by Gary Farber
If you happen to be in the environs of the San Francisco Bay Area from March 11th through 13th, I'll be here:
Fogcon is this (links mine):
The Friends of Genre Convention (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon and Readercon. Each year we’ll focus on a new theme in speculative fiction and invite Honored Guests ranging from writers to scientists to artists. We will build community, exchange ideas, and share our love for the literature of imagination.
Theme for 2011: The City in SF/F
The theme of this, the first FOGCon is:
Whether a glass-edged utopia or a steampunk hell, the city plays a central role in many works of speculative fiction. It can be an arena for conflicts between cultures, a center of learning or vice, a court of power and corruption. In its gutters and government buildings, the city reveals the values a society claims and those it actually honors. Because the city is open to everyone, it’s a place where new things can happen. No wonder it is such a rich topic for so many writers.
I'm particularly, given the time-change, and our ability as science fiction people to slipstream, looking forward to these bits of programming: