Friday, November 19, 2021

Philcon! Philcon! Philcon!



Well, it's that time of year again, when Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Worldcon, Christmas and New Year's Eve all tumble one upon the other in the course of five weeks. And starting off the season... Philcon, which begins today!

The Philadelphia Science Fiction Convention, to give it its full name, is one of the oldest SF cons in the world. Though diminished in size from its heyday--down from thousands of participants to hundreds--and exiled from the city of its birth and name to Cherry Hill, New Jersey, the con keeps chugging bravely away.

If you're going to be at Chillcon, as it has been waggishly nicknamed, be sure to say hi. I'll be ubiquitous.

Meanwhile, as is traditional, here's my schedule:

Start Time      Duration     Room Name                          Title


 8:00 PM    50 Min            Plaza 3                        If I Had That To Write Again          


2:00 PM    50 Min        Grand Ballroom              Q&A with Principal Speaker Fran Wilde   

3:00 PM    50 Min        Plaza 3                            Why Haven't Exoplanets Created More Excitement?   

5:00 PM    50 Min        Plaza 2                            The World of Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008) 


 Oh, and it's worth mentioning that Samuel R. Delany is a late addition to the Disch panel. Chip is always worth hearing, and on this subject he knows a great deal more than most.



HANNAH'S DAD said...

I’d love to hear your (and Delany’s) words on Disch. He was always one of the greats for me, but he seems to be evaporating out of public consciousness these days.

JF said...

I won't be able to make it to Philcon. If I could I would ask you the question I tried to ask through your personal site:

Hitting Send threw me back a 403, so I doubt it reached you.

Is there another way I could send you my question?

Michael Swanwick said...

JF, you can post it in the comments on this blog or you can IM me on Facebook or you can email me at