I just got my schedule for Norwescon a couple of days ago, and the panels I'm on look to be a lot of fun. Really looking forward to it. Unfortunately, they scheduled me for a Sunday panel -- "Science as a weapon" with Brenda Cooper. Would have been interesting, except that I'd marked all of Sunday as unavailable. We don't celebrate Easter as a religious holiday, but we do celebrate it as a family holiday, so I don't go to Norwescon on that day. Ah well...
I'm not going to bother to wait until just before the con to post my schedule because nobody's going to come to a panel just for me, but here it is regardless:
Friday, 9:00 a.m., Cascade 6
A linguist discusses how to use existing languages as a model for fantasy or
alien languages. A fascinating look at how what we say (or don't) shapes our
world and how that principle affects alien tongues.
Jake Ballin (M), Brent Kellmer, John M. Lawler, Kris Millering
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Cascade 7
Can a lifeless planet really be made to support life? How might it be done?
Is it practical? How do we know that said planet is indeed "lifeless?" What
are the questions that would need to be asked to make that kind of decision?
Bob Crichton, Brent Kellmer, Pat MacEwen, Mickey Phoenix
Friday, 4:00 p.m., Evergreen 1
Energy Weapons: A Reality Check
Flash Gordon aside, what are the weapons most likely to be used in the future?
Brent Kellmer, Greg Paddock, David J. Williams
Friday, 6:00 p.m., Cascade 5
Alien Religions and Religious Practices
Avatar gave us a serious look at aboriginal religious practices. We review
other noted religious systems in SF/F and compare how they are similar and different.
Spencer Ellsworth, Brent Kellmer, Darragh Metzger
Saturday, 10:00 a.m., Cascade 9
How would alien bodies operate? How would they move? Breathe? Eat?
Reproduce? Would their biochemical mechanisms be similar to ours, or would
they evolve entirely different paths? Would they need all of the same functions that we have?
Brent Kellmer (M), Pat MacEwen, Annie Morton
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