John Rennie, TV host and science journalist, will return for LI-CON 2! Fresh off his triumph at ICON’s “Science and Technology Year in Review” John will be dazzling all with his incredible depth of knowledge and his astonishing wit and charm.
Izaac will be back to lend his technology expertise and help deconstruct some more video. Everyone who enjoyed our team’s take on Sharknado is looking forward to seeing what they’ll riff on this year!
Come say “Hi” at Mike Carbo’s Big Apple ComicCon! Meet about 3/4 of the key team. Get a discount on pre-registration!
I’m very happy to announce that Peter David has agreed to appear at LI-CON. As any I-CON fan will remember, Peter has attended literally dozens of our conventions (and yet he’s only 30 years old. Amazing.) The man doesn’t seem to loaf very much: he has written some of the most acclaimed comics of the 20’th Century, including long runs on The Incredible Hulk, Supergirl, Aquaman, and creating X-Factor among many others. He also writes for TV and movies, co-creating the Nickelodeon show Space Cases and writing several episodes of Babylon 5. And of course, he’s a best-selling novelist, his most recent publication being Artful, A Novel (or I think so–he writes so much in so many fields it’s hard to keep up.)
And yet, writing is his second career.
We missed Peter at LI-CON 1 and it’s with tremendous pleasure that I anticipate having him at LI-CON 2.
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.
We’re happy to announce that David and Amy will be back for LI-CON 2.
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:
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.
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
Come to Philcon to see me (Carl, con Chair) and Heather Dawn (Vice-Chair). We’ll be there having fun. I’ll be doing some panels, and you can find Heather and me around, either at the ICON table or at our party.
It is very possible that we’ll have some exciting news for you by then, too (he said mysteriously).
Hey, LI-CON fans!
While we try to nail down a location and time for LI-CON 2, we’d love for you to come to the ICON Book Club. ICON is the company sponsors LI-CON (and other events), and we recently opened a book discussion group that meets about 9 times a year. If you’ve ever been curious about the gang of nutballs who run these conventions, this is your chance to come meet us and also maybe have some appetizers, and an interesting conversation.
The club will meet next on August 13 and discuss Everything’s Better With Monkeys by LI-CON guest and local favorite CJ Henderson. Buy a copy through our Amazon store before the meeting–you pay the same price, and ICON gets a percentage to help us fund our events!
If you’re going to attend, please email Sara, head of the Book Club, as firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can have the right number of handouts and stuff ready, and of course so we can tell you where we’ll be meeting.
See you there, I hope.