You may have heard that Westercon 69 is coming to town this weekend—July 1-4. I was lucky enough to be included as a panelist this year, and you can find my schedule here.

My panel topics/titles:

  • How Being an Engaged Patient Can Save Your Life
  • Saturday Noon Kaffeeklatsch
    (I’m kind of worried no one will come to this)
  • Sci-fi and Slavery
  • Romance in Young Adult Novels
  • Fantasy In the City
  • Science Fiction Movies (2016)
  • Indie and Hybrid Authors
  • Space Travel and Religion

If you’ll be in attendance, I hope you’ll stop by to say hello!

Even if you aren’t able to attend, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas for discussion for the panels I’ve been assigned. Let me know in the comments below. Thanks!

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  1. I was just looking at the schedule of Westerncon…kinda wish I was going now:-( That’s usually the way it goes though, isn’t it.
    Your panel on ‘How being and engaged patient can save your life’ looks so very interesting. I think the differences are decades ago doctors were so entwined with the family that they kept tabs on everything. You didn’t need to keep track, they did it all for you. Now things have changed with technology as well as the upgrades in medicine and it’s up to the patient as much as them.
    I say that because I am having to remind my mom (who is 75) all. the time. that when she is seeing a new doctor she can’t assume he has read her entire record. That he knows all the medicine she is currently and has previously taken. That he knows all the negative effects she has reported from all those previous medications. She needs to write this down and take it in with her. She needs to go in prepared.
    Sometimes I think she might actually listen to me. Maybe.

    • Thanks, Carolina! That’s actually the panel I’m most interested in, too, and the topic on which I will probably have the most to say. You’ve made a good point about how the medical practice has changed, and even GPs often now have only a few minutes with a patient who comes in and there’s never enough time to cover (or connect the dots between) multiple complaints.

      I’m sorry we won’t see you at Westercon this weekend. Any chance you’ll be attending Orycon again this fall? It would be nice to see you, and I want to know how your story turned out.

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