Preliminary Schedule for TorCon 3

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Wednesday 1200, RY: Saskatchewan

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Thursday, 1300, CC: 206F

Adaptations: not Faithful Enough or too Faithful

The Lord of the Rings has shown that fidelity to the original can successfully transport a complex fantasy to the screen. Why has this not happened more frequently? Does it require only megabucks, a caring producer, and a reverent creative team? And by the way, can an adaptation be too faithful?

Alma Hromic Deckert, Craig Engler, Craig Miller, Nick Sagan, Isaac Szpindel

Thursday, 1300, CC: 104A

Beyond the First Draft

The first draft is done. Your new novel is revolutionary, groundbreaking and will change the world! Now what?

Joshua Bilmes, Jeanne Cavelos, Josepha Sherman, Robert Silverberg, Caro Soles

Thursday, 1300, CC: 205B

Can SF be Co-Opted?

Increasingly, corporations and other organisations are looking at any and all vehicles to push their agenda (making money, spreading a message, etc.). Is SF immune to this? If not, can something be done to stop it? Should SF somehow go on the offensive, perhaps even consciously push its own priorities?

Scott Bakker, Gregory Frost, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, Stephen Pagel, Ann Zeddies

Thursday, 1300, CC: 201F

Costuming 101

For people who want to costume, and have little or no experience costuming. Come find the answers to your costuming questions.

Alixandra Jordan, Toni Lay, Carole Parker

Thursday, 1300, CC: 201E

Online, Snailmail, Face-to-Face Writers Groups

The Panelists describe the pros and cons of different kinds of writing groups and talk about the group they belong to.

Bridget Coila, Barb Galler-Smith, Aynjel Kaye, Rochelle Uhlenkott

Thursday, 1300, CC: 104CD

The Liar's Panel

Panelists, under the moderation of Guest of Honor Mike Glyer, attempt to come up with the most outrageous prevarications in an ongoing quest to amuse the members and best their fellows.

Deb Geisler, Mike Glyer, John Pomeranz, Michael Swanwick, Howard Waldrop

Thursday, 1300, RY: British Columbia


Several ceremonies are planned at this time.

Don Kaiser, Dan Heine, Andrew Bertke, Joe Agee, Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo

Thursday, 1300, CC: 202C

Feedback Session

The time we have practiced ducking for.

Torcon Committee Members

Thursday, 1300, RY: NS


George R. R. Martin

Thursday, 1300, RY: New Brunswick


Robert J. Sawyer

Thursday, 1300, RY: PEI


Liz Williams

Thursday, 1300, RY: Alberta


Janna Silverstein

Thursday, 1400, CC: 201E

How Is SF/F Analyzed

Science fiction and fantasy have become more respectable in recent years. Is SF&F now accepted within the academic community, or merely tolerated as just another crackpot, fringe genre?

John Clute, Justine Larbalestier, Lorna Toolis, Heather Urbanski, Allan Weiss

Thursday, 1400, RY: Confederation 3

The Filk/Folk Process

The folk process morphs a traditional ballad through many small changes and continues to do so to reach the form in which it reaches us. It happens in filk too. It's the process of the listeners making a song "their own."

Daniel Glasser, Melissa Glasser, Graham Leathers

Thursday, 1400, RY: Territories

Recording - Playing with Equipment

Some hands on play (supervised of course) with the gear. Find out how to connect it, how to power it, good things and bad things to do with it. Why do things work the way they do?

Ken Lalonde, J. Spencer Love

Thursday, 1400, CC: 201ABCD

Cassini Probe to Saturn

Bill and Guy talk about the NASA mission (NEAR) to visit the asteroid Eros that will ultimately land on the body

Guy Consolmagno

Thursday, 1400, CC: 104CD

Old New Voices: The John W. Campbell Award Winners, Thirty Years Later

Come join our august group of Panelists as they discuss the John W. Campbell Award and the impact it made on them and their career.

George R. R. Martin, Cory Doctorow, Gardner Dozois, Alexis Gilliland, Harry Harrison, Nalo Hopkinson

Thursday, 1400, CC: 205B

Genre vs. Mainstream Fiction in Canada

Alison Baird, Terence Green, Scott Mackay

Thursday, 1400, CC: 202C

Canada Council Reading

Dave Duncan, Jean-Louis Trudel

Thursday, 1430, RY: NS


Connie Willis

Thursday, 1430, RY: New Brunswick


Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg

Thursday, 1430, RY: PEI


Robert Metzger

Thursday, 1430, RY: Alberta


Katherine Brandenburg

Thursday, 1500, CC: 104A

Design an Alien Species

Humans are gregarious, Cooperative, tribal, and omnivorous, among many other attributes. All of these are up for reassessment in constructing fictional aliens and their societies. Let's try some and see how.

Hal Clement, Julie Czerneda, Edward M. Lerner, G. David Nordley

Thursday, 1500, CC: 104B

Fantasy Culture Design

Even more than science fiction scribes, fantasists tend to put great effort into designing novel cultures, determining how they work, and considering how they might interact with each other. Panelists will discuss their favourite exotic cultures from fantasy literature, and see if any general principles can be adduced for the creation of interesting and novel human cultures.

Scott Bakker, P.C. Hodgell, Victoria McManus, Sean Mead, Josepha Sherman

Thursday, 1500, CC: 206B

If They Drew It, I Can Do It!

Translating images from the movies, television, anime, manga, book covers, etc. into costumes. Come and hear some of those who have done it.

Maral Agnerian, Pierre Pettinger, Dawn McKechnie

Thursday, 1500, CC: 201ABCD

Farscape The Best Science Fiction Show Ever?

Great stories, writing, characters, acting, effects, and direction made this deep-space action drama awe-inspiring, unique -- and possibly the best that modern media science fiction has to offer. Why is it gone? Why can't other shows achieve this quality? Will it be back?

Dave Creek, Sarah Elliott, Peter Knapp, Tara Oakes

Thursday, 1500, CC: 201E

Day Jobs for Writers -- Journalist, Freelance Technical/Science Writer or Professor Track?

Remember the good old days when you had to hide your SF/Fantasy from your English teacher? English teachers are now writing the stuff. Is all that respectability squeezing the life out of SF? Is becoming a professor to support your SF habit like cutting your hair in the early 70's after coming down from that great rush of we're-all-gonna-change-the-world rock and roll?

Bridget Coila, Jonathan Cowie, William Dietz, John Scalzi, Edward Willett

Thursday, 1500, RY: Territories


W. Randy Hoffman, Peggi Warner-Lalonde

Thursday, 1500, RY: Confederation 3

Songwriting - Intro

Where do you start? A simple introduction to Songwriting, beginning with how to structure a song and getting started on lyrics.learn how to make something as simple as a rhythm egg into a cool accompaniment

Terence Chua, Gary Ehrlich, Lynn Gold

Thursday, 1500, CC: 201F

LGBT Reading 2

Tanya Huff

Thursday, 1600, CC: 202C

Beauty in the Near and Far Future

Will the advent of nanotechnology and other high technologies change the way we perceive beauty? Especially if nanotech can quickly and painlessly change your appearance almost at whim.

Stephanie Johanson, Aynjel Kaye, Anthony Lewis, Sarah Zettel, Scott Westerfeld

Thursday, 1600, CC: 104CD

Discworld 101

A discussion of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

Suzy Charnas, Janice Eisen, Ed Greenwood, Alixandra Jordan, Terry Pratchett

Thursday, 1600, CC: 206F

Wanted: The Privatisation of Space

Elizabeth Klein-Lebbink, Steven Lopata, Henry Spencer, Pete Thomas, Karen Traviss

Thursday, 1600, CC: 104B

Archetypes and Fairy Tales

Does all good or great fantasy take root in the fairy tales of our or earlier peoples' youth? Should the books carry a warning label that it is an edited or abridged version of another work? Would you allow your work to be changed for the new audience? The panel would discuss the trends in children and young adult literature to "clean" adult books of any possible objectionable material (harsh/foul language and sex for examples) before republishing in a YA edition.

Kathryn Cramer, Dave Duncan, Sarah Elliott, P.C. Hodgell, Linnea Dodson

Thursday, 1600, RY: Confederation 3

Copyright Issues

Whether it's writing, art or filk SF has issues around the protection of intellectual property. A discussion from several angles, and hopefully from several countries.

Terence Chua, J. Spencer Love, Gretchen Roper

Thursday, 1600, RY: Territories


Andrew Barton, Kate Soley Barton

Thursday, 1600, CC: 201F

Minneapolis, er, make that, Toronto in 1973

A look back at the campaign for the right to host the 1973 Worldcon.

Thursday, 1600, CC: Summit

The Chesley Awards: A Retrospective

A look at the Chesley Awards.

Paul Barnett, Elizabeth Humphrey, Pamela D. Scoville

Thursday, 1600, CC: 103B

Kids Favorite Movies

Anne Pinzow, Bonnie Kunzel

Thursday, 1600, RY: NS


Lawrence Schoen

Thursday, 1600, RY: New Brunswick


Sheila Finch

Thursday, 1600, RY: PEI


Charles Coleman Finlay

Thursday, 1600, RY: Alberta


Terry McGarry

Thursday, 1700, CC: 104CD

Has Science Fiction Failed as a Fiction of Science?

After Vernor Vinge's "Across Realtime" saga popularized the notion, other science fiction writers looked into the Singularity -- and blinked. To date, very few other authors have written stories that encompass the notion. Why? Is the idea simply out of fashion, or somehow out of reach?

Hal Clement, John Clute, John G. Hemry, Charlie Stross, Jean-Louis Trudel

Thursday, 1700, CC: Summit

Writing the Extraordinary Realistically

In literature and television, extraordinary subject matter is almost invariably met with disbelief. Yet in real life, experiences of fairly odd things -- and reports of even odder ones -- are commonplace, raising barely an eyebrow in many circles. How does a writer let the reader understand that truth really is stranger than fiction? How can one present the bizarrerie of the simply real?

Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Chris Moriarty, Melinda Kimberly, Connie Willis, Sarah Zettel

Thursday, 1700, CC: 104B

Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Sentience?

AI or AS -- what's the difference? Can we have one without the other? Which would we prefer? Perhaps we should be questing instead for Artificial Stupidity, the ability to get the expected result most of the time with limited resources...

Andrew Burt, Charles Cohen, Julie Czerneda, Marcel Gagne, Bill Taylor

Thursday, 1700, CC: 205B

The Myth of Fannish Uniqueness

Is fandom truly unique? Why do we distinguish ourselves from non-fans by calling them "mundane"? How do we differ from readers of mysteries, westerns, romance novels? Once, reading SF/F set you apart. How have changes in the rest of the world collided with our fast-held belief that fans are Slans? In many ways, we've won. Why aren't we happier about it?

James Hay, Evelyn Leeper, Nicki Lynch, Andrew Porter, Ben Yalow

Thursday, 1700, CC: 206B

Book Discussion: Zulu Heart

Zulu Heart is Steven Barnes" latest novel, an alternate history story in which Egypt and Ethiopia colonized the New World using European slave labour. Discuss Barnes" unique vision of an alternate Earth, in which African culture reigns supreme

Stephen M. Stirling, Suzanne Allétirling, Carl Cipra, Amy Thomson

Thursday, 1700, CC: 201ABCD

Humour in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Does humour have a place in science fiction and fantasy? Where? When? Is it ever inappropriate? When does it go too far? When not far enough? (For example, where are all the political satires we used to see?) And since we're such a fun-loving bunch, why isn't there even more of it?

Esther Friesner, Tanya Huff, Mike Resnick, Steve Sawicki, Lorna Toolis

Thursday, 1700, CC: 206F

Heinlein's Women -- Heinlein's Women -- "Just Like the Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad"

Audience participation is welcome in the discussion of female character types, their purpose and impact in Heinlein's works.

Karen Haber, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Robert James, David Silver, Pat York

Thursday, 1700, RY: Territories


Gary Ehrlich, Lynn Gold

Thursday, 1700, RY: Confederation 3

Voice Workshop

All of us get sloppy in intonation, placement and projection. This is a review for some and an introduction for others.

Mark Bernstein

Thursday, 1700, CC: 202C

Magnetic Poetry

Everyone who wants to participate will be given a tin sheet and a handful of random words (with 2 or three blanks) and let the madness begin. This will require a host, a judge and cheesie prizes.

Carolyn Clink

Thursday, 1700, CC: 203B

The BDP Hugo Split...Will It Prevail?

Did the BDP (Best Dramatic Presentation) Hugo Split work the first time around? (In other words, will Buffy fans finally be sated?) How about next year?

Chris M. Barkley, Vincent Docherty, Daniel Kimmel, Peter Knapp, Guy Lillian

Thursday, 1700, CC: 104A

SPACE: The Imagination Station

Everything you want to know about Canada's alternative to the Sci-Fi Channel. As real North Americans already know, SPACE: The Imagination Station is a national, 24-hour, English-language SF specialty channel that's the best part of many Canadian cable packages. We'll discuss the channel's stellar mix of science fiction, science fact, speculation, and fantasy, delivered in a mix of movies, documentaries, and series both current and classic, plus several original programs. Come find out what's now approaching us from SPACE.

Lyla Miklos

Thursday, 1700, CC: 103A

Kids Favorite Books

David-Glenn Anderson, Kathryn Sullivan

Thursday, 1700, CC: 201F

Friends of Bill W.

Thursday, 1700, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Thursday, 1800, RY: Quebec

Practical Fantasy: Costuming For The Hall

Comfort, attention to detail, practicality, and Panache - there's a real art to designing and making a good hall costume, It's one thing to look wonderful, it's another thing altogether when you can't easily use the elevator, the stairs, or for that matter, the bathroom.

jan howard finder, Toni Lay, Kate Morgenstern, Andrew Trembley

Thursday, 1800, CC: 201E

Electronic Books - What do READERS Need?

Our own genre extols the virtures of easily accessing electronic information, but the reality falls far short. What's missing? What's needed? What are the roadblocks?

John Bartley, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Cory Doctorow, Norma McPhee, Michael Ward

Thursday, 1800, CC: 201ABCD

Design: The Glue Holding Our Dreams to Our Reality

Design, particularly as it pertains to future technology and products - is the means by which we turn our dreams into reality. It extends from the pure arts to the intensively scientific. This talk will consider how design is more than just a kind of knowledge held by experts. We will look at how design can be done by almost anyone, for almost anything.

Dr. F. Salustri

Thursday, 1800, CC: 103A

Kids Favorite Movies

Karen Purcell

Thursday, 1800, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Thursday, 1900, RY: Manitoba

Robots Learn to Shoot: The Use of Robots in a Military Role

Asimov's First Law is looking unlikelier by the day. Soon automatons may well be given the ability to kill humans independently. Should we pull this particular technosocialpolitical trigger? If so, can Colossus and Guardian, Joshua, Solo, or the T-3000 and Skynet be far behind?

Greg D. Armstrong, Paul Chafe, Charles Cohen, Pete Thomas

Thursday, 1900, RY: Confederation 3

Filk for Non-Filkers

A kind and gentle introduction to the art of filk music, with a combination of discussion and music.

Eloise Beltz-Decker, Daniel Glasser, Melissa Glasser

Thursday, 1900, RY: Quebec

Getting a TV Series on the Air

What does it take to turn an idea into a successful TV show? pannelists dscuss their experiences in getting a new genre series off the ground and on the air.

Lyla Miklos, Melinda Snodgrass, Isaac Szpindel, Marc Zicree

Thursday, 1900, CC: 103B

Closed for the evening

Thursday, 1900, CC: 103A


Thursday, 2000, RY: Prince Edward Island

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

Lee Martindale

Thursday, 2000, RY: Concert Hall

Opening Ceremony and Guest of Honour Reception

Peter Jarvis, Guests of Honour

Thursday, 2100, RY: Manitoba

R&D in Magic

Many fans have experience in real-world technology research and development, yet somehow this aspect of a fantasy world is almost universally neglected. In most models, new magic must come from somewhere and there must logically be a process behind it. Would it resemble the process of science? Are spells humanly divined, granted by the gods, or discovered among the random mumblings of powerful yet deeply insane Extreme Wizards?

Rob Chilson, James Alan Gardner, Ed Greenwood, Steven Lopata, Elizabeth Moon

Thursday, 2100, RY: Territories


For your Thursday evening entertainment, a group of poets, storytellers and musicians entertain in a casual environment. Hosts: Judith Hayman and Carolyn Clink

Carolyn Clink, Judith Hayman, Richard Chwedyk, David Clink, Scott Green, Sandra Kasturi

Thursday, 2100, RY: Canadian


Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Angel: Waiting in the Wings

Thursday, 2200, RY: Tudor 7

Theme Filk: Fantasy

Some from the realms of magic and other speculative universes.

Barry Gold

Thursday, 2200, RY: British Columbia

Conversation with George and Howard

Two old friends get together to have a chat.

George R. R. Martin, Howard Waldrop

Thursday, 2200, RY: Concert Hall

The Robinsons In Concert

Spider and Jean Robinson show off their non-literary talents as they perform their vast repertoire of songs for the Torcon attendees

Spider Robinson, Jeanne Robinson

Thursday, 2300, RY: Tudor 7

Theme Filk: Brand New Songs

David Hayman

Thursday, 2300, RY: Canadian

Minority Report

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Conversations with Dead People

Thursday, 2300, RY: Confederation 3

Theme Filk: Zoological

Lynn Gold

Thursday, 2400, RY: Confederation 3

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

Lynn Gold

Thursday, 2400, RY: Tudor 7

Open Filk -- Poker Chip

Filk songs of faith and belief. No insults to any faith allowed.

Lee Gold, Barry Gold

Thursday, 2400, RY: Tudor 8

Open Filk -- Chaos

A venerable style from the East Coast.

Terence Chua


Friday 1000, CC: 104A

Science Fiction: An Idea Continuum not Divide

Ideas born of science fiction were once considered "fringe," but are now much closer to the mainstream. Does SF/F really make us explore social taboos and become more open to technology? How has the study of SF/F changed social appreciation of the topic?

Scott Bakker, Justine Larbalestier, Bradford Lyau, Lorna Toolis, Heather Urbanski

Friday 1000, CC: 206F

Believable Relationships

How does one write relationships that are outside the norm (1 male/ 1 female, 2.4 kids)?

Carol Berg, Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Karin Lowachee, Scott Mackay

Friday 1000, RY: Quebec

Sculpted Costumes: From Body Shaping To Body Armour

Ever see those incredible costumes that look as if they were sculpted, not sewn? Come and learn from the experts.

Chris Kramer, Dawn McKechnie, Jacqueline Ward

Friday 1000, RY: Quebec

Baubles, Bangles, And Beads

Beading and bead weaving. Glitz is the name of the game for a number of costumers, and non-costumers. Necklaces, bracelets, hair accessories; beading a costume. Come, see, and learn.

Cary Conder, Caroline Julian, Maral Agnerian

Friday 1000, CC: 206A

Never Say You Took a Creative Writing Course!

Editors talk about what not to mention in the cover letter with your manuscript. Why it's a mistake to include such vital information as "I took a creative writing course," or "My grandmother liked it," or "It's just like the last Harlan ... only different," or of course our favourite: "If you don't publish this your stupid."

