Filers and Meetups at Chicon 8

By Hampus Eckerman: Hello everyone! 

I have tried to compile a list of all Filers appearing in Programming. As I am certain I have missed several of you, please add in the comments if you are participating. Also, please add if you are only sitting at a desk somewhere, so we can walk by and say ‘hi’.

I have tried to place meetups where as few people seem to be occupied as possible, which also means avoiding having meetups during Business Meeting (Friday – Monday 10:00 – 13:00), Masquerade (Saturday 20:00 – 23:00) or Hugo Awards (Sunday 20:00 – 23:00).


To make everyone feel as safe as possible with the Pandemic still ongoing, I have placed all of our meetings outside. 


10:30 — Directly outside the entrance of Hyatt Regency 

This is just a short meetup for everyone to say ‘hi’ and for newcomers to get to recognize the faces of everyone, to make it easier to find company during the convention.


13:00 — Millennium Park, in Wrigley Square, near the Millennium Monument

I’ll bring a few thermoses with hot water, tea bags, paper mugs and some cookies and candy, IKEA style.


17:00 — We meet by the entrance to the Hotel, then we walk across the road to the The Northman Beer & Cider Garden. We have no booking, so we will have to hope for the best with the lines.

If you have a hard time finding us, I have the temporary phone number 313 265 0597 that you can call me on for help with directions.


Thursday, September 1

  • Chris M Barkley, Olav Rokne 11:30 – 12:30 Back to the Future: 1970s in TV and Film
  • Cora Buhlert 13:00 – 14:00 If It’s Not Love, Then It’s The Bomb That Will Bring Us Together
  • Gideon Marcus 13:00 – 14:00 1966: The Year Science Fiction Got Modern
  • Chris M Barkley 14:30 – 15:30 Episodes in Focus: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Paul Weimer 14:30 – 15:30 Get More Mileage from Maps
  • Jo Walton 14:30 – 15:30 Introducing Speculative Fictions
  • Olav Rokne 16:00 – 17:00 Systems of Governance in SFF
  • Jo Walton 16:00 – 17:00 Reading – Jo Walton
  • Gideon Marcus 16:00 – 17:00 20th Century SFF, History, and Influence
  • John Hertz 17:30 – 18:30 1946: A Vintage Season For SFF
  • Jo Walton 17:30 – 18:30 Time Travel and Historical Fiction
  • Heather Rose Jones 17:30 – 18:30 Integrity vs. Money: The Platforming of Podcasting
  • 19:00 – 20:00 LGBTQIA+ Elder Meetup

Friday, September 2

  • Heather Rose Jones 10:00 – 11:00 Fairytale Retellings
  • Gideon Marcus 10:00 – 11:00 Work/Life Balance for Artists
  • Olav Rokne 10:00 – 11:00 The Streaming Wars
  • Jo Walton 10:00 – 11:00 Jo Walton Table Talk – Jo Walton
  • Chris M Barkley 11:30 – 12:30 Episodes in Focus: Lovecraft Country
  • Kevin Roche 11:30 – 12:30 Ask a Costuming Expert: How Do I Do the Thing?
  • Gideon Marcus 11:30 – 12:30 Table Talk – Gideon Marcus
  • Paul Weimer, Jo Walton13:00 – 14:00 Science Fiction Looking Backwards
  • Cora Buhlert 13:00 – 14:00 Virtual Table Talk – Cora Buhlert
  • Chris M Barkley 14:30 – 15:30 Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • John Hertz 14:30 – 15:30 My First Masquerade
  • James Bacon 14:30 – 15:30 The Diverse Histories and Futures of Comics
  • Olav Rokne 16:00 – 17:00 Why Fanzines?
  • Gideon Marcus 16:00 – 17:00 The Blurbs: The Craft and Etiquette of Promotional Text
  • Jo Walton 16:00 – 17:00 Better Worlds Are Possible
  • Gideon Marcus 17:30 – 18:30 Autographing – Gideon Marcus
  • John Hertz 19:00 – 20:00  1940: The First Chicon
  • Heather Rose Jones 19:00 – 20:00 Judging a Book by Page 112

