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Oh Yeah Pi-Con 
17th-Aug-2010 10:01 am
Pi-Con is this weekend!

6:00pm: The Alien Mind. How do you construct a character or culture that thinks in a fundamentally different way from you? What are some examples of truly convincing aliens? Can a reader be truly sympathetic to a character with a fundamentally different way of seeing the world? Robert Sawyer, George Claxton, Shira Lipkin.

7:00pm: Myths, Legends, and Folklore. What common threads in folklore and fairy tales do we enjoy seeing over and over, and how do we change them to fit our current society? Many themes from the old tales do not still apply, so which ones do, and how do we change the ones that don't? KT Pinto, Shira Lipkin, Vikki Rose.

10:00pm: Beyond Physics: The Many Science of Science Fiction. While a lot of speculative fiction is still very focused on physics, speculation can come from any field of study, including anthropology, computer science, psychology, and history. A discussion of some of the more unusual ways that science fiction has chosen to examine the human condition. Robert Sawyer, Justine Graykin, Shira Lipkin, Vikki Rose.

11:00am: Identity Politics and Fandom. There has been an increasing discussion of how we as sci-fi fans deal with members of identity groups, such as women or people of color. How does this discussion affect diversity at conventions? David Sklar, George Claxton, Shira Lipkin, Kate Farb-Johnson.

12:00pm: Poly Families. Let's get past flirting with each other for a few minutes and talk about the long-term ramifications of being poly: namely, building family, blending households, and raising kids. Jen Melchert, Elayna Jade, Shira Lipkin, Michael Whitehouse.

8:00pm: Fandom Mediation Sessions. This is a template for a series of panels. Essentially, the idea is to ask some panelists to take a side and debate the relative merits of their side and/or discuss whether we can all just get along. Ideas for specific panels: Ninjas v. Pirates, Cyberpunk v. Steampunk, Vampires v. Werewolves, Elves v. Dwarves. Elayna Jade, Genevieve Eldredge, George Claxton, Julia Burton.

11:00am: Reading. A full hour split between me and Elayna as we see fit.

12:00pm: Young Adult Fiction. What makes a work of fiction more or less appealing to young adults than the rest of us? How does the publishing process differ for YA fiction? What YA books do you recommend for young folks and for older folks? Elayna Jade, Julia Burton, Vikki Rose, Shira Lipkin.
17th-Aug-2010 03:04 pm (UTC) - Not sure
when we're arriving Friday. All depends on my loverly schedules here at the office.
17th-Aug-2010 03:07 pm (UTC) - Re: Not sure
I get to see you? YAY!
17th-Aug-2010 03:10 pm (UTC) - Re: Not sure
Yup. We arrive sometime Friday, depending on when I can escape the office. We leave sometime Sunday, which will likely be dictated by when I have to be on a plane on Monday.
17th-Aug-2010 05:03 pm (UTC) - Re: Not sure
Hey, weird favor to ask you guys -- do you own (and are you willing to temporarily part with) Criminal Minds Season 1 on DVD? Elayna wants to start watching the show, but it's not one we own, and I know that you and cluegirl are fans. Asking here because you'll be the con with 'song and Elayna, which is what led me to ask in the first place.
17th-Aug-2010 05:18 pm (UTC) - Re: Not sure
I will endeavor to remember to bring it. We all the seasons but the most recent and since we're coming to Strowler, if she enjoys it we can swap out season 1 for season 2. Or if she decides she doesn't want to wait, there is the snail service too...
17th-Aug-2010 07:40 pm (UTC) - Re: Not sure
17th-Aug-2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Where did you get the nicely formatted panel descs?
17th-Aug-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
The schedule they sent panel participants, I think.
17th-Aug-2010 04:46 pm (UTC)

Oh well, I'll find out the official descs when I get there. :)
17th-Aug-2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
The Alien Mind and Beyond Physics sound utterly fascinating (and that's coming from a not-too-science-y me), and Myths, Legends, and Folklore is something for which I'd camp out in line. And watching you and Elayna talk about YA-fiction would be vastly amusing.

Have a wonderful time, both of you!

AngelVixen :-)
17th-Aug-2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
*grin* Hey! I'm going to Pi-Con! I'll text you when I'm there.
17th-Aug-2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Awesome! (Want to bring your fire fans?)
18th-Aug-2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Alien minds -- how alien is alien?

Thinking in pictures rather than words? Having synesthetic associations different from yours? Just mentioning two kinds of difference which freak some people out, and which are found within US culture.
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