The Three Body Problem: Come discuss it at the ICON Book Club (March 11, 2015)

On March 11, the Book Club will be discussing the latest work by China’s most popular science fiction writer, Liu Cixin. Something most of us Americans probably haven’t read: an alien invasion story in which we Americans … are at most secondary, and it’s up to heroic Chinese people to save the day.

Come join us, and help us pick the next book to talk about.

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20 Questions! Who is our next announced guest?

Let’s play 20 questions in the comments. I have the name of our next guest in mind. Ask me any yes/no question in the comments, and let’s see how long it takes you to figure out who it is.

This is easier than most 20 questions games: you already know it’s a human being.

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Novelist David Mack will appear at LI-CON 2

I’m pleased to announce that David Mack will be joining us in Ronkonkoma this August. David is the author of over 25 novels, including both media tie-in novels like the Star Trek Vanguard series that he co-created, and original novels like his thriller The Calling. His best-selling works also include comics, non-fiction and TV and movie scripts. We’re looking forward to talking to him in August, and I know you are, too.

Stay tuned for more announcements!

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LI-CON Pre-registration prices increase at midnight!

Hurry and get your membership tonight! Save money and get exactly the same LI-CON!

Register here.

Thanks to everyone who has already registered, and I look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Carl

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Discuss Lady of Devices with the ICON Book Club

We’re meeting tomorrow at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon, NY, United States at 7:30. Come discuss this Dickensian steampunk novel, and help us pick the next book to talk about.

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Amy and David Howard Wilson return to LI-CON!

We’re happy to announce that David and Amy will be back for LI-CON 2.

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Memberships Now Available!

And we’re off! To register for LI-CON and take advantage of our early-registration discounts, please visit the ICON store. And while you’re there, also sign up for the Science and Technology Year in Review dinner.

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Review the Year in Science and Technology

ICON, our parent company, sponsors many events other than LI-CON. This coming January 22 (Thursday), we’re holding a special benefit dinner. Our host will be John Rennie, who you may remember as a guest at the first LI-CON. John is a former editor-in-chief of Scientific American, as well as the host of several TV shows for the Weather Channel. He’ll be reviewing the year 2014 in science. Everyone gets a nice meal at Domenico’s restaurant in Levittown as well.

This is a benefit dinner, which will raise money for ICON Science Fiction, Inc. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, meaning donations are tax-deductible. If you would like a charity receipt for your donation for tax purposes, just ask. Remember that any money raised goes directly back into throwing these events, or other charitable activities. We have no paid staff.

To register, click here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/icons-science-technology-year-in-review-benefit-dinner-with-john-rennie-tickets-14991796868

Of course, I, your LI-CON Chair, will be discussing the Year in Bad Science at Arisia in Boston, on January 18. (The event runs all of Martin Luther King Day weekend.) Arisia’s schedule is subject to change.

If you attend both, you win a special prize to be revealed later. Come and introduce yourself to me at both events. This offer does not apply to ICON volunteers and I’m not promising the prize is expensive.

I hope to see you at both events.

Carl

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LI-CON 2: August 14-16, 2015

I’m incredibly happy to announce that LI-CON 2 will be held from August 14-16, 2014, at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ronkonkoma, NY. Pre-registration should open next week, and expect the announcement of some guest names (and a revamp of this web site) very soon indeed.

The Clarion is in Suffolk County, near MacArthur Airport. If you’re wondering why we moved, it is not because of any problems with the Best Western we used for LI-CON 1. The management and staff there could not have been more helpful and kind. It’s just that the facility is too small for everything we want to pack into our second effort. We look forward to working with the Clarion next year.

Please feel free to post any questions below as comments, or use the Contact Us page under Info to email us. However, as soon as we can put up anything about guests or registration or hotel reservations, that information will be posted, so subscribe to our newsfeed or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (link on the right of this window) and you’ll be the first to hear.

I look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Carl Fink
LI-CON 2 Chair

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Carl’s Philcon Schedule

If you’d like to say “Hi.” I’ll be on these Philcon panels:

Fri 7:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
NATURE, RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW? (1789)

[Panelists: Lisa Adler-Golden (mod), Carl Fink, Jay Wile, L Hunter
Cassells, JJ Brannon]

Recent scientific findings indicate that chimpanzees are violent in
nature, committing acts that look like murder and even war. Does
this mean that intra-species violence is inevitable? Does it depend
on the species? And what could it mean for humanity to learn that
some of our closest relatives in the animal world are, like us,
inclined to violence

Sat 10:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
STEM EDUCATION INSPIRATION (PT. 1) (1782)

[Panelists: Inge Heyer (mod), Earl Bennett, Carl Fink, John Monahan,
Robert C Roman, Katie Gardner]

American schoolchildren famously lag behind some of their
international peers in math and science knowledge. What are some
ways of making up this gap and enabling American children to be
global competitors in science and technology

Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
THE SCIENCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE (1788)

[Panelists: Carl Fink (mod), Brian Gray, John Monahan, Jay Wile,
Inge Heyer, Muriel Hykes]

Sun 1:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
MARKETING SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTIONS (1869)

[Panelists: Carl Fink (mod), Gary Feldbaum, Savan Gupta, Inge Heyer,
Lynn E. Cohen Koehler, Sue Ellen Colter]

Science Fiction conventions must keep seeking and attracting new
members if we’re going to not only survive but thrive. This panel
will discuss the various ways in which we can reach out beyond those
who already attend conventions and to bring back those have not
wanted to return

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