Saturday, September 3

  • Cora Buhlert 08:30 – 09:30 1946: A Vintage Season For SFF
  • Chris M Barkley 10:00 – 11:00 Color Inclusive, Not Color Blind
  • Gideon Marcus 10:00 – 11:00 Classic SFF Inspirations in Anime
  • John Hertz 10:00 – 11:00 Undiscovered and Forgotten Gems of 1946
  • Payl Weimer 11:30 – 12:30 Alternates, Parallels, Mirrors, and Multiverses
  • Kevin Roche 11:30 – 12:30 Really Weird Science: An Intro to Real Quantum Computing
  • Heather Rose Jones 13:00 – 14:00 Reclaiming History Through Alternate Yesterdays
  • Nicholas Whyte 13:00 – 14:00 The Prize Culture of SFF
  • Olav Rokne 13:00 – 14:00 The Prize Culture of SFF
  • Chris M Barkley 14:30 – 15:30 Movie Year in Review: A Curated Look at Genre Films (2021–2022)
  • Kevin Roche, John Hertz 14:30 – 15:30 Masquerade Magic: Putting Together a Great Presentation
  • Jo Walton 16:00 – 17:00 The Sort-of-Overlooked Mass Market SFF of the 80s and 90s
  • Gideon Marcus 16:00 – 17:00 The Art of Covers
  • Heather Rose Jones 17:30 – 18:30 The Hollow Earth and Other “SF Before SF”
  • Cora Buhlert 17:30 – 18:30 How Horror and SFF Blend
  • Gideon Marcus 20:00 – 21:00 Reading – Gideon Marcus

Sunday, September 4

  • Paul Weimer 10:00 – 11:00 The Gene Wolfe Renaissance
  • Gideon Marcus 10:00 – 11:00 Should We Send Robots or People?
  • Jo Walton 11:30 – 12:30 The Middle Ages Weren’t Actually Bad
  • Heather Rose Jones 11:30 – 12:30 Starting Your Own Podcast
  • Paul Weimer 16:00 – 17:00 The Sort-of-Overlooked Mass Market SFF of the 80s and 90s
  • Kevin Roche 16:00 – 17:00 Table Talk – Kevin Roche
  • Gideon Marcus 16:00 – 17:00 Big Rocket Economics
  • Olav Rokne 17:30 – 18:30 Trivia Time!
  • Heather Rose Jones 17:30 – 18:30 Gendered Magic in Historic Fantasy

Monday, September 5

  • Cora Buhlert 08:30 – 09:30 The Culinary Delights of Speculative Fiction
  • Jo Walton 10:00 – 11:00 Autographing – Jo Walton
  • Heather Rose Jones 10:00 – 11:00 Autographing – Heather Rose Jones
  • Chris M Barkley 11:30 – 12:30 Table Talk – Chris M. Barkley
  • James Bacon 11:30 – 12:30 Everything I Know I Learned from Fandom
  • Heather Rose Jones 13:00 – 14:00 Table Talk – Heather Rose Jones

[Cartoon by Teddy Harvia.]

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31 thoughts on “Filers and Meetups at Chicon 8

  1. To All,

    In addition to being on the Programming items listed above, I will also be ensconced in the Chicon 8 Press Office as well.

    The Press Office is located in the coatroom across from the Grand Ballroom B, right around the corner from Registration.

    I hope to see everyone in a few days…

    Chris B.

  2. “Orange Mike” Lowrey
    *Friday 11:30-12:30 The Works and Legacy of Eric Flint
    *Saturday 8:30-9:30 Fan Funds Auction
    *Sunday 7:00-8:00 Income Inequality in Science Fiction (moderator)

  3. Thanks for organizing this, Hampus. I might be able to make the Thursday (if I arrive on time) or the Saturday meetup.

  4. Thursday, September 1
    Sean Mead 16:00-17:00 A World Without Borders—Do Publishing Territories Still Make Sense?
    Sean Mead 17:30-18:30 Table Talk – Sean Mead

    Friday, September 2
    Sean Mead 10:00-11:00 Werewolf Torts and Undead Tax Liabilities
    Sean Mead 16:00-17:00 TV Year in Review: A Curated Look at 2021-22’s Season
    Sean Mead 19:00-20:00 Destroying All The Things

    Saturday, September 3
    Sean Mead 14:30-15:30 Imaginary Book Club
    Sean Mead 20:30-21:30 Legal Considerations for Podcasters

    Sunday, September 4
    Sean Mead 14:30-15:30 What Makes Alien Work?
    Sean Mead 17:30-18:30 Supply Lines and Logistics: Planning for Disaster

    Monday, September 5
    Sean Mead 10:00-11:00 Legal Systems in Science Fiction

  5. Michael J. “Orange Mike” Lowrey on August 29, 2022 at 7:36 pm said:
    *Sunday 7:00-8:00 Income Inequality in Science Fiction (moderator)

    That looks like such an awesome panel.

  6. I really hoped I’d be there & bought an Attending membership, but then we had to have 6 trees cut down (emerald ash borer is really doing a number in my area), and that was it for discretionary spending this summer.

