Benford & Cambias featured at Hard SF Weekend

We are hosting a weekend-long hard sf micro-convention at our bookstore in Westport, NY including some discussions relevant to Project Hieroglyph.

The program is below:

Gregory Benford, James Cambias, Kathryn Cramer, David G. Hartwell, Elizabeth Malartre

At the Dragon Press Bookstore,

10 Champlain Avenue,

Westport NY 12993,


(exit 31 off the northway, go east about four miles to the intersection of route 22 and 9N, turn north and we are immediately on the right, next to Ernie’s).

Friday May 25th 9pm

Meet and Greet social in the bookstore.

Saturday May 26:

11am noon Playing with the net up: Hard Science Fiction in the era of short attention spans, crowd-sourcing, and rapid obsolescence ( Greg Benford, James Cambias, Kathryn Cramer)

Noon-1pm (informal lunch break)

1pm Interview/discussion: Greg Benford interviews James Cambias

2pm Reading: Elizabeth Malartre

3pm-4:30 Technological optimism and pessimism; utopia and dystopia; happy endings & sad endings: what do these oppositions have to do with one another? Are they all the same thing? How are they different from one another? Group discussion.

4:45-5:30 Book signings and social time

5:30-8 Dinner break

8pm Reading: Kathryn Cramer

after 9pm: informal gathering

Sunday May 27:

11am-noon: David Hartwell interviews Gregory Benford

noon-1pm (informal lunch break)

1pm: James Cambias Reading

2pm-3:15 Invention in Science Fiction: SF is being recruited to play a more aggressive role in technological innovation. What are the opportunities and hazards of this trend? (Benford, Cambias, Cramer, Hartwell)

3:30 pm: Kathryn Cramer interviews Elizabeth Malartre

4:30 pm Greg Benford Reading

5:30-6:15 pm Book signings and social time

6:30-8:30pm Dinner break

after 8:45 informal gathering