Robert A. Metzger, Les Johnson, Louise Kleba

Friday 10:00am CC J2

Buffy/Spike: Consensual Sexual Violence. Is It Ever Okay?

Recent seasons of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer have presented sexual violence between non-human or semi-human people as acceptable, even desirable, before countering that presentation with rape imagery. When is sexual violence acceptable? When does humanity (or lack thereof) excuse certain behaviors?

Rebecca Moesta, Tom Whitmore, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Friday 10:00am CC J3

Heinlein 101

Heinlein 101: The who, when, where, what, and most important, why of reading Robert A. Heinlein. General introduction to Heinlein's writing covering various zigs in his career and the groups of different works - pre-war, juveniles, Post stories, Future History, Strangerand the novels of the 60's, and the final World as Myth books

Bart Kemper, David Silver, Bill Patterson, Dr. Robert James, Peter Scott

Friday 10:00am CC K

Creating Alien Languages: A Workshop (3 Hours)

You can describe your alien planet and its alien ecology. You know the history and the psychology of your aliens, but what do they sound like when they speak? How does their physiology shape their language? What does their language say about their culture?

Stanley Schmidt, Lawrence Schoen

Friday 10:00am CC N


Susan R. Matthews

Friday 10:00am Exhibit Hall 2


Carol Berg, Ellen Datlow, Wen Spencer, Amy Thomson

Friday 10:00am F Imperial Ball

Film: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneHugo Nominee

Friday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 1


Larry Niven

Friday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 2


Jane Frank

Friday 10:45am CC N


Steven Barnes

Friday 11:00am Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Shane Tourtellotte

Friday 11:00am F SFF.NET Suite Christy Hardin-Smith Reading

Friday 11:30am Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

John Trimble, Bjo Trimble

Friday 11:30am CC A1A8

Sci Fi Channel Panel

Current and upcoming productions - Children of Dune, Riverworld, Earthsea, Amber, Taken, and Red Mars

Scott Edelman, Craig Engler

Friday 11:30am CC A2A7


Fans play on a team with one of our Hugo Award-winning artists. The artists sketch visual clues to SF-related words and terms while the rest of their team tries to guess the word or term. The fan players get to keep the sketches!

Tom Galloway, Bob Eggleton, Teddy Harvia

Friday 11:30am CC A3

Sound & Spirit: Lord of the Rings Sneak Preview

When Ellen Kushner became host of the national, public radio show Sound & Spirit, in 1996 she swore that someday she would do an entire hour on The Lord of the Rings. This year, she finally pulled it off! Catch a sneak preview of most of this highly-produced radio piece (including an interview with Michael Swanwick), which will be broadcast in November, 2002. Ask Kushner how and why it happened, and discuss Tolkien, sound and spirit with Kushner.

Ellen Kushner

Friday 11:30am CC A4

Filk Around the World

With thriving filk communities in Europe and the Americas, and annual conventions held all over the world, filk fandom is really growing up. How do convention cultures differ in Canada, the UK, Germany and the United States?

David Weingart

Friday 11:30am CC A5


Kevin J. Anderson

Friday 11:30am CC B1B2


Alastair Reynolds

Friday 11:30am CC C1C2

Gazeboboy Saves the Day and Other Gaming Anecdotes

Kind of a roundtable of amusing happenings in role-playing, role- playing's urban legends and famous chestnuts.

Julie Haehn, Bill Fawcett, Adina Adler, Allison Lonsdale

Friday 11:30am CC C3C4

Designing Spacecraft

What are the lessons learned from failures? What about "faster, cheaper, better?" What do we do about radiation damage? Meteor dust damage? Human error? Management mistakes?

Henry Spencer, Bridget Landry, Jordin Kare, Louise Kleba, Allen Steele

Friday 11:30am CC D

Watch the Birdie! Posing for the Photographers

Experienced photographers show you how to get the best from your costume photos, and costumers are shown how to pose for the best pics.

Sarah E. Goodman, Danny Low, Arlin Robins, David Clark, Charles C. Mohapel

Friday 11:30am CC E

SIG: Furry Fans and Friends

Friends of Furry Fandom gather.

Friday 11:30am CC F

Meet Recent DUFF/TAFF Winners

TAFF: Trans Atlantic Fan Fund, is a fannish voting system that collects funds in alternating years to send a European fan (usually but not always from the UK) to a convention in North America, usually the Worldcon. In other years a North American fan is chosen to attend a European convention (usually the Eastercon in the UK). DUFF: Down Under Fan Fund, helps send a North American fan to attend either the Australian Worldcon or National Convention and, in other years, helps send a fan from Australia/New Zealand to attend a Worldcon or NASFiC in North America. Who are these people and how did they get involved in these fannish cultural exchange programs?

Janice Gelb, Tobes Valois, Julian Warner

Friday 11:30am CC G

Origami Workshop

Love those intricate folded swans and frogs? Come learn some simple techniques for this ancient art of paper-folding. Paper will be provided, all you will need is steady hands and patience.

Mark R. Leeper

Friday 11:30am CC H


David B. Coe

Friday 11:30am CC J1J4

Drawing to Order

Professional artists tell tales of the perils of working when the call they are responding to is from an art director and not their muse.

David Cherry, Michael Dashow, Phil Foglio, Jael

Friday 11:30am CC J2

Humor: What Makes Us Laugh?

From the befuddled heroes of Douglas Adams to the wild adventures retold by Avram Davidson, humor is a part of science fiction and fantasy literature. Does humor have a place in serious science fiction? Do science fiction fans find some things funny that other people don't? What are some of the funniest SF stories told?

Terry Pratchett, Andrew Wheeler, K. D. Wentworth, Edward Willett, Mike Van Pelt

Friday 11:30am CC J3

Women in Science: How SF Convinced Me that I Had a Place

From Isaac Asimov's Susan Calvin to Paul McAuley's Dr. Mariella Anders, women scientists have featured prominently in science fiction stories. Panelists talk about how SF gave them confidence to pursue careers in male-dominated fields such as theoretical chemistry and nuclear physics. What sort of resistance or encouragement did they encounter? How can we get the next generation of girls excited about math and science?

Paula Butler, Syne Mitchell, Genny Dazzo, Victoria Warren, Sabrina Chase

Friday 11:30am CC N


Wil McCarthy

Friday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2


William C. Dietz, Charles Stross, R. Garcia y Robertson, John G. Cramer

Friday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 1


Gene Wolfe

Friday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 2


Andrew I. Porter

Friday 12:00 noon Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Lisa Goldstein, Pat Murphy

Friday 12:15pm CC A5


Diana L. Paxson

Friday 12:15pm CC B1B2


Sean McMullen

Friday 12:15pm CC H


Wen Spencer

Friday 12:15pm CC N


Kathleen Ann Goonan

Friday 1:00pm Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

John F. Hertz

Friday 1:00pm CC A1A8

NASA's DS1: To Comet Borrelly on an Ion Drive

NASA-JPL's Deep Space One, the first planetary spacecraft to use an ion engine for primary propulsion, made a spectacular close flyby of comet Borrelly last September. DS1's lead attitude control engineer will show pictures of the comet and describe the daunting challenges overcome by the tiny flight team on the way to Borrelly, including the nuances of flying a spacecraft with ion propulsion and the nick-of- time rewrite of the attitude determination software after the failure of the on-board star tracker.

Steve Collins

Friday 1:00pm CC A2A7

Computer Game Design

Sure it's just bits and pixels, but it is a long way from Pong to Final Fantasy. How does a game get designed today? How many people does it take? What do they all do? What makes it fun and what makes it frustrating? What are the next hot games to hit the store shelves? What will be the next leap in game technology?

Rudy Rucker, Douglas Herring, Bill Fawcett, Noah Falstein

Friday 1:00pm CC A3

Coming Attractions: Bantam Spectra

Anne Lesley Groell, Juliet Ulman

Friday 1:00pm CC A4

SF Poetry

What makes a poem SF? Who are some of the good SF poets and where can you read their work?

Scott Edelman, Joe Haldeman, Terry McGarry, Kevin A. Murphy, Scott E. Green

Friday 1:00pm CC A5

Disposable Skiffy: Does SF have a Sell-by Date?

Is Doc Smith impossible to read now? Is it hard to interest younger readers in Isaac Asimov? Doesn't anyone want to talk about Babylon 5 any more? The work hasn't changed. What has?

Friday 1:00pm CC A6

A Worldcon Orientation for SF Professionals

This is not your local regional convention; it's much more. Let these SF professionals help you to find your way through the maze of publishers, panels, dealers, fans and more.

Robert Silverberg, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Donald Maass, Margaret Organ-Kean

Friday 1:00pm CC B1B2

The Martha Stewart Slanshack

You painted your bathroom with mimeo ink? How fannishly fashionable! Our panel of budding obsessive Martha Stewart wannabes discuss how to fannishly entertain and decorate one's abode. How does one store one's books, DVDs, etc. when they exceed the contents of some libraries and video stores anyway? And make it look absolutely fabulous in the bargain?

Trystan L. Bass, Sarah E. Goodman, Geri Sullivan, Andy Trembley

Friday 1:00pm CC B3B4

The Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo Award

Are movies better than ever or have you voted "No Award" for this category since Bladerunner? Can a single television episode ever win a Hugo running against a multi-million dollar movie? Does the short form of visual entertainment need its own Hugo Award?

Ben Yalow, Kent Bloom, Chris Barkley, Craig Miller

Friday 1:00pm CC C1C2

How to Enjoy Your First Convention

An introduction to fandom by long-time fans. Bring your questions, they'll have the answers.

Gay Haldeman, jan howard finder, Todd Dashoff, Stephen Boucher, Rusty Hevelin

Friday 1:00pm CC C3C4

Making Characters Live in Their Worlds

Panelists focus on the problems writers face in putting characters into alien or fantastic environments and making them seem realistic.

Gene Wolfe, Michelle Sagara West, Tim Powers

Friday 1:00pm CC D

Costume Presentation Workshop

A workshop where participants learn the elements of stage movement and simple choreography for effective presentations. Participants will work solo, in couples and with small props.

Janet Wilson Anderson, Kevin P. Roche

Friday 1:00pm CC E

Pitching the Novel: Tips for In-person Contact

Writing conferences (rather than conventions) often have one-on-one pitch meetings with agents and editors. Panelists discuss some of what they've learned about the process to help you learn how to pitch a book more effectively.

Carol Berg, Ashley Grayson, Ginjer Buchanan, Eleanor Wood

Friday 1:00pm CC F

History of Northern California Fandom

Learn a bit about how fandom developed in Northern California.

Ctein, Stephen Savitzky, Diana L. Paxson, Michael F. Siladi

Friday 1:00pm CC G

Fanzines 101: Workshop

New or wannabe fanzine publishers: come talk one on one with old pros. Bring your questions, such as how do you get and edit articles and artwork? How do you plan your layout? How do you get addresses and know where to send your 'zine?

Mike Glyer, Steve Davies, Suzanne Tompkins, Jerry A. Kaufman

Friday 1:00pm CC J1J4


Vernor Vinge

Friday 1:00pm CC J2

Distributed Computing for Fun and Profit?

Microprocessors and their ilk are becoming more and more ubiquitous every day, and your cell phone already has a processor in it that is more capable than it really needs. How much longer until your phone company starts to sell cycles on your cell phone for computing profit, and where will that lead as wearables become available?

Cory Doctorow, Brett Glass, Charles Stross, Corey Cole

Friday 1:00pm CC J3

Art for the Archconservative

SF/F art has an overall style - and right now it's one of the most conservative on the planet. SF/F fans, touted as forward looking, open-minded people, host art shows that are one of the last holdouts of 19th century academism. How did this come about and can we (should we) change it?

Jane Frank, David Cherry, Karen Haber, James Stanley Daugherty, Ron Miller

Friday 1:00pm CC K

Worldbuilding 1

Why would you want to build a world? Can't you just use the one we have? If you do build a world, what aspects do you need to consider?

Steve Gillett, Harry Turtledove, Kristine Smith, Sheila Finch, Wolf Read

Friday 1:00pm CC N


Suzy McKee Charnas

Friday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 2


Jack L. Chalker, G. David Nordley, Jody Lynn Nye, Jerry Oltion, Terry Pratchett, Ken Wharton

Friday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Wil McCarthy

Friday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 1


Hal Clement

Friday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 2


Pat Murphy

Friday 1:45pm CC N


James Van Pelt

Friday 2:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

George R. R. Martin

Friday 2:30pm Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

David Cherry

Friday 2:30pm CC A1A8

Coming Attractions: Tor

Jim Frenkel, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Beth Meacham, David Hartwell, Claire Eddy, James Minz, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Friday 2:30pm CC A2A7

When Does My Cave Get Cable?

It's not just Darkover anymore. We interact with technically backwards, yet complex and medieval, societies all the time, such as Afghanistan. What incorrect assumptions do we make about technically backward people and what miracles do they expect from us? How long before everyone's got a wireless phone and a Direct TV antenna?

HarryTurtledove, Hugh Daniel, Mark R. Leeper, Robert Charles Wilson, Susan R. Matthews, Alan Dean Foster

Friday 2:30pm CC A3

Big Monsters!!

A terrifying slide show of classic big monsters found on the covers of comic books of the '30s, '40s, and '50s.

Barry Short

Friday 2:30pm CC A4

How to Speak Klingon

The Klingon Language Institute, will demonstrate how to speak Klingon.

Lawrence Schoen

Friday 2:30pm CC A5

SF is Breaking Out All Over: New SF TV Shows and Films

Odyssey 5, Jeremiah, Minority Report. It's not just Star Trek and Star Wars anymore. Now that there are so many new science fiction television shows, specials and movies, not to mention films, why has science fiction and fantasy entertainment become so popular? Are any of these new shows really innovative? Are any of them worth watching?

Craig Engler, Chris Garcia, Ginjer Buchanan, Joshua Bilmes, Lucius Shepard

Friday 2:30pm CC A6

Live Cheapass Games

Cheapass Games such as Unexploded Cow, Kill Dr. Lucky, and Devil Bunny Needs A Ham are popular board games...but have you ever played them live and life-sized? Join Cheapass' Julie Haehn for some games where the actual players are the game markers, and other props are the results of the fevered imagination of the folk at Cheapass.

Julie Haehn

Friday 2:30pm CC B1B2

The Future of Science Fiction as a Literary Form

When science fiction was all rocketships and aliens, it was easy to call it SCIENCE fiction. Now biotech thrillers may be published as mainstream novels and novels from authors who write SF may not be seen by SF readers as true science fiction. Does science fiction literature have a future?

Cheryl Morgan, Andrew Burt, Stanley Schmidt, Peter Nicholls, Andrew Wheeler

Friday 2:30pm CC B3B4

Feedback Session

Here is a chance for you to provide compliments to or ask questions of the chairmen of ConJose.

Friday 2:30pm CC C1C2

Color Mechanics: When an Orange Isn't

And apples aren't red and grass isn't green. So, how do you decide which color it is? And why? And does the use you put the painting to make a difference?

Mark Ferrari, Jael, Richard Hescox

Friday 2:30pm CC C3C4

Astronomy as a Hobby When You have a Day Job

The best astronomical events don't always happen on Friday or Saturday night. Can you call in sick with a case of the Perseids? How can you stay up all night watching the stars and still go to work in the morning?

Jay Reynolds Freeman, James C. Glass, Jim Terman, Ron Miller

Friday 2:30pm CC D

Principles of Stage Combat Workshop

Elementary stage combat - how to make it look real while not killing yourself or others

Annie Gilbert, Craig English, Van Kim, Garon Michael

Friday 2:30pm CC E

Building a Community SF Library Collection

Where do you start? What are the challenges? Where do you put everything? How do you keep track of everything? How do you keep acquisitions coming? How do you remove material? Is it worth all the work?

