Almost two years ago, I was in a very crowded room in Chicago, watching a looping video of aliens and monsters destroying various London landmarks. The committee bidding to host Worldcon in London had won, and what better way to celebrate their hard work by showing us how easily their city could be smashed to pieces by unfeeling terrors from beyond?

I was stoked because it meant an excuse to go to London for longer than twenty-four hours. In 2001, my dad, my brother, and I had a day’s layover on the way home from Lithuania, and Dad insisted we see as much of the city as we could. It was, as you can imagine, a very exhausting day, but it sure as hell beat sitting around Heathrow. This time, we won’t be in as much of a rush.

Also, I get to babble with a bunch of people about comics and movies, so that’s going to be a hoot.

So! If you’re going to Loncon3 and want to say hi, here’s where I will be:

THURSDAY: 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 4

Extrapolation on Screen

SF on screen, even or perhaps especially at its most political, seems reluctant to extrapolate directly from our present time. Instead, politcal works such as The Hunger Games or Defiance are often set after a radical change; or avoid extrapolating at all by dealing in secrets and conspiracies, like Orphan Black and Person of Interest. Possible contemporary exceptions include Continuum and Almost Human, but why are they so uncommon? Are important questions being dodged, or can the absence of extrapolation be a strength (and if so, how)?

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (M), Juliana Goulart, Michael Morelli, Adam Rakunas, Jacey Bedford

FRIDAY: 13.30-15:00, Capital Suite 13

Best 21st Century Comics: Predicting the New Classics

Which comics published in the 21st century will be quoted as the ‘classics’ in the decades to come? Will Y: The Last Man, Saga, Attack on Titan, Lazarus, Ms. Marvel, Grandville, Snowpiercer, or The Wake be remembered by future readers? What are your bets for the titles 22nd century comic book aficionados will consider comic book canon?

(I just got invited to this one, so I don’t know who else is on the panel. Still, getting to burble about Saga for ninety minutes is going to be grand.)