Tina Beychok, Joshua Bilmes, Scott Edelman, Gordon Van Gelder, James Minz

Friday 1000 CC: 203A


James Stevens-Arce

Friday 1000, RY: Confederation 3

Morning Sing: Rise Up Singing

Singing before noon? Impossible. Come on and give it a try. (Friday)

Friday 1000 CC: 203C


Glenn Grant

Friday 1000, CC: 103A

Why we love Harry Potter and Hate Draco Malfoy

Audience interacts with Panelists aout what their like and dislike about the Harry Potter novels.

Barb Galler-Smith, Marvin Kaye, Persis Thorndike

Friday 1000, CC: 201ABCD

The DaVinci project (X-Prize entry)

Brian Feeney

Friday 1000, CC: 104CD

Remembering Isaac Asimov

A retrospective of Issac Asimov's, the man as well as his works. How he changed science-fiction and his indelible mark on the genre.

Hal Clement, Gardner Dozois, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Fred Pohl, Robert Silverberg

Friday 1000, CC: 202C

Shotokan Karate Workshop

Shotokan Karate Workshop. This will be an ACTIVE workshop for beginners and intermediates. No prior experience required. Fans will be asked to participate. Attendees will learn simple martial arts moves, some martial arts secrets, will slowly perform a basic sequence, and may even break a sweat. Hope to see you there!

Kenn Bates

Friday 1000, CC: 201F

Morning Poetry Exercises

Write a Haiku by noon, or start that Pantoum. Our wonderful instructors will teach a specific poetic form and you get to try it out. No experience necessary! Today's Class: Darrell Schweitzer will teach Limerick.

Darrell Schweitzer

Friday 1000, RY: NS


Paul Barnett

Friday 1000, RY: New Brunswick


Elizabeth Hand

Friday 1000, RY: PEI


James Alan Gardner

Friday 1000, RY: Alberta


Julie Czerneda

Friday 1000, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Friday 1000 RY: British Columbia

WSFS Business Meeting

Kevin Standlee, Donald Eastlake III, Pat McMurray, Clint Budd

Friday 1000 RY: Library

Writers Workshop Session 2

Aaron B. Larson, Jay Lake, Catherine Shaffer, Mike Brotherton

Friday 1000 RY: York

Writers Workshop Session 1

Jean Lorrah, Pat Forde, G. David Nordley, Rick Wilber

Friday 1030 CC: 203A


Stephen M. Stirling

Friday 1030 CC: 203C


Walter Jon Williams

Friday 1100, CC: 104A

Books vs Movies: Should they be Compared?

Are the two types of media even comparable? Given the advances in media, can CD-based literary efforts really be compared to more traditional literature?

Janice Eisen, Paul Levinson, Elizabeth Miller, Patrick Nielsen-Hayden, Melinda Snodgrass

Friday 1100, CC: 205B

Imbibing Engrams

Research in designer drugs is only just beginning. What are the prospects for the construction of drugs or beverages that place you into well-defined psychological states, whether happiness, sexual arousal, receptiveness to learning or cosmic awareness? Recent research suggests that this idea is not entirely silly. But could it ever reach the point of skipping over the more tedious parts of learning, for example?

George Flentke, Susan Smith, Isaac Szpindel, Eric M. Van, Fran Van Cleave

Friday 1100, RY: Quebec

Face Painting For The Stage

Your costume is perfect. It can be seen from the back of the stage; but you can't. Get tips and suggestions from those that have been doing this successfully, for years.

Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg

Friday 1100, CC: 104B

Does the Scientific Method Make Science Work?

Is it the idealized scientific method that makes science successful? Or is it the meat-grinder of peer review and backstabbing that's responsible for the loftier heights of scientific achievement? Well, what's the last experiment YOU conducted using only the scientific method? We bring tales of how science actually works, up close and really personal.

Catherine Asaro, Kenn Bates, Howard Davidson, James Killus, Michael Swanwick

Friday 1100, CC: 206A

Getting Started in Anime

Anime surrounds us. It is one of the major media forces around us. More and more people join the ranks of Anime fandom every day. Interested in this art form, but uncertain where to start? Come and find out where and how.

Brett Achorn, Anna Hui, Eric Langlois, Michelle West, Emru Townsend

Friday 1100, CC: 201E

I've Written a Story, Now What?

It's not enough to write a great story; now you have to find someone to publish it. This panel is for beginning writers who want to learn about the process of submitting their work to editors and agents, and making that first sale. Panelists will share tips based on personal experience, and debate the pros and cons of various career jumpstarting strategies.

Patricia Bray, Nick DiChario, Dale L. Sproule, Liz Williams, Eleanor Wood

Friday 1100, CC: 103A

Kinderfilk - Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts and Other Silly Songs

Silly Song Concert/Singalong with kids

Andrew Porter, Pete Thomas

Friday 1100, CC: 201ABCD

The Flight of Buran - The Russian Space Shuttle

The Flight Of Buran - The Russian Space Shuttle A behind the scenes look at the previously secret planning, development and testing of the Soviet Space Shuttle Buran and the Energia Rocket, including rare footage of atmospheric tests with strapped on afterburning jet engines.

Hugh S. Gregory

Friday 1100, CC: 206B

Sunburst Secrets Revealed

The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a prized and juried award. Panelists discuss how to enter, and what it means when you win.

John Clute, Candas Jane Dorsey, Mici Gold, Terence Green, Peter Halasz, Nalo Hopkinson

Friday 1100, CC: Summit

Baen Travelling Slide Show (with Door Prizes!)

I present a selection of the best of Baen upcoming cover art and discuss books and artwork while entertaining questions from the audience.

Toni Weisskopf

Friday 1100, CC: 104CD

Readings: A Feast for Crows

George R.R. Martin reads from the fourth installment of his latest series.

George R. R. Martin

Friday 1100, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Jae Leslie Adams

Friday 1100, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Friday 1130, RY: NS


Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Jean Lorrah

Friday 1130, RY: New Brunswick


Amy Thomson

Friday 1130, RY: PEI


Hal Clement

Friday 1130, RY: Alberta


Harry Harrison

Friday 1200, CC: 205B

Should Parents of an Unborn Child have the Right to Refuse Fetal Improvement

In the near future, it will be possible to screen the unborn for undesirable traits, and perhaps modify such traits in the womb. Do the parents of an "abnormal" or "maladjusted" child have the right to refuse this modification? What about when the state imposes it?

Jeanne Cavelos, Russell Blackford, Nancy Kress, Kristine Smith, Jonathon Sullivan

Friday 1200, CC: 206F

Hazards of Space

The recent Columbia tragedy has focused attention yet again on whether space travel is safe. What are the hazards of travelling to or from space? Is simply traversing the area outside of Earth's atmosphere itself a hazard? What is necessary to protect against any of these hazards. And who decides what is acceptable risk?

Hugh S. Gregory, Geoffrey Landis, Henry Spencer, David Stephenson, John Strickland

Friday 1200, CC: 104A

Travel as a Research Method

So here you are in Toronto; can you use the trip to stimulate your work? What are the ups and downs of tourism-as-research? What do you miss? What does it add?

Melinda Kimberly, Samantha Ling, Elizabeth Moon, Mike Resnick, Josepha Sherman

Friday 1200, CC: 201E

Fannish Ghetto

Fandom comprises dozens of subgroups. While wandering the halls or even perusing this guide, you may note references to "gay fen," "Furry fans," "gamers," "filkers," "costumers," "fanzine fans," or "SMOFs." Are these identifications sometimes made in a manner that can be construed as discriminatory? Are we becoming so balkanized that it's impossible to keep a foot in multiple fandoms? Do some groups of fans look down on other groups of fans? Why would we accept this when so many of us oppose discrimination in our mundane lives?

Janice Gelb, Peter Knapp, Ron Oakes, Alex von Thorn

Friday 1200, CC: 201ABCD

Creating Believable Aliens in Believeable Worlds: What to Consider

How can we construct a non-human being with real character? What authors particularly "give good alien"? Is it the case that the closer we get to a true alien, the more incomprehensible -- and often the more uninteresting -- it becomes to most readers? But surely we should do more than just stick tentacles on Tom Sawyer.

Hal Clement, Walter H. Hunt, Robert Reed, Frank Wu

Friday 1200, RY: Quebec

Getting The Blinkies To Blink

For those of you with an interest in tech. A workshop/demo/discussion on getting the lights to light and stay lit...or how to get them to blink on and off and on and off and on and...

Chris Kramer, Kevin Roche

Friday 1200, RY: Territories


Ingrid de Buda, Philip Allcock

Friday 1200, RY: Confederation 3

Songwriting - Intermediate

You have some lyrics and some ideas. Now what? Some ideas on making music and words go together.

Steven Macdonald, Bill Sutton

Friday 1200, CC: 104B

The Year in Review: Computer Technology

Computer Technology changes so rapidly, even the experts must work to keep pace. Come hear about the new, the exciting and where all of this could lead.

Charles Cohen, Daniel Dern, Marcel Gagne, Daniel Grotta, Mark Van Name

Friday 1200, CC: 206B

Chuck Jones: A Tribute

An appreciation of animation dircetor Chuck Jones' life and work

Paul Barnett, Pamela D. Scoville

Friday 1200, CC: 104CD

Exploring the Matrix

Panelists discuss this collection of essays about the universe of the Matrix series of Movies.

David Brin, Kathleen Goonan, Joe Haldeman, Walter Jon Williams

Friday 1200, CC: Summit

Working Together, Married Together

The collaborative process is difficult enough when it involves two friends. Is it any easier when the collaborators share every aspect of each other's lives?

Kelly Freas, Laura Freas, Sharon Lee, Steve Miller, Jeanne Robinson, Spider Robinson

Friday 1200, CC: 206A

Issues in Translating SF

John Barnstead, Jean-Louis Trudel, Elisabeth Vonarburg

Friday 1200, CC: 103B

Decorate a Journal

Sarah Elliott, Lisa Ragsdale

Friday 1200, CC: 202C

Is This Your First Worldcon?

Are you new to fandom and Worldcons? Stop by with your questions and we'll introduce you to fandom.

John Mansfield, Lorena Haldeman, Rusty Hevelin, Mike Glicksohn, Susan Manchester

Friday 1200, RY: Canadian

Enterprise: A Night in Sick Bay

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Friday 1200, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Friday 1200 CC: 203A


Fred Pohl

Friday 1200 CC: 203C


Karin Lowachee

Friday 1230 CC: 203A


Marvin Kaye

Friday 1230 CC: 203C


Charles Coleman Finlay

Friday 1300, CC: 104A

Buffy: The Triumph of Characterization

Characters in Buffy changed and grew throughout the series. Why is this so rare? Why did it work in Buffy? Should it work elsewhere?

Ginjer Buchanan, Rob Gates, Colleen Hillerup, Lyla Miklos, Douglas Smith

Friday 1300, CC: 104CD

If This Goes On: A look at USA 2008

Dynastic presidencies; homeland so-called security; suspension of constitutional rights whenever the word "war" is invoked -- the war on some drugs, the war on terror ... Where is American society headed, and how can it be stopped from getting there? A wholly unbiased discussion.

Mark Bernstein, Beth Hilgartner, David Hartwell, Stephen M. Stirling, Fran Van Cleave

Friday 1300, CC: 205B

Singularity for Dummies

Certain thinkers look forward to a sudden, radical change in human reality, occurring within a human lifespan, caused by progress in artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and related fields. What are they talking about? Why has it been called the Singularity? And is it, as Bruce Sterling has suggested, the Rapture for geeks?

Russell Blackford, Andrew Burt, Simon Smith, Eliezer Yudkowsky

Friday 1300, RY: Quebec

So, You're Gonna Enter Your First Worldcon Masquerade?

You've competed at small local conventions and the regionals. Are you ready for the Big Time? Come and find out how to make certain that you are. This covers things like Registration, Green Room, and Tech.

Byron Connell, Penny Lipman, C. D. Mami, Carole Parker, Roberta Rogow

Friday 1300, CC: 201ABCD

1953: The Year of the First Hugo

1953 yielded a bumber crop of science fiction, including Asimov's Second Foundation, Clarke's Childhood's End, Bester's The Demolished Man, Bradbury's Farenheit 451, Pohl and Kornbluth's The Space Merchants and Sturgeon's More than Human. This is also the year in which Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffrey both started publishing. A look at a year that produced many of today's classics.

Tom Doherty, David Kyle, Fred Lerner, Robert Silverberg

Friday 1300, CC: 206F

Taking Fabric Where It Has Never Gone Before: Manipulating Fabrics For Fun, not Profit

Master Costumer Jacqui Ward gives you a hands on presentation on how to make something one dimensional (fabric) into 3-D designs. Quilting, applique, beading, embroidery, and layering are just a few of the techniques used.

Jacqueline Ward

Friday 1300, CC: 201E

What Every Pro Should Know About Fandom

Without fandom, there would be no Worldcon, no Hugo Awards. While you may be able to be a successful SF or fantasy writer without any contact with fandom, once you immerse yourself in this milieu there are definite do's and don'ts -- particularly if you'd like to participate in convention programming, be invited to be a guest of honor, and win fan-awarded prizes. Find out what they are from people who know.

Gay Haldeman, Suford Lewis, Craig Miller, John Pomeranz, Dick Smith

Friday 1300, CC: 203B

Advice for Aspiring/New Writers

* how to get an agent * rights, manuscripts, etc. * how not to be a PITA * selling the second book

Edo van Belkom, Melinda Kimberly, Chris Moriarty, Beth Meacham, Wen Spencer

Friday 1300, CC: 206B

Gender Biases Among SF Magazine Editors, Publishers and Reviewers

A recent article in the SFWA Bulletin asks the question: Since the US population is 50.9% women, according to the 2000 Census, why was the percentage of short stories by women in the Big Three (Asimov',F & SF and Analog) no more than 29% in 2001? How do we account for the underrepresentation of women in our genre?

Mary Anne Mohanraj, Scott Edelman, Karen Traviss

Friday 1300, RY: Territories


The pros work at performance to make it look that relaxed and easy -- and interesting. You can do it too. Here are some ideas to really sell that song..

Barry Gold

Friday 1300, RY: Confederation 3

Bodhran Workshop 1

All the same instruments we hated in rhythm band, come to a new life when they accompany something as fun as filk. Meet some new instruments and learn how to make something as simple as a rhythm egg into a cool accompaniment.

Graham Leathers, Brenda Sutton

Friday 1300, CC: Summit

What's New at Tesseract Books

Find out what's new at Tesseract Books and what's still great about the great backlist of Canada's premier publisher of SF.

Timothy Anderson, Candas Jane Dorsey

Friday 1300, CC: 103A

All you Wanted to Know about Science but were Afraid to Ask

Elizabeth Caldwell, Jordan Raddick, Diane Turnshek

Friday 1300, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Friday 1300, CC: 201F

LGBT Reading 1: Fiona Patton

Fiona Patton

Friday 1300, CC: 104B

Workshop: Introduction to Alien Languages

A workshop in which the "Panelists" introduce participants (not more than 20) to principles of creating alien languages for use in science fiction.

Stanley Schmidt, Lawrence Schoen

Friday 1300, CC: 202C

Feedback Session

The time we have practiced ducking for.

Torcon Committee Members

Friday 1300, RY: Canadian

Spirited Away

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Enterprise: A Night in Sick Bay

Friday 1300, RY: NS


Mike Moscoe

Friday 1300, RY: PEI


Friday 1300, RY: PEI


Wil McCarthy

Friday 1300, RY: Alberta


Terence Green

Friday 1300 CC: 203A


Dr. John Flynn

Friday 1300, RY: British Columbia

The Heinlein Society -- Annual Corporate Meeting

Annual corporate meeting, with reports of the board of directors and officers to the membership. The meeting is open to members of the Society as well as to any interested members of the public.

Friday 1300, RY: British Columbia

Introduction to the WSFS Business Meeting

The Worldcon business meeting can be intimidating for newcomers. the panels provides an introduction to why the business meeting is important and how it works. We'll also talk about some of the topics that will be covered at the meeting.

Stephen Boucher, Bob MacIntosh, Martin Easterbrook, Linda Ross-Mansfield, Ben Yalow

Friday 1300 RY: Library

Writers Workshop Session 4

Steve Nagy, Charles Coleman Finlay, Karin Lowachee, Charlie Stross

Friday 1300 RY: York

Writers Workshop Session 3

Gerri Balter, James Stevens-Arce, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull, Janna Silverstein

Friday 1330 CC: 203C


Darrell Schweitzer

Friday 1330 CC: 203C


Steven Harper Piziks

Friday 1400, CC: 104A

Who Defines "Classic"

What is the concept of "classic" ? Who defines it? And how does it apply to SF/F? Does it apply? Is there "classic" mass media sf? How did this concept evolve into what it has become today?

John Clute, Mark Olson, Toni Weisskopf, Andrew Wheeler, Sheila Williams

Friday 1400, CC: 104CD

Nature of Sentience

What is sentience? What is its relationship to intelligence, to free will? Is it in any sense an objective phenomenon, or is it an article of faith?

David Brin, John Hertz, Robert J. Sawyer, Peter Watts, Eliezer Yudkowsky

Friday 1400, CC: 104B

Genetically Engineered Pets

If squids were furry, lived on land, and made a happy trilling sound, would they make good pets? We'll soon be in a position to find out, and this raises many social and ethical questions. We already produce tailless and hairless cats, as well as dogs ranging from the size of large rats to that of small horses. There are glowing rabbits growing in our labs. Where might this lead? Is it fair to birds to produce flying cats? Is it fair to dogs to teach them to solve crosswords? Is it fair to animal rights activists to produce living fur coats?

George Flentke, Nancy Kress, Judy Lazar, Larry Niven, Richard Chwedyk

Friday 1400, RY: Quebec

Getting Started In Anime Costuming

How to get started in Anime Costuming, known to its dedicated fans as Cosplay. Learn about Anime costuming and how it is influenced by Japanese culture.

Maral Agnerian, Caroline Julian, Dawn McKechnie, Barb Schofield

Friday 1400, CC: 203B

Meet The Gaylactic Network

The Gaylactic Network is an affiliation of clubs for LGBT fans and their friends. Come find out more about this organization, its affiliate clubs and its activities, as well as how to form an LGBT fan club in your own hometown.

Peter Knapp, Rob Gates, Carl Cipra

Friday 1400, RY: Quebec

To Top It All Off

In days gone by, a lady was considered naked if she was not wearing a hat. For most costumers, it's the same. From Captain Hook to Gandalf the Grey, everyone needs a hat. Discover how easy it is to make a classy hat.

Kate Morgenstern

Friday 1400, CC: 201E

Fantasy Backgrounds: Prefab or Custom?

Some fantasy relies on a historical base to give it the right feel, some on established myth, some on durable and evolved private mythology, and some on trappings cut from new cloth. Different kinds of stories seem to differ in their adaptability to each of these approaches; which combinations work best, and why? What features of a tale interact significantly with this choice?

Ellen Asher, James Barclay, Carol Berg, Daniel Grotta, Caitlin Sweet

Friday 1400, CC: 206A

Is the Cost of this Event Deductible?

How much of your Worldcon trip expenses is deductible? How much of the other money you spend is considered an expense in the eyes of your local tax collector? Find out how to get the most out of your writing income.

