Man, what is it with 2009 and me forgetting about upcoming cons? My excuse for this one is that it involves no plane tickets, no hotel rooms — in fact, I don’t even have to leave my house.

And neither do you.

Flycon, hosted this weekend by SFF Net, is a serious attempt at an international online convention — complete with panels (via message threads), author chats, and more. The schedule is jam-packed with events, literally at all hours of the day; with participants all around the globe, you don’t have to worry about being in the wrong time zone to join in on the fun.

If you want to catch my part of the fun, here’s the rundown:

Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. PDT, “Fantasy and History” — how much history do we need to make historical sf and fantasy work, and for what types of readers?

Saturday, 8 p.m./5 p.m., author chat — come hang out with yours truly, and ask whatever questions you like.

Sunday, 3 a.m./midnight, “Historical Fantasy” — er, I’m not sure if we’re actually doing this one, given the overlap of topic with my first panel, and there’s only two of us signed up for this one. (The process of creating panels produced a little redundancy here and there.)

Sunday, 6 p.m./3 p.m., “Gaming to Fiction, Fiction to Gaming” — how do the two modes feed one another?

Sunday, 10 p.m./7 p.m., “Fantasy and Reaction” — It’s often said that because fantasy so often relies on monarchy, the writers want to go back to the glory days of yore. Is that true? What fantasy is reactionary, and what fantasy is subversive of traditional cultural assumption?

You don’t need to be an SFF.Net member to post (though you do have to give a name and an e-mail address). More info can be found on the LJ community, or just ask here and I’ll try to answer. Hope to see some of you (or at least your posts) there . . . .

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