ArmadilloCon 25, August 2003, Austin, TX
ArmadilloCon is a science fiction convention that takes place every year in Austin, Texas.
At the ArmadilloCon 2003, the Guest of Honor was author Kage Baker, so here is the interview with her.
Special Guest was author Vernor Vinge, so a lot of panels revolved around the topics Vernor Vinge's writing is best known for: technological Singularity, future of computing, and aliens. Here are my blog posts from some of them.
Building Alien Societies panel. What do SF writers fail to consider when they are creating alien societies? What are the ways writers can communicate their alien cultures to their readers, without doing an info dump?
The Future of Computers in Fiction and Reality -- Alexis Glynn Latner, Bruce Sterling, Kurt Baty, Tom Becker, and Vernor Vinge debate theological implications of ubiquitous computing, disruptive uses of web technologies, and the most interesting recent computer-themed science fiction books;
Special Guest of Honor Vernor Vinge Interview, where he talks about how he got started writing science fiction, numerical parametrization of group minds, some characters in "Deepness in the Sky", and how Technology Singularity could happen, and what current research might lead to it;
The Coming Singularity And What It Means To Me, with Vernor Vinge and other people;
Miscellaneous ArmadilloCon 2003 panels -- short snippets from such panels as Ideas Somebody Should Write a Book About, Frontiers in Weird Research, and Inventing the Next Frontier.
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