I often do book recommendations. Â Seemed like time for a bit of a travel recommendation. This one is especially for science fiction writers and fans. Â The World Future Society’s annual meeting this year is themed “What if?” – a core question for science fiction fans, and certainly the starting question for many science fiction books and stories.
I’ve been helping them some with organizing the a science fiction symposium within the convention, and the speakers are fabulous.
- Glen Hiemstra has been my futurist mentor from Futurist.com, and in a life a long time ago, I was his first webmaster. Â He’s one of the best futurist keynoters I know; thoughtful and thought-provoking both.
- I’ve recommended Ramez Naam for his fiction books Nexus and Crux and for his non-fiction The Infinite Resource: Â The power of ideas on a finite planet. Â Mez is a crack speaker, and doing a lot of international travel to talk to global audiences. Â He’s also local to me, and one of our fastest-rising stars in Seattle.
- Madeline Ashby is also one of our new, fresh voices in science fiction and a fellow futurist. Read my interview with Madeline as a 2012 guest post for SF Signal. Â I really enjoyed her books, iD and vN.
- One of my oldest and best friends from Florida introduced me to Brad Aiken, a doctor who writes science fiction about the future of medicine. Â We were both part of a group dinner in San Antonia last Worldcon, and I found him smart and well-spoken, and very, very knowledgeable.
- I’m looking forward to meeting Trevor Haldenby, an exciting futurist who is using science fictions storytelling in his scenarios. Â I haven’t seen him work, but I’ve heard from others who have, and I think he’s going to be great.
- In case that’s not enough, we’ll also be joined by techno-philosopherÂ Gray Scott,Â Â by volcano surfer Zoltan Istvan, and by the outgoing CIO of the World Future Society, Timothy Mack. Â And more.
In addition to the symposium, many of us will also be speaking in the other tracks of the conference. Â I’ll be there talking about my Backing into Eden concept blog, with a particular focus on ethics and GM animals.
So what happens when a techno-philospher, a volcano surfer, and a CIO walk into a bar…come to the World Future Society Science Fiction Symposium and you might just find out.
The conference is in Orlando in July, and registration is open. Â There’s even a discount if you sign up by the end of April. Â Join me for some of the best conversations of the year.