Steve Miller, Fred Lerner, Dr. Janice Marie Bogstad, Bonnie Kunzel

Friday 2:30pm CC F

Writing SF Plays

Films have special effects. Books can take a chapter to describe a scene that would be difficult to portray even in a movie. How can you write a science fiction play without expensive or impossible effects? How can you write a play based in science that is more than just talking heads?

Terry Bisson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Jim Grimsley, Kevin A. Murphy

Friday 2:30pm CC G

Computers and Conventions

Some convention committees love technology; others are terrified. Where is it really needed (and how much should you spend) and where is it more trouble than it is worth?

Sharon Sbarsky, Mark L. Olson, Michael F. Siladi

Friday 2:30pm CC H

SIG: The Mythopoeic Society

Join the members of the Mythopoeic Society discussing high fantasy, the Inklings, and classic fantasy.

Friday 2:30pm CC J1J4

Feghoot Event

Our Guest of Honor, Ferdinand Feghoot, has led an extraordinary life. Come hear about it from Ferdinand and his many friends.

Friday 2:30pm CC J2

Dream Machines Made Real: Science Fiction Technologies We Can Do "Now"

What technologies in common use now were originally described in science fiction stories? Have some actually come and gone--replaced by something better? What technologies can we do now, but, for one reason or another, simply haven't done? Which science fiction technologies are close to realization, but just not there yet?

Allen Steele, Brad Lyau, Howard Davidson, Frederik Pohl, Robert J. Sawyer

Friday 2:30pm CC J3

Breathing Water--Technological Civilization in a Liquid Atmosphere

Breathing air is only one option. It hasn't happened here, but the mantis shrimp and the octopus suggest that it could evolve, and, of course, it could be engineered. What might it be like?

Patricia MacEwen, David Brin, China Mieville, Walter Jon Williams

Friday 2:30pm CC K

Writing in Collaboration

You use action verbs; your writing partner loves lyrical adjectives. You put your characters in peril; your partner lets them die. How do two writers split their duties? By chapter? by scene? by word? What do you do when you disagree? And what felicities occur when two brains combine to create something neither would have thought of alone?

Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Brenda Cooper, Larry Niven, Steven Barnes

Friday 2:30pm CC N


James Patrick Kelly

Friday 2:30pm Exhibit Hall 2


Greg Bear, John G. Hemry, Thomas Hopp, Kay Kenyon, Vera Nazarian, Christy Hardin Smith, Vernor Vinge

Friday 2:30pm F Imperial Ball

Jeff Walker Film Trailers

Come and see previews of upcoming movies.

Jeff Walker

Friday 2:30pm F SFF.NET Suite Jennifer Roberson Reading

Friday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 1


Mike Resnick

Friday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 2


Joe Haldeman, Gay Haldeman

Friday 3:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Alastair Reynolds, Gardner Dozois

Friday 3:00pm F SFF.NET Suite David D. Levine Reading

Friday 3:15pm CC N


R. Garcia y Robertson

Friday 4:00pm CC A1A8

A Video Tour of the Worldcon Masquerade

From the archives of the International Costumer's Guild comes a look at the past history of the Worldcon Masquerade through video clips.

Carl Mami, John Trimble, Lisa Deutsch Harrigan, Dana MacDermott

Friday 4:00pm CC A2A7

Fannish Inquisition I: Worldcon Bidder Presentations

Glasgow is bidding for the Worldcon in 2005. Site selection voting is here at ConJose. Los Angeles and Kansas City are bidding for 2006. The voting will be held next year in Toronto. Come hear representatives of these and future conventions demonstrate why you should vote for them.

Vince Docherty, Margene Bahm, Christian McGuire, Mike Glyer, Hiroaki Inoue

Friday 4:00pm CC A3

Coming Attractions: Roc

Laura Anne Gilman, Jennifer E. Heddle

Friday 4:00pm CC A4

Diversity Trek

Television shows like "Star Trek" and "The Twilight Zone" broke real cultural ground and real television taboos in the fifties and sixties. Is today's televised SF as courageous, or is it just following a decades-old formula and playing lip-service to diversity?

Steven Barnes, Bjo Trimble, Wanda Haight, David Gerrold, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Friday 4:00pm CC A5

Myrtle the Manuscript: After the Sale

What happens to your book after the publisher buys it? Panelists discuss book formats, distribution, bookstore buyers and tips for getting your book its due.

Tom Doherty, Joshua Bilmes, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, James Minz

Friday 4:00pm CC A6

Things I Wish Some Pro Had Told Me When I Was Just Starting Out

There's always some things a writer learns the hard way. Panelists discuss their own hard-earned lessons so you don't run into the same obstacles they did.

Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta

Friday 4:00pm CC B1B2

He's Dead, Jim, but What Killed Him?

Death is dead, but getting there ... now there's the rub. Writers have developed more ways to off a character. What are some of the more creative methods for killing someone? Does the writer have a responsibility to the readership? What are the problems in SF and Fantasy when creating an interesting death? Are there rules? Is it moral?

Teresa Edgerton, Lois McMaster Bujold, Irene Radford, Cordelia Willis

Friday 4:00pm CC B3B4

Were We There Then? Are We There Yet? Heinlein's 1950 Predictions for the Year 2000

There are 20 of them, plus nine "negative predictions," all of which were updated twice (1965 and 1980). How close did he come and where did he miss?

Bill Patterson, Dafydd ab Hugh, Brad Lyau, Hugh Daniel

Friday 4:00pm CC C1C2

Rocketship Talk with Fission and Fusion, The Reactor Brothers

NPR's Car Talk: The Next Generation. Dilithium crystals acting up? Your Lens doesn't have the range it used to? And your genetic engineer tells you that my 13th chromosome pair is acting up; is he right, or just trying to pad my bill? Come ask the Reactor Brothers what's wrong with your rocket, clone, or other scientific/engineering device or situation.

Jordin Kare, G. David Nordley, Henry Spencer, Hugh S. Gregory, Les Johnson, Louise Kleba

Friday 4:00pm CC C3C4

Sons of Literary Scams

Discussion of the traps for new and experienced authors with agents, editors and watchdogs.

Andrew Burt, Ashley Grayson, C. E. Petit, Donald Maass, Kent Brewster, Christine Valada

Friday 4:00pm CC D

Exomusicology: A Discussion of Alien Music Theory

What characteristics of music might prove universal, and what are likely a Terran, or even Western European, bias? Would we like alien music? Would we even recognize it?

David Howell, David Kushner, Sean McMullen, Jeff Berkwits, Jon DeCles

Friday 4:00pm CC E

Campbell Award Nominees: Who We Are and How We Got Here

Meet this year's Campbell Award nominees for Best New Writer and find out how they started publishing and their plans for the future.

Ken Wharton, Tobias Buckell, Wen Spencer, Alex Irvine, John F. Hertz

Friday 4:00pm CC F

The Prometheus and the Sidewise Awards

The Prometheus and Sidewise Awards will be presented.

Friday 4:00pm CC G

Gardening Outside the Box

Growing ten ton lunar radishes, keeping the hydroponics going, feeding yourself on Mars, making Ganymede colorful; what are the challenges of the off-Earth gardener? How will they be met?

Priscilla Olson, James Patrick Kelly, Karen Anderson, Scott Parker, Kathy Oltion

Friday 4:00pm CC H

The Theory and Art of Flirting

A convention is an ideal location to give a compliment to a stranger or even change a stranger into a friend. How can you take an interest in someone else without giving offense. We can show you the right way -- and the wrong way!

Jan howard finder, Amy Thomson, Cecilia Tan, Mary Anne Mohanraj

Friday 4:00pm CC J1J4

Photoshop is not the Artist: Creating Good Computer Art

What you really need to create good computer art and what the computer applications contribute to the art

David Cherry, Ron Miller, James Stanley Daugherty, Richard Hescox

Friday 4:00pm CC J2


George R. R. Martin

Friday 4:00pm CC J3

Better Angels or Darker Dystopias? Can Biotechnology Alter Human Nature, and Should It?

Delete the genes for fatal childhood diseases. Delete the genes for baldness. Delete the genes for depression. Add the genes for faster reflexes. Add the genes for a more extroverted personality (or a more docile population). Although you may agree with some of these possibilities, somewhere down this slippery slope you will draw a line. Are any of these alterations benign? If we are going to make changes, who decides what changes can be made or should be made?

Howard V. Hendrix, Thomas Hopp, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Robert Charles Wilson, Philip Kaveny

Friday 4:00pm CC N


Elizabeth Moon

Friday 4:00pm CC K


Dave Trowbridge

Friday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 3


Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lee Martindale, Selina Rosen, Connie Willis, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Fiona Avery

Friday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 2

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Gregory Benford, Mike Resnick

Friday 4:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Samantha Ling Reading

Friday 4:00pm H Almaden Ball 1


Vernor Vinge

Friday 4:30pm F Imperial Ball

Film: Monsters Inc.Hugo Nominee

Friday 4:45pm CC K


Terry Pratchett

Friday 4:45pm CC J2


Patricia A. McKillip

Friday 4:45pm CC N


James C. Glass

Friday 5:00pm F SFF.NET Suite David Smeds Reading

Friday 5:30pm CC A3

The Ecology and Evolution of Candy

You have all heard of the Twinkie defense. Now find out what was really behind it. Learn what your Hershey bar is doing when you are asleep. Avram Davidson meets the Easter Bunny in this exploration of the natural history of a (deservedly) understudied group.

Sam Scheiner

Friday 5:30pm CC A4

Russia: Can This Country Be Saved?

With the Russian Mafia controlling the economy and Vladamir Putin more concerned with centralizing his own personal power than solving the country's problems, is there any way Russia can join the 21st century?

Vera Nazarian, Hugh S. Gregory, L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Friday 5:30pm CC A5

Coming Attractions: Ace/Penguin/Putnam

Susan Allison, Ginjer Buchanan

Friday 5:30pm CC A6

Historical Fantasy

Using known history as your cultural matrix solves some problems and introduces others. What advantages are there to using known history as the basis for your fantasy universe? What limitations do you have that you don't have in a fictional universe? Are there some historical periods that are better suited to fantasy than others? Are there historical periods that could be used for fantasy and haven't been?

Pat Murphy, Delia Sherman, Diana L. Paxson, Kage Baker, David B. Coe

Friday 5:30pm CC B1B2

Phillip K. Dick to Film

Why are films based on the ideas of Philip K. Dick so popular? Why do screenwriters want to use them? Why do studios want to buy them? Why are they so successful?

Alex Irvine, John L. Flynn, Eric M. Van, Robert Blackwood

Friday 5:30pm CC B3B4

Writing Military Science Fiction

It's popular. The conflict and tension are built in. The characters can be strong and memorable. But it is also easy to make the characters generic and to get the military details very wrong. What are the elements of successful military science fiction? What are some of the common errors that can be avoided? And what writers get it right?

John G. Hemry, Joe Haldeman, Susan R. Matthews, Karin Lowachee

Friday 5:30pm CC C1C2

Remembering the Elephant: Bruce Pelz

Bruce was a giant in science fiction fandom - a member of LASFS, a fellow of NESFA, former Worldcon Chair, Worldcon Fan Guest of Honor and mentor to generations of reading and conrunning fans all over the world. Bruce's friends talk about his contributions to fandom and auction off some unique donations.

Christian McGuire, Craig Miller

Friday 5:30pm CC C3C4

Pros vs. Cons

Tension between professional writers and convention organizers seems to have grown in recent years. What is causing this growing rift and what can we do about it?

Gay Haldeman, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Bill Fawcett, Mike Glyer, ElizaBeth Gilligan

Friday 5:30pm CC D

Developing Your Convention Web Site

This workshop will illustrate some of the common questions that your web site should cover, and some of the design and navigation issues you need to consider.

Sharon Sbarsky, Janice Gelb, Keith W. Stokes, David Levine

Friday 5:30pm CC E

Searching for the Future

It has been argued that the future is disappearing from SF and the past is taking its place -- that increasingly SF has come to be time travel, alternate history, or faux futures. On this panel, writers and reviewers discuss where to find today's new, freshly imagined futures and who's writing them. What methods can writers use to escape the pull of the past and envision the future anew? What's the proper place of the past in a genre where the future has been its chief emblem and central concern? What's the future for?

Judith Berman, James Patrick Kelly, David Marusek, Charles Stross

Friday 5:30pm CC F

Breaking Into Print

Panelists discuss techniques for getting started as a writer and breaking into publishing.

Kent Brewster, Jennifer Roberson, Kay Kenyon, Cynthia Ward

Friday 5:30pm CC G


Mindy Klasky

Friday 5:30pm CC H


Jody Lynn Nye

Friday 5:30pm CC J1J4

Cryptography for the SF Author, Both Real and Imagined!

You can hide text information in a digital picture. Will that stop people from decoding it? What are realistic ways to hide and uncover encrypted information? You probably can't do it in 60 seconds, even if the password is swordfish. What ways will we be able to encrypt and transmit information in the future.

Hugh Daniel

Friday 5:30pm CC J2

Rare Earths vs. Many Earths

Earth may be an oddball planet, but is that important with respect to finding habitable worlds or planetary systems that spacefaring humans or others might settle? What does it take for intelligent life to develop? What does it take for a space-faring civilization to colonize?

Gregory Benford, Patricia MacEwen, Alexis Gilliland, Steve Gillett, David Morrison, John G. Cramer

Friday 5:30pm CC J3


Lois McMaster Bujold

Friday 5:30pm CC K

Writing Media Tie-Ins

It's a movie! it's a game!...and now it's your novel. How hard is it to write in someone else's universe, especially one known and loved by millions of fans?

Doranna Durgin, Kevin J. Anderson, Alan Dean Foster, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Friday 5:30pm CC N

Who Needs Planets?

If we can make space stations, space habitats, and other real estate out of moon rock and asteroids, why would anyone (human or otherwise) want to live at the bottom of a gravity well? Are habitable planets an overrated search objective? Why don't we see more of this in science fiction?

Syne Mitchell, Jordin Kare, Alastair Reynolds, Wil McCarthy, Robert Reed

Friday 5:30pm Exhibit Hall 2


David Brin, Gardner Dozois, Donald Kingsbury, Rudy Rucker, Larry Niven

Friday 5:30pm F Fairfield

Filk and Cookies

The children's filk panel, featuring fun songs for kids of all ages

Friday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 1


George R. R. Martin

Friday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 2


Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

Friday 6:00pm F SFF.NET Suite James Glass Reading

Friday 6:15pm CC G


Karen Michalson

Friday 6:15pm CC H


William F. Wu

Friday 6:15pm CC J3


Connie Willis

Friday 7:00pm CC K

SIG: San Diego Fans

Meet here, then go out to dinner together.

Friday 7:00pm F Cupertino

SIG: Science Fiction Poetry Association

Friday 7:00pm F Fairfield

Milk And Cookies

It's time for bed, and so you'd like a nice bedtime story and a final snack. Come prepared with short (5-10 minutes or less) material to be read to the rest of the audience, children's stories encouraged. We'll provide milk and cookies. Pajamas encouraged but not required, and stuffed animals are welcome.

John Pomeranz, Sherwood Smith, Nancy Farmer

Friday 7:00pm F Regency Ball 1

Regency Dance

Ballroom dancing of this historical period (about the year 1800) has become a tradition at S-F Cons. John Hertz will teach you. Come in costume, or come as you are.

Friday 7:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Doranna Durgin Signing

Friday 8:00pm CC A1A8 CC A2A7

Chesley Awards

Friday 7:30pm Civic Auditorium

Terror in Wolf Swamp or, The Hugo Nominee

A live radio play by Terry Bisson

Mike Resnick, Janis Ian, Ellen Kushner, Lucius Shepard, Terry Bisson

Friday 8:00pm Civic Auditorium

Patrick Stewart

Friday 9:30pm Civic Auditorium

Lux Radio Theater

Lux Presents Hollywood! Lever Brothers Company, purveyors of Lux Brand Soap Flakes, is pleased to present a live broadcast of "Lux Radio Theater," with your host, Cecil B. DeMille. This special wartime presentation will feature in person performances by such screen greats as Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, Mickey Rooney, Jack Benny and a galaxy of other stars. Our specially commissioned Science Fiction drama programme, "The Adventures of Luke Skywalker," will astound and delight. This stirring tale of galactic daring-do, with tyrannical villains and intrepid young adventurers will be brought to life by our stars and talented sound pattern designers. Don't miss this once-in-a- lifetime event!

Shawn Crosby

Friday 8:30pm F Cupertino

Costume or Fetishwear? Drawing the Line, and Crossing It

Want to wear your kinky duds at a convention but make them more SF/Fantasy? Want to spice up your regular convention wear with a touch of the off-beat? Love the gothic but not sure where to draw the line? Let our panelists guide you.

Andy Trembley, Kevin P. Roche, Ynhared Mangan, Kristina Theriot, Mary Cordero

Friday 8:30pm F Glen Ellen

Win Tom Galloway's Money

If they're smart enough, quick enough, and lucky enough, some contestants will walk away with some of Tom's money. To do so, they'll have to beat first each other, and then Tom himself, at answering trivia questions in categories such as "Does Greg Bear Poop In The Woods?" and "Whatchu Talkin' 'Bout Connie Willis?"

Tom Galloway, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Friday 8:30pm F Hillsborough

Kill Dr. Lucky

The object? Kill Doctor Lucky. Find a weapon, track the old man down, and do him in. The obstacles? For one thing, all of your friends would rather do it first. For another, Doctor Lucky is aptly named. You would think that after being stabbed, hung, poisoned, and poked in the eye, the Old Doctor would just lie down and accept his fate. But he's got more lives than Rasputin, and an uncanny knack for dodging your best traps.

Julie Haehn

Friday 10:00pm F Cupertino

Why Does SF Erotica Tend Toward the Dark Side?

Is there something inherent in SF that lends itself to dark erotica? Is it a unique medium where the element of supernatural allows exploration of the darker side of sexuality? Or does this say something about the nature of fans and fandom?

Allison Lonsdale, Lee Martindale, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Lucy Sussex, Mark W. Tiedemann

Friday 10:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Adults only SF Erotica Reading - David Smeds


Saturday 8:30am CC G

Early Morning Writing Exercises

Saturday 10:00am CC A1A8

Alien Sex: Presentation by Patricia MacEwen

Want to have some fun building an alien? Why not start with his/her/its/zhe's sex life? Using examples taken from bizarre life forms here on Earth, we'll be looking at how other creatures find their true loves, reproduce and raise their young.

Patricia MacEwen

Saturday 10:00am CC A2A7

How Plausible is Today's Hard SF?

Past science fiction stories were either fantastic or built on known science. Now theoretical physics and accelerating developments in biology have led to more fantastic leaps of speculation in what used to be hard science fiction. Is the science in today's SF at all plausible or is today's SF drifting towards fantasy?

Vernor Vinge, Peter Nicholls, Wil McCarthy, Kathryn Cramer, Robert A. Metzger

Saturday 10:00am CC A3

Coming Attractions: Eos

Diana Gill

Saturday 10:00am CC A4

Preserving Our Past

Fandom is over 60 years old now. What are we doing to preserve our past and make it known to newer fans?

Joe Siclari, Laurie Mann, Roger Sims, Carl Mami

Saturday 10:00am CC A5

Having a Fan Website Means Never Having to Say 'I'm Sorry, Your Honor'

This panel touches on some of the major legal issues related to fan websites, ranging from trademarks and unfair competition to libel to copyright to technical problems.

C. E. Petit, David Truesdale, Keith W. Stokes, Mark R. Kelly

Saturday 10:00am CC A6

Costuming Your Character

Writers and costumers discuss costuming descriptions in books and turning those descriptions into 3D costumes.

Sarah E. Goodman, Janet Wilson Anderson, Lois McMaster Bujold, Jess Miller

Saturday 10:00am CC B1B2

Recent SF and Fantasy Films - Praise and Boos

Another banner year for science fiction and fantasy films! Or is it? We have the volume, but do we have the quality?

John L. Flynn, Robert Blackwood, Joshua Bilmes

Saturday 10:00am CC B3B4

WSFS Meeting

The WSFS Business Meeting is open to all Worldcon members. Today's meeting will debate and vote on amendments to the WSFS Constitution. The elections for the WSFS Mark Protection Committee are scheduled for this meeting.

Saturday 10:00am CC C1C2

Fantasy and the Hugos

Should it be eligible? Is fantasy taking over the SF field?

Scott Edelman, Alex Irvine, Walter Jon Williams, Connie Willis

Saturday 10:00am CC C3C4

A Whole Book About Me: Single Artist Art Books

Someone's published a whole book about your work. What's the process like, what goes in, what doesn't, how did it start, and looking back, would you have done anything differently?

Jael, David Cherry, Frank Kelly Freas, John Grant/Paul Barnett

Saturday 10:00am CC D

Tai Chi in the Morning

Steven Barnes

Saturday 10:00am CC E

Hair, Wigs, and Accessories

The dress may be stunning, the shoes exquisite, but a costume is not complete without the proper hairstyle and sometimes a chapeaux. Learn from the experts how you can use wigs, extensions, combs, and even glitter to top off your masquerade costume.

Denisen Hartlove, Trystan L. Bass, Andy Trembley, Lora Boehm

Saturday 10:00am CC F

The Art of Writing Fight Scenes

Thrust, parry, crash. It isn't enough to write a generic fight scene. Getting the details wrong could be as disconcerting to the reader as trying to throw a punch in zero gravity. Can you really pick up the average bar chair and throw it twelve yards? What are the kinds of damage a human body can take and still fight on?

Sean McMullen, Mark W. Tiedemann, Fiona Avery, Keith R. A. DeCandido

Saturday 10:00am CC G


Mark Ferrari

Saturday 10:00am CC H


Brenda W. Clough

Saturday 10:00am CC J1J4


David Brin

Saturday 10:00am CC J2

Beer in Zero G and Other Challenges of Space Manufacturing

Better ball bearings and badly brewed beer. What challenges await us in orbital manufacturing? Will we be able to brew beer? If so, what are the differences between brewing in orbit and brewing here on earth? What will we be able to do in orbit that we can't do on earth?

Hugh S. Gregory, Steve Collins, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury, Bill Taylor, Carolyn Dougherty

Saturday 10:00am CC J3

Ecological Consequences of Global Warming

What is going to happen to the ecology as the earth warms? What species might we lose? Is there anything we can do about it? Should we try?

Wolf Read, Sara Hyman, Scott Parker, John K. Strickland Jr.

Saturday 10:00am CC K

How Teachers Use SF/F in the Classroom?

Writers, do you want your works used in the classroom? Teachers, do you want to know how other teachers successfully use SF/F in their classrooms? Parents, do you know what is being taught and why? Come find out!!

David-Glenn Anderson, James Van Pelt, jan howard finder, Wanda Haight

Saturday 10:00am CC N

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction

Everything you really need to know, all in one panel.

Karl Schroeder, Cory Doctorow

Saturday 10:00am Exhibit Hall 2


Suzy McKee Charnas, David Gerrold, Mindy Klasky, Pat Murphy, Harry Turtledove, Sean Stewart, Scott E. Green

Saturday 10:00am F Imperial Ball

Film: TBA

Saturday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 1


Greg Bear

Saturday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 2


Stanley Schmidt

Saturday 10:45am CC G


David Levine

Saturday 10:45am CC H


Tobias Buckell

Saturday 10:45am CC J1J4


Orson Scott Card

Saturday 11:00am Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

James Patrick Kelly, Gardner Dozois

Saturday 11:30am CC A1A8

Victorian Era Fantasy Art: A Slide Show

Richard Hescox

Saturday 11:30am CC A2A7

Locus 500

Five hundred issues? That's not too many. The multitudinous Locus staff, past, present, and future, describe the history of the magazine (15 minutes), the present of the magazine (15 minutes), and the future (15 minutes). Then 45 minutes of questions, favors to all who attend, and, possibly, a singing of the Locus theme song composed by Tim Pratt.

Charles N. Brown, Mark R. Kelly, Jonathan Strahan, Kirsten Gong-Wong, Jennifer A. Hall, Tim Pratt

Saturday 11:30am CC A3

Recent SF&F Book Recommendations and Reviews: A Slide Show

Booklength Science Fiction and Fantasy for Adults and Teens, grouped by themes and subgenre, appeal factors, readers' advisory, library services

Diana Tixier Herald, Bonnie Kunzel

Saturday 11:30am CC A4

Costuming on the Cheap

Cheap sources; cheap materials that don't look it; techniques that make inexpensive materials look fabulous.

Bjo Trimble, Carole Parker, Zelda Gilbert, Jess Miller, Carolyn Kayta Barrows, Sandy Rymer

Saturday 11:30am CC A5

Socialists in Kilts: Revolutionary Scottish SF - Banks, Stross, & MacLeod

Iain Banks, a regular UK bestseller, writes space operas set in a post-scarcity, money-free Utopian society. Hugo-finalist Ken MacLeod, an ex-Trotskyite turned Libertarian, has written novels in which both communists and capitalists built their own semi-Utopian societies. In Charles Stross' Hugo-nominated "Lobsters," the Open-Source cultural politics collides head-on with Extropian exuberance to produce the first cyberpunk works that actually look like they were written in the 21st century. Calling all of them "Socialists" may be simplistic, but each has sketched out their own version of a post-Capitalist future. This panel examines their work in the context of the UK SF revival of the 1980s and 90s, what was so revolutionary about it, the changing politics and economics of Scotland, and which (if any) of their economic extrapolations might come to pass.

Eric Raymond, Charles Stross, China Mieville, Lawrence Person

Saturday 11:30am CC A6

Teen Orientation

Worldcons can be confusing--start right with advice from teens who are old hands at congoing, some special speakers and lots of freebies.

Stephen Savitzky, David-Glenn Anderson, Jennifer Jumper, Thomas Seay

Saturday 11:30am CC B1B2

Basics of Publishing

What exactly does a publisher do all day? Who are the people who work for a publishing company? Who buys a manuscript? Who writes the contract? Who decides the cover art? Who makes the decisions? Hardcover or soft? Who does the pricing? Who decides the publishing schedule? How does a book get distributed? How does a publisher make money?

Susan Allison, Joshua Bilmes, Laura Anne Gilman, Jaime Levine, Karl Schroeder

Saturday 11:30am CC C1C2

Men In Black: Why Can't more SF/F Films be Funny?

Forbidden Planet, Bladerunner, and AI: Artificial Intelligence; these are all serious science fiction movies with hardly a hint of comic relief. Why can't more science fiction and fantasy films be funny? Why don't they even have the comic relief found in Independence Day or the laugh out loud jokes of Men in Black?

Lucius Shepard, Sean McMullen, John L. Flynn, Steve Saffel

Saturday 11:30am CC C3C4

Vampires, Mummies, and the Holy Ghost

In an era of candles and firelight almost any shadow could contain a real, scary animal. Books brought us tales of witches and vampires. Movies brought us walking mummies and pod people. Do any of the archetypical horrors still scare us? Are there equally frightening spooks that chill our blood today? What scares us the most?

Ellen Datlow, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, William F. Wu, Scott Edelman, Stephen Pagel

Saturday 11:30am CC D

Tolkien vs. Peake

Is it only a twist of fate that Tolkien is popular and Peake is only beloved by a few? What would a fantasy genre based on Peake be like? Would a Peake clone be any less bad than a Tolkien clone? Why do they have to be in opposition?

Karen Haber, Gordon Van Gelder, jan howard finder, Lisa Goldstein, Jon DeCles

Saturday 11:30am CC E

Blog This! (or, Blogology Recapitulates Mimeography)

What is Blogging and why should you care? This new form of online diaries has taken fandom by storm. The mainstream world is also adopting this very fannish style of communication and community. Will they revisit our common foibles and squabbles? How does the emergence of weblogs and other online communities compare to that of fanzines?

Lucy Huntzinger, Moshe Feder, Evelyn C. Leeper, Bill Humphries, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Saturday 11:30am CC F

Getting Past Writer's Block

Writer's block can stall careers not to mention making writers very cranky. Learn tips and techniques for getting past the blocks and finishing your work.

Kay Kenyon, Chris Moriarty, Jack L. Chalker, James Clemens, Brenda Cooper

Saturday 11:30am CC G

Bookbinding Demo

Kent Brewster demonstrates how to bind your own paperback books at home, using common household appliances like your wife's second best iron.

Kent Brewster

Saturday 11:30am CC H

Animal Totemism

Jennifer Roberson, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, ElizaBeth Gilligan

Saturday 11:30am CC J1J4

By Our Bootstraps: Near Term Astronautics in Science Fiction

Before torch ships, orbital towers, and vacuum energy drives, there were rockets. Assuming we ever do get them up in any quantity, what are some of the pitfalls, realities, and requirements of writing plausible stories about exploring near-Earth space with rockets. Has conventional wisdom changed over the past decades? How do new materials help?

Henry Spencer, Les Johnson, Loretta McKibben, Edwin L. Strickland III, Steve Collins

Saturday 11:30am CC J2

Security vs. Privacy on the Internet

The desire for increased security in the post 9/11 world appears to conflict with the individual's desire for privacy. How much cryptographic security will the ordinary person make use of in the future? Will governmental paranoia make privacy on the Internet a lost cause?

Bruce Schneier, Vernor Vinge, Hugh Daniel, Andrew Burt, Brett Glass

Saturday 11:30am CC J3

Time Travel, Time Scapes and Timescape

A panel about the physics and metaphysics of time travel, the problems of writing time travel stories, and the variety of solutions attempted by SF writers.

R. Garcia y Robertson, Ray Faraday Nelson, Gregory Benford, Rudy Rucker, Jack Speer

Saturday 11:30am CC K

ASFA Charity and Ron Walotsky Benefit Auction

Ron Walotsky, renowned SF/Fantasy artist, passed away July 29th of kidney failure and other complications. The severity of his sudden illness took us all by surprise. Many talented artists and others have donated items for a charity auction to benefit his estate and his son, Lennon.

Saturday 11:30am CC N

Masquerade Contestant's Meeting

If you're in the Masquerade, come to this meeting! Get info on timing, lighting, music, staging, and anything else that might surprise you. Ask your questions and voice your concerns while the Masquerade staff has time and attention.

Saturday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2

SFWA Musketeers Swordfighting Demo

The SFWA Musketeers demonstrate a variety of swordfighting techniques. Come witness the merriment and mayhem!

Elizabeth Moon, Brenda W. Clough, Vera Nazarian, Sherwood Smith, John G. Hemry, Kristine Smith, Jody Lynn Nye, Selina Rosen, Doranna Durgin, Lee Martindale, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Laura Underwood, Julia Blackshear Kosatka

Saturday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2

Tour of the Fan History Exhibit

We are in San Jose because of the fans who came before us and who have worked hard for fandom. Come and see their artifacts and hear their stories.

Mike Resnick


Kage Baker, David B. Coe, Kathryn Cramer, Patricia A. McKillip, Shane Tourtellotte, Howard V. Hendrix, Alan Dean Foster

Saturday 11:30am F Imperial Ball

Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Documentary

Shot almost entirely at the 2000 Worldcon in Chicago, Finding the Future gets inside the head of some of the most notable names in science fiction -- David Brin, Catherine Asaro, Robert Silverberg, Ben Bova... and many others! The Producers of this independent, feature-length documentary take you behind the scenes as they discuss the events and process of making a digital film in an analog world."

Saturday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 2


Kim Stanley Robinson

Saturday 12:00 noon Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Robert Reed, Jim Grimsley, Gardner Dozois

Saturday 1:00pm Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Mark Ferrari

Saturday 1:00pm CC A1A8

Visual Effects: Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Join Tom Dilligan as he discusses and answers questions about the art and technology of visual effects. Tom has been working in the industry for the past six years and currently works in the Systems R&D department of Industrial Light + Magic.

Tom Dilligan

Saturday 1:00pm CC A2A7

The Worlds of Robert L. Forward

From the surface of a neutron star to a tide-locked double world, half rock, half water, the worlds created by Forward are a far cry from the usual Earth clones. Thinking within the laws of physics but outside usual conceptual boxes has produced sense-of-wonder experiences for many readers. How do Forward's worlds, and other similarly off-beat environments, work?

G. David Nordley, Jordin Kare, Larry Niven, Jim Benford

Saturday 1:00pm CC A3

What's New from Aspect?

Jaime Levine, Editor, from Warner Aspect presents a slide show to tell people about upcoming books and to solicit reader feedback on books and covers from the past.

Jaime Levine, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Karin Lowachee, Kevin J. Anderson

Saturday 1:00pm CC A4

ASFA General Meeting

Saturday 1:00pm CC A5


China Mieville

Saturday 1:00pm CC A6

Spam in a Sardine Can?

Almost every science fiction movie or television show set undersea has been so painful to watch that the audience walked out in the first 20 minutes. Are there any examples of undersea fiction that has been successfully translated to film or television? Why does the ocean cause nitrogen narcosis of the imagination?

Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Amy Thomson, Jay Reynolds Freeman, Chris Barkley

Saturday 1:00pm CC B1B2

Promotion and Publicity

Learn some tips and tricks for promoting your books from the Brazen Hussies and others.

Pat Murphy, Kristine Smith, Steven Barnes, Robert J. Sawyer, John Grant/Paul Barnett

Saturday 1:00pm CC B3B4

Worldcons in Waiting

Hear some facts from and ask some questions of the chairs of the upcoming Worldcons and Worldcon bids.

Deborah M. Geisler, Vince Docherty, Peter Jarvis

Saturday 1:00pm CC C1C2

Costuming from the Cirque du Soleil

The Chief Costumer and Head Wardrobe mistress for the Cirque du Soleil North American Tour talks about the unique costuming of the Cirque.

Marti Acker

Saturday 1:00pm CC C3C4


Frederik Pohl

Saturday 1:00pm CC D

Heinlein: Stranger than Stranger, 40 Years after the Hugo

The eccentric career of Heinlein's 1962 Hugo winner Stranger in a Strange Land.

Bill Patterson, Dr. Robert James, Geo Rule, Capt. Herb Gilliland, USN Ret.

Saturday 1:00pm CC E

Brainstorming with Tarot Cards

Using tarot cards to generate story ideas and plots by telling the fortunes of your characters.

Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury

Saturday 1:00pm CC F

Wildcards: Comics meet Paperbacks

Wild Cards, the popular anthology series, has all the elements of a classic superhero comic series ... except for the illustrations. How do you write comic books in a narrative rather than a picture form? What are the limitations and unique freedoms of the genre? Are Wild Cards authors more influenced by comics or literary SF?

George R. R. Martin, Kevin A. Murphy, Walter Jon Williams, Seanan McGuire, William F. Wu, Daniel Abraham

Saturday 1:00pm CC G

SIG: Dystopian SF

Saturday 1:00pm CC H

SIG: Christian Fandom

Christian Fandom is an interdenominational fellowship interested in the accurate representation of Christianity in SF and fandom.

Saturday 1:00pm CC J1J4

Computer Folklore: Tales from the Geekside

The folklore, mythology, and astounding true tales from the computer community. And why you shouldn't believe all that you hear, except the parts that are really true.

Eric Raymond, Chris Garcia, Tom Galloway, Brett Glass, Corey Cole

Saturday 1:00pm CC J2

New Astronomy, Astrophysics, & Astrobiology Science Discoveries

What are people's top ten new science discoveries of the last decade? Any paradigm shifters out there? Any maybes? And how does the scientific "discovery" process work, anyway?

Ken Wharton, Ctein, Hal Clement, Mark L. Olson, John G. Cramer, Catherine Asaro

Saturday 1:00pm CC J3

SF on the Web

Fiction, news chat, reviews. A URL swap and review panel.

James Patrick Kelly, Scott Edelman, Jeff Berkwits, Cheryl Morgan, Jed Hartman

Saturday 1:00pm CC K

Worldbuilding 2

Creating place, including making realistic choices for planets, seasons and weather

Sam Scheiner, Steve Gillett, Joy Oestreicher

Saturday 1:00pm CC N


Cory Doctorow

Saturday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 2


Pauline J. Alama Ph.D, Joe Haldeman, Ron Miller, Karl Schroeder, Alastair Reynolds, Melisa Michaels, Keith R. A. DeCandido, Orson Scott Card

Saturday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Charles Stross, Sheila Williams

Saturday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 1


Terry Pratchett

Saturday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 2


Donald Kingsbury

Saturday 1:45pm CC C3C4


Greg Bear

Saturday 2:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Stanley Schmidt, Sean McMullen

Saturday 2:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Reading

Terry McGarry

Saturday 2:30pm CC A1A8

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Trimbles: Q&Amp;A

Ask the Trimbles what you've always wondered, from Star Trek to SCA, from fan history to art.

John Trimble, Bjo Trimble, Lora Boehm, Jennifer Jumper

Saturday 2:30pm CC A2A7

Godzilla, Past and Present: A Slide Show

Forty-seven years ago, Japan produced its entry into the giant monster genre -- Godzilla. The film has spawned numerous sequels -- some good, some not so good -- and the series itself has reinvented its own past several times.

Bob Eggleton

Saturday 2:30pm CC A3

Coming Attractions: Del Rey

Betsy Mitchell, Steve Saffel, Shelly Shapiro

Saturday 2:30pm CC A4

Crossing Genres

Writers who write in more than just SF/F talk about the advantages and disadvantages of crossing genre boundaries.

Cecilia Tan, Laura Frankos, Denise Little, Ellen Kushner

Saturday 2:30pm CC A5

YAbig P : Yet Another Book into Game Panel

Every Game Master eventually tries it, taking their favorite, or at least an enjoyed book, and converting it into a game universe. What are the pitfalls here, and what should be considered first?

Douglas Herring, Fred Bush, Bill Fawcett, Kevin A. Murphy, Lori Ann Cole

Saturday 2:30pm CC A6

Locus, Chronicle, and Ansible

Panelists discuss the SF community's own reporting about itself.

Kent Brewster, Steve Miller, Mark R. Kelly, Warren Lapine

Saturday 2:30pm CC B1B2

Creating Memorable Characters

Tips and tricks to creating characters that last in the minds of readers

Lois McMaster Bujold, James Patrick Kelly, Jennifer Roberson, Sharon Lee, Wen Spencer

Saturday 2:30pm CC B3B4

Feedback Session

Here is a chance for you to provide compliments to or ask questions of the chairmen of ConJose.

Saturday 2:30pm CC C1C2

1,000 Ideas in One Hour

Orson Scott Card pulls 1,000 ideas out of thin air in just 60 minutes!

Orson Scott Card

Saturday 2:30pm CC C3C4

A Journey Through the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope

We can see so much more outside of our atmosphere. What exactly have we learned from the Hubble Space Telescope? What can we see now? What else would we like to see?

Bridget Landry, Jay Reynolds Freeman, Louise Kleba

Saturday 2:30pm CC D

Selling Your Artwork

How to present your work, your reproductions and yourself with a view to making sales on the convention circuit

Jane Frank, Theresa Mather, Frank Wu, Frank Lurz, Brad W. Foster

Saturday 2:30pm CC E

The NASFiC: Threat or Menace?

With two non-North American bids on the horizon, discussion has heated up about the North American Science Fiction Convention (the site for a convention held in North America in any year where the Worldcon is outside of North America). Should the NASFiC exist and if so, why and how?

Ben Yalow, Mark L. Olson, Kent Bloom, Christian McGuire, Todd Dashoff

Saturday 2:30pm CC F

Cat Vacuuming: Strange Things Writers Do When They're not Writing

Did you hear the story about the writer who...? not that any of the panelists do these things, mind you, but they know these other writers who have strange habits when they're not writing.

Brenda W. Clough, Rosemary Kirstein, Harry Turtledove, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Tad Williams

Saturday 2:30pm CC G

Writing Science Fiction for the Younger Readers

It is never too early to start a young mind thinking about what the future can hold. To generate the ideas that will be the innovations of tomorrow. Give a child something to spark their imagination and you never know where they will end up! How do you write for this younger audience? What does it take to capture their imaginations?

David-Glenn Anderson, Roger MacBride Allen, James Van Pelt, Dafydd ab Hugh, Patricia A. McKillip

Saturday 2:30pm CC H

Perverting Historical Costumes

Historical costuming is a rich source of inspiration and techniques that can be perverted into SF/ Fantasy costumes. Learn how.

Denisen Hartlove, Jennifer G. Tifft, Sandy Rymer, Carolyn Kayta Barrows

Saturday 2:30pm CC J1J4

I'm Still a Fan... Honest!

SF professionals who also participate in fandom talk about the complicated, warm, and sometimes fraught relationship between the fan and pro worlds.

Mike Resnick, George R. R. Martin, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Joe Haldeman

Saturday 2:30pm CC J2

Bleeding Edge Technology: Human Computer Interaction

Most people can barely talk to their computers now, though it has been possible for some time. What other ways are there to interact with computers? Will we develop computers that invisibly look after our every need or develop that direct brain to hardware interface?

Dr. Charles J. Cohen, Syne Mitchell, Howard Davidson, Robert Fleming

Saturday 2:30pm CC J3

Genetics and Future Societies

Beyond Human Nature: Ethics of changing the human genome. The Human genome project and the ability to insert new genetic materials in cells create the possibility of engineering human nature. What ethical issues does this raise? Is this an appropriate area for governments to involve themselves? Do we dare leave this to the Ferengi? What do we do about genetic diseases if we don't take advantage of new genetic knowledge?

Diana L. Paxson, Connie Willis, Patricia MacEwen, Keith Hartman, Rudy Rucker

Saturday 2:30pm CC K


Find nifty foreign fannish stuff and help support the fannish cultural exchange programs: the Transatlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF).

Sue Mason, Naomi C. Fisher, Julian Warner, Tobes Valois

Saturday 2:30pm CC N


Amy Thomson

Saturday 2:30pm Exhibit Hall 2


James C. Glass, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Karen Haber, Robert Silverberg, David Cherry, Terry Brooks, Teresa Patterson

Saturday 2:30pm F Gold

2002 Student SF&F Contest Awards

Join us to honor the young authors and artists who have won the 2002 Student SF&F Contest, sponsored by ConJose and Baltimore Worldcon 1998 (the folks who brought you Bucconeer).

Saturday 2:30pm F Imperial Ball

Personal Computers: What Science Fiction Didn't Predict

One of the great "failures" of science fiction's alleged predictive nature was computers - characters were using slide rules for navigation calculations well into the 60s. Computers did start to appear, but nowhere near the form that they eventually appeared in: personal computers, cell phones, PDAs, GPS receives, MP3 players, and game consoles. Why were authors so blindsided by computers, even more so by personal computers, and yet more so by cheap, powerful personal entertainment/communications devices? Panelists, all of whom were instrumental in the formation of the personal computer industry, will try to answer this and look at what other areas are being ignored/neglected by current authors and technologists.

Steve Wozniak, Lee Felsenstein, Dan Sokol, Al Alcorn, Jef Raskin, Allen Baum

Saturday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 1


Craig Engler

Saturday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 2


Robert Charles Wilson

Saturday 3:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Allen Steele, Catherine Asaro

Saturday 3:00pm SFF.NET Suite Reading

David Coe

Saturday 3:15pm CC N


Kay Kenyon

Saturday 3:30pm SFF.NET Suite Reading

Leah R. Cutter

Saturday 4:00pm Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Ctein, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Saturday 4:00pm CC A1A8

The Art of David Cherry: A Retrospective

David Cherry, our artist Guest of Honor, will present a slide show retrospective of his work.

David Cherry

Saturday 4:00pm CC A2A7

Attack of the Killer Bs, (Vs even)

Killer B^3 + V^2

Gregory Benford, David Brin, Greg Bear, Vernor Vinge

Saturday 4:00pm CC A3

My Life in Fandom

Local First Fandom raconteur Art Widner presents a slide show illustrating the early days of fandom.

Art Widner

Saturday 4:00pm CC A4

Furry Sentience

Is there any reason for evolution to not produce furry intelligence? Do fur and relatively large size imply a cold environment? What are the cultural consequences of walking around with a valuable pelt? Is there a psychological bent to being furry?

Wolf Read, Gerald R. Perkins, Fred Patten, James Clemens, Eric M. Van


Saturday 4:00pm CC A5


Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Saturday 4:00pm CC A6

Teaching the Writing of Science Fiction

The ups and downs of teaching science fiction in traditional academic environments

James Van Pelt, Pat Murphy, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Jim Grimsley

Saturday 4:00pm CC B1B2

SFWA Emergency Fund Auction

The SFWA Emergency Fund was established to provide financial assistance to professional SF/F writers facing unexpected medical expenses. Items auctioned off in the past have included autographed books, manuscripts, screenplays, and other collectibles, as well as manuscript critiques by editors, characters in forthcoming books named for the high bidders, and unique items such as one of Isaac Asimov's bolo neckties. Here's your chance to pick up a one-of-a-kind collectible, and support a worthy cause at the same time.

Saturday 4:00pm CC B3B4

Religion and Fandom

What is the fannish attitude toward visible adherents of religion within fandom? Does our tolerant reputation fall short when it conflicts with the science orientation of many fans?

Janice Gelb, Berni Phillips Bratman, Randy Smith

Saturday 4:00pm CC C1C2

Costuming from Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings has spawned a number of lively discussion groups and high costumer interest. Get deep into the nuts and bolts of this popular film's costuming.

Cat Devereaux, Mary Cordero, Lisa Deutsch Harrigan

Saturday 4:00pm CC C3C4

Second Time Around - SF/F Movie & TV Remakes

When can you justify a remake? Is it easier to justify a movie remake than a television remake, perhaps because TV is less serious in the first place? Which remakes have worked, which have been disasters, and which movie/TV productions would you like to see remade and why?

Chris Barkley, Craig Miller, Robert Blackwood, Len Wein, Fiona Avery

Saturday 4:00pm CC D

Ebony Age of Science Fiction?

How has science fiction helped changed society as far as the roles of people of color? What improvements does it need to make? What well- intentioned starts have there been recently?

Wanda Haight, Steven Barnes, Tobias Buckell, Mary Anne Mohanraj,

Bill Taylor

Saturday 4:00pm CC E

Women Speculative Fiction Authors and Editors: A Retrospective

Over the last 50 years, how and why have the roles of women changed?

Laura Anne Gilman, Denise Little, Claire Eddy, Susan Allison,

Ginjer Buchanan, Sheila


Saturday 4:00pm CC F

Online Gaming: The New Wave?

Everquest, Dark Age of Camelot, WWI online. What is the attraction of these games? The average age of EQ's 200k players is 31,so it's not just kids playing. What is the future of online games: EQ2, Star Wars, etc?

Lori Ann Cole, Corey Cole, Sean Stewart, Alex Irvine, Noah Falstein

Saturday 4:00pm CC G

RASFF: The Room Party of Usenet

RASFF, the rec.arts.sf.fandom Usenet newsgroup, has sometimes been described as an online con room party, with conversations having little to do with SF and much to do with bagels, cats, Jewish minutiae, and chocolate. Come meet some r.a.sf.f. regulars and find out more about it.

Saturday 4:00pm CC H

Mary Kay Kare, David Weingart, Sue Mason


James Stevens-Arce

Saturday 4:00pm CC J1J4

So You Want To Go To Mars

What is actually involved in sending people to Mars? Timelines, vehicles, trajectories, life support, crew psychology, use of resources on Phobos/Diemos and the Martian surface; the big picture.

Bridget Landry, Allen Steele, Steve Collins, Edwin L. Strickland III

Saturday 4:00pm CC J2

Religion and Fantasy

Does a fantasy world need a religious underpinning? If you are going to invent a new religion for your world, will it be based on Christian mythology or some other form of worship? How do the fantasy (or magic) elements of your world interact with the religious elements?

Lisa Goldstein, Dave Trowbridge, Deborah J. Ross, Gene Wolfe, Cynthia Ward

Saturday 4:00pm CC J3

The Buffy Season Pattern

Fans of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer may have seen repeating patterns from season to season -- the 'isolation' episode, the 'separation' episode, and finally the 'you've just begun' episode. Does the show repeat itself too much, or is this a well-loved and established pattern?

Jim Mann, Ben Yalow, Michelle Sagara West, Nicki Lynch

Verisimilitude---How Do You Get Computer Culture Right, Where Does It

Saturday 4:00pm CC K

Fall Flat?

Many science fiction authors predicted computers you could talk to or robotic personal servants that could do everything from answering your phone to scheduling your appointments and ordering dinner. But few of them predicted the cellphone, the palmsized organizer or even the internet. And when it comes to describing real software and hardware development, they portray it as impossibly difficult or childishly easy. What are some things that writers need to know about computers to make their stories more believable? Are there any common mistakes that could be easily corrected? What authors get the feel of technology right and who need a few more lessons?

Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, James Patrick Kelly, Eileen Gunn

Saturday 4:00pm CC N

Coming Attractions: Small Press

Saturday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 2

Some of our best fiction is not found under the imprint of a major publishing empire. Smaller publishers discover and keep in print remarkable gems of science fiction and fantasy. Come hear from the people who publish for the love of the words.

Michael Ward, Stephen Pagel, Priscilla Olson, Selina Rosen


Andrew Burt, Teddy Harvia, Syne Mitchell, Robert J. Sawyer,

Katie Waitman, John Trimble,

Saturday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Bjo Trimble, K. D. Wentworth, Mike Resnick

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Kathy Oltion, Jerry Oltion

Saturday 4:00pm F Glen Ellen

Dr. Destructo, Kids of All Ages Take Apart Serious Tech "Stuff"

The joy of building is sometimes matched by the joy of destruction. Come help Dr. Destructo dismember obsolete electronic equipment. Get back at your computer or TV and learn something in the process. Fun for kids of all ages.

Hugh Daniel

Saturday 4:00pm F SFF.NET Suite

Saturday 4:00pm H Almaden Ball 1

Saturday 4:45pm CC A5 Vera Nazarian Reading


Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta


Saturday 5:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Terry Bisson

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Connie Willis

Saturday 5:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Sherwood Smith Reading

Saturday 5:30pm CC A1A8

The Secret of My Success

These best-selling authors talk about the joys and perils of writing their best selling novels.

Tad Williams, Alan Dean Foster, Terry Brooks, Orson Scott Card

Saturday 5:30pm CC A2A7

Sapientizing Animals

Living in a world where animals can talk back to you

David Brin, Vernor Vinge, Larry Niven, Terry Bisson, Terry Pratchett

Saturday 5:30pm CC A3

Jael Slide Show

Jael has now illustrated over 150 book covers in the areas of SF, Fantasy, and Horror and has completed hundreds of commissions. A book of her art, Perceptualistics, included text by John Grant (of Disney Animation fame) and was released in May by Paper Tiger. Come see her work from the past to the most recent.


Saturday 5:30pm CC A4

Writing Boot Camps

Clarion has been called a "boot camp" for writers. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? Writers who've attended one of the Clarions talk about this approach versus others they've experienced.

Thomas Seay, Morgan Hua, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Saturday 5:30pm CC A5

Writers of the Future

Winners from the Writers of the Future contest talk about their experiences before and after being featured in this ongoing contest.

Tim Powers, David Levine, Tobias Buckell, James C. Glass

Saturday 5:30pm CC A6

The Return of Dune

Save my sandworms! Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the international best-selling new Dunenovels House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrinoand the forthcoming Butlerian Jihad, will talk about resurrecting the most popular novel series in science fiction, finding the lost notes of Frank Herbert, and working with Brian Herbert.

Kevin J. Anderson

Saturday 5:30pm CC B1B2

Kids in Space - a Parents Panel

Model rocketry, space camps, science fairs, exploratoriums, etc. How do we provide hands-on space-related experience for the next generation of prospective astronauts?

Loretta McKibben, Kent Brewster, ElizaBeth Gilligan, Kay Tracy

Saturday 5:30pm CC B3B4

Adapting the Body

When would you want to change your body instead of changing the environment? To fly in a dense, low gravity atmosphere? To withstand a high radiation environment? To give birth in a high gravity environment? How would it be done? Can we try computer simulation first? Would people volunteer to be guinea pigs? When does the change in body shape lead to a change from homo sapiens to something else?

Lois McMaster Bujold, Frederik Pohl, Greg Bear, Patricia MacEwen

Saturday 5:30pm CC C1C2

Campbell Award Retrospective

We won the Campbell Award! Thanks to all who voted for us. But did it really help our careers? We will discuss our pre- and post-award careers.

Cory Doctorow, Kristine Smith, Amy Thomson, Alexis Gilliland

Saturday 5:30pm CC C3C4

The Joy of Reviewing

Panelists discuss what's involved in reviewing books and stories. What is the role of today's reviewer?

Steve Miller, Gordon Van Gelder, Yoshio Kobayashi, Cheryl

Morgan, Adrienne Foster

Saturday 5:30pm CC D

The Horsey Set

From medieval war chargers to the latest robotic race horse, equines have been beloved (and needed) in fantasy and science fiction. What are some of our favorite stories featuring these human companions? What stories are waiting to be told?

Elizabeth Moon, Teresa Patterson, Mike Resnick, Chelsea Quinn

Yarbro, Jennifer Roberson,

Doranna Durgin

Saturday 5:30pm CC E

TVs Horror of Horror

Successful horror on TV has been rare. (In "Danse Macabre" Stephen King argued it was because networks and sponsors didn't want to scare viewers.) Does the success of Buffy/Angel signal a shift, or are these just adventure series with new tailfins?

Joshua Bilmes, Craig Miller, Mark R. Leeper, Fiona Avery, Eric M. Van

Saturday 5:30pm CC F

The Novel that Won't

Writers who have struggled with one or more of their novels discuss the process of working through problems in novel development.

David Marusek, Kay Kenyon, Rosemary Kirstein, John G. Hemry,

Allan Rousselle

Saturday 5:30pm CC G

Trip Reports - the Bill Brysons of Fandom

Bill Bryson has been described as "The funniest traveler alive." and "Here is a man who suffers so his readers can laugh." The same can be described of TAFF, DUFF and other trip reports. Who turned a trip report into an ongoing comedy? What are some of the funniest episodes?

Janice Gelb, Richard Lynch, Jerry A. Kaufman, Evelyn C. Leeper, Sue Mason

Saturday 5:30pm CC H

I'm not Here with My Boyfriend

Some areas of fandom are, well, less co-ed than others. GamerGrrls and GeekGrrls discuss making their way through male-dominated branches of fandom, and tell you the top ten ways to never get a date with them.

Lori Ann Cole, Rachel E. Holmen, Allison Lonsdale, Adina Adler

Saturday 5:30pm CC J1J4

Why We Like Dinosaurs

Even after the excesses of Jurassic Park, we still love the beasts.

Bob Eggleton, Paula Butler, James Patrick Kelly, Thomas Hopp,

Dr. Takayuki Tatsumi

Saturday 5:30pm CC J2

Destroying the West In Order to Save It: Recent Apocalyptic Fictions

In The Years of Rice and Salt, The Age of Unreason, The Fall Revolutionand other recent works, Western Civilization collapses to be replaced by something new and hopefully improved. Compare this with post-apocalyptic fiction where the emphasis is on restoring the West.

Joe Haldeman, Kim Stanley Robinson, Walter Jon Williams, Robert

Charles Wilson

Saturday 5:30pm CC J3

Star Wars 2: The Tragedy of Godawful Dialogue

Special Effects 8; Dialogue 0; Acting -5. What could have saved this movie? We love George Lucus, but would it have been a better movie with a different director? Should George stick to all CGI and forget the actors entirely?

Saturday 5:30pm CC K

Wanda Haight, Kage Baker, Perrianne Lurie, Genny Dazzo


Saturday 5:30pm CC N

Sheila Finch


Saturday 5:30pm Exhibit Hall 2

Rudy Rucker


Richard Hescox, Cecilia Tan, Wil McCarthy, Mark Ferrari,

Margaret Organ-Kean, Jon

Saturday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 1

DeCles, Catherine Asaro


Saturday 5:30pm H Almaden Ball 2

Alex Irvine


Jeff Berkwits

Saturday 6:00pm F SFF.NET Suite

Saturday 6:15pm CC K

Saturday 6:15pm CC N Adam-Troy Castro Reading


Pat Murphy


Charles Stross

Saturday 6:30pm F Imperial Ball

Film: The Adventures of Wesley: Hong Kong's Greatest SF Writer



Although virtually unknown in America, author Ni Kiang is famous in Asia for his "Wesley (a.k.a. in Chinese, Wei Si-li)" novels about a science fiction writer who is also an international kung-fu adventurer. There have been more than 80 books in the series so far, making him more popular than James Bond, Bourne, and Nero Wolfe put together. WorldCon is proud to present three of the best movie adaptations of Wesley, plus a 4th futuristic HK fight fest that may not be an actual Wesley adventure, but might as well be. (special thanks to Hong Kong action Guru Ric Meyers and Frank Djeng of Tai Seng Video)

1830 88 min



HK superstar Andy Lau (one of Cantowood's 4 Heavenly Kings) takes on

the role of super SF writer Wesley in a comedy thriller that combines

Resident Evil with The X Files -- written, directed, and co-starring Wong Jing, the industry's craziest cult filmmaker.

20:00 102 min



Chin Gar Lok, one of HK's best kung-fu stunters, takes on the prestigious role of super SF author Wesley, in a sumptuous globe-trotting, feng shui adventure lensed by the brilliant Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

21:42 78 min


7th CURSE (1986)

One of the looniest films ever, with the great Chow Yun-fat as super SFauthor Wesley taking on a blood cult, a crazy curse, a cure hidden in a beautiful breast, and a monster who morphs into an alien. This one's got everything for the cult film fan.

23:00 90 min



When is a Tekken movie not a Tekken movie? When you don't ask the Tekken people's permission, that's when. Still, it's got great CGI, great energy, and a great cast of old faithfuls (Sammo Hung, Yuen Baio) as well as hot newcomers.

Saturday 7:00pm F Fairfield

The Golden Duck Awards

The Golden Duck awards for excellence in Young Adult science fiction and fantasy literature will be presented.

Hal Clement

Saturday 7:00pm F Glen Ellen

Technobabble Quiz

We're going to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow of our panelists as they compete to 1) explain in their best technobabble just how to do some SF cliche, 2) catch science errors in published SF, 3) determine whether a particular selection of technobabble is real science, published science fiction, or something made up for the quiz.

Chris Garcia, David Levine, David Howell, Allen Baum

Saturday 7:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Keith R. A. DeCandido Reading

Saturday 8:00pm Civic Auditorium


Saturday 8:30pm F Cupertino

SIG: The Friends of Bill W.

Saturday 8:30pm F Fairfield

Devil Bunny Needs a Ham

You and your friends are living pleasant and complete lives in Happyville. You are highly trained and well-paid sous-chefs, who have decided to climb to the top of a tall building, as fast as you can. Devil Bunny Needs a Ham. And he's pretty sure that knocking you off the building will help him get one. Perhaps he is right. Perhaps he is not.

Julie Haehn

Saturday 8:30pm F Glen Ellen

Trivia for Chocolate

Put your mouth where you mind is! Be the first to correctly answer an SF trivia question and you get tossed a piece of chocolate. Winner is the person at the end with the most uneaten chocolate.

Mark L. Olson, Priscilla Olson

Saturday 9:00pm F Regency Ball 1

Techno Dance

Neurotrash Kaffe presents: Future a Go Go It's the 21st Century. Isn't it about time we started dancing like it?



Saturday 10:00pm F Fairfield

Prizes for best cyber-style


Kristine Smith

Saturday 10:00pm F Glen Ellen

Zen Scavenger Hunt

What are we looking for again? The audience will be formed into teams and sent out to find ten items. The catch is that you won't know what items the judges are looking for. When the judges announce an item, you'll have to decide which of your items is the best match, and figure out how to justify the match to the judges.

Saturday 10:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Adults only SF Erotica Reading - Melanie Fletcher


Sunday 8:30am CC G

Early Morning Writing Exercises

Sunday 10:00am Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Margaret Organ-Kean

Sunday 10:00am CC A1A8

Publishing 101: Short Stories

So, you've written that first short story, and now you are ready to submit it. Or you've written tons of stories, but never sold a one. Are you ready to find out how and why? James Van Pelt, a finalist for the 1999 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, has sold over 60 stories in the last five years to Analog, Asimov's, SCIFI.COM, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Talebones, and numerous other magazines and anthologies. He also runs the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer web site. Find out the basics of preparing manuscripts, identifying markets, submitting work and being professional.

James Van Pelt

Sunday 10:00am CC A2A7

Star Trek: A Universe on the Edge of Forever

The history of the Star Trek universe and a special look into the future

Sunday 10:00am CC A3

Wanda Haight, Bjo Trimble, Keith R. A. DeCandido

John Berkey: Grand Master of SF Art

This slide show features 35 years worth of work from one of the Grand Masters of Science Fiction Art. John Berkey is a legendary painter of space scenes, spaceships in particular; though he has also worked outside the science fiction field. Hugo-nominated art collector, Jane Frank, will show slides of his work and talk about his influence.

Jane Frank

Sunday 10:00am CC A4

Fanzines vs. Online - What's Happening?

Are online diaries and other online arenas such as Usenet, MUDs and Yahoo groups taking fans away who might otherwise be publishing or writing for fanzines? What's happening in the world of print fanzines and what's around online?

David Levine, Tom Digby, Mike Glyer, Lenny Bailes

Sunday 10:00am CC A5

Judging Awards: Tiptree, Spectrum, Sturgeon, Mythopoeic, and Campbell

Juried award panels discuss how they choose their nominees, how they decide their winners, and how these awards affect their winners.

Eleanor M. Farrell, Matt Austern, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, David Truesdale, Rob Gates

Sunday 10:00am CC A6

Christian Worship Service

Sunday 10:00am CC B1B2

Working With Editors

Learn more about the different types of editors, what editors expect from authors and the process of working with editors on a book.

Sheila Williams, Moshe Feder, Anne Lesley Groell, Rachel E. Holmen

Sunday 10:00am CC B3B4

WSFS Meeting

The WSFS Business Meeting is open to all Worldcon members. The first item of business for today's meeting is to receive the official results of the Worldcon Site Selection. Also at today's meeting is Question Time, where you get a chance to put questions to future seated Worldcon committees. If time permits, the WSFS Mark Protection Committee may meet immediately after the Business Meeting.

Sunday 10:00am CC C1C2

State of SF Publishing

The state of publishing in the field today

Betsy Mitchell, Tom Doherty, Ellen Datlow, Gordon Van Gelder, Ginjer Buchanan

Sunday 10:00am CC C3C4

The Chinese Century?

Will China pass the U.S. as the world's superpower? And can they do it without abandoning communism?

