Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Chicon, Magpies, and Me

First of all, I have the times for the panels that I'll be on for Chicon

Fri Aug 31 9:00:amFri Aug 31 10:30:amBritish SF Television: Why Are Their Programs So Good?
Gold CoastFrom Doctor Who to Red Dwarf to Primeval, SF programs on British TV have been good. Why is that?

Fri Aug 31 4:30:pmFri Aug 31 6:00:pmStar Wars at 35
Gold CoastMay 2012 marked the 35th anniversary release of the original Star Wars. How did this film change SF movies and what would the world look like if it had never been? Are today's kids seeing it as the first movie in the series or are they now watching it in episode order? And if the latter, why would anyone continue after The Phantom Menace?

Sat Sep 1 6:00:pmSat Sep 1 7:30:pmDoctor Who: Is It Still a Kid's Show?
BuckinghamHas the "kids show" gotten more grown up with the last three Doctors? Was it an adult show even before the original cancellation? When, and how, did the transition happen, if it did?

We're going to have some small-group Krushenko's discussions in the Minnesota Magpie party suite during the convention as well. (The room will be available at con)

FRI3:00 PMHistory of Minnesota Fandom
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
FRI4:30 PMClassic MN SF Authors Clifford D. Simak, Gordon R. Dickson, John Sladek and beyond
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
SAT3:00 PMMinnesota-Based Conventions and Organizations
(Michael Lee, facilitator)
SAT4:30 PMThe Minnesota Writing Scene
(Eric Heideman, facilitator)
SUN3:00 PMWhy Minnesota Will Never Host a WorldCon
(Michael Lee, facilitator)

Also, the Minnesota Magpie party suite will be hosted by different groups each night.  It'll be one of the major places that I'll be during the evening hours.

Thu - MNSTf/Minicon/Mpls in 2073
Fri - Seamstress Guild
Sat - Geek Partnership Society (GPS)
Sun - CONvergence

I'm really excited about this -- it is going to be a full, and exciting, week. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, August 12, 2012


Worldcon Planning

As we're only a couple of weeks away from Chicon 7, my spare time is looking at Chicon 7 and the Minnesota Magpies and going to my second Worldcon.

I've got more planned than I did last year at Reno -- I'm on multiple panels (and I'll mention those once the schedule is final and public), I'm helping keep an eye on social media and tweeting from @chicon_7, and I'm helping to put together the suite representing Minnesota during the convention.

We know what nights the various groups are going to be hosting in the room:

Thursday MNSTF/Minicon/Minneapolis in 2073 9:00 PM - LATE
Friday The Seamstress Guild 9:00 PM - LATE
Saturday Geek Partnership Society After Masquerade - LATE
Sunday CONvergence After Hugo Ceremony - LATE

We're also hoping to have some other things in the room, especially for people that are helping us fund the room. (If you're able to help, let me know!)

I'm really excited by this and hope to see you there!

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