18 November 2009

Philcon!

This weekend is Philcon, the Philadelphia SF/F convention. It's the only con I attend all year; not by choice but by pocketbook. I always say I'm going to make it to Balticon, but never seem to have the cash to do it. This year I had to buy a car.

Anyway, if you're in the Philly/South Jersey area (the con is actually in Cherry Hill, NJ, which is much more convenient for me!), stop on by. I'll be in the Dealer's room, in the Children's room, and at the following panels:

Fri 5:00 PM in Plaza VI (Six) (1 hour)
BOOK VS. MOVIE - YA EDITION (205)

[Panelists: Deb Lieven (mod), Christine Norris, Greg Fishbone]

"Harry Potter," "Twilight," "Meatballs" and "Wild Things" -- among
others. You read and then watched -- or vice-versa? What does
each version gain or lose


Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza I (One) (1 hour)
FANTASY BASED ON NON-EUROPEAN SOURCES (92)

[Panelists: Victoria Janssen (mod), Stephanie Burke, James L.
Cambias, Christine Norris, Tom Doyle]

You don't have to go ""all medieval on me"" to write fantasy. What
are the best examples of fantasy not based on European backgrounds
to date


Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
BROAD UNIVERSE RAPID FIRE READING (222)

[Panelists: Christine Norris (mod), Catherine Asaro, Dina Leacock,
E. F. Watkins, Gail Z. Martin, Victoria Janssen]

All the Broad Universe authors in attendance give a short reading,
creating a kind of “snack sampler” for the audience.


Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
STEAMPUNK FOR SIMPLETONS (130)

[Panelists: Jared Axelrod (mod), Matt Black, Nikki Cohen, Christine
Norris, Jeff Mach]

Ladies and Gentlemen of stern and noble character are invited to
participate in a salon whereupon we shall discuss the genre and
lifestyle known to the rabble as "steampunk". What is it, where
did it come from, and what is with those brass goggles


Sun 10:00 AM in Plaza IV (Four) (1 hour)
WRITING SCIENCE FICTION FOR KIDS (63)

[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Cory Doctorow, Christine Norris]

If you're going to write real science fiction for children, how do
you go about making the stories comprehensible, scientifically
valid and exciting


Sun 11:00 AM in Executive Suite 823 (1 hour)
THE IMPORTANCE OF CASH FLOW FOR THE NEW AUTHOR (91)

[Panelists: Sally Wiener Grotta (mod), Keith R.A. DeCandido, Laura
Anne Gilman, Christine Norris, Oz Drummond]

Why ""Don't Quit Your Day Job"" Is Such Good Advice


Sun 2:00 PM in Plaza VI (Six) (1 hour)
WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING? (204)

[Panelists: Deb Lieven (mod), Christine Norris, Scheherazade
Jackson]

Bring your favorite Science Fiction/Fact/Fantasy book for
round-table discussion.

Looks like a lot of fun, and I'll be super busy! Unfortunately I won't be at that last panel on the list. Just my luck, this year my son's football team made the playoffs, and the game is on Sunday afternoon. So I have to race from the cash flow panel down to the field.

But these are the sacrifices you make for your family :). The older he gets, the more of a juggling act my life becomes. That's a post for another day ;) I always say I'm going to take some pictures at the con, but never do. So no promises!

Christine Norris
http://www.christine-norris.com/
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