VCON 41 has ended
Welcome to the VCON 41 Online Schedule!

VCON is the oldest general-interest science fiction, fantasy, and games convention in Canada and the Pacific Northwest. This 100% volunteer fan-organized convention has promoted the interests of science fiction and fantasy culture in Vancouver BC and its environs since 1971, offering events and exhibits focused on a variety of Science Fiction and Fantasy fandom interest areas such as literature, art, media, music, costumes, comics, tabletop games, electronic games, etc. For more detailed information visit our website: www.vcon.ca.

VCON 41 will be held Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford hotel. The convention’s main theme is "Muppets, Puppets & Marionettes" with a secondary theme of "The Small Press Cabal".

Please take a moment to check out the "Sponsor" tab to see who has helped support this year’s event.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016: The schedule is now as "final" as it ever gets! Which means that, yes, there will probably still be changes here and there, but generally only to resolve when we’ve accidentally placed one panelist on two panels at the same time, or if a panelist has to cancel.)

-Jenni Merrifield, VCON 41 Programming Coordinator
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Robert J. Sawyer

VCON 41 Author Guest of Honor

Born in Ottawa in 1960, in his youth Robert dreamed of becoming a paleontologist specializing in dinosaurs, but upon discovering only about a dozen people worldwide made a living doing that, he decided to become one of the several hundred people making the big bucks—which is to say surviving—on a science fiction writer’s income.

First he studied for a degree in Bachelor of Applied Arts in Radio and Television—giving him insight into dealing with the media—plus elective courses on psychology—giving him insight into human nature … and probably further insight into dealing with the media.

From 1983 on he was a full-time writer, albeit almost entirely non-fiction, mainly freelance articles in various magazines, but also scripts and narration for five CBC radio documentaries on science fiction topics.

In 1989 he chose to become a full-time science fiction writer, starting with his novel Golden Fleece. To date he has published 23 novels, in the process acquiring a 1996 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, a 2003 Hugo for Hominoids, the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Mindscan, and multiple Aurora awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award. In fact, according to the genre industry trade magazine Locus, Robert has won more awards than any other science fiction writer on Earth. His works are popular everywhere, garnering awards in myriad countries.

My Panelists Sessions

Friday, September 30

13:00 PDT

Novel Writers' Workshop (Closed Session) 08 - Small WorkshopsR. Graeme Cameron • Eileen Kernaghan • Robert J. Sawyer • Alyx J. Shaw

16:00 PDT

17:00 PDT

Saturday, October 1

11:00 PDT

14:00 PDT

15:00 PDT

Sunday, October 2

11:00 PDT

17:00 PDT


My Moderators Sessions

Saturday, October 1

11:00 PDT