Daniel Dern, Sharon Lee, Andrew Porter, Jim Rittenhouse, Ramona Winkelbauer

Friday 1400, CC: 205B

Heinlein 101 - All you ever wanted to know about Heinlein but were afraid to ask"

An omnibus overview and survey of the themes, writing techniques, literary forms and character types of Heinlein's works. 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, Stranger and the novels of the 60's, and the final World as Myth books

Robert James, Bradford Lyau, Bill Patterson, Spider Robinson, David Silver

Friday 1400, RY: Territories

Chapter and Verse

SF fandom exists because we so love the literature that reading is not enough; we need to discuss it with other fans. When the fan is also artist, the discussion takes the form of another artistic expression; a painting, book cover, movie or a kind of music named "Filk." Such "conversations" between artists have existed in all genres since Man first committed Art, and are worthy, themselves, of fannish attention. This panel bings writers and songwriters face-to-face to read excerpts, perform music inspired by the excerpts, and discuss their themes, motivations and the creative process. Come eavesdrop!

Joe Haldeman, Tanya Huff, Connie Willis

Friday 1400, CC: 103A

Celtic Knotwork 101

Panelist will demonstrate how to draw celtic knots and instruct the basics to the audience. The audience will be given opportunities to practice techniques.

Deb Kosiba

Friday 1400, CC: Summit

ROC Presents

I'm submitting this panel because I know that Laura Anne Gilman is in Italy and ROC always does a panel, but its currently not included.

Laura Anne Gilman

Friday 1400, CC: 206B

LA vs KC

Mike Glyer chaired the Los Angeles Worldcon in 1996. Twenty years earlier, Ken Keller chaired the Worldcon in Kansas City. These two friends talk about how chairing a Worldcon changed over two decades and may even engage in a discussion of the current strengths of each city as they vie against each other to host the Worldcon in 2006

Mike Glyer, Ken Keller

Friday 1400, CC: 202C

So You'd Like to be Involved with Torcon

Come join in on the fun! Get a behind the scens glimpse of the exciting action in running a Worldcon.

Torcon Volunteer Department Staff

Friday 1400, CC: 202A

Canada Council Reading

Joel Champetier, Elisabeth Vonarburg

Friday 1400, CC: 103B

Kookieklatch/Reading - Selected Works

Kathryn Sullivan

Friday 1400, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Taral Wayne

Friday 1400, CC: 203D

Workshop: Creating Two Alien Languages (Green)

Participants split up into two teams and design a language.

Stanley Schmidt

Friday 1400, CC: 202D

Workshop: Creating Two Alien Languages (Purple)

Participants split up into two teams and design a language.

Lawrence Schoen

Friday 1400, CC: 203A


P.C. Hodgell

Friday 1430, RY: NS


Harry Harrison

Friday 1430, RY: New Brunswick


Esther Friesner

Friday 1430, RY: Alberta


Justine Larbalestier

Friday 1430, RY: Alberta


Friday 1430 CC: 203C


Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen

Friday 1430 CC: 203C


Edward Einhorn

Friday 1500, CC: 202C

Poetry Within a Book

Many writers place poems (or snippets) within their larger works, especially novels. Do these poems enhance or detract from the book?

Richard Chwedyk, Phyllis Gotlieb, Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg, Terry McGarry, Diane Turnshek

Friday 1500, CC: 205B

O'Neill: Long Lost Dream?

Remember those glorious visions of giant space habitats, compete with lakes and forests? Whatever happened to that idea? Where has the dream gone?

Mike Brotherton, Geoffrey Landis, G. David Nordley, Donald Simmons, John Strickland

Friday 1500, CC: 206F

What to Do About Bad Writing Habits

You're a writer. It's what you do. The words have to get out of you somehow, and the ideas need to keep flowing. But are there specific habits that all writers can share to make the process easier? When is organization, structure, constancy useful, and when can they hinder?

Gardner Dozois, Karen Haber, Samantha Ling, Tom Doherty, Rochelle Uhlenkott

Friday 1500, CC: 202C

Anime Genres

All Anime is not the same. As with all things are different genres with Anime. Fantasy. Science Fiction. The single hero. The quest. Groups. The future. The past. High tech. Find out exactly what some of these genres are and which games typify each one.

Alice Bentley, Allen Garvey, Derwin Mak, Frederick Patten, Kent Wong

Friday 1500, RY: Quebec

Tools Of The Trade: I've Got Scissors and a Needle; What More Do I Need?

A "Show-and-Tell" where the experts show you what's in their kit beside sewing supplies, duct tape, wire cutters, etc.

Tina Connell, Jill Eastlake, Karen Purcell, Andrew Trembley

Friday 1500, CC: 203B

The Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards are given out annually by the Gaylactic Network. Come find out which works of 2002 have been recognized for their excellence in presenting LGBT themes and characters.

Rob Gates, Carl Cipra, Peter Knapp

Friday 1500, CC: 104CD

Historical Fantasy

Take a little fantasy (or a lot), then graft in onto a well researched historical background. Voila historical fantasy. Nothing changes, but everything does as familiar historical figures find mystery and magic in their world, or legends are retold in their "real" settings.

Kathryn Cramer, Guy Gavriel Kay, Richard Foss, Lori Ann White, Beth Zipser

Friday 1500, RY: Confederation 3

Percussion Workshop (no drums!)

All the same instruments we hated in rhythm band, come to a new life when they accompany something as fun as filk. Meet some new instruments and learn how to make something as simple as a rhythm egg into a cool accompaniment.

Melissa Glasser, Gretchen Roper

Friday 1500, CC:104A

But for the Dinosaur Killer

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

Michael Brett-Surman, Harry Harrison, Robert J. Sawyer

Friday 1500, CC: 206B

Fannish Inquisition I Information From the Two 2006 World Science Fiction Convention Bids

Los Angeles and Kansas City are both bidding to host the 2006 Worldcon. Come hear what each bid has to offer. Worldbuilding techniques range from close extrapolation to alternate history to wild flights of fantasy, but the best F/SF is always set in worlds rich enough and believable enough for readers to move into. How do working F/SF writers create their imagined worlds? How do they give them breadth, depth, and substance? Is the process of imagining fantastic worlds different from the science fiction writer's process of extrapolation -- and if so, how? Why do some imagined worlds (Tolkien's for instance) seem to age so well, while others quickly grow dated? What rules, if any, help keep imaginary worlds or visionary futures plausible for real-world readers?

Bid Committee Members

Friday 1500, CC: 206A

Classic Fanzines

What fanzines of the past are memorable and or seminal to the development of fanzine fandom.

Mike Glyer, Guy Lillian, Richard Lynch, Leah Zeldes Smith, Dale Speirs, Steve Stiles

Friday 1500, CC: 103A

Science Demo

Science - Demos/Experiments for kids.

Bridget Coila

Friday 1500, CC: Summit

What's New at Warner Aspect

What's upcoming at Warner.

Jaime Levine

Friday 1500, CC: 104B

What is the Nature of Canadian SF

John Robert Colombo, Karl Schroeder, Donna McMahon, Peter Watts, Robert Charles Wilson, Allan Weiss

Friday 1500, CC: 201ABCD

Preamble to Video Conference with Chris Hadfield

Doors open at 45 minutes before the start. Questions will be taken from the audience to be considered to ask Chris Hadfield.

Julie Czerneda, Rocky Persaud, David Stephenson

Friday 1500, CC: 103B

Book Talk - If you liked Harry Potter...

Bonnie Kunzel, Diana Herald

Friday 1500, RY: Canadian

Enterprise: Carbon Creek

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Minority Report

Friday 1500, CC: 203A


China Mieville

Friday 1530 CC:203C


Don Bassingthwaite

Friday 1530 CC: 203C


Kevin Dockery

Friday 1600, CC: 203D

Genetic Engineering in Agriculture

What are the moral, ecological and economic implications of monoclonal agriculture, cloning, and transgenic technology? How can we derive the benefits of these techniques while limiting our exposure to their pitfalls?

Jonathan Cowie, George Flentke, James Hay, Susan Smith, Karen Traviss

Friday 1600, CC: 201E

Fantasy Economics

Economists might insist that fantasy economics should follow the same principles as any other economics. (Not for nothing is it called the Dismal Science.) But the impact of a cornucopia, a Midas, or a simple unionised talking horse would surely cause some muddle in the markets. Would the economics of a fantasy world really be that of medieval England? Would it differ only in detail, or in large-scale structure?

James Barclay, Carol Berg, Ed Greenwood, Steve Jackson, Cheryl Morgan

Friday 1600, CC: 104CD

Design Issues of Star Systems

Notions of what are and are not likely shapes for solar systems have changed throughout the history of science and science fiction, and never more rapidly than at the present as empirical data finally arrive on the satellites of nearby stars. Panelists will discuss notions of what other star systems will look like: the most common, the most humanly useful, and the most exotic or abstractly interesting.

Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Jean-Louis Trudel, Wil McCarthy

Friday 1600, CC: Summit

Libertarian Futurist Society Prometheus Awards Ceremony

This is the annual LFS awards ceremony where the Prometheus Best Novel and the Hall of Fame awards are presented.

Fred Moulton

Friday 1600, CC: 202A

Adding FX to Your Props

Ray guns, blasters and light sabers: just special FX? Strobes, sound, LEDs, and neon can make those props come alive.

Chris Kramer

Friday 1600, RY: Quebec

Middle Eastern Dancing Costumes & Belly Dancing

A short performance, followed by instruction and advice from some of Fandom's finest Belly dancers.

Michele Jaye Solomon, Linda Donahue, Julia Mandala

Friday 1600, CC: 104B

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut would certainly be recognized as one of the most popular living science fiction writers -- if he called his work SF. Where do "The Sirens of Titan," "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Cat's Cradle," "Galapagos," and other items in the Vonnegutian oeuvre fall in the history of science fiction? Do you consider his stuff SF? Why doesn't he?

Russell Blackford, David Hartwell, Mark A. Rayner, Andrew Weiner

Friday 1600, CC: 205B

Genre-Bending: The Rise of the Crossover Novel

A number of the most successful SF works of the past decade have been genre-mixing crossover novels: creations that blend SF themes and settings with elements from spy thrillers, murder mysteries, romances, and other genres outside the realm of traditional SF. In some ways these writers recall the ferment of SF's Golden Age (Asimov's "Caves of Steel," for example, was a detective story). In other ways, they represent a radically new trend in SF. What inspires these crossover novels? What non-SF works are their authors reading? How does the crossover square with SF traditions -- and what new possibilities does it open up for SF in the future?

Lisa DuMond, Terence Green, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, Glenn Sixbury

Friday 1600, RY: Confederation 3


So you want to make a CD? Some initial steps in planning a recording.

Ken Lalonde, Graham Leathers, Lee Martindale

Friday 1600, RY: Territories


Mark Bernstein, Merav Hoffman

Friday 1600, CC: 206B

Fannish Inquisition II Information from the 2006 NASFiC Bids

Seattle and Charlotte are bidding for the 2005 NASFiC. Come hear what each bid has to offer

Bid Committee Members

Friday 1600, CC: 201F

Royal Astronomical Society

A talk about the Royal; Astronomical Society

Friday 1600, CC: 103A

Building an Alien - Interactive Panel

An audience participation event. With the guidance of a moderator, audience members come up with the ideas for what they breath, how many eyes, and the rest of the details and our panel of artists will see if they can figure out what it looks like.

Mike Brotherton, Kelly Brown, Walter H. Hunt, Kathryn Sullivan

Friday 1600, CC: 104B

Fame Outside Fandom

Although those within fandom had long known of Bloch's genius, he was discovered outside the field in 1960 when a minor filmmaker named Hitchcock turned his novel, Psycho, into a film. Panelists discuss how success, however major or brief, outside the field affects authors who matured in the science fiction "ghetto."

Paul Barnett, Dr. Robert Blackwood, Bob Devney, Don Hutchinson, Daniel Kimmel

Friday 1600, CC: 201ABCD

Video Conference with Chris Hadfield

A video telconference with Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Julie Czerneda

Friday 1600, CC: 103B

Reading - By It's Cover

Isaac Szpindel

Friday 1600, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

John Hertz

Friday 1600, Offsite

Heinlein Society Awards Dinner

This inaugural Annual Heinlein Awards Dinner will be held at Badali's Restaurant, 156 Front Street West (one block from Torcon3). This judged presentation is made for excellence in writing science fact or fiction. A cocktail reception commences at 6 PM, sharp! Seating at 6:30 PM; the awards conclude at 8:15 PM, followed by an audio-visual presentation including the interview of Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein by Walter Cronkite on July 20, 1969, hours after man's first small step on the Moon. Tickets may be purchased at The Heinlein Society's fan table on or at its S.I.G. meeting at 1 PM, Friday, August 29, in the Royal York, British Columbia room for $75 each. A limited number, at $100 each, may be available at the door.

Friday 1600, RY: Canadian

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Enterprise: Carbon Creek

Friday 1600, RY: NS


Jerry Weist

Friday 1600, RY: New Brunswick


Michelle West

Friday 1600, RY: PEI


Friday 1600, RY: Alberta


Derryl Murphy

Friday 1600, CC: 203A


Catherine Asaro

Friday 1600, CC: 206A


Terry Pratchett

Friday 1630 CC: 203C


Adrian Bedford

Friday 1630 CC: 203C


Mike Resnick

Friday 1700, CC: 206A

So, You Want to be An Artist ...

he route to take in order to be a professional artist. Where do you start? What sources should an artist begin with? How does one begin down that path to fame, glory and riches? What art sells (for the artist), and why? Can a "non-commercial" piece ever be sold?

Lee Gilliland, Geoffrey Surrette, Liz Williams, Jean-Pierre Normand, Frank Wu

Friday 1700, CC: 104CD

What if: Canada had a Different Neighbour than the USA?

If Canada had a neighbour that was not the United States, would Canada be any different? Richer, more powerful, more listened to? Is our proximity to the United States a blessing in disguise? Or would Canada's socialist economy work better without the constant brain drain going south? What if Canada had attained nationhood BEFORE the USA? And where would the USA be without us?

John Dupuis, Nalo Hopkinson, Ben Jeapes, Pat McMurray, Connie Willis

Friday 1700, CC: 104A

Conversations with Isaac Asimov

The Science Fiction Oral History Association brings us Dr. Isaac Asimov, through the magic of recorded audio.

Isaac Asimov

Friday 1700, CC: 205B

Breaking In

Learn what everyone should know before submitting that first manuscript. Aimed at beginning writers, Panelists will answer questions about writing and marketing your work.

Ginjer Buchanan, Dave Creek, Jay Lake, Mandy Slater, Wen Spencer

Friday 1700, CC: Summit

Mass Book Signing for STARS: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian

A mass booksigning for Janis Ian's STARS volume, hosted by DAW Books and Penguin Canada.

Susan Casper, Alexis Gilliland, Joe Haldeman, Janis Ian, Nancy Kress

Friday 1700, RY: Saskatchewan

Instaband: Meet Your Band

Band assignments will be posted in the Saskatchewan Room at 1700 Friday. Bands will select their song(s)

Judith Hayman

Friday 1700, RY: Territories


Roberta Rogow

Friday 1700, CC: 206B

Fan Funds Auction

What are Fan Funds and who are this year's winners?

Friday 1700, CC: 201E

Heroines in Anime

Some people claim that there are no heroines in Anime; that the females are there simply as eye candy, in need of recusing? Is this true? Or are there female Anime heroes capable of kicking ass on an equal footing with the guys?

Brian Chu, Anna Hui, Winnie Hui, Kimberly Ann Kindya, Kent Wong

Friday 1700, CC: 104B

On the Tales (and Tails) of Lovecraft

not only did H.P. Lovecraft influence our GoHst of Honor, but he also had a direct influence, and correspondence, with numerous other authors who went on to make a name for themselves in horror, fantasy, and science fiction. What set Lovecraft apart from the other authors whose work filled out the pulps. Why did he develop a cult following during his life and why did it continue to burgeon after his death. Is he still an influence on the field after all this time?

Alan Beatts, Ellen Datlow, Marvin Kaye, Darrell Schweitzer, Andrew Wheeler

Friday 1700, CC: 201ABCD

Experience SF

A presentation on the Museum being built in Seattle, Washington.

Friday 1700, CC: 206F

400 Years of Fantastic Lliterature in Canada

John Robert Colombo

Friday 1700, CC: 203B

Astronomy 2003: The Year In Review

Guy Consolmagno, Geoffrey Landis, Ken Wharton

Friday 1700, CC: 103B

Milk, Cookies and Storytelling

David-Glenn Anderson, Edward Einhorn

Friday 1700, CC: 103A

Pipe Cleaner Dragons

Friday 1700, CC: 201F

Friends of Bill W.

Friday 1700 CC: 203A


Marc Zicree

Friday 1700 CC: 203A


Robert Charles Wilson

Friday 1700 CC: 203C


Esther Friesner

Friday 1700 CC: 203C


Kelley Armstrong

Friday 1800, CC: 104A

The Earth is Big and We are Small. Should We Be Afraid?

Proponents of the Gaea hypothesis have been heard to contend that the earth takes care of itself, and therefore is capable of healing what ecological damage humans might do. This fails to account for the very real possibility that the healing process involves removing the disease vector, i.e. humanity. How realistic is this possibility? How much can we irritate the earth before it decides to scratch?

Jonathan Cowie, Harry Harrison, China Mieville, Jonathon Sullivan, Karen Traviss

Friday 1800, CC: 206F

Direct Computer - Brain Interface

Wiring ourselves by direct linkage of our existing neural structures to the computing infrastructure is a staple of Cyberpunk literature. When and how should we do this? Is it even wise or safe? Is it really all it's cracked up to be?

Jack L. Chalker, Howard Davidson, Matthew Jarpe, Eric M. Van

Friday 1800, CC: 201E

Anime Influences in North American Media

In the twenty-first century media permeates our lives and culture. We cannot escape it. Anime is a large part of this. It saturates our lives; from video games to television to comic books to clothing, Anime is a major influence on how we view things; how we think; how we dress. Why?

Brett Achorn, Brian Chu, Allen Garvey, Eric Langlois, Emru Townsend

Friday 1800, CC: 206B

Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading

Broad Universe describes itself as "a group of women and men dedicated to celebrating and promoting the work of women writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror." Ten group members read short selections from their current and forthcoming fiction in the hopes of doing just that.

Naomi Bilodeau, Suzy Charnas, Anne Harris, Ellen Klages, Louise Marley, Victoria McManus

Friday 1800, CC: 203B

Science Fiction Film Literacy in One Easy Panel

The Panelists will examine the history of Sci-Fi film from beginning to end, including the creamy middle. Each Panelist should come up with a list of ten "Must Sees" before hand to be given to the audience.

Dr. Robert Blackwood, Dr. John Flynn, Kathi Overton, Craig Miller, Robert Vogel

Friday 1800, CC: 104CD

The Integration of Science and Religion in SF&F

Science Fiction is often seen as the literature of the humanist, the rationalist and the skeptic. Yet as we look at the underpinnings of the physical universe, even theoratical physicists can see the possibility of the hand of God underlying out physical exisctence. How do authors integrate religion and science? Can it only be done in fantasy settings

Scott Bakker, Paul Fayter, Phyllis Gotlieb, Beth Hilgartner, Paul Levinson

Friday 1800, CC: 104CD

From the Ground Up: Building Fantastic Ecosystems

What kind of world would produce a gryphon? How about giant killer plants? How would you go about designing a plausible landscape and other lifeforms for your alien or fantastic creatures?

Hal Clement, Julie Czerneda, Will McDermott, Robert Reed

Friday 1800, CC: 201F

Canadian Space Society

1953 yielded a bumber crop of science fiction, including Asimov's Second Foundation, Clarke's Childhood's End, Bester's The Demolished Man, Bradbury's Farenheit 451, Pohl and Kornbluth's The Space Merchants and Sturgeon's More than Human. This is also the year in which Marion Zimmer Bradley and Anne McCaffrey both started publishing. A look at a year that produced many of today's classics.

Friday 1800, CC: 104B

Live Thog's Masterclass

Thog's Masterclass is the department of Dave Langford's sf newsletter "Ansible" which showcases "differently good" lines from sf and fantasy -- the literary equivalent of a blooper reel. Dave's solo "Live Thog" presentation has brought fear, loathing and giggles to British, US, and Australian cons, and now makes its Canadian debut.

David Langford

Friday 1800, CC: 103B

Closed for the evening

Friday 1800, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Supper

Friday 1800 CC: 203A


Cory Doctorow

Friday 1800 CC: 203C


Charlie Stross

Friday 1800 CC: 203C


Paul Barnett

Friday 1900, CC: 205B

Feminist SF - Is It Outdated?

The feminist movement is, arguably, no longer the force it was in the 1970s. Do we still need science fiction that identifies itself as feminist? Has society progressed to the point where it is outdated? How would some of the feminist classics be received if they were to be published in today"s society?

Ctein, Lee Martindale, Cheryl Morgan, Lisa Tuttle

Friday 1900, CC: 104B

Beanstalk! Are We Ready to Build One?

Recent developments in carbon fibres have opened up the realistic possibility that we could actually build a space elevator with current technology. Is this for real?

Catherine Asaro, Jordin Kare, Karl Schroeder, Tim Smith, John Strickland

Friday 1900, CC: 104A

Turning Comics into Movies

Hollywood possess an excruciatingly annoying habit of changing otherwise perfect comic book plots into an amalgamation for the movie. Why can't they just shot the old plot? Of if they choose to create a whole new story, why must they, well, Hollywoodize the romance, the characters, the ending, and on and on? Somehow, after "Blade" was released, filmmakers discovered how to make movies-taken-from-comics not suck. But what can they do to make more of them masterpieces?

Brett Achorn, Keith DeCandido, Colleen Hillerup, Isaac Szpindel

Friday 1900, RY: Confederation 3

Performers' Circle Folk

Filk music is the stepchild of folk music. Here are pieces from the other side that resonate with the filk community.

Gary Ehrlich, Allison Durno, Daniel Glasser

Friday 1900, CC: 201F

The Mars Society

What is the Mars Society. A discussion by its members.

Rocky Persaud, Jim Mcginty

Friday 1900, CC: 206F

Faster Than Light

A discussion about the radio show Faster Than Light, and/or about science fiction and fantasy on radio in general (or lack thereof!) We could play clips from classic radio shows in the past, and from Faster Than Light.

Joe Mahoney

Friday 1900, CC: 103A

Costuming for Kids

Persis Thorndike, Joni Brill Dashoff, Karen Purcell

Friday 1900 CC: 203A


Marcie Tentchoff

Friday 1900 CC: 203A


Gregory Frost

Friday 1900 CC: 203C


Colleen Anderson

Friday 1900 CC: 203C


Charlaine Harris

Friday 1930 CC: 201ABCD

Chesley Art Awards

Friday 2000, RY: Manitoba

Artificial Life Forms and Their Rights

Mankind may be on the verge of creating new types of life not seen before on the planet. What are the implications? Should these life-forms be treated differently from "natural" life? Can life now be patented?

Dave Creek, Scott Mackay, Sean Mead, Robert J. Sawyer, Susan Smith

Friday 2000, RY: Quebec

Race In SF: Black, White, Asian Or Just Human?

What is the point in depicting humans as belonging to one or another of what today's society classifies as races? Shouldn't SF writers strive, in the neutral case, to make all of their human characters just that - members of the human race - without reference to the colour of their skin? But sometimes, of course, race is the point. When race is depicted, is it done well? Or do writers too often resort to stereotype?

Stephen Pagel, Karin Lowachee, Derwin Mak, Antonio Ruffini, Michael Z. Williamson

Friday 2000, CC: 206F

Convention Costuming:A Visual History

A slide show and visual trip down Memory Lane. See what costuming was like is the beginning; how it grew; and find inspiration for your place in its future.

Jack Krolak, Suford Lewis, C. D. Mami, Charles Mohapel, Lenny J. Provenzano

Friday 2000, CC: 201E

Science Fiction on Stage

An alternate-history stage drama about science, "Copenhagen," won the 2000 Tony Award. New works and adaptations of fantasy and SF are appearing more and more on stages in New York, Chicago, and London. Which are especially worth attending or reading? How well can SF -- the literature of imagination -- be translated to live theatre?

Suzy Charnas, Alexis Gilliland, Leah Zeldes Smith, Lori Ann White, Alan Ziebarth

Friday 2000, CC: 206B

I Want My Queer TV

Queer characters in television tend to be restricted to the world of sitcoms and soap operas. With the exception of Willow, Tara and Ivanova, LGBT characters in science fiction are almost unheard of. We have been clamouring for years for a gay character on Star Trek. Why are most television producers so squeamish about including our community in a genre that is supposed to be breaking barriers?

Alan Siler, Fiona Patton, Lyla Miklos, Kimberly Ann Kindya, Andrew Trembley

Friday 2000, RY: Tudor 7

History of Filk

Filk didn't start in the 90's or 80's but way back before we ever even thought about recording it. A few folks who were there in the fifties and sixties talk about their experiences.

Dick Eney, Barry Gold, Lee Gold

Friday 2000, RY: Confederation 3

Performers' Circle International

Filk is not just a North American phenomenon but enjoined around the world. There are filk communities in the UK, Australia and Germany, and filkers from just about everywhere. Songs with an international flair.

Philip Allcock, Andrew Barton, Kate Soley Barton

Friday 2000 RY: Prince Edward Island

Instaband Practice

Friday 2000, RY: Territories


Graham Leathers

Friday 2000, CC: 201F

Friday night Shabbat service

Friday night Shabbat services on Friday, August 29. All are welcome.

Friday 2000 CC: 203A


Pat York

Friday 2000 CC: 203A


Alison Baird

Friday 2000 CC: 203C


Diane Turnshek

Friday 2000 CC: 203C


Pat York

Friday 2030 RY: Concert Hall

Friday Night Dance

A dance presentation by Ravenar will precede the Show Us Your Dream Costume Dance that begins at 9:00pm. (Cash bar)

Friday 2100, CC: 206F

Born or Bitten: Biological vs. Supernatural Vampires

In folklore, it's a transmissible curse...but some vampire fiction puts biology in the clothing of the fantastic, featuring a separate species at the top of the food chain. (George R.R. Martin's "Fevre Dream" is one such work.) With most assumptions of vampire fiction radically changed, it's almost a whole different genre.

Lisa DuMond, E.E. Knight, Elizabeth Miller, Peter Watts

Friday 2100, RY: Manitoba

Why did Firefly Fail and Angel Succeed?

Joss Whedon's Mutant Enemy Television has spawned two very successful shows ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"), but his latest creative effort, the Western-in-space called "Firefly," has just been declared extinct. What is it about the Angel/Buffy-verse that made for better TV than the world of "Firefly"?

Christopher Garcia, Colleen Hillerup, Christine Mak, Robert Vogel

Friday 2100, CC: 104A

Big Girls and Boys' Toys: women in post-cyberpunk hard and military sf

One of the major trends in contemporary sf is the presence of women writers who have been visibly influenced by the cyberpunk movement. These writers are mixing and matching traditionally masculine genres (hard sf, hardboiled detective fiction, military sf, cyberpunk, spy thrillers) to create stories that don't fit neatly into traditional sf categories. What's going on here? And what do these writers have to say about the future of sf in the post-cyberpunk era?

Elizabeth Moon, Chris Moriarty, Kristine Smith, Wen Spencer

Friday 2100, CC: 201F

The Fine Folks of

more of a mixer than a panel, since the audience will be encouraged to get up and mingle. I have buttons from and hopefully some other items to share. It's a great and growing community.

Friday 2100, RY: Territories

Columbia Remembrance & Space Celebration

A memorial for a lost ship and crew. A celebration of our belief in the space program and its contribution to humanity. The discussion takes the form of another artistic expression; a painting, book cover, movie or a kind of music named "Filk." Such "conversations" between artists have existed in all genres since Man first committed Art, and are worthy, themselves, of fannish attention. This panel bings writers and songwriters face-to-face to read excerpts, perform music inspired by the excerpts, and discuss their themes, motivations and the creative process. Come eavesdrop!

Sally J. Headford

Friday 2100, RY: Library

Junkyard Poets

Join the action as two teams try to assemble a poem from scrap. Audience participation is encouraged!

David Clink, Herb Kauderer, Timothy Anderson, Scott Edelman

Friday 2100, CC: 203B

Children and Literature: Sicence Fiction and Fantasy

Lisette Boily, Roland M. Green, Terry Pratchett

Friday 2100 CC: 203A


Ken Wharton

Friday 2100 CC: 203C


Ann Zeddies

Friday 2100 RY: British Columbia


Friday 2100 RY: York


Terry McGarry

Friday 2200, RY: Quebec

The Leather Turn On

Does black leather turn you on? Did you really like Mrs. Peel's leather jumpsuits? What about simple things like leather gauntlets and harness? Whatever your interest in costuming with leather, stop by; learn a few things; exchange leather dreams.

Kevin Roche

Friday 2200, CC: 104A

This is a Space (Exploration) Program?

The last ten years has seen less manned exploration of space than the first 3 years did of its history. A recent report stated that NASA funding levels kept at 1960s levels would be $100b, not the humble (many say pathetic) $15b it currently gets. Is this intentional? Are we gearing up towards a great outburst of manned exploration, or will it continue to be moribund? Can this be changed, and how? And who should be running the show? Bureaucrats? Politicians? Engineers? Scientists? Private enterprise? SF Geeks?

Dave Creek, Henry Spencer, David Stephenson, John Strickland

Friday 2200, RY: Canadian

Angel: Waiting in the Wings

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Spiderman

Friday 2200 RY: British Columbia


Herb Kauderer

Friday 2200 RY: York


David B. Coe

Friday 2300, RY: Tudor 7

Theme Filk: Golden Oldies

Filk music has been around for a long while. Here are songs that stand the test of time (nothing newer than 1990, and older is better)

Joey Shoji

Friday 2300, RY: Prince Edward Island

Open Filk -- Guitar Free

One of the most respected of Canadian musicians, Stan's music is always popular in the filk community. Our own "Decadent" Dave Clement hosts a circle presenting Stan's music.

Eloise Beltz-Decker

Friday 2300, RY: Tudor 8

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

Decadent Dave Clement

Friday 2300, RY: Canadian

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Conversations with Dead People

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Spirited Away

Friday 2300, RY: Confederation 3

Theme Filk: Rock

Steven Macdonald

Friday 2400, RY: Tudor 7

Open Filk -- Domino

You thought filk was only a decade or two old? Here's music from the fifties, sixties and seventies. (Pre-1980 filk)

Lee Gold, Barry Gold

Friday 2400, RY: Confederation 3

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play. Songs with an international flair.

Paul Kwinn


Saturday 1000, CC: 104B

The Publishers' and Editors' Views on "What Sells?"

What sells? A view from publishers and ediors? Come hear the experts speak.

Joshua Bilmes, Ginjer Buchanan, Scott Edelman, Gordon Van Gelder, Andrew Wheeler

Saturday 1000, CC: 206F

Evolution for the Enthusiast

The process of evolution involves convolving carefully husbanded diversity with a chaotically and opportunistically explored environment, with the added complication that the environment is itself no less malleable to the gene than the physical carrier we call the body. This differs so much from the popular view of directed evolutionary development towards superior forms that it is hard even to compare the two. Yet public policy tends to be informed by the latter, and much bad press for evolution has ensued. How can we instill in people a more accurate notion of how evolution works, and in consequence how the natural world will respond to our actions and policies? Given a better understanding, how should our policies be different?

George Flentke, Karl Johanson, G. David Nordley, Peter Watts, John Wilson

Saturday 1000, RY: Quebec

Soft Sculpture Costuming

Carving a 6" block of foam into a costume is one method, but does not allow for errors. Come learn a different approach by building up layers of foam, then carving out the details.

Chris Kramer

Saturday 1000, RY: Confederation 3

Morning Sing: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning

Songs for the early risers you know who you are! (Saturday)

Saturday 1000, CC: 104A

Globalization and Anti-Americanism

The popular concept of Globalization is commonly of homogenization of many facets of life: choice of music, food, clothing are increasingly become less varied, and seemingly more American. Is anti-AMericanism an outgrowth of the growing tide of Anti-Globalization, or are the two unrelated? As SF is mainly an American phenomenon, could there be a backlash against the genre?

Russell Blackford, Harry Harrison, Justine Larbalestier, Paul Levinson, Mike Moscoe

Saturday 1000, CC: Summit

Book Launch: Open Space/Island Dreams

Saturday 1000, CC: 202ABCD

Mike Glyer and Connie Willis

Mike Glyer, Connie Willis

Saturday 1000, CC: 201E

ASFA Business Meeting

Elizabeth Humphrey

Saturday 1000, CC: 206A

Science Fiction in the Classroom (SFC): Keynote Address

Participants then choose between a Language Arts Focus or a Science Focus

Catherine Asaro

Saturday 1000, CC: 103A

Harry Potter Jeopardy - Round One

Janice Eisen, Lisa Ragsdale

Saturday 1000, CC: 103B

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday 1000, CC: 206B

Shotokan Karate Workshop

Shotokan Karate Workshop. This will be an ACTIVE workshop for beginners and intermediates. No prior experience required. Fans will be asked to participate. Attendees will learn simple martial arts moves, some martial arts secrets, will slowly perform a basic sequence, and may even break a sweat. Hope to see you there!

Kenn Bates

Saturday 1000, CC: 201F

Morning Poetry Exercises

Write a Haiku by noon, or start that Pantoum. Our wonderful instructors will teach a specific poetic form and you get to try it out. No experience necessary! Today's Class: Susan Manchester will teach Sestina.

Susan Manchester

Saturday 1000 .5 CC: 104CD

Robert Heinlein "Pay It Forward" Blood Drive

Join fellow con-goers as we welcome our guests of honour and officially open Torcon3. Reception will be followed by a concert by Canada's own inimitable Spider Robinson (concert starts at approximately 10:00pm).(Light refreshments and cash bar)

Saturday 1000, RY: NS


Stanley Schmidt

Saturday 1000, RY: New Brunswick


Steve Saffel

Saturday 1000, RY: PEI


Ellen Klages

Saturday 1000, RY: Alberta


China Mieville

Saturday 1100, CC: 201ABCD

The Computerization of, Well, Everything

Finance, industry, the military (soon to include authorization to pull the metaphorical trigger). Car engines, voting machines (don't get us started), watches, artificial limbs, scooters, vacuum cleaners. Does rampant computerization ever stop? And if not, what will be left for puny humans to do?

John Bartley, Charles Cohen, Karl Schroeder, Mark Van Name

Saturday 1100, CC: 104A

It's a Book, It's a Game, It's...

It's a fairly well-known fact that the Wild Cards universe started as a superhero role-playing campaign. Then it spawned "GURPS: Wild Cards," coming full circle. Authors who've been through the experience discuss making books out of gaming (such as Stephen Brust's "Dragaera" series) and games out of books ("GURPS: Vorkosigan" comes out soon).

Paul Barnett, Lori Cole, Ed Greenwood, Steve Jackson, Janna Silverstein

Saturday 1100, RY: Manitoba

What Do You Mean, You Don't Stock The Staff Of Saruman?

Most costumes need props of one type or another, whether it's fans, guns, picture frames, or magic mirrors. not every store sells them, and you need to customize them even if you can buy them. Find out tips on turning your $5.00 axe into the "real" thing.

Maral Agnerian, Dawn McKechnie, Kate Morgenstern

Saturday 1100, CC: 206F

Using the Folklore of Canada in Fiction

The folklore of Canada seems to surface only rarely in fiction, though there is a wealth of traditions - and a healthy menagerie of fantastical beings - to be found here. What material is there, and how does it interrelate? What is most relevant to the Canadian and international audiences? And in what ways can it (and should it) be used?

Celu Amberston, Alison Baird, Derryl Murphy, Guy Gavriel Kay, Jean-Louis Trudel

Saturday 1100, CC: 205B

Reviews: the Good, the Bad, the Vicious

Why should SF be reviewed? What makes a good review? Should writers read their own reviews? Difference between a review and a critique?

Scott Edelman, Craig Engler, Karen Haber, Donna McMahon, Michelle West

Saturday 1100, CC: 203B

Oz and Alice

It's over a hundred years since "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (1900) was written, and even longer for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (1865). But we still seem to be coming up with new adaptations and interpretations for both. What explains their lasting appeal?

Edward Einhorn, Esther Friesner, W. Randy Hoffman, Suford Lewis, Roberta Rogow

Saturday 1100, CC: Summit

Readings: Open Space/Island Dreams

Saturday 1100, RY: Quebec

Costuming with Your Child

Is your child forever playing dress-up with your fabric collection? Come to our discussion of what to do next to create and show off your enwst costume. How about the local Masquerade?

Persis Thorndike, Talis Thorndike Love, Joni Brill Dashoff, Jared Dashoff

Saturday 1100, CC: 202ABCD


Spider Robinson

Saturday 1100, CC: 206A

SFC: Reading, Writing, & Literacy through SF

Science fiction is a gold mine for language arts teachers, from its building blocks of imaginative storytelling and the communication of ideas, to the way SF explores societal issues and concerns of relevance to students. Join this panel of editors, authors, educators, and librarians as they discuss science fiction as literature, including where to look for those great student-ready stories.

Betsy Mitchell, Pat York, Bonnie Kunzel, Cathy Palmer-Lister, Terence Green, Robert James

Saturday 1100, CC: 206C

SFC: Bringing Science to Life through SF

Science fiction can do so much more than provide examples of bad science from the movies. It can reveal how real science happens, who is involved, who might be affected, and turn what can seem a block of unfathomable knowledge into a vibrant, human activity -- full of creativity and consequence. Join this panel of educators who use the power of fiction to inspire and teach their students

David DeGraff, Donna Young, Jordan Raddick, Jeanne Cavelos, Hal Clement

Saturday 1100, CC: 103B

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Saturday 1100, CC: 201F

Discrimination Reading 3: Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle

Saturday 1100, CC: 103A

Kinderfilk - Musical Chairs Filk Style

Kate Soley Barton, Paul Kwinn

Saturday 1100, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Jack Krolak

Saturday 1130, RY: Salon A

Prix Aurora Awards Reception

All Torcon3 members are invited to meet and mingle with the Canadian Aurora award nominees. (Light refreshments and cash bar).

Saturday 1130, RY: NS


James Stevens-Arce

Saturday 1130, RY: New Brunswick


John Clute

Saturday 1130, RY: PEI


George R. R. Martin

Saturday 1130, RY: Alberta


Stephen M. Stirling

Saturday 1130, RY: Prince Edward Island


David Brin

Saturday 1200, CC: 104A

Legends and Religion In SF

Though their pursuits are not mutually exclusive, religion and speculative fiction are almost complete anathema to one another. When religion is depicted in SF, more often than not it is ridiculed as superstition, derided as a pursuit of less advanced minds. Why is this kind of discrimination acceptable? Why are there not more proudly religious characters in SF?

