Albacon is one of my favorite conventions. My first convention in Albany (I’m pretty sure) was Lastcon T’ree, back when I still lived in the greater Boston area. Lastcon morphed into Albacon, and I’ve gone on and off over the years. I’ve got an awesome full color “Hamsters over Schnectady” t-shirt from one year, although I think it might have been given away in the great t-shirt purge (it was from my really heavy days). Albany holds lots of good con memories for me: I attended a Costume Con there, and a great comic book show.

Albacon 2010 was particularly amazing. Albacon 2012 looks to be even better–it will be my first Albacon as a program participant.

I’ve gotten my preliminary panel schedule. Here’s where you can find me:

SATURDAY, 20 October
How do Readers find New Books?
[Panelists: Palmatier (M), Frederick, Hollmer, Laity, Hammond]
The systems readers used to rely on to discover books are either disappearing (traditional book reviews, book stores) or are being gamed by marketers, con artists and spammers so they’re useless (user reviews, keywords, subject searches, Internet ads).

Best summer movies of 2012
[Panelists: Hammond (M), B. Prellwitz, Palmatier, Lievan, Silber]
Make your case

Putting together an anthology
[Panelists: DeCandido (M), Sargent, Palmatier, Hammond]
Editors and authors speak

Are remakes as good as the original?
[Panelists: Lievan (M), Drummond, Silber, Sargent, Hammond, Keener]
If not, why not? Who did it successfully? Who tried honorably and faild? Who never
really got the original?

SUNDAY, 21 October
What happened to funny SF?
[Panelists: Strock (M), Lay, Laity, Hammond, Rothman]
It’s rare you see humorous SF, especially novel-length these days. Are we so serious?