William F. Wu, Dr. Janice Marie Bogstad, Vera Nazarian, Susan R. Matthews

Sunday 10:00am CC D

Running an Effective Writing Workshop

How to start and keep your workshop going, including dealing with problems specific to groups of people who may or may not have time to write or critique.

Sunday 10:00am CC E

Andrew Burt, Teresa Patterson, Jerry Oltion, Gerald R. Perkins, Kathleen Dalton-Woodbury


Howard V. Hendrix

Sunday 10:00am CC F

Philosophy and Religion in SF

Science fiction has often been seen as the literature of the humanist, the rationalist, and the skeptic. Yet as we look at the underpinnings of the physical universe, even theoretical physicists can see the possibility of the hand of God underlying our physical existence. How do authors integrate religion and science? Can it only be done in fantasy universes?

James Stevens-Arce, P. C. Hodgell, K. D. Wentworth, Mark Ferrari, Mindy Klasky, Richard Paul Russo

Sunday 10:00am CC G

Making and Working with Lace

The Lace Guild demonstrates lace techniques.

Sunday 10:00am CC H

Carole Parker, Patricia Dowden, Paula Harten


Mary Anne Mohanraj

Sunday 10:00am CC J1J4

Alternatives to Relativity: Are there FTL-Possible Universes?

Preferred frames of reference, self consistent-predestination, ostrich-head-consistency (it's okay as long as you don't actually use the time machine to create a paradox), virtual cybernetic universes, and more have all been offered as ways to have those galactic empires and space wars. Any hope there?

Gregory Benford, Vernor Vinge, Ken Wharton, Jim Terman, Loretta McKibben

Sunday 10:00am CC J2

The DMCA and Fandom

How has the Digital Millennium Copyright Act affected Fandom? Fan writers, editors and lawyers discuss recent actions and activities surrounding Fan Fiction.

Sunday 10:00am CC J3

Cory Doctorow, C. E. Petit, Deborah M. Geisler, Christy Hardin Smith, Julie Stephenson, John F. Hertz


Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday 10:00am CC K

Myth as a Source for Fiction

Panelists discuss some of their favorite mythologies and how to use them in fiction.

Katie Waitman, Carol Berg, Irene Radford, Laura Frankos, Judith Berman

Sunday 10:00am CC N

SIG: Reading for the Future

Sunday 10:00am Exhibit Hall 2

Gathering of teachers, librarians, parents, SF professionals interested in sharing information about/for children reading science fiction.


Steven Barnes, Tobias Buckell, Hal Clement, Stanley Schmidt, Alex Irvine, Karen Michalson

Sunday 10:00am F Imperial Ball

Sunday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 1

Film: ShrekHugo Nominee


Sunday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 2

Sunday 10:45am CC E

Sunday 10:45am CC H

Harry Turtledove


James Patrick Kelly


David Marusek


Sunday 11:00am Exhibit Hall 3

Ron Miller

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Kevin J. Anderson

Sunday 11:30am Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Brad W. Foster

Sunday 11:30am CC A1A8

How to Paint Like David Cherry

In just one session, you too can paint like David Cherry ... Or at least have a little better idea how he does it.

David Cherry

Sunday 11:30am CC A2A7

Remembering Poul Anderson in Song and Story

Writer, filker, mentor, SCA member. Poul Anderson was a friend to many and is greatly missed. We gather together to remember him in song and story.

Karen Anderson, Greg Bear, G. David Nordley, Robert Silverberg, Diana L. Paxson, Jon DeCles

Sunday 11:30am CC A3

Ultra-Wideband Technology

Inspired by Vernor Vinge's novel, A Fire Upon the Deep, two Silicon Valley inventors have created 'Larson Localizers'. Hear them tell us how they created a real life technology based on a science fictional idea.

Robert Fleming, Cherie Kushner

Sunday 11:30am CC A4

Scaling up from 2D to 3D

How to take a picture and scale it up into a full size costume in proportion to your body type.

Janet Wilson Anderson

Sunday 11:30am CC A5

Education via Fiction

It's possible to learn both facts about a subject and how to do something from reading fiction, rather than textbooks. What sort of topics lend themselves to a fictionalized learning approach? How does one include information in a story without falling prey to an expositional lump? Should fiction deliberately written to be educational as well as entertaining, and should it be introduced into curricula, and at what levels?

David Brin, Bobbie DuFault, David-Glenn Anderson

Sunday 11:30am CC A6

Contracts: Getting Agreement without Getting Taken

Publishers want to sign each writer to a standard contract (and give themselves most of the advantages). Writers want to earn as much money as they can. What are common clauses in a publishing contract? Which ones should a writer try to renegotiate? When is it reasonable for a writer to ask for a non-standard contract or special considerations?

C. E. Petit, Brenda W. Clough, Christy Hardin Smith, Christine Valada, Sean P. Fodera

Sunday 11:30am CC B1B2

Heinlein's Little Brothers

By and about writers who are so influenced by Heinlein that they are identified with him.

Joe Haldeman, Brad Lyau, Eleanor Wood

Sunday 11:30am CC C1C2

The Future of the Future

The future looks different to many of us after the events of 9/11. To what degree is the concept of the open, freely imagined future under attack in our own culture from either the right (for example, religious fundamentalism) and from the left (for example, political correctness)? To what degree have larger cultural currents affected the SF portrayal of the future? And how does SF imagine its own future, or is it, too, stuck in a cycle of recurrence, or hankering for a restoration of its own Golden Age? What's the outlook for the future?

Andrew Burt, Brenda Cooper, Connie Willis, William Thomasson

Sunday 11:30am CC C3C4

Torturing Your Characters

Books where nothing happens to the characters are boring. Find out how to creatively torture and maim your characters for maximum effect. Can you go too far, stretching plausibility and/or nauseating your reader? When is character persecution relevant to the plot and when is it gratuitous?

Carol Berg, Lois McMaster Bujold, Susan R. Matthews

Sunday 11:30am CC D

Tolkien as an Iceberg

The Silmarillion and other works below the surface

Patrick Nielsen Hayden, David Bratman, Tom Whitmore, Elizabeth Humphrey

Sunday 11:30am CC E

Costuming for the Sewing Impaired

Can't sew a straight seam to save your soul? You can still assemble, pin, staple, and hot-glue your way to a fabulous outfit without touching a sewing machine.

Trystan L. Bass, Mary Cordero, Jay Hartlove, Michael S. Sarkisian

Sunday 11:30am CC F

Career Building, Career Breaking

Besides writing strong stories, what else would a midlist SF/F writer be wise to do? Panelists discuss unexpected pitfalls to avoid and strategies for building lasting careers.

Kay Kenyon, John G. Hemry, Rosemary Kirstein, Ashley Grayson

Sunday 11:30am CC G

SIG: Origami for Children

Fans from Japan demonstrate this ancient art of folding paper.

Sunday 11:30am CC H

SIG: Neo-Pagan

Sunday 11:30am CC J1J4

Alternative History: Why Does it Have to be War?

Aren't there other decisions that can change the history of the world? What are some pivotal points in history that have gone unexplored?

Bill Fawcett, William C. Dietz, Anthony R. Lewis, Harry Turtledove

Sunday 11:30am CC J2

Women in Space Exploration and Aviation

What's the history of women getting off the Earth? What are the lessons learned from the success stories? Are sexual tensions really that much of a problem in space? Would all-female crews actually be better for long-duration missions?

Loretta McKibben, Bridget Landry, Louise Kleba, Pat Murphy, Sabrina Chase

Sunday 11:30am CC J3

Genetically Engineered Pets

Can "Tabby" and "Fido" be engineered to be less trouble? What about wild looking pets (great Danes with Zebra stripes)? How about cute dinosaurs engineered from chickens? Is there a market here? Do we want smarter pets?

Mike Resnick, Robert J. Sawyer, Dave Trowbridge, James Stanley Daugherty

Sunday 11:30am CC K

Gender Identity and the Malleable Body: Transsexuality in SF Literature

The transgressive potential of science fiction's representation of gender

Sunday 11:30am CC N

Cecilia Tan, Katie Waitman, Keith Hartman, Allison Lonsdale, Debbie Notkin


Sunday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2

Alex Irvine


George R. R. Martin, Kevin A. Murphy, Walter Jon Williams, Robert Charles Wilson, Tim Powers

Sunday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2

Classical Italian Swordsmanship

A detailed look at exactly how the weapons are used: the types of thrusts, parries, feints, actions on the blade, renewed attacks, and counter-thrusts; and how tactics, strategies, and counter strategies are developed and employed.

Sunday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 1

Frank Lurz


Sunday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 2

Tad Williams


Sunday 12:00 noon Exhibit Hall 3

Richard Hescox

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Gardner Dozois

Sunday 12:00 noon F Regency Ball 1

English Country Dance

Sunday 12:15pm CC N

English Country dance is the social dancing style of the English Renaissance, first documented by John Playford in 1561. The dances taught will be from the list of dances currently done at many of the West coast Renaissance faires, as interpreted from Playford's 'The English Dancing Master'. So, if you've seen it done at your local Renaissance faire and you've always wanted to try it, or you are merely curious about what people did for entertainment before television, come learn and dance with us. Costumes (from any era) are welcome, but certainly not required.


Shane Tourtellotte

Sunday 12:30pm F Imperial Ball

Film: Lathe of Heaven

This is a special preview courtesy of A&E Network with Special Guests and promos!

Sunday 1:00pm CC A1A8

Vernor Vinge Singularity Presentation

Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended. Is such progress avoidable? If not to be avoided, can events be guided so that we may survive?

Vernor Vinge

Sunday 1:00pm CC A3

Coming Attractions: DAW

Debra J. Euler

Sunday 1:00pm CC A4

Fun Diseases for Your Characters

A pox upon them! Diseases can provide interesting limitations and challenges that make it easier to torment them. Find out more about some fascinating options for your characters.

Edward Willett, John G. Hemry, Irene Radford, Cordelia Willis

Sunday 1:00pm CC A5

Beyond Harry Potter

You may have read A Wrinkle in Time when you were young. Your children may be reading Harry Potter. But there are many more interesting books of children's science fiction and fantasy literature available. We have a few suggestions.

Diana Tixier Herald, Rebecca Moesta, Laura Krentz, Todd Dashoff, David-Glenn Anderson

Sunday 1:00pm CC A6

I Want it! How Do I Buy It?

Buying artwork in the art show: from writing that first bid on the bid tag to bidding in the voice auction with a side trip into direct sales - a strategic guide for everyone.

Barry Short, jan howard finder, Sue Mason, Elizabeth Humphrey, Davette Shands

Sunday 1:00pm CC B1B2

Red Dwarf Empire: Gliese 876

This nearby red dwarf has been found to have not one but two giant planets in its "habitable zone," thus challenging the sun-like-star conventional wisdom of both SETI scientists and science fiction writers. Could the planets of Gliese 876 have habitable moons? What about other nearby red dwarfs? How can science fiction adapt to these new revelations of celestial geography?

Hal Clement, G. David Nordley, Jay Reynolds Freeman

Sunday 1:00pm CC B3B4

Writing Romantic Sci-Fi

Science fiction is filled with male heroes and women as sturdy companions. Is there a place for romance among the test tubes and rocket motors? Can writers blend scientific extrapolation and human passion? How can you write SF with a strong romantic thread without alienating the SF audience? How much sex do you include? What are the joys and aggravations of writing in this rapidly growing subgenre? Is romantic SF only for women writers and readers?

Sharon Lee, Pauline J. Alama Ph.D, Denise Little, Catherine Asaro

Sunday 1:00pm CC C1C2

The History of the SCA

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history. Given its historical focus, why did science fiction fans get involved? What pleasures and marvels does the SCA offer for fans today?

Sunday 1:00pm CC C3C4

Karen Anderson, Diana L. Paxson, Carl L. Cipra, John Trimble


Sunday 1:00pm CC E

Keith R. A. DeCandido


Sean Stewart

Sunday 1:00pm CC F

Two Years vs. Three Years for Worldcon Bids

The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) constitution calls for Worldcons to be chosen three years before they occur. Many people have argued for reducing this to two years, calling the long lead time unnecessary and a source of burnout. On the other hand, proponents of the current system believe that it gives bid committees more flexibility in obtaining good facilities for a reasonable rate. Come hear our panelists discuss the pros and cons of this argument.

Andrew Adams, Ben Yalow, Mark L. Olson, Tom Veal

Sunday 1:00pm CC G

Whither First Fandom?

Our founders are passing away -- what is the state of the organization that honors them? Are associate members helping stem the tide?

Art Widner, Richard Lynch, Ray Faraday Nelson, Edmund R. Meskys, Jack Speer

Sunday 1:00pm CC H

Smaller than a Breadbox: Small Cons

Small is Beautiful, but a small convention also means small income. What are the joys of a smaller convention? How can you focus your convention to attract the exact fans you want? What can you drop without losing your members? How can you make your small convention better?

David Howell, Margaret Organ-Kean, Adina Adler, Suzanne Tompkins, Nicki Lynch

Sunday 1:00pm CC J1J4

But for the Dinosaur Killer

How close were dinosaurs to intelligence? Should we expect to see the saurian form elsewhere? Is there a typical treatment of saurian intelligence in fiction and is it justified?

Robert J. Sawyer, Bob Eggleton, Paula Butler, Thomas Hopp, James Patrick Kelly

Sunday 1:00pm CC J2

Improv Story Telling

Want to both torture writers *and* see how the sausage of storytelling is made? Our intrepid panel will make up and tell stories on the spot, based on setting, style, and character suggestions from the audience.

Allison Lonsdale, Terry Pratchett, Tad Williams, Phil Foglio

Sunday 1:00pm CC J3

Multi-Volume Sagas: What was I Thinking?

What was I thinking? This book has no end!

George R. R. Martin, Suzy McKee Charnas, David Gerrold, Jack L. Chalker, Kevin J. Anderson, David B. Coe

Sunday 1:00pm CC K

Worldbuilding 3

Creating aliens -- if not humanoids, then what?

Patricia MacEwen, Gerald R. Perkins, Larry Niven

Sunday 1:00pm CC N

Masquerade Postmortem

Contestants, crew and audience discuss what happened at the masquerade, and how to make it better for next time.

Sunday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 2

Sunday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Sunday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 2

Pierre Pettinger, Sandra Pettinger, John O'Halloran


John Grant/Paul Barnett, Doranna Durgin, Sheila Finch, Jane Frank, Gene Wolfe, Kim Stanley Robinson, China Mieville

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Gardner Dozois


Sunday 1:45pm CC C3C4

Sunday 1:45pm CC E

Wen Spencer


Mike Resnick


Sunday 2:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Lucius Shepard

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Robert Silverberg

Sunday 2:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Laura Underwood Reading

Sunday 2:30pm CC A1A8

Visions of the Singularity

Will technology escape human control or will kludgy software save us from ourselves?

Vernor Vinge, Greg Bear, Charles Stross, Walter Jon Williams, James Patrick Kelly

Sunday 2:30pm CC A2A7

Art Auction

Sunday 2:30pm CC A3

Chesley Bonestell: A Slide Retrospective

Ron Miller, Hugo Nominated co-author of The Art of Chesley Bonestellfrom Paper Tiger Press, presents a retrospective of this most influential astronomical artist.

Ron Miller

Sunday 2:30pm CC A4

The 1970s: SF's Forgotten Decade

Philip Jose Farmer won a Hugo for Best Novel in 1972. James Tiptree, Jr. won the Best Novella Hugo in 1974. Terry Carr won a Hugo for Best Fanzine in 1959, but became famous for his anthologies that won many Locus Awards in the '70s. It was time of robust literary exploration that introduced us to Gordon R. Dickson, Jerry Pournelle, Phillip K. Dick, and Ursula K. LeGuin. Although all of these authors' work has spanned several decades, they were giants in the 1970s. Do people still read them today? Are there other excellent writers from this era who should not be forgotten?

