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Polaris 2011 Panel my panels

The following is a list of Panels I will be serving on at Polaris SF convention this year. I know from past experience these discussions in execution can range from considered analyses by a group of people who would be the envy of most university departments to two guys product bashing the new sex bot (Don’t ask it wasn’t pretty) (OK ask, but it still wasn’t pretty). Of course panels are only part of the con, but they are a great way to present oneself as a person in the know whose books just might be worth looking at. I will mention that usually there are between four and six people on a panel. Panels for Polaris 2011 1 The Future of the Printed WordDescription: More and more, traditional books seem to be on the road to becoming obsolete. Ebook readers like the Kindle, Nook, Kobo or iPad are huge sellers, and some major newspapers are going behind paywalls. Is print on its way out? And if so, what does this mean for the future of the industries that depend upon it, such as publishing, magazines and journalism?
Area: Science & Technology, Web Media, Writing
Programming Team Member: Meagan McCartan
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Neil Jamieson-Williams, Julie E. Czerneda (M), Kelley Armstrong
Last modified: April 20, 2011 2 How to Judge a Book By Its CoverDescription: Book cover art can have an enormous impact on not only a book's sales, but also how it's perceived by the public. A good cover can make a book stand out in a bookstore and linger in the reader's mind after reading. A bad cover can turn off a potential reader before they've even read a word. How are book covers chosen? How do artists get into the field, and what does it take for a cover to truly stand out? This is your chance to find out.
Area: Art
Programming Team Member: Vickie Kostecki
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Julie E. Czerneda (M), Erik Buchanan 3 The Hundred Year StarshipDescription: Supposedly, NASA is considering the development of one-way space missions into Mars or deep space. Would you volunteer on such a mission? Would planning and launching such a mission be a worthwhile use of NASA's resources? What might the endgame be?
Area: Science & Technology
Programming Team Member: Leisa Knapp
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Eric Choi, David G. Stephenson, Patrick Mazerolle 4 Its Not Easy Being GreenDescription: How effective are the emerging ?green? technologies and products? Are they just a marketing gimmick? Are green technologies the future, or are there other scientific solutions to be found for the problems of global warming and environmental sustainability?
Area: Science & Technology
Programming Team Member: Leisa Knapp
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Liv Uhrig, David G. Stephenson, Mark Offer 5 Maker Culture - DIY FYIDescription: You might be aware of the growing culture of makers. Those who reuse, rebuild, innovate and create do so for all sorts of reasons. Are you a Maker? Did you attend the recent Toronto Maker Faire? Do you just want to know more?
Area: Art, Models/Model Building
Programming Team Member: Vickie Kostecki
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Vickie Kostecki
Last 6 Taboos in SF/F FictionDescription: Science fiction and fantasy can be out there genres to begin with. Are there any hands off topics still to be conquered? Is it the province of science fiction and fantasy to do this?
Area: Literature
Programming Team Member: Vickie Kostecki
Panelists: Stephen B. Pearl, Ira Nayman (M), Lisa Liscoumb