William Dietz, Phyllis Gotlieb, John G. Hemry, David Honigsberg, Patrick McGuire

Saturday 1200, RY: Quebec

15 People On A Postage Stamp Stage - What Do We Do Now?

Want to be part of a megagroup? Find out what you need to start one and design an effective presentation.

Cary Conder, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Jacqueline Ward, Julie Zetterberg

Saturday 1200, CC: 206F

Meet the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer Finalists

The five finalists for the JWC award and a moderate. This is a discussion of how the finalists for the JWC award made their professional debuts. What kind of backgrounds do they have? Where did they submit work? To what do they attribute their success? This is of interest to writers who would like to make a professional debut some day.

Charles Coleman Finlay, David Levine, Karin Lowachee, Wen Spencer, Ken Wharton

Saturday 1200, CC: 201ABCD

50th Anniverary of ACE Books

The 50th anniversary of ACE Books! What is in ACE's future?

Ginjer Buchanan

Saturday 1200, RY: Territories


Jordin Kare, Kathleen Sloan

Saturday 1200, RY: Confederation 3

Writing Literary Filk

Filk inspired by a literary source has some special techniques. You don't want to just retell the story. So, what do you do.

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Lee Gold, Brenda Sutton

Saturday 1200, CC: 206B

Developing Your Convention's Web Site

A workshop illustrating some of the common questions that your website should cover, and some of the deisgn and navigation issues you need to consider.

Janice Gelb, Blars Larson, Sharon Sbarsky, Rich Zellich

Saturday 1200, CC: 103B

Writing a Good Science Fiction or Fantasy Story

Our Panelists discuss the important characteristics of what makes a good science fiction/fantasy story.

Edward Einhorn, Thomas Seay, Kathryn Sullivan

Saturday 1200, CC: Summit

Enterprise CC: 2067:

Dr. David Stephenson, noted Canadian space physicist and con stalwart, speaks on interplanetary craft to be developed by 2067.

David Stephenson

Saturday 1200, CC: 205B

The Science Fiction Oral History Association

The Science Fiction Oral History Association (SFOHA) is a non-profit organization that maintains an archive of audio and video recordings of historic people and events related to science fiction. Come hear what they're about.

Michael W. Gardiner, Anne KG Murphy, Dick Smith

Saturday 1200, CC: 206A

SFC: Fiction from the Science Writing Workshop

Learn how to guide students through their own science fictional exploration of the world starting from scientific concepts, current issues, and even illustrations. Warning: wonder is likely.

Diane Turnshek, Herb Kauderer, Kristen Britain, Caitlin Sweet

Saturday 1200, CC: 206C

SFC: Science from the Fiction Workshop

To solve the problem posed in a science fiction short story, participants will design, build, and test a working prototype vehicle. All materials and testing equipment will be supplied. Caution: fun is inevitable!

Tony Czerneda, Sarah Elliott, Rocky Persaud, Marcel Gagne

Saturday 1200, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Saturday 1200, CC: 201F

Feminist Reading 2: Elizabeth Hand

Elizabeth Hand

Saturday 1200, CC: 203D

Is This Your First Worldcon?

Are you new to fandom and Worldcons? Stop by with your questions and we'll introduce you to fandom.

Rose Lillian, Dave Gallaher, Lloyd Penney, Pat Sims, Bobbi Armbruster

Saturday 1230 RY: Canadian

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Showing of the Hugo Nominee: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Saturday 1300, CC: 201ABCD

Research 101

Writers must know what they are writing about: or do they? How much research is enough? Must you know and identify your target audience (hard science/trek/fantasy) first? Is there a minimum amount of science an sf author needs to know.

William Dietz, John Dupuis, Terry Pratchett, Sheila Williams, Connie Willis

Saturday 1300, CC: 104B

Alien Sexuality

Frequently, alien sex is depicted as being exactly the same as human sex, with differences in superficial biology only. But what if the Venerians are not just us with bad haircuts and bigger, say, ears? How might truly alien beings enjoy sex? Assuming "enjoy" is the right word.

Bridget Coila, Glenn Grant, Lawrence Schoen, Robert Silverberg, Amy Thomson

Saturday 1300, CC: 202ABCD

The Future of War

Attrition warfare with men and machines is fast becoming as obsolete as smokestack industry. If the ultimate goal of war is to destroy your enemy's will to resist, what shall we have at our disposal to wage war in the future?

Paul Chafe, Charles Cohen, Joe Haldeman, Patrick McGuire, Andrea B. Novin

Saturday 1300, CC: 104A

Alternative Currencies and Trading Systems: The Future of Money

With the near future advent of quick, simple and portable encryption systems many of the technical barriers to a full electronic consumer economy will be eliminated. How will this affect our future? Can a non-electronic economy trade with an electronic one? Can it even survive the onslaught?

Andrew Burt, Richard Lynch, China Mieville, Douglas Smith, Ramona Winkelbauer

Saturday 1300, CC: Summit

What's New at Del Rey

What's upcoming at Del Rey, including exciting new projects from Harry Turtledove, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, Elizabeth Moon, Alan Dena Foster, Peter Hamilton, Howard Hendrix, China Mieville, and Greg Bear.

Steve Saffel

Saturday 1300, RY: Confederation 3

Performance Workshop

The pros work at performance to make it look that relaxed and easy -- and interesting. You can do it too. Here are some ideas to really sell that song..

Graham Leathers

Saturday 1300, RY: Territories


Clif Flynt, Carol Flynt

Saturday 1300, CC: 201E

The Future of Kids Books

How will children's literature evolve? What will kids be reading in 10 years? In 25 years? In 100? What specific works will endure? What new trends will ripen? Will the usual needs for structure and excitement, moral lessons and anarchy, serious information and pure silliness ever really change?

Justine Larbalestier, Lisa Ragsdale, Scott Westerfeld, Andrew Wheeler, Ann Zeddies

Saturday 1300, CC: 206A

SFC: Wrap-up panel: Where do you go from here?

A panel of publishers, librarians, and educators discuss how to find good SF resources (print, film, people), how to get them into schools, and how to promote their use. There will be an opportunity for question/answer from both tracks.

Julie Czerneda, David-Glenn Anderson, Val Ontell, Lindalee Stuckey, Lorna Toolis

Saturday 1300, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Saturday 1300, CC: 103A

Build a Geodesic Structure

Persis Thorndike

Saturday 1300, CC: 202C

Feedback Session

Torcon Committee Members

Saturday 1300, RY: Concert Hall

Prix Aurora Awards Ceremony

Saturday 1300, RY: NS


Sandra Kasturi

Saturday 1300, RY: New Brunswick


Robert Charles Wilson

Saturday 1300, RY: PEI


Fred Pohl

Saturday 1300, RY: Alberta


Russell Blackford

Saturday 1400, CC: 202ABCD

Death Of Person Versus Death Of Personality

A recurring science-fictional (and indeed fantastic) idea is that of the death of personality while the body endures -- whether as punishment or by accident or choice. This contrasts with both extropian ideas of immortality through personality upload, and the "Star Trek" model of teleportation, in which the body dies but the personality endures. What are the relative values of your person and your personality? Does one dominate the other morally? What range of opinions on this subject is acceptable, productive, and socially supportable?

Suzy Charnas, John Hertz, Robert J. Sawyer, Shane Tourtellotte, Eliezer Yudkowsky

Saturday 1400, CC: 206F

Imaging Planets

How long will it be till we see pictures of a blue/green planet orbiting a distant star? What techniques are currently being used to find planets? What will we be using soon? What do the planets we've found so far tell us about the universe?

Mike Brotherton, Guy Consolmagno, Ctein, Jordin Kare, Diane Turnshek

Saturday 1400, CC: Summit

Well Constructed Universes

What makes some universes more believable than others?

Ben Jeapes, David Hartwell, Edward M. Lerner, Allen M. Steele, Stephen M. Stirling

Saturday 1400, CC: 206B

When Is Big Suddenly too Big?

Costume presentations are getting larger; more people; bigger props. This is leading to a number of concerns. Do large presentations have an unfair advantage over single costumes? Do larger presentations mean smaller Masquerades? This will be a "debate," with questions and answers afterwards. All weapons must be checked at the door.

Cary Conder, Alixandra Jordan, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Jacqueline Ward

Saturday 1400, CC: 104B

Heinlein, Stranger than Stranger, Four Decades after the Hugo

An audience participation survey of the Hugo award winning novel Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert James, Bradford Lyau, Bill Patterson, Geo Rule, David Silver

Saturday 1400, RY: Confederation 3

So, You Want to Run a Filk Track?

Practical tips as well as war stories from the filk trenches. How to make a successful filk track in a tiny, medium or big con.

jan dimasi, Trace Hagemann, Persis Thorndike

Saturday 1400, RY: Confederation 3

Guitar Workshop

Hang out with the guitarists and learn some ideas to make your guitar styling more interesting

Nate Bucklin

Saturday 1400, RY: Territories


Your song from the heart needs a little buffing. Come work with a master songwriter to remove the trite and introduce the small touches that make your lyrics unique.

Judith Hayman, Paul Kwinn

Saturday 1400, RY: Quebec

Klingon Foreheads, Dog Faces, And Magma Demons, Oh My!

Prosthetic makeup can be as simple as Elf and Vulcan ears, and Klingon foreheads, or as complex as complete transformations. Come and see how it's done. WARNING: LATEX ALLERGY ALERT!!!(

Michael McMaster

Saturday 1400, RY: Manitoba

Titanium Anodizing Your Props

Anodizing titanium adds color for unique fantasy daggers and swords. Simple coloring and more advanced techniques will be demonstrated.

Chris Kramer

Saturday 1400, CC: 201ABCD

Hollywood: The Twilight Zone

Panelists discuss their role in writing for the television series.

Harry Harrison, Nalo Hopkinson, Spider Robinson, Kristine Smith, Amy Thomson, Lisa Tuttle, George R. R. Martin

Saturday 1400, CC: 205B

The Renaissance of the Age of Pulp Fiction

Find out from those who lived through the early days of pulp fiction magazines what that colorful period meant to the world. And now what impact this still has on today's world in movies and in its literature.

Hal Clement, Dr. John Flynn, J. K. Klein, William J. Widder

Saturday 1400, CC: 103A

Iron Artist for Kids

Deb Kosiba, Lisa Ragsdale

Saturday 1400, CC: 103B

Kookieklatch/Reading - Riddles in the Dark

jan howard finder

Saturday 1400, CC: 201F

LGBT Reading 4: Esther Friesner

Esther Friesner

Saturday 1400, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

April Lee

Saturday 1430, RY: NS


Geoffrey Surrette

Saturday 1430, RY: New Brunswick


Ellen Datlow

Saturday 1430, RY: PEI


Kevin Roche

Saturday 1430, RY: Alberta


Yves Meynard

Saturday 1500, CC: 104B

Environmental Pseudoscience?

Scientifically speaking the ecological debate is far from clear cut. There is general agreement that the ecology is being damaged, but to what extent and by what practices is highly debatable. Panelists will examine the science expounded by both sides of the argument to determine their relative merits.

Jonathan Cowie, Karl Johanson, Larry Niven, John Strickland, Chris Moriarty

Saturday 1500, CC: 206F

Dangers of Accelerated Genetic Manipulation

Centuries of dog breeding have produced countless non-viables (pit bulls with breathing troubles, golden retrievers and German shepherds with bad hips, etc.). A little-regarded news story a few weeks back predicted that, for similar reasons, bananas will totally disappear from supermarket shelves within a decade. What makes us think accelerating genetic manipulation (by playing directly with DNA) will lead to better results for plants, animals -- or humans?

Bridget Coila, George Flentke, Matthew Jarpe, Susan Smith, John Wilson

Saturday 1500, CC: 203B

Synopses for Dummies (and Smart People Too)

Walk into a roomful of authors and say "synopsis." See how many of even the most experienced writers cringe at the thought of this most hated of literary tasks. And if it scares them, what about the rest of us? How DO you whittle down a 400 page (100K word) novel into 3-5 pages? One page? A PARAGRAPH?! A SENTENCE?!?! They must be joking, right? Nope. This panel focuses on current techniques and the best old-reliable tips to give new and experienced authors alike the tools they need to conquer their synopsis-phobia.

Josepha Sherman, Robert Silverberg

Saturday 1500, CC: 206C

Small Arms for Writers

Sure, your troops look cool with 30 kg of gatling gun and pistols that will stop a rhino. But are these things really useful in a story context? And what exactly do you call these things?

Alan Beatts, John G. Hemry, Steven Lopata, Toni Weisskopf, Michael Z. Williamson

Saturday 1500, RY: Territories


Allison Durno, Jodi Krangle, Debbie Ohi

Saturday 1500, CC: 201E

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

Alan Beck, James Stanley Daugherty, Chuck Divine, Dale L. Sproule

Saturday 1500, CC: 201F

Meet the Science Fiction Poetry Association

The annual meeting of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. This is not a closed meeting, but is open to all interested in learning more about the SFPA.

Scott Green

Saturday 1500, RY: Confederation 3

How to Be Funny

A (mostly) serious discussion about the art of writing and performing comedy by filkers who having mastered the art of being humorous, funny, hilarious.

Mark Bernstein, Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper

Saturday 1500, CC: 206B

Alternate Curveballs: Baseball in SF/F

Baseball in science fiction or fantasy as plot device, characterization element, steriotype or just for fun.

Jim Mann, Eric M. Van, Scott Westerfeld, Andrew Weiner, Rick Wilber

Saturday 1500, CC: Summit

What's New at DAW

What's upcoming at DAW

Debra Euler

Saturday 1500, CC: 202ABCD

Fandom Through the Eyes of Harry Warner, Jr.

Harry Warner, Jr. chronicled the early history of science fiction fandom in his books All Our Yesterdays and A Wealth of Fable. He was more than just a chronicler, however, he was also a fan, active in fanzines and letter columns. Despite being something of an hermit, his death left a vacuum for myriad friends who knew him, yet had never met him. Come talk and learn about his influence on fandom, fanzines, and science fiction

Mike Glyer, Jack Speer, Richard Lynch, Lloyd Penney, John Hertz

Saturday 1500, CC: 205B

Awards and Getting Discovered

Cory Doctorow, Nalo Hopkinson, Karin Lowachee

Saturday 1500, CC: 104A

SFWA Auction

Peter Heck

Saturday 1500, CC: 201F

Canada Council Reading

Donna McMahon

Saturday 1500, CC: 103A

Hands On Science???

Sarah Elliott

Saturday 1500, CC: 103B

Storytelling from the Inside Out

Anne Pinzow, Jean Lorrah, Edward Einhorn

Saturday 1600, CC: 206F

The Multiple Implications of Teleportation on Society

In many models of teleportation, the transported individual is destroyed and reconstructed as part of the process. What are the social, legal, and religious ramifications of this tempting technology? How would society deal with the possibility of accidental duplication of its citizens? With a routine technology of death and resurrection? Should backups be kept? And if so, what are the mutual legal exposures of a person's various "versions"?

Ctein, Paul Levinson, Wil McCarthy, Mark Olson, Michael Swanwick, Harry Harrison

Saturday 1600, CC: 201ABCD

Censor This!

Many of us can't remember the days before the Motion Picture Association of America started rating films, or the Comics Code Authority began doing the same to comics. The Entertainment Software Ratings Board now similarly vets video games. Do these organizations provide a valuable public service, or are they unnecessarily censoring the movies, comics, and games we buy? Why are books not subjected to the same standards -- or are they? Is censorship ever justified, and if so, why? When does it go too far?

Morgan Brilliant, Tom Doherty, John G. Hemry, Kimberly Ann Kindya

Saturday 1600, CC: Summit

A Question of Scale

Classic science fiction often depicts ultratechnologies existing on a massive scale. But the closer they get to reality, the smaller their manifestations seem to become. Does the future of humanity involve Dyson spheres and the reshaping of galaxies, or will we inhabit virtual worlds at the level of the quantum foam? Is the mastery of one scale a necessary step toward conquering the other?

Howard Davidson, Gardner Dozois, Matthew Jarpe, Tim Smith, Allen M. Steele

Saturday 1600, RY: Manitoba

Spread Your Wings And Learn To Fly

...or at least give the impression of flight. Wings are a dream that almost every costumer has had at one time or another. Come and learn from those that have "flown" before.

Maral Agnerian, Cary Conder, Karen Purcell, Jacqueline Ward

Saturday 1600, CC: 203D

Book Discussion: Chicks In Chainmail

Four Chicks In Chainmail anthologies have now been published, and a fifth will soon arrive in bookstores. Do these books set the cause of feminist SF back, or does the fact that they are parodies excuse them from any obligation to feminism?

Esther Friesner, Lee Martindale, Janet Stirling, Wen Spencer

Saturday 1600, CC: 206C

Clash of Science Fiction and Fantasy in Canada

Genre science fiction and fantasy are relatively new phenomena in French-speaking Canada. The initial popularity of science fiction has given way to a resurgence of fantasy and horror, practiced by authors old and new. The past, present, and possible futures of these genres will be discussed.

Christian Sauve, Jean-Louis Trudel, Dave Duncan, Candas Jane Dorsey

Saturday 1600, RY: Quebec

The Mechanics of Costuming

Bicycle cables, motors, springs, pneumatics, and other simple approaches to animating costumes.

Chris Kramer

Saturday 1600, CC: 202ABCD

Heinlein: Lost, Strayed, Misplaced, and Found Again

From the author's even earlier efforts than the 'lost' novel, Heinlein's so-called opus no. 1, "For Us the Living --" through obscurely published essays and addresses on science-fiction writing of the 1940s and 50s, the so-called 'stinkers,' stories that supposedly were never republished, and, even, lately discovered letters to authors, such as the fabled extensive critiques of the first draft of Pournelle's and Niven's "The Mote in God's Eye," and others, there exists a body of Heinlein work that should be rediscovered, republished and examined.

Arthur M. Dula, Robert James, Bill Patterson, Eleanor Wood, Spider Robinson, David Silver

Saturday 1600, RY: Territories


Heather Borean, Daniel Glasser, Melissa Glasser

Saturday 1600, CC: 203B

Using Real Locations in an Unreal Book

Authors discuss using actual settings in science fictional and fantastic writing.

Suzy Charnas, William Dietz, Pat Forde, Josepha Sherman

Saturday 1600, CC: 201F

Marketing Poetry in the New Millennium

From broadsheets to hypertext: the changing markets for speculative poetry. How to use the internet to research poetry markets. The pros and cons of selling to webzines, selling to magazines, and giving the suckers away.

David Clink, Scott Green, Sandra Kasturi, Herb Kauderer, Terry McGarry

Saturday 1600, CC: 103A

Create Beady Dragons and Other Familiars

Persis Thorndike

Saturday 1600, CC: 103B

Reading - The Paper Bag Princess

Saturday 1600, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Alex Eisenstein, Phyllis Eisenstein

Saturday 1600, RY: NS


Eric Raymond

Saturday 1600, RY: New Brunswick


Mike Resnick

Saturday 1600, RY: PEI


Cecilia Tan

Saturday 1600, RY: Alberta


Kathleen Goonan

Saturday 1600, RY: Confederation 3

Parody Workshop

Bob Kanefsky

Saturday 1700, CC: 203D

We Have Met The Alien, And He Is Us

When aliens finally land on Earth, will we treat them the way we have historically treated all minority groups throughout history, driving them into ghettos and marginalizing them in society as depicted in the film and TV series "Alien Nation"? Will we end up fighting a war against them, prompted by xenophobia? Or will our better natures prevail?

David Honigsberg, Karen Traviss, Sean Mead, Robert J. Sawyer, Kristine Smith

Saturday 1700, RY: Manitoba

57 Queen Amidalas, 101 Mr. Spocks, And 27 Harry Potters

Recreation costumes are usually well received but what happens when you're the 13th Dr. Who in the Masquerade? Learn what to avoid and how to make your reproduction different.

jan howard finder, Jack Krolak, Kimberly Ann Kindya, Roberta Rogow

Saturday 1700, CC: 104B

Student SF&F Awards Ceremony

Ceremony for the annual Student SF&F Awards Contest, co-sponsored by Torcon 3 and Baltimore Worldcon Inc. (the folks who gave us the 1998 Worldcon, Bucconeer). Join us in honouring the best authors and artists of science fiction and fantasy's next generation. After the awards, watch [] for details on this year's winners and next year's contest.

John Pomeranz, David Brin, Hal Clement

Saturday 1700, RY: Confederation 3

Harmony Workshop

Basics of adding harmony to melody, when, why and how.

Clif Flynt

Saturday 1700, RY: Territories


Bill Sutton, Brenda Sutton

Saturday 1700, CC: 206C

Worldbuilding: Worlds that Are, Worlds that Have Been and Worlds that May Yet Be

Fantasy and science fiction are both genres in which writers create imaginary worlds so they can talk about our real world. Worldbuilding techniques range from close extrapolation to alternate history to wild flights of fantasy, but the best F/SF is always set in worlds rich enough and believable enough for readers to move into. How do working F/SF writers create their imagined worlds? How do they give them breadth, depth, and substance? Is the process of imagining fantastic worlds different from the science fiction writer's process of extrapolation -- and if so, how? Why do some imagined worlds (Tolkien's for instance) seem to age so well, while others quickly grow dated? What rules, if any, help keep imaginary worlds or visionary futures plausible for real-world readers?

Ed Greenwood, Daniel Grotta, Nick Sagan, Guy Gavriel Kay, Sarah Zettel

Saturday 1700, CC: 104A

Eros and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous

Bill and Guy talk about the NASA mission (NEAR) to visit asteroid Eros and, ultimately, landed.

Guy Consolmagno

Saturday 1700, CC: 206C

Importance of Small Press Magazines

Why is small press with low payment rates important to professional careers

Robert Beer, John Klima, Jay Lake, Guy Lillian, Darrell Schweitzer

Saturday 1700, CC: 205B

Sunburst/Tiptree Auction

Awards like the Sunburst and Tiptree require money to fund their prizes. This auction is a little bit of fundraising and a lot of entertainment. Extreme Auctioneer, Ellen Klages, internationally notorious for her auctions, will be presiding. Anything might happen, anything. Come find out what's now approaching us from SPACE.

Ellen Klages

Saturday 1700, CC: 201ABCD

Frank Kelly Freas Slideshow and Critique

Kelly Freas

Saturday 1700, CC: 103B

Milk, Cookies and Storytelling

Bonnie Kunzel, Diana Herald

Saturday 1700, CC: 103A

Care and feeding of Mystical Creatures

Karen Purcell

Saturday 1700, CC: 201C

Discrimination Reading 1: Rob Gates

Rob Gates

Saturday 1700, CC: 201F

Friends of Bill W.

Saturday 1700, CC: 202ABCD

Alien Languages: First Contact

The two teams from the previous apply their new found knowledge and attempt a first conract using this languages.

Stanley Schmidt, Lawrence Schoen

Saturday 1800, CC: 104A

Schools of the 21st Century: What Schools Should Teach

The core skill for future-proofing is learning itself. Do you agree or disagree with the following quotes? "The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled." --Plutarch "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." --Alvin Toffler

Charles Cohen, Jim Kelly, Paul Levinson, Hayden Trenholm, Pat York

Saturday 1800, CC: 201ABCD

Top 10 SF Films of the 20th Century

Panelist discussion of the survey, film clip review of top 10 and audience commentary.

Diane Blackwood, Dr. Robert Blackwood, Dr. John Flynn

Saturday 1800, CC: 203B

Readings From Beyond the Grave

Various authors read from Robert Bloch's short stories and novels and discuss the selection they have chosen to read.

Lisa DuMond, Elizabeth Hand, Charlaine Harris, Don Hutchinson, Kristine Smith

Saturday 1800, CC: 206C

Lord Acton and Speculative Fiction: Warnings about Power in Science Fiction and Fantasy

An Academic paper

Heather Urbanski

Saturday 1800, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Supper

Saturday 1800, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Supper

Saturday 1900, RY: Quebec

Found Parts

Your alien needs a pressure helmet. You need a gun that looks like a gun, but won't set off metal detectors, and costs less than $5.00. Talk to the people who turned Recycling in to an art form.

Alixandra Jordan, Elaine Mami, Dawn McKechnie, Carole Parker, Karen Purcell

Saturday 1900, CC: 206A

Market to Small Press Publications

Talk about what small press publications are loking for and trends in the small press field

Anthony Lewis, Derryl Murphy, Stephen Pagel, Alan Siler, Michael Walsh

Saturday 1900, CC: 206C

Cartoonist Jam

What do you get when you lock talented cartoonists in a room with World-con attendees? Come see and find out. Watch the cartoonists jam to your suggestions. Call out a word, phrase or situation and watch the cartoonists turn it into an image worth keeping.

Adam-Troy Castro, Kurt Erichsen, Tim Kirk, Gabriel Morrissette

Saturday 1900, CC: 103A

Gaming for kids: DINO HUNT with Steve Jackson

Graham Leathers, W. Randy Hoffman, Steve Jackson

Saturday 1900, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Saturday 2000, RY: Confederation 3

Hymnal Sing

A venerable style from the East Coast.

Lois Mangan

Saturday 2000, RY: Territories


Terence Chua, Steve Simmons

Saturday 2000 RY: Prince Edward Island

Instaband Practice

Saturday 2000, CC:Hall C

50th Anniversary Hugo Ceremony

Saturday 2000, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Saturday 2100, RY: Confederation 3

The Pegasus Awards

Nominees are in but do you know them? Are the same people nominated every year? How did you hear about that song/songwriter/performer? Filk music's awards are changing with influences like the web and MP3's. Have your say, and hear what others think. Mod: Steve Macdonald

Daniel Glasser, Trace Hagemann, Steven Macdonald

Saturday 2100, RY: Territories


Nate Bucklin, Lois Bucklin

Saturday 2100, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Saturday 2200, RY: Tudor 8

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play. Songs with an international flair.

Lois Mangan

Saturday 2200, RY: Territories

Performers' Circle Honouring Stan Rogers

One of the most respected of Canadian musicians, Stan's music is always popular in the filk community. Our own "Decadent" Dave Clement hosts a circle presenting Stan's music.

Decadent Dave Clement

Saturday 2200, CC: 103B

Closed for the evening

Saturday 2200, RY: Confederation 3

Performers' Circle Storytelling

Dick Eney, Steven Harper Piziks, Merav Hoffman

Saturday 2300, RY: Confederation 3

Theme Filk: Dorsai

Steve Simmons

Saturday 2300, RY: Prince Edward Island

Open Filk -- Cats Cradle

Filk is not just a North American phenomenon but enjoined around the world. There are filk communities in the UK, Australia and Germany, and filkers from just about everywhere. Songs with an international flair.

Merav Hoffman

Saturday 2300, RY: Canadian

Winner, Hugo Short Form

Showing of the Winner of the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Saturday 2300, RY: Tudor 7

Theme Filk: Media

Allison Durno, Jodi Krangle, Debbie Ohi

Saturday 2359 RY: Canadian

Winner, Hugo Long Form

Showing of the Winner of the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

Saturday 2400, RY: Confederation 3

Open Filk -- Chaos

Filk music is the stepchild of folk music. Here are pieces from the other side that resonate with the filk community.

Mark Bernstein

Saturday 2400, RY: Tudor 7

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

Allison Durno, Jodi Krangle, Debbie Ohi


Sunday 1000, CC: 204D

The Right To Stupidty

Do you have the right to remain stupid, when the technology exists to "cure" you? Do you have the right to insist that your offspring be no smarter than the vagaries of sex provide? Do you perhaps even have the right to modify the intelligence of your offspring downwards to ensure they will not stand out and make things difficult for themselves, or prove an embarrassment to you? Most importantly, do the answers to these questions change if the technology exists to improve significantly upon the design, in the mental domain, of the human individual?

Genevieve Dazzo, Matthew Jarpe, Paul Levinson, Kristine Smith, Eric M. Van

Sunday 1000, CC: 206B

The Judges Are Watching

It's not enough to simply please the audience; you have to please the judges! The audience is out there; the judges are close enough to see your shoes. Find out what judges look for in a presentation.

jan howard finder, Elaine Mami, Pierre Pettinger, Sandy Pettinger, Andrew Trembley, Jacqueline Ward

Sunday 1000, RY: Confederation 3

Morning Sing: Ecumenifilk

Filk songs of faith and belief. No insults to any faith allowed.

Sunday 1000, CC: 104A

Writing Your First Novel

Are you starting to think about writing a novel? Are you stuck in the middle of one? Are you struggling to make the jump from writing short stories to writing novels? Are you wondering if you have what it takes to finish your first novel ... or how to fix that problem-ridden draft thats sitting on your hard drive? Come hear what established novelists have to say about the challenges that face first time novelists and veterans alike. This is the place to bring your questions!

Nick Sagan, John Scalzi, Amy Thomson, James Van Pelt, Michael Z. Williamson

Sunday 1000, CC: 201ABCD

A United Africa

The first true moves to emulate the EU with a similar union (AU) in Africa have now been made. What is the long-term future for a unified Africa? Will it aid the development of democracies, or will the influences of countries like Libya and Zimbabwe bring it all to ruin? Can the over 50 African countries ever get past the many religious, cultural, tribal and national differences?

William Dietz, Grant Kruger, Mike Resnick, Antonio Ruffini, Stephen M. Stirling

Sunday 1000, CC: Summit

Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children's Science Fiction

The Awards (cash) for the best in Children's Science Fiction Published in 2002

Julie Czerneda, Douglas Drummond, Lindalee Stuckey

Sunday 1000, CC: 203BD

The Economics of Innovation

Sometimes what seems like a brilliant idea really isn't, when the true cost of implementation is considered vs. other options. This panel will try, once and for all, to drive a stake in the heart of the so-called "solar power satellite," but will also discuss what advances or breakthroughs are needed for other ideas to become economically feasible.

Charles Cohen, Cory Doctorow, Tom Doherty, Richard Lynch

Sunday 1000, CC: 104B

Jumping the Species Barrier: SARS and it's Implications

Finance and markets are rarely deftly handled in SF. The field could use some education and thought in this area. This panel will look at possible trends in gloal finance over the next fifty years.How will emerging technologies and current trends in global systems and political thought change finance and markets. Can or will technology make the market relevant, or even obsolete?

Bridget Coila, George Flentke, Perrianne Lurie, Howard Scrimgeour, Dr. Fran Terry

Sunday 1000, CC: 104CD

China Mieville and Kim Stanley Robinson in Conversation

A conversation between these two famos authors.

China Mieville, Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday 1000, CC: 103A

Harry Potter the Movie

Barb Galler-Smith

Sunday 1000, RY: Quebec

SIG: Christian Service

Sunday 1000, CC: 202C

Shotokan Karate Workshop

Shotokan Karate Workshop. This will be an ACTIVE workshop for beginners and intermediates. No prior experience required. Fans will be asked to participate. Attendees will learn simple martial arts moves, some martial arts secrets, will slowly perform a basic sequence, and may even break a sweat. Hope to see you there!

Kenn Bates

Sunday 1000, CC: 201F

Morning Poetry Exercises

Write a Haiku by noon, or start that Pantoum. Our wonderful instructors will teach a specific poetic form and you get to try it out. No experience necessary! Today's Class: Barbara Chepaitis will teach Pantoum.

Barbara Chepaitis

Sunday 1000, RY: NS


Toni Weisskopf

Sunday 1000, RY: New Brunswick


Suzy Charnas

Sunday 1000, RY: PEI


Candas Jane Dorsey

Sunday 1000, RY: Alberta


Terry Pratchett

Sunday 1000, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Sunday 1100, CC: 203BD

Scientific Mistake as a Plot Hook

Large segments of the readership may have trained themselves to suspend their disbelief in matters of science. They develop subtle strategies: encountering an error in scientific reasoning or fact, they simply add it to their "Ignore" file. Or the skilful and rigorous writer may plant such errors in the culture or beliefs of her characters as a clue to the reader that all is not, in fact, as it seems ...

Dave Creek, James Killus, Nancy Kress, Robert Metzger, Stanley Schmidt

Sunday 1100, CC: 206F

Computing Interfaces, The Next Step

The cranial jack is a standard of cyberpunk. But are direct interfaces really the way to go? On a physical level, what are the pros and cons of having your brain directly connected to a computer? What are the issues involved with enduring cognitive interfaces?

David Brin, Marcel Gagne, David Levine, Karl Schroeder, Pete Thomas

Sunday 1100, CC: 104A

Appropriation of Voice

Is it ever OK for a white author to write from the point of view of a black or Asian character? What about a male's writing a female protagonist? Should gay writers dare to portray the way heterosexuals think? When is it ever, well, appropriate for a writer to appropriate the voice of another community? When do we cross the line into unacceptable depiction?

Celu Amberston, Nalo Hopkinson, Josepha Sherman, Glenn Sixbury, Caro Soles

Sunday 1100, CC: 201ABCD

What's New at Tor

What's new at Tor. A 110-minute AV presentation.

Patrick Nielsen-Hayden, Beth Meacham, David Hartwell, Moshe Feder, James Minz

Sunday 1100, CC: 206A

What To Expect When Attending Your First Worldcon Masquerade

Come and find out from the experts how Worldcon Masquerades differ from your typical local and regional Masquerades and why you need to line up early for a good seat.

jan howard finder, John Hertz, Jack Krolak, Toni Lay, Carole Parker

Sunday 1100, CC: 104CD

A Multi-User Shared Hallucination

The Wild Cards series

Daniel Abraham, Stephen Leigh, George R. R. Martin, Melinda Snodgrass, Howard Waldrop

Sunday 1100, CC: 103A

Kinderfilk - Tunes to soothe a mighty beast

Graham Leathers, Persis Thorndike

Sunday 1100, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Larry Niven

Sunday 1100, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Sunday 1130, RY: NS


Claude Lalumiere

Sunday 1130, RY: New Brunswick


David Honigsberg

Sunday 1130, RY: PEI


Jack L. Chalker

Sunday 1130, RY: Alberta


Writers of the Future

Sunday 1200, CC: 104B

The B5 Story Arc: Success or Failure

With Babylon 5 we saw, for the first time in North American television, a multi-year story arc, fully planned ahead and executed with attention to details. Was it as successful as generally thought?

Andrew Adams, Scott Edelman, Barb Galler-Smith, Daniel Kimmel, Marc Zicree

Sunday 1200, CC: 104A

How The Future Feels

Historical "feel" is a multidimensional thing, with cultural, social, psychological, linguistic, artistic, technical, and geographic components. Writers who set their stories in the past can pursue multiple research techniques to produce a sense of authenticity. With a story set in the future, what can be done to get that same feel? What writers do this best, and how is it accomplished?

Guy Consolmagno, Rosemary Kirstein, Fred Pohl, Walter Jon Williams

Sunday 1200, CC: 104CD

(In)sanity in AI

An artificial intelligence will not be human, so what does it mean for it to be sane? At the same time, if we are to turn over any measure of control to a machine, sanity, not just intelligence, is likely to be high on the list of attributes we require. Panelists will discuss the notion of sanity, and the difficulty of making a super-intelligent machine that is measurably sane, with specific regard to the observation that the most intelligent humans are often perceived as being far from normal, sanity-wise.

Scott Bakker, Joe Haldeman, Robert J. Sawyer, Eric M. Van, Eliezer Yudkowsky

Sunday 1200, CC: 202C

Online Writer's Groups -- What to Expect of Online Critique Forums

This panel would discuss the world of on-line writing workshops. What should be expected of an on-line workshop? What makes an on-line group work effectively to help a writer improve? When should you join one and when should you avoid them? Discuss the good, the bad, the ugly of using an on-line writing workshop when you don"t have a local critiquing group.

Charles Coleman Finlay, Elizabeth Glover, Melinda Kimberly, Samantha Ling, Karen Traviss

Sunday 1200, CC: 201E

Luddites of Fandom?

Why do some fans persist in doing things the old-fashioned way? Publishing fanzines on paper, maybe even using mimeographs, instead of on the Web. Is there anything valuable in using obsolete technology to communicate in such a slow medium?

Linnea Dodson, Colin Hinz, Fred Lerner, Steve Stiles, Taral Wayne

Sunday 1200, RY: Territories


Wayne Borean, Dick Eney, Joel Polowin

Sunday 1200, CC: 205B

Are Universities Obsolete?

Kids are teaching technology to their parents and grandparents. This trend is more and more outpacing the ability of educational systems to invent, adapt, and adopt technology before those being educated have moved on to other inventions. Unless it can retain and indeed strengthen its position as a generator of new knowledge, the university's relevance to the future of our society must be questioned. (And we've got just the Panelists to do it!)

Bruce Burdick, Deb Geisler, Gay Haldeman, Dr. Elizabeth Anne Hull

Sunday 1200, CC: 206B

A Quarter-Century of File 770

Mike Glyer hosts a retrospective look at his fanzine, File 770, including slides of his favorite covers, comments by the artists, and articles which he views as high points of publishing.

Chris M. Barkley, Mike Glyer, Joyce Scrivner

Sunday 1200, CC: Summit

Noreascon 4 Art Retrospective

Noreascon 4, the 2004 Worldcon, is planning a retrospective exhibit of the greatest and most memorable art from the period 1953 to 1975. Come and discuss what art we ought to be exhibiting and help us figure out where we might borrow it. You can contribute towards making this a turely memorable exhibit.

Mark Olson

Sunday 1200, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Sunday 1200, CC: 103B

Write Your Own Story

Rob Chilson, Robert Marks, Kelley Armstrong

Sunday 1200, RY: Confederation 3

Music Theory 101 (2 hours)

This panel has been presented to rave reviews at other cons. Highly recommended as an easy but thorough introduction.


This judged presentation is made for excellence in writing science fact or fiction. A cocktail reception commences at 6 PM, sharp! Seating at 6:30 PM; the awards conclude at 8:15 PM, followed by an audio-visual presentation including the interview of Arthur C. Clarke and Robert Heinlein by Walter Cronkite on July 20, 1969, hours after man's first small step on the Moon. Tickets may be purchased at The Heinlein Society's fan table on or at its S.I.G. meeting at 1 PM, Friday, August 29, in the Royal York, British Columbia room for $75 each. A limited number, at $100 each, may be available at the door.

Carol Flynt

Sunday 1300, CC: 201E

Exploring the Alien Through Poetry.

One of the ST:TNG plots looked at an alien (but human-looking) culture whose communication was completely in metaphor, making exact translation (without knowledge of the metaphorical meaning) impossible. Many SF/F authors have shown us worlds where humans would be unable to understand the "art" forms of the "alien." Would we know it if we saw it? What might be the poetic forms of silicon-based life forms, or those who breathe methane?

