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Potlatch 11 Programming

Potlatch encourages program participants to talk before the convention, so that when the time comes, the topic can be explored in some depth. This year, we'd like EVERYONE to participate in brainstorming and sharing ideas, for panels, roundtables, books to talk about, and more.

To that end, we've created a discussion list -- yes, it's on yahoogroups. To subscribe, please send a message to, and we'll get the ball rolling.

Thanks! You'll be glad you did. Hoping to hear from you...

Program Details

Friday Night

Revolution Then: Developing an Incomplete and Idiosyncratic Reading List. Kate Schaefer, ringleader
8 - 9 p.m., in the Hospitality room.
Part of Clarion West's mission statement says: Speculative fiction gives voice to those who explore societal and technological change along with deeper considerations of underlying archetypes of human experience. Is that true? Let's talk about stories that make us think new thoughts about how social changes come, what kinds of social changes are possible, what kinds are desirable, what kinds we want to avoid, what kinds are inevitable. I'm particularly interested in stories about sudden changes and their aftermaths. Some of the stories on that list are: Octavia E. Butler's Earthseed series, M. J. Engh's extremely disturbing Arslan, Lisa Goldstein's A Mask for the General, Pat Murphy's The City, Not Long After, Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren, Suzy McKee Charnas' Walk to the End of the World, Rebecca Ore's Gaia's Toys, Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books, and J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

All panels take place in the main programming room.

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Who Owns the Future? Ringleader: Ian Hagemann
Economic revolution: The future of corporations and property management. Will everything be owned and private or free and public?
11:30 a.m. - Noon: Nano gathering in programming room.
Nanoprogramming is small group discussions on a topic of your choosing. Sign up forms will be in the hospitality suite Friday night. Particularly interested in a book mentioned in the list panel? Want to talk about trilobites? Find other people who do also.

11:30 - 1 p.m.: Lunch.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m: Re-Forming the Future. Ringleader: Jack Bell
Technological revolution: Considering Vernor Vinge's singularity, is it possible to predict the future at all?
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Cultural Revolution. Ringleader: Luke McGuff
Have you ever felt that you were in a science fiction story? We'll look at books that describe a cultural disjunction -- "The City, Not Long After," "Dhalgren" -- and discuss science fiction as an agent of change.
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Writing the Whirlwind. Ringleader: David Levine
How to portray a major economic, technical, and/or social shift in fiction? Show the impact on individuals? Show the big picture? Show the revolution in progress? Show the after-effects of the revolution? Panelists may discuss some of the same works mentioned in the previous three panels, but focusing on the mechanics and craft of the writing.


The Banquet and Auction will take place in the morning and noon hours. Please join us!

2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Wrap Up Panel. Ringleader: Janet Lafler
Got something you didn't get a chance to say earlier? Have a great insight that ties everything together and want to share it? Thought of some more books or resources? Come to the wrap up panel!

-- Luke McGuff

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