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Preliminary Program Grid for Benjamin Rosenbaum

This is the Preliminary program schedule. Benjamin Rosenbaum 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.

Friday 10:00 pm: Improv Story-Telling (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists:Charles E. Gannon, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Hildy Silverman (M), Michael A. Ventrella
The audience names three things for the writer to include in an improv story and a cliffhanger to turn it over to the next author (who in turn gets three more things named to include.)
Saturday 10:00 am: Democracy... IN SPACE! (Ends at: 10:55 am) Salon B/C
Panelists:Day Al-Mohamed, Larry Hodges, Alastair Reynolds, Benjamin Rosenbaum (M)
With all these space empires around, why are there so few space democracies? What authors see a future for democracy? Why are there so few democracies in fantasy novels not set in the real world?
Saturday 11:00 am: Writing A Spacefaring Society (Ends at: 11:55 am) Salon B/C
Panelists:Walter H. Hunt (M), Edward M. Lerner, Christie Meierz, Benjamin Rosenbaum
How would a society with space travel differ from our present one and how do writers create these cultures? Do you just substitute planet for country in our current system? How would the existence (or lack of) FTL, FTL communications, and aliens affect this society? How do you as an author decide which to include?
Sunday 11:30 am: Reading - Benjamin Rosenbaum (Ends at: 11:55 am) Frederick
Author:Benjamin Rosenbaum
Sunday 2:00 pm: Mass Surveillance in SF (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Bethesda
Panelists:Kate Baker, Andrew Fox (M), Benjamin Rosenbaum
In London, cameras are omnipresent and the U.S. seems to be moving in that direction. Your cell phone and GPS track your every move and the government can access your whole online presence. How is this being reflected in SF? What can writers no longer do and what new plots emerge from the surveillance state?

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