Colleen Anderson, Phyllis Gotlieb, Sandra Kasturi, Diane Turnshek, Mary A. Turzillo

Sunday 1300, CC: 205B

Redefining Disease

There will come a time when cancer, heart disease and even aging will no longer kill us. What sources of suffering will still remain. Will they be biological in nature?

George Flentke, Paul Levinson, Jonathon Sullivan, Dr. Fran Terry, Ann Zeddies

Sunday 1300, CC: 104A

Believable Evil

Most people would define themselves as "good," or at least "not evil." That being the case, how does one write Evil characters?

Catherine Asaro, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Suzy Charnas, Elizabeth Hand, Wen Spencer

Sunday 1300, CC: 206A

Paint vs Pixels

Are traditional illustration media still a viable option? Or are they being replaced on magazine and book covers by a tide of digital art, to conform to publishers' production requirements? Let's asses the current state of the (SF/F/H) art as we fight the battle of the brushstroke against the byte.

Paul Barnett, Alan Beck, Karen Haber, Stephanie Johanson, Dale L. Sproule

Sunday 1300, CC: 104CD

Good Plot or Good Science: Don't Make Me Choose!

Let's discuss why books and movies with revolutionary scientific ideas often offer stock plots and cardboard characters ... while works that are fun to read or watch too often make critical science errors. How can we get storytellers and moviemakers to chew gum and walk at the same time?

Ellen Datlow, Bill Fawcett, Laura Anne Gilman, Joseph Martino, Beth Zipser

Sunday 1300, CC: 206F

Book Production

SWhat happens after your manuscript has been accepted by a publishing company?How your words go from manuscript to bound book. What an author can do (and shouldn't do) to help make the end product worthy of his/her byline

Anthony Lewis, James Minz, Janna Silverstein, Sheila Williams, Eleanor Wood

Sunday 1300, CC: 201ABCD

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. Engineer/Journalist/Novelist Wil McCarthy explores the social and technological implications of this "programmable matter."

Wil McCarthy

Sunday 1300, CC: Summit

Launch of the Book: Space Inc.

A launch celebration including a mass autographing of this anthology which features many Canadian talents.

Sunday 1300, RY: Territories


Steven Harper Piziks, Rhodri James

Sunday 1300, CC: 203BD

Three Novelists Read Their Poetry

This is to raise the profile of genre poetry with authors who should be able to fill chairs. [I don't know who among these authors are coming to Torcon, but I'm hoping we could run 2 or 3 of these -- might fall under the jurisdiction of "readings"]

Joe Haldeman, Geoffrey Landis, Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday 1300, CC: 103A

Rocket Science

Science - Kids Create Rockets

Pete Thomas

Sunday 1300, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Sunday 1300, CC: 201F

LGBT Reading 3: Antonio Ruffini

Antonio Ruffini

Sunday 1300, CC: 202C

Feedback Session

Torcon Committee Members

Sunday 1300 CC: 206A

Doctor Who Fortieth Anniversary

The Doctor Who Information Network presents a series of panels and presentations on the British Television Series, Doctor Who.

Doctor Who Information Network

Sunday 1300, RY: NS


Tanya Huff

Sunday 1300, RY: New Brunswick


Nick DiChario

Sunday 1300, RY: PEI


David Brin

Sunday 1300, RY: Alberta


Steve Miller

Sunday 1400, CC: 104CD

Design of Non-Humans in Fantasy

Fantasy, unlike science fiction, tends to focus on psychological rather than merely physiological notions of alienness. Traditional descriptions of the Fey mindset, for example, diverge markedly from the human norm. But given stories positing the quotidian existence of the divine and the reality of magic, do these go far enough? And what of the psychology of more minor dark beings such as trolls and sirens, often left completely unexplored?

Sarah Elliott, Will McDermott, Sean Mead, China Mieville, Sarah Zettel

Sunday 1400, CC: 206B

Costuming Photography

A photograph of your costume lives forever. Come and learn how to help the photographers give your costume a taste of immortality. A Must Attend panel for both costumers and photographers BEFORE the Masquerade.

Jack Krolak, Charles Mohapel, Sandy Pettinger, Lenny J. Provenzano, Julie Zetterberg

Sunday 1400, CC: 104A

John Clute's Encyclopedia of SF is 10 years old.

John Clute and Peter Nicholls' work " The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" has passed its first decade as arguably the field's most important reference work. How have its accuracy, judgment, and usefulness held up? Will it ever be surpassed? (Or has it been already, by Clute and Grant's 1997 tome "The Encyclopedia of Fantasy"?)

Mary Cannings, John Clute, Paul Barnett, David Hartwell

Sunday 1400, CC: Summit

Jungledesertcitywaterforestworld: A Cautionary Tale for Worldbuilders

A slide lecture designed as an antidote for the tendency of some writers to depict homogeneous "jungle worlds" or "desert worlds." Despite what you see in Harry Harrison or Frank Herbert or that author you read last week, to the best of our (theoretical) knowledge, real planets rarely (never) have the same old scenery rolling from pole to equator to pole. We illustrate how varied our own small planet is -- and how much more varied others might be.

Stanley Schmidt

Sunday 1400, CC: 206C

Does Alternate History need a Science Fiction Element?

Is an alternate history most effective when it involves a science fictional element -- e.g., giving automatic weapons to the Confederates, or scheduling an alien invasion at a pivotal point in time -- or is it just as interesting to craft an alternate history that hinges purely on a change in the historical timeline? And if you write the latter, is it still science fiction or simply what historians are now calling counterfactuals?

Charlie Stross, Scott Mackay, Alexis Gilliland, Robert Silverberg, Mark Rayner

Sunday 1400, CC: 206A

Gods or Monsters? Humans of the 24th Century

Genetic engineering. Cyborg implants. Surgery and developmental modification. All these and more can alter the human form -- and consequent capabilities -- almost beyond recognition. What will humans be like as the next four centuries progress? What will they choose to be?

Jack L. Chalker, Jonathan Cowie, Matthew Jarpe, Scott Parker, Simon Smith

Sunday 1400, RY: Confederation 3

Bodhran Workshop 2

Where do you start? A simple introduction to Songwriting, beginning with how to structure a song and getting started on lyrics.learn how to make something as simple as a rhythm egg into a cool accompaniment

Brenda Sutton, Graham Leathers

Sunday 1400, RY: Territories


Becca Allen, Chas Somdahl

Sunday 1400, CC: 201E

Worldcon Bidding 101

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

Margene Bahm, Vincent Docherty, Jill Eastlake, Craig Miller, Tom Veal

Sunday 1400, CC: 206F


Right alongside the buzz about "nanotechnology" is the field of "spintronics," dedicated to harnessing the spin of the electron instead of merely its charge. Unlike some of the fantastic claims made for nanotech, spintronics is actually a working technology that has delivered some amazing advances and promises to do even more. Learn more about this field that is dependent on magnetically engineering materials at the atomic level.

Kevin Roche

Sunday 1400, CC: 201ABCD

Hollywood: Beauty and the Beast

Panelists discuss their role in writing for the television series.

George R. R. Martin

Sunday 1400, CC: 205B

The Experience of Wiriting in Canada in the Canadian "Scene"

Candas Jane Dorsey, Ed Greenwood, Robert J. Sawyer

Sunday 1400, CC: 202C

Canada Council Reading

Marie Jakober

Sunday 1400, CC: 103A

Cartooning for Kids

Adam-Troy Castro

Sunday 1400, CC: 103B

Kookieklatch/Reading - Paradox in Oz

Edward Einhorn

Sunday 1400, Art Show

Art Show Docent Tour

Ctein, Teresa Nielsen-Hayden

Sunday 1400, CC: 104B

Regency Ball

John Hertz, fandom's inimitable expert on the Regency era, will once again host the Regency Ball. Everyone is invited to join John as he shows you how to dance Regency-style! This is a participatory event - so feel free to join in, two left feet and all!

John Hertz

Sunday 1400, RY: Concert Hall

Moebius Play

World premiere theatrical presentation of E. Michael Blake's Reply from Extraterrestrial Intelligence. (Suitable for all ages.)

Sunday 1400, RY: Concert Hall

Moebius Play

Sunday 1430 CC: 203BD

Art Show & ASFA Auction

A dance presentation by Ravenar will precede the Show Us Your Dream Costume Dance that begins at 9:00pm. (Cash bar)

Sunday 1430, RY: NS


Nancy Kress

Sunday 1430, RY: New Brunswick


Writers of the Future

Sunday 1430, RY: PEI


Hugh S. Gregory

Sunday 1430, RY: Alberta


Celu Amberston

Sunday 1500, CC: 206F

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Serious Literature?

Even people who don't watch the show know about her anti-evil activities. The show has definitely attained a niche in the popular culture. But some feel that Buffy's a lot better than that. Let's talk about what makes our Sunnyvale Slayer an epic character in some serious literature.

Ginjer Buchanan, James Killus, Jean Lorrah, Bradford Lyau, Josepha Sherman

Sunday 1500, CC: 104CD

Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard

Over the decades since SF has come into its own, the percentage of really funny books is quite low in relation to the overall total of new titles. What is it that makes writing humor so very difficult? Why is it easier to evoke the darker emotions of the human condition than to get a reader to laugh? And what makes for really good comedy?

Esther Friesner, Karen Haber, Mike Resnick, Terry Pratchett, Connie Willis

Sunday 1500, CC: 205B

Is Fandom Losing its Collective Memory?

Devoted to a genre obsessed with the future, we are rooted in our past. Our knowledge (and our joy) is in the minutiae -- but we risk losing memories only the earliest fans possess, as First Fandom departs for the Grey Havens ... How may we preserve the wisdom as well as the spirit of early fandom?

Anthony Lewis, Pat McMurray, Lloyd Penney, Dick Smith, Jack Speer

Sunday 1500, CC: 104A

Interstellar Propulsion: Reality or Fiction?

The reality of interstellar travel versus the fiction we all love will be discussed by SF authors and the manager of NASA"s In-Space Propulsion Technologies Project (whose job is to develop new propulsion technologies for exploration of the solar system and beyond!)

Hal Clement, Jordin Kare, Geoffrey Landis, G. David Nordley, Kim Stanley Robinson

Sunday 1500, RY: Confederation 3

Polishing Your Lyrics

Your song from the heart needs a little buffing. Come work with a master songwriter to remove the trite and introduce the small touches that make your lyrics unique.

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, W. Randy Hoffman, Graham Leathers

Sunday 1500, RY: Territories

Science & Song

A presentation of filk songs based on some aspect of SF or space, followed by discussion of the science fact within the song, from a scientist.

Peggi Warner-Lalonde

Sunday 1500, CC: 206B

Odyssey Writing Workshop Presentation

A presentation describing Odyssey, one of the top SF/F/H workshops in North America. Director Jeanne Cavelos, a former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell and winner of the World Fantasy Award, explains the workings of the program, and the pros and cons of workshops in general. Graduates of the program discuss their experiences.

Jeanne Cavelos

Sunday 1500, CC: 103A

How do we Think and See

Science - Presentation for Kids

Bridget Coila, Suford Lewis, Lawrence Schoen

Sunday 1500, CC: 206E

Readings by Penguin Authors

Includes "The Darkness That Comes Before" by R. Scott Bakker and "A Telling Of Stars" by Caitlin Sweet

Scott Bakker, Caitlin Sweet

Sunday 1500, CC: 206C

Sidewise Awards

Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Robert Silverberg

Sunday 1500, CC: Summit

What's New at Bantam

Anne Lesley Groell

Sunday 1500, CC: 103B

Book Talk - Sci Fi and Fantasy for Youth

Bonnie Kunzel, Diana Herald

Sunday 1500, CC: 201E

Apocalyptic SF

Discussion about this hot topic in scientific, religious, and sf circles, with a long and important history

Paul Fayter, Allan Weiss

Sunday 1600, CC: 104A

Fantasy in a Medieval Setting: Why?

Why not a story where magic is discovered in 1925? Is there a reason why fantasy novels must take place in a medieval English countryside?

Ellen Asher, James Barclay, Alma Hromic Deckert, Esther Friesner, Daniel Grotta

Sunday 1600, CC: 205B

Design a Truly Alien Alien

In science fiction TV, aliens typically resemble humans with rubber face masks and behavioural patterns less bizarre than some members of your own family. In extreme cases, we may be presented with creatures that, while not human, are clearly inspired by terrestrial life-forms such as insects or octopi. Yet it is statistically ludicrous that actual aliens would be so utterly familiar. The Panelists will be asked to stretch their imaginations and conceive of the most inhuman, least earthly aliens they can.

Ctein, Rob Chilson, Peter Watts, Stanley Schmidt, John Wilson

Sunday 1600, CC: 104CD

The Future of Time Travel

If time travel will ever be invented, why haven't we noticed yet? Did the shortage of recognizable tempotourists at the Apollo 11 launch, the Kennedy assasination, or the first Hugo banquet suggest the thing's impossible, or merely that there are strictures on the pasts of futures in which time travel will have been invented? What will have those strictures been? Models of the consistency or para-consistency of looped timelines make varying predictions about observable phenomena and how to observe them.

Walter H. Hunt, Ben Jeapes, Michael Swanwick, Mark Olson, Fred Pohl

Sunday 1600, CC: 206F

How Others See Us

Do you dread reading the reportage of your hometown paper or TV station about a local science fiction convention? Do they interview the distinguished author of a new work of insightful, challenging speculative fiction -- or just the guy who lives in his parents' basement and shows up wearing Spock ears? If, as we suspect, the latter, what can we do about that? (Though by the way: if you're so proud of your favorite field, why do you hide that Perry Rhodan cover on the subway?)

Lee Gilliland, Andrew Gurudata, Nicki Lynch, Eric Mansfield, Leah Zeldes Smith

Sunday 1600, CC: 104B

Cliches in Military SF

We've all seen the young recruit who doesn't know why he's fighting, and the general who loves war. But do they really exist? And why do we so love Exploding Spaceships?

Paul Chafe, Harry Harrison, John G. Hemry, Michael Z. Williamson

Sunday 1600, RY: Confederation 3

Etiquette in the Filk Room

There are things that are done and things that are not done. If you're new and wonder how to get a turn, or experienced and want to teach, join us for a discussion about being a polite participant in a filk circle.

Paula Lieberman, Steven Macdonald, Lee Martindale

Sunday 1600, CC: 201E

Building a World Class Science Fiction Collection

From the Spaced Out Libary to the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy.

Dick Eney, Andrew Porter, Lorna Toolis, Michael Walsh

Sunday 1600, CC: 103A

Stump the Scientists - Interactive Panel

Kids ask questions the experts may not be able to answer

Charles Cohen, Julie Czerneda

Sunday 1600, CC: 206B

What Do You Read Passionately Besides SF

Is cross-genre reading all that popular? Can an author of one genre rightly expect his/her readers to follow when the author switches genres?

Ginjer Buchanan, Todd Dashoff, Andrew Wheeler, Rick Wilber

Sunday 1600, CC: Summit

Upcoming Eos titles--Fall 2003

Upcoming Eos SF/F titles for Fall 2003, including new books by Sheri S. Tepper, Lois McMaster Bujold, Dave Duncan, and more.

Jennifer Brehl, Jack Womack

Sunday 1600, CC: 201ABCD

The Frank Kelly Freas Retrospective Slide Show With Commentary

This slideshow spotlights the five decade career if artist Frank Kelly Freas with commentary by Kelly, other artists, and authors whose work has been graced by Kelly.

Kelly Freas, Joe Haldeman, Mike Resnick, Howard Waldrop

Sunday 1600, CC: 103B

Reading - Out of Time

David Brin

Sunday 1600, RY: NS


Elizabeth Moon

Sunday 1600, RY: New Brunswick


Madeleine E. Robins

Sunday 1600, RY: PEI


Fiona Patton

Sunday 1600, RY: Alberta


Barbara Chepaitis

Sunday 1700, CC: 104B

Comic Books: Serious Art Form or Literature?

It's hard to deny that comic books have been the vehicles of serious art, both visual and verbal. Have they yet graduated to the status of an art form in their own right? Or are they, like advertising, just a business that stands ready to exploit whatever talent it lays hands on -- and that is occasionally exploited in its turn by great and canny contributors?

David Brin, Terence Chua, Colleen Hillerup, Tim Kirk, Isaac Szpindel

Sunday 1700, CC: 201ABCD

Why People Believe Weird Things

There are more scientists today than there have ever been before, and they have given us the greatest civilisation that we've yet been able to detect. Why, then, the apparent rise of pseudo-science? Panelists will look at various pseudo-sciences and pseudo-scientific beliefs and the means by which they are promulgated; and the question will be raised as to what, if anything, can be done about the problem.

Genevieve Dazzo, James Hay, Yves Meynard, Darrell Schweitzer, Josepha Sherman

Sunday 1700, CC: 104A

Writing for Children

Writing SF/F for children. How does this differ, and how should it be different? Is Lemmony Snicket the future or should we stick to the popular omtimistic view of Harry Potter? What lessons can we impart in children's literature without making it adult?

Hilari Bell, Nicole Luiken, Terry Pratchett, Edward Willett

Sunday 1700, CC: 206F

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

An audience participation survey of the themes, roles and character types, their purpose and impact relating to lawyers and law used in Heinlein's works. Law, legal beagles, 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 professional satirist and subversive's take on law and lawyers. Caution! Count your cards! Hands on wallets! Some of these Panelists are lawyers! You Have Been Warned!

Arthur M. Dula, L. N. Collier, Samuel M. Kramer, David Silver, Fran Van Cleave

Sunday 1700, CC: 203BD

Protein Chauvinism: Refusing to Recognise Computer Viruses as a Valid Lifeform?

There seems to be a 'protein chauvinism' amongst people; willing to concede life to protein viruses but not to computer viruses, nor to robots with better 'situational intelligence' than several parasitic wasps.

Paul Levinson, Eric Raymond, Robert J. Sawyer, Peter Watts, Ben Yalow

Sunday 1700, RY: Confederation 3

Performers' Circle Humour

Songs twisted and goofy and wonderfully silly. Come and have a laugh on us.

Andrew Barton, Lynn Gold, W. Randy Hoffman

Sunday 1700, RY: Territories


Decadent Dave Clement, Tom Jeffers

Sunday 1700, CC: 104CD

Guest of Honour Interview

Editor and Author Gardner Dozois interviews George R. R. Martin about his life as a fan, an author, and a screenwriter

George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois

Sunday 1700, CC: Summit

Everquest Companion Book Launch

Launch of the book, The Everquest Companion

Robert Marks

Sunday 1700, CC: 206F

Dinosaurs: Reality versus the Movies

Michael Brett-Surman

Sunday 1700, CC: 103B

Milk, Cookies and Storytelling

Morgan Brilliant, Laura Krentz

Sunday 1700, CC: 201F

Feminism Reading 1: Alma Hromic Deckert

Alma Hromic Deckert

Sunday 1700, CC: 103A

Making Musical Instuments

Persis Thorndike

Sunday 1700, CC: 201E

Methodology behind the Top 10 SF Films of the 20th Century

Panelist discussion of the survey, film clip review of top 10 and audience commentary.

Diane Blackwood, Dr. Robert Blackwood, Dr. John Flynn

Sunday 1800, CC: 206B

Allegories - A Staple Of SF

Over the years, authors have often chosen to write their stories as science fiction or fantasy in order to hide subversive ideas which would otherwise never see print. Today"s readers and audiences are, however, a lot more educated - or are they? Is it still necessary to hide ideas about discrimination in stories about mutant super heroes or young men having sex with each other while dressed in wolf pelts? Do writers still have to use alien characters in order to espouse alien philosophies?

