Alternate History: 4:00 PM Friday – Rice: Lou Antonelli, Walt Boyes, Jeff Provine, Joy Ward
Using Your Creativity for Fun and Profit - 5:00 PM Friday Ballroom E
Description: Bottom line: You’re in business for yourself. But’s that’s so boring! Inspired project and time management dos and don’ts from the pros on living and working as a creative person who gets stuff done. Panelists: Jan S. Gephardt, Lou Antonelli, Ryan Bellgardt, Jerry Bennett, W.J. Hodgson, Peter Pixie.
Alternate History’s Allure - 1:00 PM Saturday Ballroom E
Description: What appeals most about the alternate history genre? How does a real historic setting with a changed fictional outcome inspire hope, regret, and more? Panelists: Jeff Provine, Lou Antonelli, David Carrico, Peter Pixie, Bradley H. Sinor, Joy Ward.
The Romance of “Out There” - 3:00 PM Saturday Ballroom F
Description: Discuss your favorite works involving exploration “just for the heck of it.” What human traits impel us over the next hill, or to the next star system? Can humanity’s drive to explore be fulfilled on this planet? Panelists: Curtiss Mays, Lou Antonelli, Tim Frayser, Clifford McMurray, Cary G. Osborne, Mel White
4:00 PM Saturday 10 Forward: Lou Antonelli, Deborah Chester, Karl K. Gallagher, Lou Antonelli
How to Create a Universe: 11:00 AM Sunday Theater
Description: World-Building Techniques It’s just as easy to get lost in trivial descriptive details as it is to hurry through and miss the small things that make up a dynamic SF world. Writers share their advice on developing descriptions of customs, settings, cultures, religions, politics, geography and more for cohesive and captivating genre reads.Panelists: Lee Killough, Lou Antonelli, Deborah Chester, Maureen McHugh, Jody Lynn Nye, Timothy Zahn.
Ethics of AI Are androids slaves (Blade Runner, Star Wars)? 3:00 PM Sunday Pung
Description: Would a self-aware intelligence have the right to personhood (Chappie, Ex Machina)? Is it okay to love an AI (Westworld, Cherry 2000)? Panelists discuss the ethical considerations of artificial intelligence development and creation. Panelists: Shawn Scarber, Lou Antonelli, Kimber Chessmore, Jackie Kramer, Tim Frayser, Joey Rodman.