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This upcoming weekend in the SF Bay Area is the long-running science fiction convention BayCon. My husband Chaz Brenchley and I will be going (I'll be there as Karen Brenchley - I even have a badly-in-need-of-updating website), and I hope a lot of you can make it, too.

The overall schedule is here, and my panels are below. The panels on the singularity and on story-to-screen were my suggestions. I think they'll be a lot of fun.

Friday, 3:00 p.m.
Critique: How to Give and How to Take
Karen Brenchley discusses the ins and outs of critique from both ends. Come learn how to give effective critique and how to appropriately process and apply what you get.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.
Will [big] data cause the singularity?
More data dramatically improves the predictive power of machine learning techniques. Now computer programs have beaten humans at Go, Chess, Jeopardy, and now poker. Will the huge and growing amount of data push computers into true sentience? What would that look like?
Karen Brenchley [moderator], Prof. David McGaffey, Andrew Clark, Michael Siladi

Sunday, 4:00 p.m.
Story to Screen
Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" was made into the movie "Arrival". Philip K. Dick has had many of his short stories made into Hollywood movies. What sff stories are ripe to be the next major sff movies?
Karen Brenchley [moderator], Bradford Lyau

Monday, 11:30 a.m.
The Eternal Importance of Research
SO, what would have happened if the Brits won the War of 1812? Well, actually - they kind of did. Research before you write alternatives to the wrong history. What's Greek Fire? Or fusion vs fission? The Schwarzschild radius? The Great Californian Mulberry Collapse? Find out before you write your foot into your mouth. Research matters - Also, someone may have thought of your idea before you.
Kathleen Bartholomew [moderator], Karen Brenchley, Bradford Lyau, Laurel Anne Hill, Gregg Castro

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