    I cancelled the hotel and changed my membership to Virtual, donating the difference to the Fund.

    I haven’t done a Virtual Worldcon before. How do we arrange meetups? What is the Virtual equivalent of running into people between panels?

  7. Thursday
    Bill Higgins 1:00 – 2:00 Living on Space Stations
    Bill Higgins 4:00 – 5:00 Convention Tour

    Bill Higgins 8:30 9:30 Chicago’s SFF Landmarks
    Bill Higgins 4:00 – 5:00 March of Time (virtual)

    Bill Higgins 11:30 – 12:30 NASA’s Psyche Mission: Electric Voyage to a Metal Asteroid
    Bill Higgins 2:30 – 3:30 Table Talk

    Bill Higgins 10:00 – 11:00 Convention Tour, again
    Bill Higgins 5:30 – 6:30 Food Cultures, Countercultures, and Beats/Beets (within which Bill’s short talk is “Fritz Leiber’s The Beat Cluster: A Chicago Writer Takes Counterculture to the Stars.”

    Bill Higgins 10:00 – 11:00 Looking Back on Previous Chicons

  8. Friday, September 2, 2022
    Tom Becker 10:00 AM Pig Hearts and Printed Organs: New Frontiers in Medicine

    Saturday, September 3, 2022
    Tom Becker 5:30 PM CDT Organizing a Good Fan Lounge

  9. Todd Dashoff – I will be at the WSFS Business Meetings, as Timekeeper for the podium staff, so any time probably between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM Friday through Sunday (and possibly Monday).

  10. I’m excited to meet Filers, and hope to be able to attend at least one meetup. I’m the older white woman with glasses and waist-length straight brunette (mostly; some white threaded through) hair (not much help, I know….) And I have face-blindness, so apologies in advance for accidentally snubbing people!

  11. Rich Horton:

    Stroll with the Stars, Friday 7:00 PM
    Best of the Year, Saturday 4:00 PM
    Extinction and Evolution: the 1946 SF/F Publishing Boom, Saturday 7:00 PM
    The Likely Hugo Nominees from 1946, Sunday 4:00PM

  12. I’m on a Thursday panel about fans in 1946 at 2:30, a panel about fanzines on Friday afternoon, and I’m part of the Fan Funds Auction team on Saturday evening.

  13. I’m around. Haven’t yet figured out which panels I’ll be attending, though I know I’ll be at the business meeting.

    Just scouted out the route from where I’m staying to the Hyatt. Via roller skate. A bell clerk confirmation that, should I decide to skate down some mornings, they can indeed hold my gear for me. If you happened to be around the lobby this 11:00ish AM, you might have seen me padding around in my stocking feet, skates in hand.

    I will be here until the 6th, on which day I will board the California Zephyr back to Denver. I see in another thread that Kevin Standlee also arrived that way – might we be returning on the same train?

  14. If I got a Pro Zoom account for 1 month, I could set up a Zoom get-together thing. What time(s) should it be open? The same times as the in-person meet-ups, or non-overlapping times?

  15. I won’t be able to make the Thursday meet-up, but I will be attending. I do hope we may be able to meet.

  16. Doctor Science:

    As Zoom meetings aren’t as dependent on dates as AFK meetups (i.e, people don’t have to be gathered in the same spot), wouldn’t it be nice to have a Filers meetup 1-2 weeks after Worldcon to discuss everything that happened and the panels we saw?

    I think it might be hard to have it at same time as the AFK meetings if you wanted us to join. It would most likely be five persons around one mobile screen trying to talk at once. 😉 On the other hand, it could be cool to see everyone together if you can’t get there yourself.

  17. Hi Peace! Hope we will meet!

    To all who can’t join the meetings I proposed and want to meet other filers: Please use this comment section and add your own time and place. Perhaps someone will appear.

  18. A bit hot outside. Right now, I’m standing inside by the doors close to the escalator in the west tower.

  19. UPDATE: There’s a Jazz Festival in the Millennial Park, and it’s cordoned off with fences and patroling police. We will move location to outside the entrance of the Hyatt Regency, by the statue of a horse.

  20. I am planning to come to the 13:00 meetup at the Peristyle (unless some emergency should come up).

    EDIT: Ah, teach me to refresh a page before posting. See you by the horse unless etc. etc.

    I hope the earlier meeting went well.

  21. No problem! We got a little group of 5-6 people after a while and had a nice dinner.

  22. I would up at dinner with Olav Rokne and his wife yesterday

    Finding me at my panels seems the best strategy even though admittedly I did run randomly into Hampus

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