Philcon 2016 Schedule

I’ll be attending Philcon this weekend. Here’s where to find me:

    • Fri 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—Russian and Soviet SF (2491)  The early Soviet era was a very positivistic, technologically- and scientifically-minded society  (*). How have the changing cultural ideologies of the region impacted the kinds of science fiction its writers have produced over the last eighty years? How has Russian folklore influenced their stories and storytelling?

Anna Kashina (mod), Alex Shvartsman, Anastasia Klimchynskaya, Michael Swanwick

(*) Not my words. I will probably spend some time on this panel railing against whoever wrote this panel description.

    • Fri 11:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—Crucifix Nail Nipples, and Other Horrors from the Slush Pile [18+] (2428) We’ve spent all day talking about some of the best science fiction and fantasy to see the light of day. Now let’s talk about the submissions that editors have dutifully faced…and fought to keep locked in a drawer.

Bernie Mojzes (mod), Neal Levin, Alex Shvartsman, Brian Koscienski, A.E. Decker, W. Randy Hoffman

    • Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza III (Three)—Speculating With Respect: Using Religious Texts as Inspiration for Fiction (2446) Nobody likes it when their religion is treated as less than sacred, but some of the oldest stories in the world are represented in texts that are considered canon to someone’s belief system. Here are some things to consider when seeking to use scripture as source material.

Alex Shvartsman (mod), Jay Smith, Peter Prellwitz, D.H. Aire

    • Sat 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 623—Readings: Alex Shvartsman at 7pm & Tom Purdom at 7:30pm (2685) Alex Shvartsman (mod), Tom Purdom

Saturday happens to be my birthday, too. So if you want to do something nice for me on that day, attend my reading. 🙂

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And speaking of early birthday presents, I’m happy to announce that Apex magazine accepted my translation of K. A. Teryna’s award-winning short story “Black Hole Heart.” I assume it will appear there sometime in 2017. Stay tuned!

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