Anticipation 2009 Worldcon Schedule

I’ll be attending the 2009 WorldCon later this week in Montreal. My scheduled events are as follows:

2-047 Fri/Ven 10:00 1hr
P-523B Academic
Nostalgia and the SF Impulse
Jason Bourget, Nick Matthews, Jordan Jackson
Tempering Realism and Nostalgia: Retro-futurism and Hope in Fallout 3 Jordan Jackson University of Saskatchewan
Modernizing the Difference Engine Nick Matthews University of Waterloo

2-337 Fri/Ven 20:00 1hr 30min
P-511D Science and Space/Science et espace
A Trojan Ate My Brain
Michael Citrome, Nick Matthews, Skott Klebe, Thomas Womack
What is the future of malware and computer viruses? Do we really want Windows
running on our brain implants? Will there ever be an end to spam? We discuss the
darker, less convenient side of the computer revolution and what its future might be.

2-384 Fri/Ven 22:00 1hr
P-516E Teen Programming/Programmation pour ados
SteamPunk!
Ann VanderMeer, Christopher J. Garcia, Kristin Norwood, Nick Matthews
What is SteamPunk, and why is it the latest craze? Is it just Victorian clothing with
goggles, or is it something more?

3-049 Sat/Sam 10:00 1hr
P-523B Academic
Robot Dreamings
Nick Matthews, Thomas A. Easton,
Christine Cornell
Trojan Robots: The Ancients Meet the Moderns in Capek’s R.U.R. Christine
Cornell St. Thomas University
Anticipating Robot Fabbers Thomas A. Easton Thomas College

4-203 Sun/Dim 14:30 1hr 30min
P-510B Kids Programming/Programmation pour enfants
Maple Syrup Production
Nick Matthews
Learn about where nature’s only tree-based sweetener comes from; what the various
grades mean (with tastings!); and enjoy maple syrup on shaved ice–a little taste of
February in August.

4-313 Sun/Dim 19:00 1hr
P-511D Science and Space/Science et espace
Techno-Nostalgia
Martin Hoare, Nick Matthews, Paul Chafe
Some people dream of the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum and there is a roaring
trade in ‘retro games’ and ‘retro computing’ in general. Why is this?