Hey, I’m going to Norwescon! Are you going to Norwescon? Let’s hang out at Norwescon!

Here’s where I’m going to be, assuming both the U-Link and the Democratic Party caucus both run on time. Yes, I’m going to be commuting via train and bike so I can do both my nerdly and civic duties. Remember: if you see me and say, “Padma Mehta sent me,” I’ll have stuff for you.


GOH Banquet
Grand 2
5–6:30 p.m.
The Guest of Honor Banquet joins great food with epic company. Seated among our Guests of Honor, attendees receive the opportunity to experience the best of food and fandom favorites.
Betsy Wollheim, Sheila Gilbert, Tanya Huff, Janny Wurts, William Hartmann, Brenda Cooper, Ramez Naam, Marguerite Reed, Adam Rakunas, PJ Manney

How a Writer’s Workshop Changed My Life
Cascade 10
8–9 p.m.
Writer’s workshops can be positive forums for young creativity in development. But for some they can lead to false expectations and disappointment. Hear panelists share their experiences with writer’s workshops, and perhaps share your own as well.
James C. Glass (M), Leslie Howle, Frog Jones, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Dean Wells, Adam Rakunas


Philip K. Dick Awards
Grand 2
7–8:30 p.m.
Presented annually at Norwescon with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
Adam Rakunas, Brenda Cooper, Marguerite Reed, Gordon Van Gelder, Ramez Naam, PJ Manney, Douglas Lain

Reading: Adam Rakunas
Cascade 1
9:30–10 p.m.
“Chiang Kolodny’s Tomb,” a short story by 2016 Philip K. Dick Award finalist Adam Rakunas.
Adam Rakunas (M)


Autograph Session 2
Grand 2
3–4 p.m.
Our Attending Professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Amber Clark, Annie Bellet, Brenda Cooper, Carol Berg, David J. Peterson, H.M. Jones, Jeff Sturgeon, Jude-Marie Green, Julie Dillon, Katie Cord, Lawrence M. Schoen, Megan Kelso, Nina Post, Peter Orullian, Raven Oak, Stephen L. Gillett, Todd Lockwood, Marguerite Reed, Adam Rakunas, PJ Manney, Douglas Lain

You Can’t Take the Sky From Me: Mixing Genres
Cascade 3&4
7–8 p.m.
A cowboy show in space is silly, right? Nope. We love Firefly. Join us as we discuss cross genre mixes in science fiction. What makes them work? What may be next?
Nina Post (M), Raven Oak, Spencer Ellsworth, Adam Rakunas


Philip K. Dick Award: What It Is, What It Means
Cascade 7&8
10–11 a.m.
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the Philip K. Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.
Gordon Van Gelder (M), Brenda Cooper, Adam Rakunas, Marguerite Reed, PJ Manney

Worldbuilding: Economics in Secondary Worlds
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
How do you build and sustain a credible economy for your world when magic or technology grants its inhabitants the ability to create goods from essentially nothing? Discuss how story limits can or cannot be set when a narrative embraces endless abundance.
Django Wexler (M), Renee Stern, Frog Jones, Dave Bara, Adam Rakunas