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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

2:30 pm EST

Signing – Steven H. Silver

Autographs 2, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Steven H. Silver

Signing -Patricia A Jackson

Autographs 1, 2:30 pm EST

Get your books signed by Patricia A. Jackson

4:00 pm EST

Fannish Pictionary

Palladian Ballroom, 4:00 pm EST

Bring your artistic talent (or lack thereof!) and join the fun guessing fannish phrases, titles, or characters, based on drawings by you or your fellow fans.

Fanzines and Meta Fandom

Kress (Virtual), 4:00 pm EST

Fanzines have been a vital part of science fiction and fantasy from the beginning of modern genre fiction in the 1930s. They provide a record of friends, feuds, fashion, and fascinations. Periodically their demise is predicted, but they are still going strong, drawing in new participants and evolving along with fandom. This is a chance to talk to current and previous Hugo nominees about why they produce fanzines.

Type: Panel

Signing – Chris Panatier

Autographs 1, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Chris Panatier

Signing – Jonathan Pace Brazee

Autographs 2, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Jonathan Pace Brazee

7:00 pm EST

Sip With the Stars (Wednesday)

Hotel Lobby, 7:00 pm EST

New con-goers are invited to hang out with published writers, critics, and convention veterans. A great way to make new friends and get the vibe of the con! We’ll break into groups of 4-5 people, each with a mix of newer and more experienced folks. Sips With the Stars events are planned on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at 7–8 p.m. in the private dining room of the hotel restaurant. Bring your own drinks!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

8:30 am EST

Accessible Yoga — Thursday

Cabinet Room, 8:30 am EST

A fully inclusive, gentle yoga class for people of all abilities. Practicing in a chair or on a mat with some optional standing poses, participants will move, stretch, rejuvenate and relax through a series of gentle yoga movements, breathing exercises, and meditation. This class will offer different variations and options, encouraging participants to explore at their own pace and expand their yoga experience within a welcoming and inclusive community. Companions and support people are welcome.

10:00 am EST

Planning and Running a Virtual Fan Event

Kress (Virtual), 10:00 am EST

Virtual cons have been contemplated for a while, but 2020 forced many of us to get serious about them for the first time. In the process, organizers were presented with a lot of new organizational and technical challenges. The panelists will explore the different challenges, organizational structures, and opportunities presented by a virtual con versus an in-person event.

Type: Panel

Signing – Meg Elison

Autographs 1, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by Meg Elison

Type: Signing

Signing – Wesley Chu

Autographs 3, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by Wesley Chu

11:30 am EST

Signing – Carrie Vaughn

Autographs 2, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Carrie Vaughn

Signing – Lawrence M. Schoen

Autographs 1, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Lawrence M. Schoen

1:00 pm EST

Adding Fannish Skills to Your Resumé

Palladian Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST

Wrangling volunteers, publishing fanzines, beta reading, negotiating hotel contracts… Plenty of fannish skills can be converted to real-world professions. How can you translate fannish experiences into a career?

Type: Panel

Signing – A.T. Greenblatt

Autographs 3, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by A.T. Greenblatt

Signing – Ellen Datlow

Autographs 1, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Ellen Datlow

Signing – Jennifer R. Povey

Autographs 2, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Jennifer R. Povey

Signing – Nancy Kress

Autographs 4, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Guest of Honor Nancy Kress

2:30 pm EST

Meet Up: The Heinlein Society

Ambassador Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

Learn about The Heinlein Society, which honors the written work and lives of Robert and Virginia Heinlein.

Robert’s Rules and Accessibility

Palladian Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

Robert’s Rules of Order is a set of strict rules for running meetings used by governmental bodies and many fan groups. They can also present a significant entry barrier for many, including people with disabilities, non-native English speakers, and people with nontraditional educational backgrounds. How can we work within the framework of Robert’s Rules to ensure accessibility to everyone who wants to participate?

Type: Panel

Signing – Scott Edelman

Autographs 1, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Scott Edelman

Signing – Alex Shvartsman

Autographs 3, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Alex Shvartsman

Signing – Sarah Pinsker

Autographs 2, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Sarah pinsker

4:00 pm EST

Signing – Jo Walton

Autographs 1, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Jo Walton

Signing – John Wiswell

Autographs 3, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by John Wiswell

Signing – Sumiko Saulson

Autographs 2, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Sumiko Saulson

Streaming Services and You

Forum Room, 4:00 pm EST

Speculative media content is increasingly offered through subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and CBS All Access. Do your subscriptions reflect your identity as a consumer and fan? What does it say if you subscribe to Britbox and Shudder versus Prime and Disney+?

Type: Panel

5:30 pm EST

Talking About the Big Heart Award

Blue Room, 5:30 pm EST

Worldcon awards the David A. Kyle Big Heart Award each year to a member of the science fiction community for their good work and great spirit. This panel features past winners of the Big Heart Award who will talk about its influence on fandom.

Type: Panel

Two Truths and a Lie: Convention Version

Palladian Ballroom, 5:30 pm EST

Panelists present three wacky stories about things that have happened at conventions. Only two are true. Can you, the audience, find the lie?

7:00 pm EST

Chicon 8 Presents…

Palladian Ballroom, 7:00 pm EST

Come hear the Chicon 8 team present its plans for the 80th World Science Fiction Convention in 2022 in Chicago.

