My dance card for Fórum Fantástico is already looking full: interviews, an autograph session, a writing workshop, a celebration of the Paraíso Virtual release, and a panel on technological utopias and dystopias. I'm looking forward to all of these, but this last happens to be one of my favorite topics, and the other panelists should all have interesting points of view.
Mark Brake will be moderating; he's a professor of science communication at Glamorgan University. João Barreiros and Paul J. McAuley are acclaimed science fiction authors, and Edward James is the editor of the Hugo award-winning Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction. Illustrious company all, and hopefully we can get a good debate going.
I've had good and bad times at past conventions. If they're well-organized, they can be wonderful, but if not they tend to be bewildering. Thus far, Fórum Fantástico looks to be very well planned, so I'm optimistic about how it's going to wind up. If you're in Lisbon from the 10th to the 13th, I hope you'll be a part of it. And if you see me, don't be shy; come say hello.