BayCon 2012 Schedule

I’m speaking on some fantastic panels this month at BayCon, hope to see some of you there!

Current Science Fiction Television
Friday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in San Tomas
(with Lon Sarver, Ian Grey, D.M. Pratt and Deborah M. Pratt)

Panelists discuss current current SF/F TV broadcast now on ALL
networks, not just the Syfy channel. It’s all prime time now!

The Evolution of Video Games
Saturday from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM in Ballroom D
(with Lex Scheuble, Tim Crowley, Robert Toland)

From Asteroids and Pong to PC and Xbox 360, our video games have gone
from simple to very complex, from simple arcade games to story-driven
entertainment to exercises in building complete civilizations. Has the
allure increased, or has it turned into a demographic niche? What might
be in our video game future? Join the discussion with our panel of
Gamers and Game Reviewers.

Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks, and other Misfits
are taking over the World.

Saturday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Ballroom E-F-G
(with Lex Scheuble, Denisen Hartlove, Leslie Simon, Sally RoseRed Robinson, Josephine Gray)

Geekdom, it’s not just for guys anymore! A discussion on how Geek Girls
are influncing the world of SF/F, Gaming, and Comics and becoming a
major force at conventions.

Bof: Sword and Laser
Saturday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Central
(with Tom Merritt)

For fans of the Sword and Laser Podcast and new VideoCast.

The Evolution of Female Characters in SF and Fantasy
Sunday from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in Ballroom D
(with Juliette Wade, Deborah J. Ross, Daryl G. Frazetti, Brandon Sanderson,
Diana L. Paxson)

From damsels in distress to sword-wielding, gun-toting, and military
masterminds, have women found their place, or are they ‘feminized’ men?
Do the women truly reflect the changing attitudes of the roles of

Erotic Science Fiction and Fantasy
Sunday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM in Lawrence
(with Lon Sarver, D.M. Atkins, Jaym Gates)

Boy meets girl meets robot meets vampire: what makes for good erotica
in worlds with different rules than ours?

“Hard Science” Science Fiction Doesn’t have to be Hard
Sunday from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Winchester
(with Arthur Bozlee, Scott Beckstead, Norm Sperling, Kyle Aisteach, Eytan

What are some books,movies, comic books, etc. that have used GOOD
science and still managed to be exciting? What was the bad science
that made you howl in pain, could it have been modified to be better
science and still keep the story intact?

New Media Expo in Vegas, baby! Yeah!

Wow, an Austin Powers reference? Really? And I thought I was above that…

Anyhow, next week I’ll be at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas, primarily to give a workshop with my esteemed colleague Tom Merritt (of Buzz Out Loud, Real Deal, East Meets West, The Sword and Laser, and CNET TV fame). Holy crap, Tom, you’re on a lot of stuff! Our workshop is entitled “Developing an Engaged Community (a.k.a. Don’t Feed the Trolls)”:

You want an engaged community. You want your audience to interact with your show and help spread the word. Then you get flamed. Then your feedback is filled with trolls. What do you do? Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt have dealt with the best and worst of the online community and share their experiences and specific tips and tricks for dealing with a passionate audience. They’ll tell you how to reward the good convert the bad and avoid the purely evil. You’ll come away from this workshop armed with knowledge on how to make your community a better place for you and your listeners to grow your show.

If you’re going to be there, the workshop is at 10:30AM on Thursday. But that’s not the only reason I’m heading to Vegas! There are a few great parties on Friday night that you should check out, like the Revision3 Meet-Up at the Double Down Saloon from 6-8PM (with me, Zadi Diaz and other Rev3 peeps), and then the Coverville 500 party at Bally’s at 7PM (presumably until whenever we feel like it).

I’m really excited to meet some of the podcasters that I’ve always admired, like Brian Ibbot from Coverville and Scott Johnson from The Instance and Extralife Radio (is Randy Deluxe going to be there? I don’t even know!). Should be a great time, hope to see some of you there!