ETA: As Mike Glyer points out in the comment below, this piece might give some the impression that no one was ever contacted by Worldcon programming. This is not the case.
It was not my intent to give that impression. Rather, it was to boost the signal and the request for people who have not heard from the programming team to get in touch. We listed every single one of the nominees in order to cover all of the bases and to try to make sure that those who’s email query bounced might hear about the issue.
An important announcement from Mary Robinette Kowal’s Worldcon76 Programming Team:
That’s as large an announcement as our fonts and headers allow.
Mary notes that they have sent out queries to all of the Hugo Award finalists (and not-a-Hugo award finalists) and that they have received several email bounces, hence the public request for contact.
The Worldcon76 programming redux is under extreme time constraints, at least if we don’t want this Worldcon to be the first without a pocket program since the invention of pocket programs, so please, get in touch as soon as you learn of the need to do so.
The individuals programming is attempting to reach probably include some of the following individuals (alphabetical by first name/initial and duplications removed):
Aliette de Bodard
Aron Eli Coleite
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Benjamin C. Kinney
Brian K. Vaughan
Caroline M. Yoachim
David M. Barrett
Diana M. Pho
Gary K. Wolfe
Grace P. Fong
Guillermo del Toro
John Joseph Adams
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Kim Stanley Robinson
[/two][two_last]Likhain (M. Sereno)
Lois McMaster Bujold
Lynne M. Thomas
Marjorie M. Liu
Michael Damian Thomas
Robert Jackson Bennett
Sam J. Miller
Sarah Rees Brennan
Scott H. Andrews
Sheila E. Gilbert
T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon)
Tansy Rayner Roberts
Team Journey Planet
Ursula K. Le Guin
Valentine De Landro
Vanessa Rose Phin
Vina Jie-Min Prasad
Yoon Ha Lee
Of course, if you don’t want to be contacted, you probably ought to contact the team to let them know you don’t want to be contacted….
I was personally originally scheduled for a couple of program items. I’ve written to members of the team and expressed my support for their efforts, in addition to selfishly requesting that if they can preserve my scheduling, I’d appreciate it. I’d kind of like to have as many opportunities to promote Amazing Stories’ debut in print as possible and it has been suggested by some third parties that this qualifies as “something new” and therefore ought to be represented on programming.
While I agree (and acknowledge that it would be a personal thrill to be on programming at a Worldcon) with that sentiment, I’m also a Fan and recognize that what Spock said is at least a truism for Fandom: “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. Fandom, the collective, comes before the individual fan.
That concept seems to be getting short shrift these days and is one of the concepts I hope to address on the panel I was originally scheduled for (Tribalism in Fandom) if that scheduling is retained. If not – stop by the booth and I will be happy to pontificate and harangue you to your heart’s content (and mine – I might still be talking after you walk away).
Praise for the Worldcon76 Committee for recognizing they had a problem and taking immediate steps to attempt to correct it. Equal praise for Mary Robinette Kowal and the following individuals for stepping up to help:
Jason Stevan Hill
K Tempest Bradford
Steven H Silver
I’m looking forward to seeing you all in just a few short week’s time!
Side note: There’s 157 names on that list. While it is true that many of those individuals will not be in attendance (particularly among the dramatic presentation crowd), it’s still a huge number. Assuming that your typical panel has 5 people on it, you’d need 32 panels to accomodate them all just once.
That’s 32 hours of programming. Four days worth if spread over the typical 10 am to 6 pm scheduling. Of course, there’s always more than one programming track, but once you start taking things like when various individuals are arriving and departing, special events they want to attend, other people they prefer or do not prefer to be scheduled with, estimates of attendance (for room size), and trying to schedule them for subjects they might have some small bit of knowledge about, well, I think you can find the preceding as the definition for Sisyphean. It’s more than Herculean, no rivers to divert here.
It’s no wonder that that rock has rolled over a few fans over the years.