Following up on a panel appearance earlier this year at LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO, Shannon Muir will be on six panels at LOSCON 43. Please come to hear her speak or meet her in person! LOSCON is run by the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, the world’s oldest, continuously active science-fiction and fantasy club founded in 1934. Shannon appeared on several panels several years ago for LOSCON 36 and really looks forward to making a return appearance.
LOSCON 43 will take place November 25-27th, 2016 (Thanksgiving weekend) at the LAX Marriott.
Specific dates and times have yet to be announced (and all are subject to change) but here are the announced panels, click the headline of each section to see the full list of announced panels for each topic area:
Title: Reboots, Reimagining and Fandom
Description: In recent years, fan favorite properties such as STAR TREK, VOLTRON, and others have received revivals that re-envisioned the concepts to varying degrees. What are the impacts on fandom, old and new?
Participants: Shannon Muir, Daryl Frazetti, Laurie Tom, Steve Frankel, Aviya Amir
Title: Social Media and Fandom
Description: What impact has the rapid explosion of social media outlets had on science fiction and fantasy fandom? Does it bring more fans together or scatter them into specialized groups? Are some forms of social media more effective than others? A diverse panel shares their thoughts and experiences.
Participants: Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Joyce McCarthy, Mark Oshiro
Title: Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcasts
Description: Join our panelists for a discussion of the most popular Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcasts available today. Come learn and share favorites for listening to stories, reviews, advice for writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy culture.
Participants: Shannon Muir, Laura Pearlman, S.B. Divya
Title: Where is my flying car?! Asks a New Generation
Description: Science fiction promised us the stars in the 21st century… well, we’re here and I don’t even own a single jetpack! What gives? In this panel, we’ll talk about all the sci-fi technology that didn’t happen and the ones that, surprisingly, did.
Participants: Victor Frost, S.B. Divya, Chris Holcomb, Shannon Muir
Title: The Evolution of Gaming: What Next?
Description: From tabletop and RPG, from console to handheld, from PBM to the MMOG, to newer trends like augmented and virtual reality, let’s discuss the rich history of gaming and where the future might go.
Participants: Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe
Title: Book Blogs: Are they Shaping How We Find New Reads?
Description: Bloggers appear to be making impact with their social media influence in a variety of areas. Are they having any influence on people discovering new reads in the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres, or not? This discussion tackles the topic from a variety of angles.
Participants: Shannon Muir, Aviya Amir