I've received my preliminary program for Lone Star Con. A good selection of panels, and the topics are very appropriate for me. My first reaction is that someone read my biography and used that in doing the scheduling. Here are the panels (two came with descriptions):
Steampunk: Trend or Genre: Friday 1-2 p.m. - Steampunk emerged from SF, quietly at first, and then gathering momentum and breadth. It now spans written fiction, graphic, costuming, and other areas. It's become large enough that it's recognized by the world at large. Is Steampunk its own genre? Can you define it? What works in a story? Is it a trend that spans genres? Or does it matter?
How to Build a Successful Book Launch Campaign: Friday 10-11 p.m.
Fiction about Real Politics and How Writers Get It Wrong: Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 12:00
Philosophy and Science Fiction Sunday 4-5 p.m. - Science, from warp drives to lasers, is an important element in the genre but Science Fiction has also been a place to examine philosophical viewpoints. From the use of Star Trek to raise questions of racial equality to Asimov's laws of robotics and ethical questions about machines, philosophical issues are intrinsic to science fiction and fantasy. Our panelists look at some of the more interesting philosophical questions in the genre.
The programming is considered preliminary until at least July 26, while concerns and requests are considered. But I'm fine with me and had no comments or requests.
In addition to the panels, I will be at the Sidewise Awards Saturday at noon.
Signings and reading will be scheduled later.