Yup, I'm going. Riding the train to St. Louis, then switching to the other train to Kansas City. I have my final schedule; it's below the cut:
Science Fiction as Epic
Thursday 13:00 - 14:00, 3501F (Kansas City Convention Center)
Often science fiction that is epic in nature is dismissed as "space opera," but science fiction can be epic without resorting to the world destroying of Edmond Hamilton or the dogfighting X-Wings of Star Wars. What constitutes epic science fiction and what does it do that more personal stories can't?
John Kessel (M) , Frederick Turner, Elizabeth Moon, Walter Jon Williams, Cynthia War
Autographing: Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson
Friday 12:00 - 13:00, Autographing Space (Kansas City Convention Center)
Tina Connolly, Brendan DuBois, Laura Lederman, PJ Manney, Elizabeth Moon, Mary Thompson
Space and Human Speciation
Friday 16:00 - 17:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)
Human speciation in an interstellar culture. Isolated by travel times in decades or centuries, interstellar settlements might satisfy some of the criteria for speciation, even with low birthrates. Genetic drift or intentional modifications might leave some parts of humanity unable to breed with others, at least by normal methods. How long would that take? Can we imagine what our great to the nth grandchildren might look like?
Elizabeth Moon, Ms Rachel Neumeier (M), G. David Nordley, Frederick Turner, Mr. Preston Grassmann
SIGMA: Planning the Future Today
Saturday 10:00 - 11:00, 2503B (Kansas City Convention Center)
The SIGMA Forum is a collection of science fiction writers who offer futurism consulting to the United States government and appropriate NGOs.
Dr. Charles Gannon, Bud Sparhawk, Greg Bear, Elizabeth Moon (M)
Medical Myths and Errors in SF
Saturday 16:00 - 17:00, 2502A (Kansas City Convention Center)
You've done what now? Er, pretty sure that would kill you. And so goes the medical community when they read or watch yet another amusingly bad medical error. Come along and find out more.
Perrianne Lurie (M), Dr. Brad Aiken, H.G. Stratmann, Elizabeth Moon, Virginia Campen
Reading: Elizabeth Moon
Saturday 18:00 - 19:00, 2203 (Readings) (Kansas City Convention Center)
Kaffeeklatsch: Eleanor Arnason, David Brin, Elizabeth Moon
Sunday 10:00 - 11:00, 2211 (KKs) (Kansas City Convention Center)
Eleanor Arnason, Elizabeth Moon, David Brin
Terraforming Terra: Geoengineering for Climate Change Survival
Sunday 12:00 - 13:00, 3501B (Kansas City Convention Center)
What can we do in terms of really big engineering projects to change or adapt to what looks like a pretty hot, wet, and stormy future?
Gregory Benford , Ian McDonald, Patricia MacEwen, John DeLaughter PhD, Elizabeth Moon, Mrs. Laurel Anne Hill (M)