From the blog team:
Betty Hull

This weekend, Betty is attending Windycon 42 this weekend in Lombard, Illinois. The convention runs from Friday November 13th to Sunday the 15th.

She is appearing at these events:

Friday 6:00 pm
Anniversaries (Lilac B): 2015 is the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, the 50th anniversary of Dune, the 45th anniversary of Apollo 13, and the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Why do some books and films deserve to be recognized on their anniversaries and others don’t? What is the cultural significance of long ago literature and events on our modern community?

Saturday 10:00 am
A Look Back at Fred Pohl (Lilac A): Frederik Pohl was a mainstay of science fiction from its beginning, and especially in Chicago, where he lived for so long. His presence is still missed. Michael Page has just published a look at
Fred’s life and work. Come and hear about the Fred Pohl you knew, or didn’t know.

Saturday 11:00 am
Synopsis vs. Review vs. Critique (Lilac A): A discussion about the differences between the different types of reviews, what they are trying to do, and who the audience is for each. When is each type of review appropriate?

Saturday 4:00 pm-4:25
Reading (Boardroom)

Sunday 11:00
Autographing (Hallway)

From the blog team:

Elizabeth Anne Hull

    Elizabeth Anne Hull

This weekend, Betty is attending ICON 40 in Iowa City, and appearing at these events:

Friday, 9 p.m.
“Harassment in Fandom and Life”

Saturday, 10 a.m.
“Cosplay Is Not Consent”

Saturday, 7 p.m.
“Is There Such a Thing as Being ‘Well Read’ in This Day?”

From the blog team:

Elizabeth Anne Hull

    Elizabeth Anne Hull

Safe travels to all you fen headed for the World Science Fiction Convention, Sasquan, in Spokane this week! Betty’s winging her way there, too. (Sadly, the rest of the blog team will have to follow con highlights from Chicagoland via Facebook.)

Those of you lucky enough to attend Sasquan, be sure to stop by and see Betty at her autographing, Sunday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in Exhibit Hall B, and take a look at this panel:


Not Always Far Apart: The Mainstream Intersection with SF,” at 11 a.m. Thursday in Bays 111C, with Elizabeth Anne Hull, Robert Silverberg, Rich Horton, Rick Wilber and Gary K. Wolfe:

“It used to be that science fiction was considered the outlier. Now, it seems to be part of the mainstream. Is this good for science fiction? Is science fiction still a long ways away from mainstream topics?”

Sounds fascinating! (Not as fascinating as this year’s Business Meeting will likely be, perhaps, but no one there’s apt to start throwing punches, either. Stay safe!)

Prof. Betty will spend Thursday afternoon on a busman’s holiday, as one of the coaches in the writers’ workshop. If you’re an entrant, they probably told you when and where it is.

Have fun, everyone! Don’t let the Kolektinbugs bite … much.



From the blog team:

Heechees on TV! Fred’s 1977 Hugo-winning novel, Gateway, has moved a step closer to your TV screen.

Now there are script writers: David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Josh Pate (Falling Skies) are collaborating on adapting the book for the proposed hour-long TV series, starting with a pilot script written by Pate and revised by Eick.

“David and Josh are masters of telling authentic, multidimensional stories set in wholly unfamiliar worlds, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them and Syfy to translate Frederik’s beloved and timeless adventure saga into an equally exhilarating television series,” said Pancho Mansfield, president of global scripted arogramming for Entertainment One Television (Hell on Wheels).

Syfy is a new partner in the project, along with Universal Cable Productions (Monk), joining eOne and De Laurentiis Co. (Dune and Hannibal) to develop and produce the series adapted from Gateway, which was one of Fred’s favorites, and a winner of the 1978 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1978 Locus Award for Best Novel, the 1977 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1978 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel.

Eick and Pate will also serve as executive producers, along with Martha De Laurentiis and Lorenzo De Maio of De Laurentiis and former eOne TV exec Michael Rosenberg. Plans are to distribute the series worldwide.

Gateway is thought-provoking and unsettling, raising profound questions about mankind’s possible relationship with alien life,” said Bill McGoldrick, executive vice president for original content at Syfy.

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Here’s the schedule for Elizabeth Anne Hull’s upcoming appearances.

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Elizabeth Anne Hull

Attending Capricon?

Come by and see Betty on Saturday:

Del Rey Centennial – 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Birch A
Betty, Gene Wolfe and Steven Silver discuss Lester del Rey (1915–1993). Del Rey was born one hundred years ago and is, perhaps, best known for loaning his name to a successful science-fiction publishing line. Before that, he wrote and edited scores of short stories, novels, non-fiction, reviews, under a variety of names while suffering writers block and creating a personal history that wasn’t revealed until after his death. Learn about this influential author, who wanted academics to “get out of my Ghetto.”

EcoSF , 11:30 to 1 p.m. – Birch B
How does SF treat ecological disasters? Who writes/films them with scientific realism, and who takes some liberties with the science? Is it more entertaining when not accurate?
Betty moderates this panel with Dale Cozort, Mark Huston and Jody Lynn Nye.

Autographing, 3 to 3:45 p.m. – Autograph Table

Where will Betty be next?

Operacon with Somtow Sucharitkul, March 12–15, Milwaukee, Wis., a very unusual relaxacon — with music!

—The blog team