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My FOGcon Panel Assignments

Will you be at FOGcon?

a quick summary of FOGcon
Welcome to FOGcon: March 11-13, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel

The Friends of Genre Convention (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon and Readercon. Each year we’ll focus on a new theme in speculative fiction and invite Honored Guests ranging from writers to scientists to artists. We will build community, exchange ideas, and share our love for the literature of imagination.

Theme for 2011: The City in SF/F
Honored Guests: Pat Murphy and Jeff VanderMeer
Honored Editorial Guest, Ann VanderMeer
Honored Guest (Posthumous) Fritz Leiber

“There is more than one road to the City.”—Ursula K. Le Guin
Whether a glass-edged utopia or a steampunk hell, the city plays a central role in many works of speculative fiction. It can be an arena for conflicts between cultures, a center of learning or vice, a court of power and corruption. In its gutters and government buildings, the city reveals the values a society claims and those it actually honors. Because the city is open to everyone, it’s a place where new things can happen. No wonder it is such a rich topic for so many writers.

Before the Con Checklist

* Buy membership. Adult membership is $75, youth membership is $55. Kids 10 and under free with constant parental supervision.
* Plan your trip. Make sure you plan to arrive Thursday night, March 10. Registration will be open for an hour Thursday night and early on Friday. Con events start Friday, March 11, at 9AM.
* Make your hotel reservations. The FOGcon special room rate of $119 per night plus tax is available only if you make your reservations by February 16. Our group code for hotel reservations at the special rate is SGC.



How to Fail (Without being flamed into charcoal)

In this panel we learn better ways of responding when something we do or say sets the Internet on fire. Respond constructively to attackers and learn from them.
Sunday 10:30-11:45 A.M.
Debbie Notkin
Alan Bostick
David Levine
Lynn Alden Kendall


Good Reads

Four thoughtful panelists each pick a book they like to talk about. Each panelist reads the book chosen by the other three, and then the four of them talk about the books.
Saturday, 10:30-11:45 A.M.
Vito Excalibur
Lynn Alden Kendall
Wired
Aaron Spielman


A Sense of Displacement

Write Where You Know: If you've never been to Mars, how can you write about it? How does where you've been affect your work? Do you have to travel in order to write about far-flung actual places, even if you then transmute them into fantasy?
Saturday, 9:00-10:15 A.M.
Emily Jiang
Chaz Brenchley
Cassie Alexander
Lynn Alden Kendall
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