Carl’s Arisia Schedule

For anyone who might be in Boston MLK Day weekend, I’ll be doing several panels at Arisia

Popular Logical Fallacies         Sat 1:00 PM
Rhetoric, logic, and (proper) argument appear to be rare commodities (as recent presidential campaigns have amply demonstrated). From “ad hominem” to “No True Scotsman”, find out what argument styles just plain don’t wash, and learn how to avoid making these mistakes yourself.

The Technology of Star Trek         Sun 11:30 AM
Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by discussing the good, the bad, and the ugly about the depictions of technology on screen and paper: communicators, tricorders, hand-held computers, and dozens of things you remember that the panel forgot.

How We Learn                Sun 8:30 PM
How does the human mind absorb, retain, and recall information? What psychological and biological processes are involved? Does one learning method work for all, or do some learning styles suit certain types of people better?

Read All the Things!              Mon 10:00 AM
Sure, we have limited reading time, but there are some authors whose works clamor to be read in their entirety! Which authors? Come to this panel and find out! Each panelist will discuss the author whose complete works they deem absolutely essential. Come develop your reading list for the next year!

I Hate the Hero                 Mon 1:00 PM
Is there a story with a protagonist that you dislike or maybe is just not likeable. I don’t mean, ‘The heavy is cooler than the hero,’ which is common. I mean you loathe the hero, to the point of rooting for the antagonist just to see them fail. What makes a hero likeable and do they have to be likeable for fans to be interested in the story?

I hope to meet some of you there!

Science Year in Review, with John Rennie

Dinner! Discussion! Science!

Join John Rennie for an ICON benefit dinner round-up of 2015’s newest discoveries and most impressive technologies and how and when we may see them impact our lives and the future of scientific research.

$45 Per Person
$42 Per Person by December 25

The donation includes a delicious dinner at Domenico’s restaurant in Levittown. As LI-CON members know, John is a fascinating speaker and this is a chance to have a good time, maybe learn something, and help support ICON Science Fiction. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all money we receive will go to support our activities and expenses.

Help Bring Back MST3K


LI-CON fans really loved our riffing tribute to Mystery Science Theater 3000. The original inspired and entertained millions for years.

Now show creator Joel Hodgson is bringing it back!

The “Bring Back MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000” KickStarter has already reached 70% of its goal–enough to have already funded 6 new episodes. It has a real chance of being the most successful movie/TV KickStarter ever!

I’m in. I’ve invested a bit of my money to get one of my favorite shows ever back on the air.

Now it’s your turn. Help us out, here. If we reach the 12-episode goal, there’s an excellent chance that a network will pick up the show again.

Thanks.

ICON Book Club: Connie Willis’ Doomsday Book

Join us at the Applebee’s in North Babylon, NY to discuss Connie Willis’ Hugo Award-winning novel, <i>Doomsday Book</i>. It’s a chance to talk about a cool book with people who appreciate things like that, and even if you haven’t read this one, join us and help us pick our next.

If you buy the book from Amazon, please use the link at the right of our front page. This costs you nothing at all, but gives ICON Science Fiction (the non-profit behind both LI-CON and I-CON) a bit of income.

I hope to see you there!

You’re immortal!

OK, only those of you who were at the recording of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe are immortal (especially Joe, who got up on stage). That episode has now been posted. (Actually it was posted on  August 22, but I’m way behind in my podcast listening.) Click the image below or the link above to hear it.

Thanks to all our members, and what’s next

First, let me thank everyone who came to LI-CON. I hope (and believe) that you all had a good time.

If you couldn’t make Paul Levinson’s concert, you can still hear him! Just watch:

I’d love to announce our next convention, but we won’t actually have any firm plans until at least late September.

Would you like to become part of the action? ICON, our parent company, is always looking for help. If you feel that you can spend some time working on our events–not just LI-CON, but anything that we do–please email info@iconsf.org.

Coming next week: I finally announce the winner of the free Medieval Times passes.

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