Next weekend I’ll be attending this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in one of my favorite spots, the charming and historic downtown San Antonio, Texas. I’m looking forward to a great weekend catching up with old friends, and hopefully making some new ones. The organizing team have put together a fantastic, and varied, schedule with events that should appeal to any attendee no matter what their interests are within the many worlds of speculative fiction.

I’ll be putting forward my thoughts and opinions on the following panels:

Scams Aimed at Writers

Thursday 13:00 – 14:00

SFWA offers programs to educate new authors about disreputable practices and other pitfalls to avoid. Our panelists will cover the basics and share their own stories.

Teresa Nielsen Hayden (M) , Alan J. Porter , Genese Davis , Thomas Olde Heuvelt

From Whence They Came: The Cultural Origins of the Modern Super Hero Comics

Friday 12:00 – 13:00

Superman, Batman, and so many other iconic super heroes don’t exist in a vacuum. In fact, they are a complicated tangle of cultural influences that are rarely examined and appreciated. Our panelists will cheerfully deconstruct some of the biggest, best super heroes to find out what makes them tick.

Jess Nevins (M), Anthony Tollin , Alan J. Porter, Weldon Adams.

Playing in Other People’s Sandboxes: Writing Comics that aren’t Your Own

Sunday 15:00 – 16:00

Whether you’re writing Spider-Man, Jonah Hex, the Incredibles, or Fruit Ninja, you never get to really own these characters. But they sure are fun to play with! Hear some stories about what it’s like dealing with today’s corporate overlords.

Alan J. Porter (M) , Paul Benjamin , Howard Tayler, Scott Edelman

Writers, Their Fans and Flame Wars, Oh My!

Monday 12:00 – 13:00

With the increasing prominence of social networks and online communities, writers are much more available to their fans, which can create new benefits — and potential issues. What should writers and fans keep in mind when interacting? What is or isn’t safe to say?

Cat Rambo (M), Alan J. Porter , Chuck Wendig , Patrick Hester.

You can check out the full schedule and more information about the convention at http://www.lonestarcon3.org/ and be able to follow events on Twitter by following the #WorldCon and #LoneStarCon hashtags.