Here is my schedule this weekend for WisCon at the Madison Concourse Hotel:
Microbes Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm Senate B
Microbes play crucial ecological roles. Many are directly or indirectly required for human health. They form a large part of the earth's total biomass. They can perform some amazing metabolic tricks, yet all too often science fiction has ignored microbes, or has focused on their role as human pathogens. But not this panel! We have plentiful fare for discussion: microbial ecology, biofilms and microbial mats, microbiomes, microbial genomics, microbial diversity, antibiotic resistance, horizontal gene transfer, microbial evolution, microbial exobiology and the role of microbes in human health.
Social Justice Themes in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Sat, 8:30–9:45 am Senate B
January marked the 20 year anniversary of Deep Space Nine entering the Star Trek franchise. Often held up as the most cerebral and socially conscious of the TNG-era Star Trek series, the show explored issues ranging from colonialism and occupation, race and class, and the tension between religion and science. Let's talk about how DS9 explored these themes and how well it holds up in light of the social justice issues and conversations happening inside fandom now.
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading Sat, 9:00–10:15 pm Conference 2
Members of Broad Universe will read from their current science fiction and speculative fiction.
See you there!