Below is our PhilCon schedule, insofar as it is currently known. Last minute changes are possible, and should be expected. If you’re attending the convention, always check your pocket program for the Correct Information. Please note that, though the panels are listed as “1 hour” in con time that means “50 minutes.”
Hope to see you there!
Lee and Miller PhilCon Schedule
SATURDAY, November 22
8:30 AM In the hotel restaurant (this item will NOT appear in the pocket program)
Friends of Liad Breakfast
Join the Friends of Liad for breakfast. This is best likened to a family breakfast, where FoL catch up with each other and with Sharon and Steve. Each family member is responsible for placing and paying for their own order.
11:00 AM Consuite (1 hour)
Teddy Bear Tea, All Invited!
Hosts: Lord Black Cat, Toebear, Ur Sid, companions to Steve Miller and Sharon Lee
Many fans travel to conventions with their stuffed companions, companions who are usually cruelly left alone in the room while the fans go to panels and parties. The Teddy Bear Tea is a chance for the plushies to socialize with other travel minions – and for their human companions to socialize with other plushie fans. And eat cookies. Especially eat cookies. Please join us!
NOON in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING – STEVE MILLER
NOON in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
WOULD YOU BELIEVE?
Panelists: Sharon Lee (mod), Diane Weinstein, Peter Prellwitz, Meredith Schwartz
What do we mean by believablity in a fantasy or science fiction story? To what extent do stories require our belief? Do characters have to believe the story they are in?
1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
BELIEVABLE RELATIONSHIPS IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
Panelists: Gregory Frost (mod), Rob Balder, Meredith Schwartz, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Gail Z. Martin, Sharon Lee
How do you write relationships that don’t just replay modern contemporary interactions and standards in fantastic settings?
3:00 PM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
DOES SCIENCE FICTION NEED TO LIGHTEN UP?
Panelists: Alex Shvartsman (mod), Brian Thomas, Berakha Lana Guggenheim, Steve Miller, Robert C Roman, Lee Gilliland
Has the genre become too serious and pretentious in recent years? Do too many writers feel they are philosophers and teachers?
4:00 PM in Grand Ballroom A (1 hour)
SHARON LEE AND STEVE MILLER – PRINCIPAL SPEECH
5:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPHS – SHARON LEE AND STEVE MILLER
SUNDAY, November 23
10:00 AM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
SEPARATING THE AUTHOR FROM THE WORK
Panelists: Muriel Hykes (mod), Sharon Lee, Peter Prellwitz, Oz Drummond
Many authors of great works have been lees than great human beings. Some have had racist, anti-semitic or extremist views. Should this color our perception of their work?
NOON in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
CREATING BELIEVABLE ALIENS
Panelists: Steve Miller (mod), Jack McDevitt, Tom Purdom, Lawrence M. Schoen, James L. Cambias
How does a writer create convincing extraterrestrial characters who are not just humans with funny make-up, but are clearly the product of a different environment and evolutionary history? How do you show an alien that can think as well as a man, but differently?
2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING – SHARON LEE