I have something of a firm WorldCon policy. When they hold WorldCon in the Greatest City in the World, to wit, Chicago, I attend. As I am doing this year. As WorldCon did last time I attended, they have magnanimously allowed me to be on a number of panels and such, to wit:
Thursday, August 30
1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Researching History That Never Happened
A discussion of alternate history fiction from an author's point of view. How do authors go about researching the complexities of history?
Martin Berman-Gorvine, Nick DiChario, Kenneth Hite, Mary Robinette Kowal, Adam Christopher (San Francisco)
Friday, August 31
12:00 PM-1:30 PM: The Best Vampire Novel of the Century
The Horror Writers Association on the 100-year anniversary of Bram Stoker's death in 1912 oversaw the nomination of six finalists from which were selected the one novel they believe has had the greatest impact on the horror genre since the 1897 publication of Dracula. This panel discusses the finalists and the reasons for their selection as well as the one that became the ultimate winner.
Richard Lee Byers, James S. Dorr, Kenneth Hite (Wrigley)
4:30 PM-6:00 PM: SF at the University of Chicago Over the Years
A retrospective of the various generations of fans who have added to the traditions of SF at the University of Chicago and beyond.
Richard Garfinkle, Kenneth Hite, Alessandra Kelley, Bradford Lyau, John Scalzi (San Francisco)
[Due to a scheduling conflict, I will not be on the C.L. Moore panel ascribed to me in the Chicon 7 program. If you attend, feel free to quote my review of her Northwest Smith oeuvre, or to mention that she had the opposite effect on Henry Kuttner that Lillian Hellman did on Dashiell Hammett: to wit, she made him and his writing better.]
Saturday, September 1
1:30 PM-3:00 PM: Kaffeeklatsch: Kenneth Hite
I have no idea what this entails. I presume there will be coffee, and Kenneth Hite. You may have to bring your own klatsch. (Fan Lounge KK#1)
6:00 PM-7:30 PM: Turn Up the Steam
Jess Nevins recently wrote about the 'continuum of steampunk,' referencing Cherie Priest's statement that steampunk is not a yes/no proposition, but one of 'how much?' How much Steam is required? Is Alternative history required? Is it fantasy, or SF, or is it a lifestyle? Is it all of this? Something else?
Leigh Bardugo, Kenneth Hite, David Malki [Gregory Rihn has had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. He was the moderator. Wheee!] (San Francisco)
Sunday, September 2
6:30 PM -7:00 PM: Reading: Kenneth Hite
I will probably read some of the same stuff I read at OddCon, although it's a shorter block this time around. Or maybe I'll read my actual honest-to-gosh SF story "Bad Beat for Aaron Burr," as published in The New Hero 1 (Dusable)
Monday, September 3
12:00 PM-1:30 PM: Autograph Session 18
Geraldine Haracz, Laurel Anne Hill, Kenneth Hite, Adam Christopher, Mary Turzillo, Jo Walton, Walter Jon Williams (Autograph Tables)