Orycon Panel Schedule

It’s that time of year again…and I will be at Orycon, albeit not all that late at night due to my transport options. The Marriott isn’t quite as convenient as the Lloyd Center location was for either bus or driving, alas. Oh well. Here’s my schedule:

Friday, November 20

3:00 pm-4:00 pm —  Political Systems in SF — Salon A

Are writers getting it right? What do you need to consider when developing local, national, global, and interplanetary governments? Do existing governments with different cultural values really operate, or do they fail?

4:00 pm- 5:00 pm —  Healers, Shamans, and Clerics, Oh My! — Salon C

Medicine in fantasy novels. Is there really an herb for everything?

Saturday, November 21

11:30 am-12:00 pm — Reading –Willamette

I’m going to be reading selections from Netwalk’s Children (out for Orycon) and Pledges of Honor (out December 3rd).

3:00 pm-4:00 pm — Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing — Sunstone

Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn how to let the project choose the path.

4:00 pm-5:00 pm — Can Technology Save the World?— Salon B

Note: hopefully I won’t be delayed but I am coming from a different floor from the previous panel….and I may cut out early as I am switching floors again and am moderating the next panel.

China is becoming…something. North Korea is just plain scary. Energy-starved nations wanting nuclear power vs fears of a potential for nuclear war. How technology affects developing nations, how fast can they get it by what means, and what will it do to the world’s future?

5:00 pm-6:00 pm — Piracy: Fight It or Embrace It? — Sunstone

Same note as before: I’m switching floors so I might be late. Oops. I’m moderating this one. I’ll be there on time!

Piracy is everywhere, and creators hate it. Except when they don’t. HBO, for instance, says pirating of “Game of Thrones” is the best free advertising ever. Should creators learn to embrace the Jolly Roger, or fight it?

Sunday, November 22

11:00 am-12:00 pm — What is Cognition? — Salmon

A look at the impact of modern neuroscience and psychology on our understanding of understanding

1:00 pm-2:00 pm — Ghost in the Machine or Grandpa? –Salmon

I’m moderating this one…Needless to say, my Netwalker character Sarah’s gonna get talked about in this panel.

Is a personality upload a real person? Can they vote? What do they do for a living? Or for fun?

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