Morgan Brilliant, Aynjel Kaye, Elspeth Potter, Heather Urbanski, Ken Wharton

Sunday 1800, CC: 205B

Is it Censorship When You Clean Up a Book for Children?

There is a trend to clean all potentially upsetting material from books and republish them for children and young adult readers. Is this censorship? Should the books carry a warning label that it is an edited or abridged version of another work? Would you allow your work to be changed for the new audience? The panel would discuss the trends in children and young adult literature to "clean" adult books of any possible objectionable material (harsh/foul language and sex for examples) before republishing in a YA edition.

Ellen Asher, Susan Casper, Ben Jeapes, Paula Johanson, Pat York

Sunday 1800, CC: 104A

The Economics and Sociology of Abundance

Over centuries and millennia, humankind has grown steadily richer. Eventually we will be so rich we can have anything we want for the asking. Or maybe not quite. How will this culture of plenty affect human motives and interactions? Are the motives we see in today's SF believable in an ultra-wealthy far-future setting?

James Alan Gardner, Guy Gavriel Kay, Charlie Stross, Hayden Trenholm, Walter Jon Williams

Sunday 1800, CC: 201ABCD

XiChang - Inside China's Spaceport

Most North Americans are familiar with the US Space Program, NASA,etc, but some, notably Candadians, have be come experts in non-US Space Programs. Many Worldcon attendees have seen Hugh's Russian Space Program presentations in the past. On a recent tour of China, he lead a select group of Westerners, who were granted permission to make a behind the scenes, hands on visit to four of China's Space Scientific Institutes, not normally open to Westerners. He has brought back details on their ancient astronomy past, present space research and future manned spaceflight plans... and somereally, really neat photos.

Hugh S. Gregory

Sunday 1800, CC: Summit

Big Brother is Watching: Great Dystopias and Utopias

Paul Fayter, Anne KG Murphy

Sunday 1800, CC: 206C

How Good to you have to be to Make it as a Professional 35))

Hal Clement, John Goodwin, Jay Lake, K.D. Wentworth, Frank Wu

Sunday 1800, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Supper

Sunday 1800, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Supper

Sunday 1800, CC: 201F

Friends of Bill W.

Sunday 1900, CC: Summit

You Can't Change Human Nature

People have said this for centuries. But soon technology will exist that could potentially make this a lie. Can we agree on what changes we should make? Should we do it at all? Can we avoid it?

Bridget Coila, Karen Traviss, Eric M. Van, Eliezer Yudkowsky, Ann Zeddies

Sunday 1900, RY: Confederation 3

The Future of Filk

Performers, songwriters, and recordings are all "raising the bar" on what filk is. Is commercialism an issue? Is it becoming too main stream? A discussion of the trends that we are seeing.

Barry Gold, Trace Hagemann, Judith Hayman

Sunday 1900, CC: 104B

Tall Technical Tales

Working in science isn't all cold and caculating. Sometimes things go wrong in the most dramatic and hilarious ways. Hear the Panelists stories, and then bring aloong your own.

Jordin Kare, Keith G. Kato, James Killus, Steven Lopata, Eric Raymond

Sunday 1900, CC: 201ABCD

Mike Glyer and Stephen M. Stirling

Mike Glyer, Stephen M. Stirling

Sunday 1900, RY: British Columbia

Discrimination Reading 2: Ellen Klages

Ellen Klages

Sunday 1900, CC: 103A

Gaming For Kids: Apples to Apples Jr. and Kill Dr. Lucky

W. Randy Hoffman, Diane Turnshek

Sunday 1900, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Sunday 2000, CC: 104A

Transparency and Privacy in an Era of Terrorism

In its "war on terrorism," the US government wants more and more information on everyone -- you and me and the man behind the tree. Is a society where everyone can know everything about everybody else truly our best protection? Especially when it's one where the government can gather limitless information while itself remaining largely immune to surveillance? Should there be limits on everyone's data-collecting capabilities?

David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Derryl Murphy, Jonathon Sullivan, Karen Traviss

Sunday 2000, RY: Prince Edward Island

Instaband Practice

Filk inspired by a literary source has some special techniques. You don't want to just retell the story. So, what do you do.

Sunday 2000, RY: Territories


Bill Roper, Gretchen Roper

Sunday 2000, CC:Hall C

Masquerade Competition

Masquerade Competition, including a special feature presentation "A Salute to Canadian Costuming," and a special prize of $500 donated by Bantam Dell Publishing Group for best costume inspired by the works of Torcon3 Guest of Honour George R. R. Martin.

Sunday 2000, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Sunday 2100, RY: Territories


Steven Macdonald

Sunday 2100, RY: Library

The Iron Poet

Come and challenge our Iron Poets to create a poem (in full view) containing the secret ingredient. Audience participation is encouraged! Host: 18088 Sandra (Kaga) Kasturi, Iron Poet Sonnet: 11387 Joe Haldeman, Iron Poet Heroic Couplet: 11866 Geoffrey A. Landis, Iron Poet Limerick: 24115 Darrell Schweitzer, Judge: Richard Chwedyk

Sandra Kasturi, Mary A. Turzillo, Geoffrey Landis, Darrell Schweitzer, Richard Chwedyk

Sunday 2100, CC: 104B

Romancing the Philosopher's Stone

The romance of philosophy and science may be lost on the layman, but never on the enthusiast - come hear fellow space afficiandos speak about the things they love.

Sunday 2100, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Sunday 2200, RY: British Columbia

SF vs Fantasy Erotica: Who Has the Best Sex?

Panelists compare and contrast their favourite sex scenes and erotic materials from the two genres in an attempt to establish once and for all who has it best.

Melanie Fletcher, Aynjel Kaye, Victoria McManus, Cecilia Tan, Liz Williams

Sunday 2200, RY: Prince Edward Island

Open Filk -- Bardic

Dick Eney

Sunday 2200, RY: Library

Poetry Slam

Come join the action as poets compete against one another in a brutal example of survival of the fittest. Well, maybe not so brutal. Open to all comers! Get up on stage & show us what you've got! Warning: 90 minutes of full-frontal poetry!

David Clink

Sunday 2200

A Callahan Sing-a-Long

Join Spider and Jean Robinson for a Sing-a-Long in Torcon;))

Jeanne Robinson, Spider Robinson

Sunday 2200, CC: 103B

Closed for the evening

Sunday 2200, RY: Territories

Performers' Circle Written Word

Judith Hayman, Steven Macdonald, Barry Gold

Sunday 2300, RY: Tudor 8

Filk Hall Fame

The accolades for those whose achievements have lasting value to the filk community. What is the Hall of Fame and how to people get into it? How to make a nomination, how the selection process works.

Decadent Dave Clement, David Hayman, Sally J. Headford

Sunday 2300, RY: Confederation 3

Theme Filk: Space

Terence Chua

Sunday 2300, RY: Tudor 7

Theme Filk: Food & Drink

W. Randy Hoffman

Sunday 2400, RY: Tudor 7

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

W. Randy Hoffman

Sunday 2400, RY: Tudor 8

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

Paula Lieberman

Sunday 2400, RY: Confederation 3

Open Filk -- Chaos

The commonest style in the Midwest. A free for all, where anyone can jump in. There may be a host or filk ghod/dess to ensure fair play.

jan dimasi


Monday 1000, RY: Quebec

Masquerade Wrap Up

How did we do? What can we do better in the future? Come discuss last night's Masquerade with its (tired but we hope triumphant) organizers.

Richard Hill, Penny Lipman, C. D. Mami, Martin Miller

Monday 1000, CC: 104CD

Philip K Dick

A discussion of the work of Philip K. Dick (1928-1982). Dick was born in Chicago and lived most of his life in California. Between 1952 and his 1982 death in Santa Ana, California, he wrote 36 novels and five short story collections.

David Hartwell, Eric M. Van, Connie Willis, Michael Walsh

Monday 1000, CC: 201ABCD

Jules Verne and the "Journey Through the Impossible"

Lost for more than a century, le "Voyage a travers l'impossible" (the "Journey Through the Impossible") was the closest of Jules Verne's books to science fiction as it is now recognised, and one of his most important works. This years sees the first publication of the work in English translation. Panelists will include experts on Verne's work and those most intimately associated with the preparation of this edition: the translator, the publisher, and the directors of the North American Jules Verne Society.

Jean Margot

Monday 1000, CC: 206C

Small Press & Semi-Pro

Are semiprozines and small presses leading the way in publishing works that are more interstitial than mainstream publishers and magazines? They may not swamp the mass market, but what role do these zines and publishers play in developing trends among thought leaders?

Scott Green, Jay Lake, Anthony Lewis, Mark Rapacioli, Darrell Schweitzer

Monday 1000, CC: Summit

Soviet Space Disasters

A behind the scenes look at the space program of the former Soviet Union, including some of their more notable successes and their previous secret and hidden space disasters.

Hugh S. Gregory

Monday 1000, CC: 103A

Harry Potter Jeopardy - Round two

Janice Eisen, Lisa Ragsdale

Monday 1000, RY: Library

Morning Poetry Exercises

Write a Haiku by noon, or start that Pantoum. Our wonderful instructors will teach a specific poetic form and you get to try it out. No experience necessary! Today's Class: Richard Chwedyk will teach Odes.

Richard Chwedyk

Monday 1000, RY: NS


Walter Jon Williams

Monday 1000, RY: New Brunswick


Mark Shainblum

Monday 1000, RY: PEI


Geoffrey Landis

Monday 1000, RY: Alberta


Keith DeCandido

Monday 1000, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Monday 1000, CC: 203A


John R. Douglas

Monday 1000, CC: 203C


Scott Edelman

Monday 1000 RY: British Columbia

WSFS Business Meeting

Kevin Standlee, Donald Eastlake III, Pat McMurray, Clint Budd

Monday 1100, CC: 206F

Internet Social Enabler or Disabler

There are those who say that the Internet makes people stay indoors and not talk to their neighbours, and there are those who say that it gives them the opportunity to talk to their neighbours even when they live thousands of miles away. Is there a contradiction? Is there a problem? Perhaps those we hear of who disappear into online games to the extent that they are fired from their real-world jobs just need to find employment where they live - in the online community - like any other responsible adult

Adrian Bedford, Andrew Burt, Linnea Dodson, Janice Gelb

Monday 1100, CC: 206F

Heinlein's Juveniles -- "Just Plain Kids, Superkids, or Sociopathic Monsters?"

An audience participation omnibus overview and survey of the themes, writing techniques, literary forms and character types, their purpose and impact used in the juvenile stories of Heinlein's works, with discussion of their suitability for K-12 education or their introduction to adolescent readers.

David-Glenn Anderson, Michael F. Flynn, Robert James, Bill Patterson, David Silver

Monday 1100, CC: 206C

Trend of SF in Japan

Monday 1100, CC: 201ABCD

Writing Ethical Fantasy

Fantasy often tells stories with a covert or overt moral agenda. For instance, you'd think absolute power would corrupt absolutely. Yet mighty magicians are often portrayed as spreading sweetness and light rather than dark clouds of lordship. And fantasy is packed with dragons defanged and demons dethroned, lost powers restored and lost princes repatriated, and true love triumphant ... Regarding ethical fantasy, will our panel reach a similarly happy conclusion?

Alison Baird, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Tanya Huff, Elizabeth Moon, Terry Pratchett

Monday 1100, RY: Confederation 3

Filk Bitch Panel

Join the organizers of filk in many places to talk about what YOU did or didn=t like and what we can do better or differently in the future, so improve the filk tracks at Worldcon, regional cons and even filk cons.

David Hayman, Judith Hayman, Trace Hagemann

Monday 1100, CC: 103A

Kinderfilk - To Be a Drum

Decorate and make a box drum and learn the basics of drumming. Participate in a mini drum jam.

Suzy Charnas, Graham Leathers

Monday 1100, CC: 104A

Forensics for the 21st Century

Future of forensics, what's new with the lab scandals in the US, will they affect other countries. What's new with the DNA exonerations, fingerprint challenges, etc.

Matthew Jarpe, Fred Lerner, Paul Levinson, Kathryn Sullivan

Monday 1100, CC: 104CD

Readings: A Feast for Crows

George R.R. Martin reads from the fourth installment of his latest series.

George R. R. Martin

Monday 1100, CC: 103B

Viewing and Discussion of Rescue Heroes

Isaac Szpindel

Monday 1100, RY: Library

Morning Poetry Exercises

Write a Haiku by noon, or start that Pantoum. Our wonderful instructors will teach a specific poetic form and you get to try it out. No experience necessary! Today's Class: Alexandra Honigsberg will teach Terza Rima.

Alexandra Elizabeth Honigsberg

Monday 1130, RY: NS


Gregory Frost

Monday 1130, RY: New Brunswick


Josepha Sherman

Monday 1130, RY: PEI


Nalo Hopkinson

Monday 1130, RY: Alberta


John G. Hemry

Monday 1200, CC: 201E

Learning Theory from Fiction

Teaching through Science Fiction. What does SF/F literature have to offer? Is it a good way to detail and discuss social taboos? What other methods might work better? When and how could SF/F be used as a teaching tool. What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Karl Johanson, Robert James, Val Ontell, Allan Weiss, Pat York

Monday 1200, CC: 104A

The Death of Money

Money is a tool to ration limited wealth. With AI and robotics the potential exists for infinite wealth. How will this affect the existence of money, and what sort of society might emerge as a result? What sort of society do we want to create? How do we create it?

Cory Doctorow, Sean Mead, Charlie Stross, Walter Jon Williams, Eliezer Yudkowsky

Monday 1200, RY: Quebec

How To Run A Masquerade Green Room

The Care & Feeding of Costumers & Judges. The Masquerade Green Room is the place where costumers gather before going on stage. This is a panel for those of you who wish to run Green Rooms or want to find out exactly what a Green Room is and why you need to be there an hour or more before the Masquerade.

Byron Connell, Tina Connell, Penny Lipman

Monday 1200, CC: 206F

Book Discussion: The Left Hand Of Darkness

Ursula K. LeGuins novel is one of the most-studied and analyzed novels in our genre. How does Gethan society relate to ours? Is it a critique or a metaphor? Does it have any relevance to our world today? It has often been charged that this novel is actually homophobic or androcentric is it? Or are its critics looking for something to complain about?

Russell Blackford, Chris Moriarty, Gerri Balter, Michelle West

Monday 1200, CC: Summit

Worldcon Job Fair

Worldcons run on volunteers - we are eager to get new volunteers to help out. Here's your chance to be recruited for this Worldcon, or for a future Worldcon.

Vincent Docherty, Deb Geisler

Monday 1200, RY: Territories

Pegasus Nominees Concert (2 hours)

The Pegasus Nominations for best song, songwriters and performers in filk music have been released. Here's a presentation of the nominated works.

Steven Macdonald

Monday 1200, CC: 201ABCD

Five Living Generations: The Social Effects of Longevity

It's becoming more common for celebrities and elderly relatives to have a hundredth birthday, or for people to work for sixty or seventy years. How does this affect families, retirement, marketing, economics, work, politics, etc. (This is not a panel about medical technology.)

Lorena Haldeman, Donna McMahon, Karen Purcell, Robert J. Sawyer

Monday 1200, CC: 206C

Early 20th century Ukrainian SF

John Barnstead

Monday 1200, CC: 103A

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Monday 1200, CC: 103B

Illustrating Your Story

Lisa Ragsdale

Monday 1200, CC: 206A

The Wachowski Brothers: The LGBT Connection

Andrew Butler, B. C. Holmes

Monday 1200, CC: 203A


Madeleine E. Robins

Monday 1200, RY: British Columbia

WSFS Mark Protection Committee Meeting

Kevin Standlee

Monday 1300, CC: 206A

Discrimination In SF

Characters are often depicted as having discriminatory beliefs; this is natural and normal as part of character-building. However, discriminatory themes are generally regarded as having gone the way of the dodo. Is this, in fact, the case, or are there still works being written today that most modern readers would immediately categorize as being unacceptable because of the themes presented?

Rob Gates, Alma Hromic Deckert, Lee Martindale, G. David Nordley, Karen Traviss

Monday 1300, RY: Quebec

What Are You Going To Do The Next Time?

This is the question that strikes terror in to the hearts of many a costumer. You went out there and they liked you. Now, you hear them asking you: "What are you doing next time?" Come and find out ways to get over your fears and get it done.

Alixandra Jordan, Toni Lay, Elaine Mami, Kate Morgenstern

Monday 1300, CC: Summit

Feedback Session

The time we have practiced ducking for.

Torcon Committee Members

Monday 1300, CC: 201F

Should I Run for a Fan Fund?

Current and former Fan fund winners answer question like, how do you run as a Fan Fund candidate? What did they do on their trips? What should they bring along? How to administer the funds? What is the best way to publish your report?

Stephen Boucher, Lyndie Star Bright, Janice Gelb, Guy Lillian, Rose Lillian

Monday 1300, CC: 103A

Killer Asteroids

Science Presentation - Astronomy for Kids. Can astroids kill?

Monday 1300, CC: 104CD

Hollywood: Doorways

Panelists discuss their role in writing for the television series.

George R. R. Martin

Monday 1300, CC: 201ABCD

Core the Movie"

The producer talks about the some of the values and philosophies that went into the making of "The Core"

Staff of the Movie "The Core"

Monday 1300, RY: British Columbia

Canvention Business Meeting

Monday 1300, CC: 103B

Children's Programming Closed for Lunch

Monday 1300, RY: NS


Edward Willett

Monday 1300, RY: New Brunswick


Melinda Snodgrass

Monday 1300, RY: Alberta


Karin Lowachee

Monday 1300, CC: 203A


Adam-Troy Castro

Monday 1300 CC: 203C


Gardner Dozois

Monday 1330 CC: 203C


Russell Blackford

Monday 1400, RY: Territories

Instaband Concert (2 hours)

Judith Hayman

Monday 1400, CC: 206B

Upcoming Worldcons

A preview of the upcoming Worldcons in Boston and Glasgow.

Upcoming worldcon chairs

Monday 1400, CC: 201F

And Now the News

A discussion of how the news of fandom is collected and dispersed. How has this changed from the time File 770 debuted in 1978 and its twentieth anniversary, especially with the advent of the internet? Is there still a need for print news-zines or is their news out of date before it is published?

Mike Glyer, Richard Lynch, Andrew Porter, Dick Smith, Charles Brown

Monday 1400, CC: 103A

Decorating Magic Wands

Morgan Brilliant, Persis Thorndike

Monday 1400, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Monday 1400, CC: 203A


Kristine Smith

Monday 1400, CC: 203C


Melanie Fletcher

Monday 1430, RY: NS


Sarah Zettel

Monday 1430, RY: New Brunswick


Keith Henson

Monday 1430, RY: PEI


Stephen Pagel

Monday 1430, RY: Alberta


Charlie Stross

Monday 1500, CC: 103A

Where in the Universe are we?

Science - Kids Presentation. Where, exactly, in the unvierse are we? Would a road map help?

Diane Turnshek

Monday 1500, CC: 103A

Closing Ceremonies - Favorite Things about Torcon

Lisa Ragsdale

Monday 1500, RY: Concert Hall

Closing Ceremonies

Monday 1500, CC: 103B

Movie Screening

Movie Screening for Children.

Monday 1600, CC: 103B

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