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My Readercon 19 Schedule

My Readercon is off to an auspicious beginning. I’ve just arrived, and I’ve already left the only copies of Infoquake and MultiReal I brought somewhere in Logan Airport. I think I probably left them sitting at the courtesy phones for the rental car shuttles.

Here’s my schedule, for those who will be in Burlington, Massachusetts and want to catch up with me:

Friday, 2:30 PM: How I Wrote Infoquake and MultiReal.
A 30-minute talk by yours truly. I haven’t entirely figured out what I’m going to say, but at this point I’m planning to talk about how I wrote Infoquake and MultiReal.

Friday, 4:00 PM: I’ve Seen Things You People Wouldn’t Believe: The Influence of Blade Runner.
David Louis Edelman, Glenn Grant, Matthew Kressel (L), Geoff Ryman, Diane Weinstein.
This year saw the twenty-fifth anniversary release of the definitive version of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a film universally recognized as one of the two or three greatest achievements of sf cinema. The film’s groundbreaking (and insanely detailed) visual design has influenced everything from runway fashions to building architecture, and some would argue that the current “default” dystopian science fiction vision comes right out of the film’s dark LA streets. How pervasive has Blade Runner’s influence been on sf (both written and cinematic)? Has the film altered the way we look at ourselves and our future? Is it possible that its dark landscapes have discouraged us from envisioning a better tomorrow?

Friday, 7:00 PM: Economics as the S in SF.
David Louis Edelman, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Alexander Jablokov, Ernest Lilley (L), Brian Francis Slattery.
SF stories concerned with economics have predominantly been either satires of consumerism or arguments for libertarianism. But there are also sf stories that investigate economic principles in the way that traditional sf explores the physical sciences. Damon Knight’s A For Anything examines the impact of a new technology on our current economic system; Cory Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom imagines an entire new system; and John Brunner’s The Shockwave Rider does some of both. We’ll discuss these and other classics of the subgenre. Is today’s generation of writers more economically aware than their predecessors, and has there been an uptick in these stories as a result?

Friday, 8:00 PM: Kaffeeklatsch.

Sunday, 2:30 PM: Reading.
I’ll be reading from Infoquake and/or MultiReal and/or Hustler magazine. Yeah, it’s the last timeslot of the con. No, I don’t expect a heck of a lot of people to show up.

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