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Furry programming at the Worldcon

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ConJosé, the 2002 World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, Calif. on Thursday, August 29 - Monday, September 2, has just announced its five-day program schedule.

Click Read more to see the schedule, which includes several furry events.

Friday 5:30pm
Title:SIG: Furry Fans and Friends
Description
Friends of Furry Fandom gather.

Saturday 4:00pm
Title:Furry Sentience
Description
Is there any reason for evolution to not produce furry
intelligence? Do fur and relatively large size imply a cold
environment? What are the cultural consequences of walking around with a valuable pelt? Is there a psychological bent to being furry?
Panelists:
Wolf Read, Gerald R. Perkins, Fred Patten, James Clemens

Saturday 5:30pm
Title:Sapienizing Animals
Description
Living in a world when animals can talk back to you.
Panelists:
David Brin, Vernor Vinge, Larry Niven, Terry Bisson, Terry Pratchett

In addition, there are panels such as "Animal Totemism", "The Art of Writing Fight Scenes", and "Costuming: Hair, Wigs, and Accessories" which cover topics that are clearly applicable to Furry writing and costuming.

The full Worldcon program schedule is at: http://www.conjose.org/Program/scheduleTitle.html

From the program schedule, you can easily go to the whole ConJosé website for dates, hotel information, membership rates, and other details.

The Worldcon Masquerade has many elaborate costumes but usually few or no Fursuiters. Fursuiters with really good costumes may be missing a great opportunity by not participating in a Worldcon Masquerade.

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Saturday 5:30pm
Title:Sapienizing Animals
Description
Living in a world when animals can talk back to you.
Panelists:
David Brin, Vernor Vinge, Larry Niven, Terry Bisson, Terry Pratchett

Wow. Wow. Man, I wish I was going...

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WorldCons ***** rock for that sort of programming. Nowhere else will you see panels with so many BIg SF Names on them. At the same time!

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WorldCons... and Westercons, too. Lotsa big names at both of those.

Last month at WesterCon 55 (named "Conagerie" which gave it a furry theme right form the start) I was standing next to Larry Niven at the cash bar prior to the Locus Awards banquet, talking to David Brin and Harry Turtledove; with Harlan Ellisson striking up a conversation with Charlie Brown (Locus' Editor) just behind me.

Lotsa names, yup.

Sidenote: I need to read up on the K'zin (or is it "Kzinti"?) so I can intelligently talk to Larry Niven about them... I see him frequently at LASFS-related events (swam with him at Elayne Pelz's pool a couple weekends ago). He's certainly no stranger to fandom.

--Darrel.

ConFurence will again be at the Burbank Hilton, April 25-27, 2003.  Visit http://confurence.net for more details on this and other events being hosted by The ConFurence Group.

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I think it's like this: One Kzin, many Kzinti.

Go read all of the Man-Kzin wars books. Not all of them written by Niven himself, but he usually has a story in each of them. The Ringwold series has a Kzin. Many of his other short stories feature them, as well.

I cut my SF teeth reading Niven, back in high school. Good stuff.

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics