November 17th, 2008

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PhilCon Schedule 2008


Tea Party


I've been invited to speak at PhilCon this year! I'm excited to be moderating some panels and interacting with lots of cool people. Here's my schedule, in case you'll be there and you want to say hello.

Fri 9:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
WHO READS SCIENCE FICTION? (60)
[Panelists: Ray Ridenour (mod), J.R. Blackwell, Andrew Breslin,
Andre Lieven]

Is there a typical science fiction reader? Have the age and other
demographics changed?


Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
POD-PEOPLE: PODCASTING AND SF (123)
[Panelists: J.R. Blackwell (mod), Stuart Jaffe, Matt Black]

What is podcasting, and why is it gaining popularity among fans?
Find out from our panel of podcasters


Sat 7:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
FREE FICTION ONLINE (120)
[Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Michael D. Pederson, J.R.
Blackwell, Nathan Lilly, Cortney Marabetta, Walter Amos]

Is it a sign of the final death throes for short fiction, or a new
beginning?


Sun 1:00 PM in Grand Ballroom A (1 hour)
SOCIAL MEDIA FOR FANDOM: THE EVOLUTION OF FACEBOOK, MYSPACE AND TWITTER
(220)
[Panelists: J.R. Blackwell (mod), Ariel Cinii, Cortney Marabetta]

Fans of all ages use cons to catch up with their friends who they
have not seen in months or years. How can these fans use social
media sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Live Journal and Twitter to
keep up to date with friends in between cons


Sun 2:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
"WAIT 'TIL I POST THIS ON MY BLOG!" (124)
[Panelists: Terri Osborne (mod), Orenthal Hawkins, KT Pinto, J.R.
Blackwell, Jay Smith, Hugh Casey]

Blogs (Web-Logs) have become more and more part of the SF scene.
Everything from book and movie reviews, to run-downs on
conventions, to taping bacon to a cat (see Scalzi's blog...), to
what my dog had for dinner seems to show up on blogs written by
both fans and pros. So, what makes a good blog, and which ones
whould you be reading