This is my programming schedule for this year’s Ad Astra, Toronto’s premier SF and fantasy convention, April 10–12 at the Sheraton Parkway North Toronto Hotel. Please note the schedule is subject to change. I will be posting updates and corrections as required.
The Big Birds are Flying: The State of Aviation Today
Time: 7:00pm — 8:00pm
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Helicarrier? Where are we at with aviation and where are we going? Hear some pros discuss the possible, the impossible and the why not .
Predicting the Future: How Wrong Are We Going To Be?
Time: 9:00pm — 10:00pm
Room: Richmond B
Welcome to “Where’s my hovercar?” the panel. Discuss the history of predictions that have failed the test of time and make predictions for the predictions in current SF!
SFWA General Meeting
Time: 10:00am — 11:00am
Room: Richmond B
SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) is a professional organization for authors of science fiction, fantasy and related genres that informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its members. In this panel for writers who are interested in learning more about SFWA, four longtime members will talk about their experiences with SFWA and what it does for them, as well as answering audience questions and providing information about the new qualifications standards for self-published and small-press authors.
Space Battles: Lens Flares and Camera Shakes
Time: 11:00am — 12:00pm
Space battles have generally been in one of two camps: World War II naval engagements or World War I ace pilot dogfights. Where can we go from here to realize what actual space combat will be like without inserting our silly terracentric prejudices into the mix?
Readings: Madeline Ashby & Eric Choi
Time: 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Room: Event Suite
Commercial Space Flight: 40% Off! Book Your Seats Today!
Time: 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Virgin Galactic is taking reservations today! Sort of. Commercial spaceflight is at our doorstep. How much would you pay to take a trip into the cold black void?
Hollywood is Running Out Of Ideas
Time: 2:00pm — 3:00pm
Room: Markham A
Just like it says on the tin. Come and have a jovial discussion about the sad state of Hollywood and share your favourite alternative media companies or one-offs.