Allen Steele, Philip Kaveny, Larry Niven, Jim Frenkel, John Grant/Paul Barnett

Sunday 2:30pm CC A5

Feminist Utopias: Deceptive Visions or Promising Realities?

Pamela Sargent wrote "Only sf and fantasy literature can show us women in entirely new or strange surroundings. It can explore what we might become if and when the present restrictions on our lives vanish, or show us new problems and restrictions that might arise. It can show us the remarkable woman as normal where past literature shows her as the exception." Has feminist fiction from writers like Ursula K. LeGuin or Sherri Tepper shown us any directions for conduct that work in our current culture? Can we translate these visions into blueprints or they doomed to live in literature only?

Lois McMaster Bujold, Mari Kotani, Chris Moriarty, Dr. Janice Marie Bogstad, Catherine Asaro

Sunday 2:30pm CC A6

Why the Press Doesn't See Science Fiction the Way We Do

We think science fiction is the literature of ideas and science. The press sees dragons and ray guns (and noisy explosions in deep space). What common misconceptions do the press hold? How can we gently educate them?

Karen Michalson, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Yoshio Kobayashi, Andrew I. Porter

Sunday 2:30pm CC B1B2

Getting a TV Series Off the Ground

What does it take to turn an idea into a TV series? Panelists discuss their experiences, successful and otherwise in getting a new genre series or special on the airwaves.

George R. R. Martin, David Gerrold, Craig Engler, Craig Miller, William C. Dietz

Sunday 2:30pm CC B3B4

Feedback Session

Here is a chance for you to provide compliments to or ask questions of the chairmen of ConJose.

Sunday 2:30pm CC C1C2

Historical Accuracy in Military, Alternate History, and Medieval Fiction

Is it important? Are weapons, battles, geography any better than Star Trek technobabble? If so, why?

Buzz Nelson, Harry Turtledove, Sean McMullen, Pauline J. Alama Ph.D, Elizabeth Moon

Sunday 2:30pm CC C3C4

Criminal Justice Systems of the Future

Are we headed for Judge Dredd or Minority Report? What are the recent changes in Criminal Justice that are most encouraging? Most worrying? What will the courts of the future look like?

Laura Majerus, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Christy Hardin Smith

Sunday 2:30pm CC D

Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards are celebrating their 4th year. They are given in recognition of works in science fiction, fantasy and horror which include significant positive GLBT content and which also exemplify the best in genre literature by active members of the genre community.

Sunday 2:30pm CC E

Online Magazines: The New Short Fiction Format

Find out more about some of the e-zines that feature original fiction.

Mary Anne Mohanraj, Susan Groppi, Eileen Gunn, Ellen Datlow

Sunday 2:30pm CC F

Secret Fan Fund Tales

Transatlantic, Down Under, and Get Up and Over Fan Fund winners tell stories from their travels that they couldn't put in their trip reports.

Janice Gelb, Lucy Huntzinger, Sue Mason, Naomi C. Fisher

Sunday 2:30pm CC G

Building Mascots and Other Large Beasts

Building Mascots and other large beasts with fur and foam techniques

Daren Bost

Sunday 2:30pm CC H

The Heck with Hecto

Producing fanzines in the age of photocopiers and the Internet. How has technology affected fanzine production and distribution?

Richard Lynch, Mike Glyer, Steve Davies

Sunday 2:30pm CC J1J4

Book to Movie and Back Again

HarryPotter and Lord of the Rings were made into movies. Attack of the Clones became a book. Which translation works better? Is this intrinsic to the type of translation? What, for instance, would the novelization of Lord of the Rings look like?

Eleanor M. Farrell, Steve Saffel, John Steakley

Sunday 2:30pm CC J2

Red Planet Rendezvous

What's next for the red planet? Funded, planned, and proposed missions to explore Mars and what they hope to find out. What should they be looking for?

Bridget Landry, Cliff Stoll, Les Johnson

Sunday 2:30pm CC J3

Give It Up Already!

Sunday 2:30pm CC K

A humorous view of when it might be a good idea to throw in the towel on writing fiction. How do you know when your writing has no hope of selling - even to a vanity press?

Gardner Dozois, James Van Pelt, Andrew Wheeler, Connie Willis


Kage Baker

Sunday 2:30pm CC N

Print On Demand: Books When You Want Them

The advantages (and disadvantages) of print-on-demand from several perspectives.

Roger MacBride Allen, Vera Nazarian, Kent Brewster, Richard Michaels

Sunday 2:30pm Exhibit Hall 2

DAW 30th Anniversary Autographing

DAW authors will be signing the two new volumes of DAW fiction: Fantasy and Science Fiction.

C.J. Cherryh, Emily Drake, Jane Fancher, Charles Ingrid, Frederik Pohl, Irene Radford, Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, Deborah J. Ross, Michelle Sagara West, Tad Williams

Sunday 2:30pm Exhibit Hall 2

Tour of the Fan History Exhibit

We are in San Jose because of the fans who came before us and who have worked hard for fandom. Come and see their artifacts and hear their stories.

Bjo Trimble, John Trimble

Sunday 2:30pm F Imperial Ball

Jeff Walker Film Trailers

Come and see previews of upcoming movies. (Repeat of Friday)

Sunday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 1

Sunday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 2

Sunday 3:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Jeff Walker


David Cherry


Gregory Benford

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Robert J. Sawyer, Stanley Schmidt

Sunday 3:00pm F SFF.NET Suite

Sunday 3:15pm CC K Fiona Avery Reading


Robert Reed

Sunday 4:00pm CC A1A8

Autonomous Robot Challenge

A member of the Autonomous Robot Challenge team at the AAAI conference in Edmonton, Canada, will show a documentary of the challenge.

Myriam Abramson

Sunday 4:00pm CC A3

On Your Mark, Get Set... Draw!

Award-winning fan artists draw suggested topics from the audience.

Teddy Harvia, Alexis Gilliland

Sunday 4:00pm CC A4

Rising Stars - Entering Your Child in a Masquerade

Do you have a cute baby? Are you interested in costuming? What constitutes a children's masquerade entry (as opposed to an adult entry modeled by a child)? How do you prepare your child for the stage? What should you expect at a technical rehearsal? Most importantly, how do you avoid becoming the dreaded 'stage mom?' Come hear advice from seasoned costumers on entering your child in a masquerade, and how to keep the experience a happy one.

Sarah E. Goodman, Bridget Landry, Loretta McKibben, Denisen Hartlove

Sunday 4:00pm CC A5

How SF has Damaged Science Education

Explosions in the vacuum of space, working ray guns, the hero scientist who invents a time machine overnight: do these common elements of science fiction literature and film damage the understanding of how science really works? Does it discourage students from taking up the long, winding route of scientific discovery or do these images make scientists (and engineers) heroic role models?

Gregory Benford, Wanda Haight, Priscilla Olson, Sara Hyman, Robert Blackwood

Sunday 4:00pm CC A6

Comics Into Movies

Comic books are the new hot genre/medium in movies, ranging from Spider-Man to Ghost World and Road To Perdition. What aspects of comics make them so attractive to movie folk? What can you do in a comic, but not in a movie, and vice versa? How true to the source material should a movie be, and when is it a better movie when source material is changed or ignored? Are super-hero comics more or less successfully translated into movies than other comics genres?

Barry Short, Len Wein, Craig Miller, Steve Saffel, Scott Edelman

Sunday 4:00pm CC B1B2

Gender and the SF War Machine

What role has gender played in military SF and have writers become more sensitive to this issue?

Joe Haldeman, Sabrina Chase, Karin Lowachee, Catherine Asaro

Sunday 4:00pm CC B3B4

History of Military SF

From the writings of Stephen Crane to the latest novels by Drake, Turtledove, or Bujold, military science fiction and fantasy has been a staple of science fiction literature. Why is military science fiction so popular? What are some of the good (and the bad) examples of this form?

Dave Trowbridge, John G. Hemry, Susan R. Matthews, C. E. Petit

Sunday 4:00pm CC C1C2

Pixel by Pixel: Illustration in Electronic Games

Right now, electronic gaming may support more artists than all the print media combined and it's still growing. What is working in electronic gaming like? What do you need to know to get a job?

David Cherry, April Lee, Mark Ferrari, Douglas Herring, Michael Dashow

Sunday 4:00pm CC C3C4

Squishing the Notes

Putting music and musicians in books - who gets it right? Who doesn't?

Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Kim Stanley Robinson, Seanan McGuire

Sunday 4:00pm CC D

SIG: The Heinlein Society

Sunday 4:00pm CC E

Come meet the members of The Heinlein Society.


Lucy Sussex

Sunday 4:00pm CC F

Board/Card Game Design

Just when computer games were getting more sophisticated and realistic, Magic happened. Now there are card games for many different genres. Although multi-person online gaming is popular, board games like Diplomacy are still played by eager devotees. What is board and card game design like now? Are there any soon to be released games that are about to take the gaming world by storm?

David Howell, Phil Foglio, Bill Fawcett, Julie Haehn

Sunday 4:00pm CC G

Textiles: From the Past Into the Future

The history and technology of textile manufacturing and dyeing; its past and its future.

Bjo Trimble, Irene Radford, Darlene P. Coltrain

Sunday 4:00pm CC H

Prosthetics and other Makeup

From Klingon to other aliens, how to make prosthetics for your face

Mary Cordero, Jay Hartlove, Michael S. Sarkisian

Sunday 4:00pm CC J1J4

Computer History: From Homebrew To Corporate R&D

How Silicon Valley grew from a dream to an industry and changed the world. People carrying punch cards admitted free.

Chris Garcia, Hugh Daniel, Allen Baum, Cliff Stoll, Lee Felsenstein, Mike Van Pelt

Sunday 4:00pm CC J2

Antimatter Technology

Will antimatter ever be available for energy storage or spaceship propulsion? Will it be safe and practical? Where else might we see antimatter in our future?

Victoria Warren, Matt Austern, Ken Wharton, John G. Cramer

Sunday 4:00pm CC K

Fans of All Lands

Find out some similarities and differences of fans and fandom around the world.

Sunday 4:00pm CC N

Vince Docherty, Jan van 't Ent, Stephen Boucher, Yoshio Kobayashi


Sunday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 2

Jennifer Roberson


Sunday 4:00pm Exhibit Hall 3

Roger MacBride Allen, Michael F. Flynn, Lisa Goldstein, Nancy Farmer, Allen Steele

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Larry Niven

Sunday 4:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Carol Berg Reading

Sunday 4:30pm F Imperial Ball

Sunday 4:45pm CC E

Film: Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the RingHugo Nominee


Sunday 4:45pm CC N

Cecilia Tan


Deborah J. Ross

Sunday 5:00pm F SFF.NET Suite Melanie Fletcher Reading

Sunday 5:30pm CC A1A8

Real Nanotech -- Nanoscale Technology at Work in the World Today

While not nearly as exotic or romantic as the molecule-sized robots trumpeted in popular science columns and ubiquitous in much SF today, nanoscale technology is very real and can probably be found in your home or office today. Researchers from IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose discuss two of the areas where they have done pioneering work: Atom-by-atom manipulation, used to create structures like the "quantum corral" and "quantum mirage"; and nanoscale materials engineering, used to research and create spintronic technology such as GMR read heads and magnetic tunnel junction memory.

Kevin P. Roche

Sunday 5:30pm CC A6

How to Design Your Academic Career for a Job in Space

What are the most important courses? Should you have more than one "major?" What other kinds of experience are good for prospective astronauts? Or should you do something else entirely, make a lot of money and buy a ticket?

Loretta McKibben, Brad Lyau, Hugh S. Gregory, Les Johnson, John K. Strickland Jr.

Sunday 5:30pm CC B1B2

Forgotten Filk

Some songs enjoy a brief flare of popularity, then drop 'off the radar', disappearing into the netherland of old songbooks and scratchy convention tapes. What treasures have we left behind us, waiting to be rediscovered?

Tom Digby, Jordin Kare, Mary Kay Kare, David Weingart

Sunday 5:30pm CC B3B4

History and Fantasy

Where do all those fantasy universes come from, and why? A critical/historical examination of fantastic literature.

Sunday 5:30pm CC C1C2

L. E. Modesitt Jr., Jody Lynn Nye, Patricia A. McKillip, R. Garcia y Robertson, Fiona Avery


G. David Nordley

Sunday 5:30pm CC C3C4

Serotonin and Her Friends: How Brain Chemistry Creates Personality

Sunday 5:30pm CC D

Eric M. Van


Sunday 5:30pm CC E

Jerry Oltion


P. C. Hodgell

Sunday 5:30pm CC F

Learning from the Pros

Graduates of Clarion, Clarion West, Odyssey and Viable Paradise discuss what they learned from their workshop experiences. Panelists will also field questions about workshops.

Thomas Seay, Samantha Ling, Erin Cashier Denton, Sasha Miller, Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Sunday 5:30pm CC G

Colored Pencil Workshop

Mark Ferrari

Sunday 5:30pm CC H

SIG: Polyamorous Relationships

Sometimes it takes more than two adults to make a successful relationship or a marriage, Heinlein wrote about it. Are you living it now or curious about how it works? Share your stories of the power of three or more.

Sunday 5:30pm CC J1J4

Ethical Systems in Alien Societies

How would historical and biological development determine alien moral and ethical codes?

Keith Hartman, Sheila Finch, Vera Nazarian, Robert Reed

Sunday 5:30pm CC J2

The Dead Lesbian Myth -- Buffy and the Death of Tara

The death of Tara on Buffy, the Vampire Slayer parallels tropes in the presentation of lesbians in modern fiction -- one lover dies, while the other becomes evil. Why did show executives feel the need to swear that Tara wasn't going to die? What does this presentation mean to the fans of the show, regardless of sexuality?

Seanan McGuire, Denise Little, Richard F. Dutcher

Sunday 5:30pm CC K

Dr. Destructo for Adults

Hugh Daniels leads an exploration into the inner workings of obsolete electronic equipment. Get back at your computer or TV and learn something in the process. This session will include some more complex destructions, so adults only.

Hugh Daniel

Sunday 5:30pm CC N

Electronic Books: Hype versus Reality

Sunday 5:30pm Exhibit Hall 2

Sunday 6:15pm CC D

Sunday 6:15pm CC E

eBooks have been held up as the next big thing, but what, in reality, are the market niches for electronic books today?

David Howell, Michael Ward, Melisa Michaels, Richard Michaels


Diana L. Paxson, Richard Paul Russo, James Stevens-Arce, Dafydd ab Hugh, Sean McMullen, Jael


Robert A. Metzger


Teresa Edgerton

Sunday 7:45pm F Imperial Ball

Film: TBA

Sunday 8:00pm Civic Auditorium

Hugo Awards

Sunday 8:00pm F Regency Ball 1

Victorian Dance

Ballroom dancing from the Victorian, Edwardian and Regency eras. There will be free, waltzes, polkas, schottisches, and other 19th century couple dances as well as set dances that will be called, and taught beforehand. Costumes from any era will be admired, but not required.

Sunday 8:30pm F Cupertino

Costuming with Leather

How to make costumes of leather

Kevin P. Roche, Anita Taylor, Nyssa Baugher

Sunday 8:30pm F Fairfield


Falling is a two-minute thrill ride. It's a freeform card game in which players are falling, fighting, and struggling to hit the ground last. There are no turns in this game. Everyone is playing at once. In this large size version, there is no sitting down, and the cards are as big as your head.

Julie Haehn

Sunday 10:00pm F Cupertino

SIG: BDS&M Fandom

Sunday 10:00pm F Glen Ellen


Want to impress GoH Ferdinand Feghoot? Come show off your punning ability in a classic Punday competition ala those in Spider Robinson's Callahan's Bar stories. Contestants are given a topic, and each must make a not yet done pun relating to the topic or be eliminated. The topic changes after each elimination.

