Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Con Panel ideas

One of the things I love about MileHiCon is that they often ask the panelists for ideas about what kind of panels they'd like to do. This gives those of us that are going to be panelists even more of a chance to participate.

And since I'm going to be there again this year, I thought I'd open it up to discussion...if you were going to an SF convention, what kind of panels would you like to see? Yes, Keith, I know you had kind of a bad experience the one time you went to a Con, but only some of the people are that scary...

Most of the panels I do are literary, but I'll occasionally do one about the other aspects of the field...or I'll let someone embarrass the hell out of me on an Alien Archaeology panel...

5 comments:

Ian said...

I got some ideas, but I'll submit them myself. I will see you there though.

J Erwine said...

I'm definitely looking forward to the Con this year.

Keith said...

A while ago I wrote a long post about Gender Bias in publishing, but decided that it was too sexist and dumped it. Men SF writers outnumber women. F&SF reports only 25% submissions from women. Strange Horizon reports about 1/3 women and this seems to be consistent across publications. Men write and submit more sf than women. It goes up when you eliminate fantasy and horror. Men submit up to 90% of the hard SF.

Asimov's publishes 90% men despite getting 1/3 of their submissions from women. SH publishes 80% women while only getting 1/3 of their submissions from women. I think a panel on Gender Bias in SF would be interesting. I would not want to be in the room when the shouting started, though.

Keith said...

Here's another subject.

The Economics of Space Exploration. Where's the profit?

Mining the asteroid belt seems to be a waste of time. We have enough nickel and iron on the earth to last us a while. Zero gravity research and manufacturing might be one thing that space is good at. Offloading population through emigration to space seems to be trying to empty the oceans with a teaspoon.

We will never be able to explore the solar system without an economic motive. What is that motive? Show me the money!

J Erwine said...

Keith-Not bad ideas. They've done a lot around the economics of space travel lately, so I'm not sure if they'd be looking for more of those. We're fortunate to have a lot of rocket scientists that live in the area.

The gender bias sounds great, but I don't think I'd want to be on the panel...you've seen some of the women at Cons!!!!