BayCon, one of the biggest Bay Area Science Fiction conventions, is held each Memorial Day weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA. BayCon is a lot of fun for adults and children alike; there’s a full programme of interesting panels, plenty of hands-on activities for younger guests, as well as costuming, Klingons, Space Marines, a Regency Dance, and the fabulous Slave Auction. This year’s writer Guest of Honour is David Weber, creator of the celebrated “Honor Harrington” novels.
I’ll be attending, and am on four panels this year as participant/moderator:
1. Building Your Writing Community on Friday at 5:00 PM in Bayshore
So you’re thinking about writing but don’t know how to start. Or you have a manuscript but you’re not ready to show anyone. This panel will discuss how to identify where you are in the process of finishing your book, different types of writing groups and how to utilize them, when to recognize when your work is ready for beta readers, and how to give and receive critique with grace and encouragement.
(moderating; with Adrienne Gormley, Setsu Uzume, Beth Barany, Laurel Anne Hill, Dan Hope)
2. When Good Food Turns Evil on Saturday at 2:00 PM in Lawrence
At one time, margarine was touted as a healthier alternative to butter. This ended after the dangers of trans-fats was discovered. There are still differing opinions on what makes a healthy diet, even after decades of research. What highly touted food items might not be as healthy as you think? Join the panelists as they chew the fat on this topic.
(moderating; with Christine Doyle, Sydney Thomson, M.D., Laurel Anne Hill)
3. Self Publishing: Where does it fit in the Literary Food Chain? on Saturday at 3:30 PM in Ballroom A
Between Amazon and Barnes & Noble, self-publishing has taken off; no longer the classical vanity press, often seen as the redheaded stepchild. Is it? Should it be? Where does this fit in the food chain, or is this about to become the Shark?
(moderating; with David Friedman, Kyle Aisteach, Emerian Rich, Ursula Vernon)
4. Surveillance and the End of Privacy on Sunday at 11:30 AM in Bayshore
Between government surveillance of citizens and ubiquitous cameras, is privacy a lost cause? What can you do to preserve your privacy?
(with Jason Malcolm Stewart, David Friedman, Griffin Barber)
The link for BayCon 2014 is http://baycon.org/2014/
I hope to see you there!