WindyCon in Lombard, IL Nov. 15-16

November 15, 2019 at 6:00 PM — November 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Lombard, Illinois get directions

I’m looking forward to being back on programming at WindyCon 40 this fall — and to serve as coordinator for its ISFiC Writing Award. Stop by the opening ceremonies on Friday evening to meet and greet this year’s winner!


Commerce in Space Opera – Friday, 11-15-2019 – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Mueller Grand Ballroom G
Space opera is full of star-traveling-merchants trading exotic goods, spies, and contraband, but few stories give many details of what exactly is involved. How does it work, what are the economics of the trade, and how does it add to the stories?
P. Jackson (M)
C. Johns
B. Koester
T. Townsend

Announcement of the ISFiC Writing Award Winner: OPENING CEREMONIES  – Friday, 11-15-2019, 7:00-800 PM

I Don’t Fit In, Can Fandom Help? – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm – Mueller Grand Ballroom G
LGBT? Just don’t think like the others? Fandom is said to be non-judgmental–can you find a place in it? Come and talk about it with our panelists.
JP Kroschel
T. Townsend (M)

Readings – Burke, Townsend – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm – Lilac D
Half-hour readings by Windycon author attendees.
S. Burke
T. Townsend

Autographing 5 – K. Sullivan, T. Townsend – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Signing Tables
K. Sullivan
T. Townsend

Starship Crews as Family – Saturday, 11-16-2019 – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Lilac B
Starship crews are often portrayed in literature, and some films, as a family, especially those traveling the far reaches of space. Why do humans feel the need to create families like this? Is it only the close confinement of a ship (no matter how big) or is it something based in human needs? Our panelists discuss this issue.
JP Kroschel
N. Litherland (M)
T. Townsend