Category Archives: Announcement

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!

The Music of Paul Levinson: Hear it Live

Even if you can’t be at LI-CON on Saturday night, you can still listen to Paul’s concert. Just visit Paul’s YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/PLev20062006

He will be streaming his concert live!

(It will definitely be more fun if you come listen in person, though.)

New, improved schedule

Our schedule is now hosted at sched.org. This means that you can check if from almost any device, and that if you use the Sched app you will always see the latest schedule, including any last-minute changes. You can also use Sched to find when a particular person will be appearing (click on “Speakers”). It’s pretty slick, and we hope you’ll like it.

LI-CON 2 Schedule Posted

Thanks to implausibly hard work by our Head of Programming, Heather Dawn, the schedule is posted! Now you can plan your exciting and fun weekend at LI-CON.

Also, when you see Heather at the con, thank her. This really was a lot of work.

Also thanks to Marketing Maven Katrina for putting it into the published format.

Also, thanks to everyone in Programming for getting this all set up.

See you at the con!