So the Mysticon programming has been finalized (only mostly, I hope, for reasons that will shortly become clear) and here’s what I’ll be doing (boy, I do seem to like bullet points lately, huh) (also parentheses):
- Fri 5:00 PM – Ballroom D | Losing Humanity to Artificial Intelligence: Society is so wound up in automation and electronic processing that mankind may just be pressing buttons to do everything to function in daily life. Is it becoming too much of a convenience that we will eventually evolve into permanent couch potatoes? | Keith R.A. DeCandido, Tom Kratman, Sunny Moraine, Peter Prellwitz (M), Randy Richards (I’m the only lady-type person on this panel as far as I can tell. Interesting).
- Fri 7:00 PM – Rm 533 | Koffee Klatch: Reading with Michael M. Jones and Sunny Moraine (I’m not showing up in the description for some reason but trust me, I will be there inflicting fiction on people).
- Fri 11:00 PM – Boardroom 1 | Erotic Fiction or Cheap Trashy Porn?: With the popularity of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Bared To You, more erotic fiction seems to be flying off the shelves. Why has erotica become so viral in every day households? Panelists will discuss the recent trend of writing versus examples of traditional, well received, quality erotic literature. | Alexandra Christian (M), Michael M. Jones, Nicole Kurtz, Sunny Moraine (lol viral).
- I’m marked as being on a propulsion systems panel on Saturday at 6, but – much like cake – it is a lie.
- Sat 10:00 PM – Boardroom 1 | 2013 in Video Gaming: 2013 was an amazing year for gaming entertainment, releasing two titles that especially caught non‐gamer attention in the media (The Last of Us and The Walking Dead). Both titles are being called real endeavors into interactive storytelling. The Last of Us is even based on a Pulitzer‐winning book. Our panelists will discuss their favorite new games of the year. | Mark Dennis, jonny Lupsha (M), Sunny Moraine, Dom Murphy.
- Sun 11:00 AM – Sun 11:00 AM – Main Programming | Challenges of Diversity in Speculative Fiction: How can we bring more diversity in speculative fiction? Afrofuturism is leading the charge in science fiction and fantasy literature. What else needs to be done? | John Jennings, Bill Campbell, Nicole Kurtz (M), Sunny Moraine, Travis Surber.
So that all looks awesome. If you’ll be in Roanoke February 21-23, come say hi.