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Confluence, to be held in Pittsburgh on July 25-27, is effectively my home con. I’ve only been going for a few years, but I’ve only been going to cons for a few years, since I started actually selling stories (my first was WFC in Columbus in 2010, immediately after I attended Viable Paradise).

Confluence was also the first con that let me participate in programming, and they’ve done so again this year. I think they may be trying to kill me (five consecutive hours on Friday night??!!), but there are some lovely things here, and some that may be… controversial. I’ll be packing my asbestos overcoat.

I’m quite thrilled to be on a panel with friend and neighbor Daryl Gregory, and very excited about the Saturday worldbuilding panel, as that’s a topic I pitched (and a panel I hope to see happen at WFC in Washington DC this fall as well).

I hope to see some of you in Pittsburgh at the end of the month!

Fri 6:00 PM Marshall Is SFWA Still Relevant? Bud Sparhawk (M), Sarah Goslee, Christie Meierz, Denise Verrico

Fri 7:00 PM ??? Kaffee Klatsch Michael Arnzen, Sarah Goslee

Fri 8:00 PM Pine The White Man in SF – A new look at diversity and alternative lifestyles Sarah Goslee, KT Pinto, Tim Liebe, Denise Verrico (M)

Fri 9:00 PM Pine A Pack of Apocalypse – How realistic are end-of-Civilization scenarios Ken Chiacchia (M), Alan Katerinsky, Daryl Gregory, Sarah Goslee

Fri 10:00 PM Marshall Social Networking – Talking about it really Does make it better Eric Beebe, Jacqueline Druga (M), Sarah Goslee

Sat 2:00 PM Pine Foods, fabrics and Fancies – Other worldbuilding Foundations Sarah Goslee (M), Wiliam H Keith, Tamora Pierce, Cindy Lynn Speer


  1. Blair says:

    That’s an awesome looking set of panels! I’d like to attend all of them. 🙂

  2. Also, I hear they’re back at the old hotel. I loved that place. 1) organized floor layout, 2) no rooms of “stuffy death” if you closed the doors, 3) no need for the stairs (except to go or come from your room), 3) a bar that was conducive to BarCon (and was well staffed and functional). Only downside was parking and the overall size.

  3. Sarah says:

    I have no idea if it’s the old hotel, but at least it’s a DIFFERENT hotel. I disliked the previous one, and absolutely hated getting to it.

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks, Blair. It looks like fun to me too. Kind of dangerous fun, maybe, but fun all the same.

  5. Laura says:

    I’d enjoy it even though I’m not a writer!