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Semi-Final Program Grid for John Ashmead

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. John Ashmead may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Saturday 1:00 pm: Quantum Mechanics, Reality, & You (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead
Behold the weird! Wigner & his panel of babies! The case of the highly charged cat! The collapse of the collapse of the wave function! And quantum chess! What's new with quantum mechanics & what does it all mean?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Has Steampunk gone mainstream? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Jonah Knight (M), Alan Smale, Elaine Stiles, Jean Marie Ward
New York editors are acting like gears and coal-fired engines are the new vampires. Has the genre become too popular--and is that a bad thing? And what exactly is steampunk and is it fantasy or science fiction?
Saturday 5:00 pm: FTL what the hell (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, John G. Hemry, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Lawrence M. Schoen (M), Bud Sparhawk
Space the final frontier, how do you get characters there? Does the feasability of the described propulsion make or break a story?
Sunday 9:00 am: The End is Nigh (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: John Ashmead, David Louis Edelman, James Morrow
After the end of the world as we know it, do you feel fine? What’s next after the end of all things? Post-apocalyptical fiction has become popular (especially in YAs). Why? What do authors and readers like about this setting? What is worth reading?
Sunday 10:00 am: Cthulhu- An autobiography (Ends at: 10:55 am)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Nick Mamatas, Darrell Schweitzer (M)
Who is Cthulhu and why is he important? How much of an impact does Cthulhu still have in horror? How does he compare with other superpowerful horrors?

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