Sip With the Stars (Thursday)

Hotel Lobby, 7:00 pm EST

New con-goers are invited to hang out with published writers, critics, and convention veterans. A great way to make new friends and get the vibe of the con! We’ll break into groups of 4-5 people, each with a mix of newer and more experienced folks. Sips With the Stars events are planned on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings at 7–8 p.m. in the private dining room of the hotel restaurant. Bring your own drinks!

8:30 pm EST

Where will we go in 2023? Chengdu & Winnipeg Q&A

Palladian Ballroom, 8:30 pm EST

There are two rival bids who want to run the 2023 Worldcon. Come to this session where Chengdu and Winnipeg will tell you their plans prior to the vote on Friday.

 

10:00 pm EST

Social Media: Making Enemies & Alienating People

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 10:00 pm EST

Social media can be an excellent place to find online community, especially during a pandemic, but it can also be a fraught world of vicious gossip, lip service activism, and whatever the Algorithm is. The panel will explore ways of using different forms of social media to connect with like-minded people, while providing tips to avoid falling prey to such platform’s worst aspects. 

Type: Panel

Friday, December 17, 2021

10:00 am EST

Creating a More Accessible Convention

Congressional On-Site Viewing (Virtual), 10:00 am EST

How can we make conventions safer and more inclusive for those of us with disabilities (visible and otherwise) through mutual support and cultural change?

Type: Panel

Kaffeeklatsch With Nancy Kress

Suite 325 Main Room, 10:00 am EST

Nancy Anne Kress began writing in 1976 and won the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her 1991 novella Beggars in Spain, which became a novel in 1993. Her five other Nebulas include recognition for her novellas After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall (2013), and Yesterday’s Kin (2015). Her most recent novels are Flash Point (2012), The Eleventh Gate (2020), and Sea Change (2020).

Signing – Gregory A. Wilson

Autographs 4, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by Gregory A. Wilson

Signing – John Scalzi

Autographs 2, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by John Scalzi

Signing – Mary Robinette Kowal

Autographs 1, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by Mary Robinette Kowal

Signing – Natalie Naudus

Autographs 3, 10:00 am EST

Get books signed by Natalie Naudus

11:30 am EST

Signing – Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam

Autographs 2, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam 

Signing – Carol Gyzander

Autographs 4, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Carol Gyzander

Signing – Catherynne Valente

Autographs 1, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Catherynne Valente

Type: Panel

Signing – Neil Clarke

Autographs 3, 11:30 am EST

Get books signed by Neil Clarke

1:00 pm EST

Reverse-Harem Reform School Omegaverse Romance

Kress (Virtual), 1:00 pm EST

In 2018, this genre was barely a gleam in AO3’s eye. Suddenly it was all over Goodreads, Amazon, and paranormal romance forums, with dozens of series all over the web. Why and how did this extremely specific genre become the hot ticket of 2019 and 2020? What questions does it open up?

Type: Panel

Signing – Jeremy TeGrotenhuis

Autographs 4, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Jeremy TeGrotenhuis

Signing – Katie Mack

Autographs 3, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Katie Mack

Signing – Marie Brennan/M.A. Carrick

Autographs 1, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Marie Brennan/M.A. Carrick

Signing – Nathan W. Toronto

Autographs 2, 1:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Nathan W. Toronto

The Public Domain We Don’t Have

Palladian Ballroom, 1:00 pm EST

Entertainment industry lobbyists keep pushing copyright life further and further into the future. If copyright in the U.S. hadn’t been extended in 1976 and again in 1998, many more works would now be in the public domain. Join us to discuss the fun mashups we might have had if copyright extension hadn’t passed. Bring your own soapbox.

Type: Panel

What Is This Thing Called Filk?

Cabinet Room, 1:00 pm EST

You’ve seen filk items on the convention schedule, but aren’t sure what it is. Come find out!

Type: Panel

2:30 pm EST

Everything You Need to Know to Bid for Worldcon

Palladian Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

How do you choose a location? How much startup capital do you need? How do you assemble a staff? This panel will tell you everything you need to know, including what unsuspected resources are at your disposal, when putting together a Worldcon bid.

Type: Panel

Finding Communities

Thomas (Virtual), 2:30 pm EST

It can be hard to find people with common interests if you are isolated geographically, or when you move to a new place. What goes into finding fellow fans, conventions, gaming or social groups? How do you get to know a new community culture? What pitfalls should you avoid?

Type: Panel

Meetup: Escape Artists

Ambassador Ballroom, 2:30 pm EST

A meetup for the fans of the Escape Artists podcasts, including 2021 Hugo nominees Escape Pod and PodCastle. Come chat all things audio short fiction with us!

Signing – Joe Haldeman

Autographs 1, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Joe Haldeman

Signing – Rebecca Kuang

Autographs 2, 2:30 pm EST

Get books signed by Rebecca Kuang

Signing -Randee Dawn

Autographs 3, 2:30 pm EST

Get books by Randee Dawn

4:00 pm EST

Signing – Daryl Gregory

Autographs 1, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Daryl Gregory

Signing – Lesley M. Wheeler

Autographs 4, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Lesley M. Wheeler

Signing – Matthew S. Rotundo

Autographs 3, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Matthew S. Rotundo

Signing – Sheila Williams

Autographs 2, 4:00 pm EST

Get books signed by Sheila Williams

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