Ferdinand Feghoot

Sunday 11:58pm F Regency Ball 1

Goth / Industrial Dance

Come dance your butt off from Midnight until whenever. If you like seeing the sun rise right before you go to bed, this is the dance for you.



Monday 8:30am CC G

Early Morning Writing Exercises

Monday 9:30am F Imperial Ball

Film: Hugo Winner Best Dramatic Presentation

Monday 10:00am CC A1A8

Soviet Space Disasters

Some have been published, many have been hidden, even from people in Russia. Hear about the ones you may not have known about before.

Hugh S. Gregory

Monday 10:00am CC A2A7

Acceptance of High Technology: The Telephone

Technoshock! The adoption of new technology has always been fraught with stories of skepticism and sometimes terror. This is true not only of the technologies we are trying to conquer today, but also of technologies of the past; such as the telephone, the automobile and the airplane. What rumors and wild stories were circulated about past technologies and how do they compare to the stories about today's technology?

Vernor Vinge, Chris Garcia, Kevin P. Roche

Monday 10:00am CC A3

Quantum Dots and Programmable Matter

Electronic devices are rapidly shrinking to the nanometer scale, where quantum mechanics dominates and particles become waves. Here, the distinction between chemistry, mechanics and electronics begins to blur. Case in point: the quantum dot, a device capable of trapping electrons in a space so small that they form "artificial atoms" whose size and shape and charge can be controlled in real time. Historically, the properties of matter are determined at the time of manufacture, through careful mixing and processing. But now we find ourselves at the dawn of a new age, where substances exist whose optical, electrical, magnetic and even mechanical properties can be adjusted at the flip of a bit. In a fifty-minute lecture, Engineer/Journalist/Novelist Wil McCarthy explores the social and technological implications of this "programmable matter."

Wil McCarthy

Monday 10:00am CC A4

Hard-Shell Costuming

Techno costuming - fiber glass, metals, electronics

Monday 10:00am CC A5

Fantasy Short Fiction

It doesn't have to be multi-volume epics.

Sherwood Smith, Kathryn Cramer

Monday 10:00am CC A6

WSFS Meeting

If the meetings earlier in the convention were unable to process all official business, we will consider what is left today. Check the convention newsletter to find out if there will be a Monday Business Meeting.

Monday 10:00am CC B1B2

Convention Programming: Art, Science, or Magic?

Con programming can look simple: just throw some people at the front of the room with a microphone and see what happens. Find out what really goes into making a convention program work well.

Priscilla Olson, Jim Mann, John Pomeranz, Mike Glyer, Craig Miller

Monday 10:00am CC C1C2

The Future of Fanzines

Are fanzines obsolete?

Tom Digby, Moshe Feder, Evelyn C. Leeper, Fred Lerner, Nicki Lynch

Monday 10:00am CC D

Writing the Synopsis

A synopsis is part of what you will use to sell your novel. But what is a synopsis exactly? What is its function and how can you make it work for you? Panelists discuss common problems and misconceptions.

Stephen Pagel, Ashley Grayson, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta

Monday 10:00am CC J1J4

Outsmarting Evolution in Action: Can We Get Ahead of Antibiotic Resistant Bugs?

Current regimes for using antibiotics breed antibiotic resistance--how do we get out of this box? Rotating antibiotic regimes? Finding new antibiotics? Genetically engineered antibacterial viruses? Can we move fast enough?

Kristine Smith, Scott Parker, William Thomasson, Elizabeth Moon, Frank Wu

Monday 10:00am CC J2

Now It Can Be Told: Bay Area Fans, Writers and the Weapons Labs

True (and sometime amusing) stories of government lab work that found its way into science fiction, and vice versa!

Monday 10:00am CC K

Jordin Kare, G. David Nordley, Ken Wharton, Kay Tracy, Gregory Benford


Roger MacBride Allen

Monday 10:00am CC N

Making Hats and Gloves

A two-part demonstration on the basics of making two of costuming's essential accessories - Hats and Gloves!

Monday 10:00am Exhibit Hall 2

Jay Hartlove, Denisen Hartlove


Monday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 1

Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Robert Reed


Monday 10:00am H Almaden Ball 2

Howard V. Hendrix


Monday 10:45am CC E

China Mieville


Monday 10:45am CC K

Keith Hartman


Monday 11:00am Exhibit Hall 3

Donald Kingsbury

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

Connie Willis, Gardner Dozois

Monday 11:30am CC A1A8

Current Trends in eBooks for Fantasy and Science Fiction Publishing

Palm Digital Media is the largest retailer of eBooks for handheld computers in the world. They work closely with DAW, Del Rey, Tor and Pocket Books in releasing their titles as electronic books for reading on Palm and Pocket PC handhelds. Come for a review of current trends in eBooks for fantasy and science fiction publishing.

Michael Segroves

Monday 11:30am CC A2A7

The Geography of Space: Near Earth

What's where in space -- useful areas and useless ones, key locations and minor ones, important resources and dangers. Part 1: Earth orbit, the Moon, and points nearby.

Henry Spencer

Monday 11:30am CC A3

Heads and Hands

Nuts and bolts workshop on drawing/painting two of the most difficult parts of the human form.

David Cherry

Monday 11:30am CC A4

Creating Anthologies

Anthologists discuss the creation and the business of anthologies-- from the initial idea, to the editorial heavy lifting, to what happens to them in the marketplace.

Ellen Datlow, Stephen Pagel, Mike Resnick, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Monday 11:30am CC A5

The SF Three Foot Shelf

What are the definitive science fiction and fantasy books to own if you only have a three foot shelf to put them on?

Fred Lerner, Debbie Notkin, Lawrence Person

Monday 11:30am CC A6

Lest We Forget: Memorial for Fans & Writers

To honor those we have lost in the last year.

Mike Glyer, Randy Smith

Monday 11:30am CC B1B2

Local and Regional Conventions

What are the challenges and rewards of running a small or regional convention? How do you start one and how do you keep it going?

Jim Mann, Tammy Coxen, Elspeth Kovar, Andrew Adams, Michael F. Siladi

Monday 11:30am CC B3B4

Feedback Session

Here is a chance for you to provide compliments to or ask questions of the chairmen of ConJose.

Monday 11:30am CC C1C2

Cyberindigestion -- What Spells Relief

Is there a limit to how much personal electronic technology humanity can swallow? Is the sheer mass of possibilities and choices slowing diffusion of these technologies? Are defenses beginning to evolve that limit cyber anarchy? What can we say about the pace and extent of the effect of cybertechnology on future society?

William F. Wu, Brad Templeton, Paula Butler, Laurie Mann

Monday 11:30am CC C3C4

Job, Family & Oh Yeah I'm an Artist/Writer

Many artists and writers balance a family, a full time job and their creative endeavors. Find out how they do it.

ElizaBeth Gilligan, Sharon Lee, Tad Williams, Deborah J. Ross

Monday 11:30am CC D

Domestic Architecture in 2050

What will houses and neighborhoods look like in the near future? In 2002, all new houses have a master bath and a large family room off the kitchen. Condos and townhouses are popular in urban areas. How might this change over the next 50 years?

Richard F. Dutcher, Jay Hartlove, Carolyn Dougherty, Janet Lafler, Kathryn Daugherty

Monday 11:30am CC E

SIG: Gadgets

Do you like new, techy toys? Come show off your latest can't-live- without wonder to others who just love new technology.

Monday 11:30am CC F

Building Believable Fantasy Worlds

What are the secrets to building rich, believable, fantasy worlds that readers want to return to again and again? Panelists discuss their observations.

P. C. Hodgell, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Terry McGarry, Sherwood Smith, George R. R. Martin

Monday 11:30am CC J1J4

Military Technology

Bigger bombers? Tougher tanks? With contemporary wars being fought amidst civilian populations, the strategy of using overwhelming force to conquer current enemies is no longer viable. Near-future soldiers will use high-resolution virtual retina displays connected to throwable robots and sensing microbots. Their most useful weapons may turn out to be nonlethal nets, slime, rubber bullets, or biological deterrents. What items will near-future armies have to identify and disable enemy forces? What science fiction authors have described this trend towards guerilla warfare?

John G. Hemry, Susan R. Matthews, C. E. Petit, Brad Lyau, Robert Fleming

Monday 11:30am CC J3

Glitz, Glitter and Other Shiny Stuff

From sequins to rhinestones to beads to sparkly fabric, how to make your costume sizzle and sparkle on stage and in the halls.

Monday 11:30am CC K

Pierre Pettinger, Sandra Pettinger, Zelda Gilbert, Janet Wilson Anderson, Dana MacDermott



Monday 11:30am CC N

The Year We Hanged All the Lawyers: Heinlein's Take on the Law and Things Legal

Monday 11:30am Exhibit Hall 2

Monday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 1

Monday 11:30am H Almaden Ball 2

Law and trials pop up over and over in Heinlein's fiction. Is he fascinated with the subject because he thinks of lawyers and the law as guardians of civilization? not likely -- he created a utopia by hanging them all. Let's talk about this old pol's (professional clown and subversive!) take on law and lawyers. Caution! Count cards! Hands on wallets! Some of these guys are lawyers! You Have Been Warned!

David Silver, Art Dula, Capt. Herb Gilliland, USN Ret., L. N. Collier


James Clemens, Scott Edelman, Eileen Gunn, Lois McMaster Bujold


John Trimble


Monday 12:00 noon Exhibit Hall 3

Monday 12:15pm CC K

Bjo Trimble

Autographing at the Asimov/Analog Table

David Marusek, Cory Doctorow, Gardner Dozois


Walter Jon Williams

Monday 1:00pm CC A1A8

Forensic Analysis of the World Trade Center Tragedy

We've all seen far too much of the fall of the Twin Towers on TV. What happened afterward that didn't make it onto the small screen? Who did what, and why? What did the searchers find, and what are they doing with those remains and personal items now?

Patricia MacEwen

Monday 1:00pm CC A2A7

The Geography of Space: Deep Space

What's where in space -- useful areas and useless ones, key locations and minor ones, important resources and dangers. Part 2: inner solar system, outer solar system, and points beyond.

Henry Spencer

Monday 1:00pm CC A3

When Things Go Wrong In Space - Scientific Method to the Rescue

Things go wrong in space. Hardware breaks, software fails, the universe dishes up the unexpected. There are very close connections between the process of spacecraft anomaly resolution and scientific method. In this talk, you'll hear gritty details of spacecraft in- flight failures and mysteries and how we use the scientific method to figure out what went wrong.

Steve Collins

Monday 1:00pm CC A4

SIG: SF in Japan

Japanese fans discuss recent trends in science fiction in Japan.

Monday 1:00pm CC A5

Research -- Networking & Resourcing

Research isn't what it used to be. More and more authors are turning to the Internet and private lists for research on anything from marketing resources to learning about almost lost/forgotten arts and skills. Let us not forget the writers' groups. With greater access to the Internet, authors are collaborating, researching, and developing their various skills with fellow enthusiasts from around the world. Find out about some of the best lists for research of various kinds for those in the SF/F genres.

ElizaBeth Gilligan, Kent Brewster, Mindy Klasky, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Cynthia Ward

Monday 1:00pm CC A6

The Seth and Hugh Show

Why the weapons policy applies to this panel.

Hugh Daniel, Seth Breidbart

Monday 1:00pm CC B1B2

The Rise of Specialty Conventions - Implication for Worldcon

Your local convention had a good mix of literature, science, filk, gaming, and anime. Now a local gaming convention has started up and your filkers have abandoned your convention for a national filking conference. Are these specialist conventions drawing members away from general conventions, even Worldcons? Are there actions we should or could take to reverse this trend?

Joe Siclari, Ben Yalow, David Howell, David Weingart

Monday 1:00pm CC B3B4

How to Vote on the Hugos: An Explanation of What Won this Year

You didn't like the Hugo results? Why didn't YOUR favorite story win the award? Come hear the Hugo administrators explain the preferential voting system and why your second favorite choice may have helped pick the winner.

John Lorentz, Kevin Standlee, David Bratman, George Flynn

Monday 1:00pm CC D

Art at the Speed of Light

Artists and the internet - what do you need to know, what do you need to do, and what do you need to worry about? Oh, yeah, and can you make money with this thing?

Teresa Patterson, Ctein, Margaret Organ-Kean, Elizabeth Humphrey

Monday 1:00pm CC E

SIG: Online Comics

They are not all in the newspapers anymore. Some comics are too violent, too sexy, too weird for the daily newspapers. Come and share your favorite online comics. Bring samples and URLs.

Monday 1:00pm CC F

Pulp Science Fiction--Is it coming back?

A multiple person reading of a pulp fiction adventure story.

Elise Toth

Monday 1:00pm CC J1J4

Nanotechnology, Comparing Mechanical with Biological Advances

Biology is nanotechnology, or is it? What characteristics do nanotechnological systems share with biology and how are they different? Do the two regimes merge? Which is, ultimately, the more efficient? Which is the least restricted by environment?

Howard Davidson, Kevin P. Roche, John K. Strickland Jr., Frank Wu, Lawrence Person

Monday 1:00pm CC J2

Exponential Growth: the Economics of Cornucopia

If we can make machines that can "digest" space resources to make copies of themselves and other useful byproducts, how does that change the sociology of the future. Are there still constraints? Allocations? Will we hit cultural limits to exploitation before we hit physical limits? If we could take Jupiter apart, would we?

Vernor Vinge, Alastair Reynolds, L. E. Modesitt Jr., Steve Gillett, William Thomasson

Monday 1:00pm CC J3

Breaking Ground In Buffy

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has repeatedly pushed the envelope for dramas of its kind, from the wordless (and flawless) direction of 'Hush' to 'The Body' and its subtle presentation of death; even 'Once More With Feeling' expanded the genre in new ways, yet the show remains snubbed by mainstream awards. Is this intentional? Does the 'genre' label condemn Buffy, the Vampire Slayer to the sci-fi ghetto?

P. C. Hodgell, Chris Garcia, Nicki Lynch, Eric M. Van

Monday 1:00pm CC K

Worldbuilding 4

Creating culture and history for your world

Monday 1:00pm Exhibit Hall 2

Amy Thomson, Howard V. Hendrix


Monday 1:00pm H Almaden Ball 1

Wolf Read, Kristine Smith, Mark W. Tiedemann, Sasha Miller


Charles Stross


Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Monday 2:30pm CC A2A7

Buffy's Cast of Thousands

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has presented us with dozens of vibrant and ever-surprising characters, from Buffy herself to Anya the (sometimes) reformed vengeance demon. Which characters have gone to just the right places -- and which of them may have gone too far?

Jim Mann, Ben Yalow, Tom Whitmore, Richard F. Dutcher

Monday 2:30pm CC A5

The Future of Food

The rise of ethnic cuisines or the McDonaldization of all meals? Or will we all swallow a pill with a liquid diet as a life lengthening strategy?

Chris Garcia, Richard Foss, Kathryn Daugherty

Monday 2:30pm CC B1B2

The Bigger the Better?

Do cons reach a size where they're too big to handle? If so, what strategies can we use to limit attendance without causing a war?

Geri Sullivan, Mark L. Olson, Martin Easterbrook, Craig Miller, Christian McGuire

Monday 2:30pm CC E

Monday 2:30pm CC F

SIG: Fans of the Second Amendment


Monday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 1

Monday 2:30pm H Almaden Ball 2

Vera Nazarian


Walter Jon Williams


Monday 3:15pm CC F

G. David Nordley


Kevin A. Murphy

Monday 4:00pm F Imperial Ball

Closing Ceremonies

Tom Whitmore, Kevin Standlee, Vernor Vinge, John Trimble, Bjo Trimble, David Cherry

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