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Help fund SofaCON 2 a live online science fiction convention with special guests David Brin, Joe Haldeman and Kim Stanley Robinson
Help fund SofaCON 2 a live online science fiction convention with special guests David Brin, Joe Haldeman and Kim Stanley Robinson
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Remember the good old days of 2013? Back then, no matter where you were in the world, you could join with fellow science fiction fans for a day of talks, interviews, readings, trivia, and fellowship. Back in 2013, StarShipSofa sponsored its first-ever international, interactive SofaCON. That was a great day, wasn't it?


Wait a minute. We're science fiction fans. We look AHEAD, not BEHIND.

And that's appropriate, because the good old days are getting even better.    

Coming in 2015, StarShipSofa will bring you not one day but two: two days of fantastic talks, interviews, readings, trivia, and fellowship with some of the most stellar names in the SF scene. That's right, SofaCON is back: twice as long and twice as brilliant, with twice the SF attitude. From the comfort of your own home anywhere on Earth (and possibly other planets as well), you can be a part of the most innovative and exciting convention there is with an unbeatable guest list and schedule. No Sofanaut will want to miss this. It's a celebration of all the reasons we love the genre and its community. 

Join us, won't you? 

***UPDATE***

We have the ever popular lecture by Dr Amy H Sturgis

Science Fiction and Sherlock Holmes with Dr Amy H. Sturgis
Science Fiction and Sherlock Holmes with Dr Amy H. Sturgis

 Why do we keep returning to 221B Baker Street? Sherlock Holmes may have turned 160 years old in 2014, but today he’s more popular than ever. Join Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she offers a multimedia overview of the Great Detective’s lasting relationship with science fiction. Understanding why Holmes appeals to SF audiences and how he has been incorporated into the SF tradition offers useful insights into the timeless appeal and freshness of Holmes. Subjects discussed will include Arthur Conan Doyle’s SF work and Holmes’ “science fiction sensibility,” Holmes in SF literature by other authors, Holmes’ repeated appearances in the SF universe of H.P. Lovecraft in particular, and Holmes as he has been reimagined in other SF media (film, television, etc.). Come if convenient. If inconvenient, come all the same.

SofaCON 2 Event Timetable - Times for SofaCON are in GMT

(Times are guides at this moment)

Day 1 Saturday 14th March 2015

5:00 PM - Open Up - Charlie Stross

6:00PM - Cheryl Morgan In Conversation with Joe Haldeman

7:00 PM - Lightspeed Magazine

8:00 PM - Kim Stanley Robinson talks to Diane Severson

9:15 PM Cyberpunk - Paul Di Filippo talks to Bruce Bethke, Pat Cadigan, Marc Laidlaw

10:00PM - SofaQuiz Geeks Guide To The Galaxy Vrs Stupefying Stories


Day 2 Sunday 15th March 2015

5:00 PM Women Destroy Science Fiction panel

6:00 PM Dr Amy H. Sturgis In Conversation with Guest of Honour David Brin

7:00 PM Gareth Powell reading from Ack Ack Macaque

7:30PM Sherlock Holmes and Science Fiction with Dr Amy H. Sturgis

8.30PM World Science Fiction panel: Rajan Khanna - Aliette de Bodard

9:30PM The British Empire - Dave Robinson talks to Adam Roberts and Peter F. Hamilton

10:00PM David Brin Guest of Honour closing talk


Guest of Honour David Brin
SofaCON 2 Guest of Honour David Brin
SofaCON 2 Guest of Honour David Brin
 

Charlie Stross
SofaCON 2 Guest Speaker Charlie Stross
SofaCON 2 Guest Speaker Charlie Stross

Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard
Aliette de Bodard
 
 
 Kim Stanley Robinson
SofaCON 2 Guest Kim Stanley Robinson
SofaCON 2 Guest Kim Stanley Robinson
 
 Joe Haldeman
SofaCON Guest Joe Haldeman
SofaCON Guest Joe Haldeman
 
Cheryl Morgan

Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan

Lightspeed Magazine
SofaCON 2 Guest Panel with Lightspeed Magazine
SofaCON 2 Guest Panel with Lightspeed Magazine
 
 Peter F Hamilton
SofaCON 2 Guest Peter F. Hamilton
SofaCON 2 Guest Peter F. Hamilton
 
Rajan Khanna
Rajan Khanna
Rajan Khanna
 

Women Destroy Science Fiction
SofaCON 2 Panel Women Destroy Science Fiction
SofaCON 2 Panel Women Destroy Science Fiction

Adam Roberts
SofaCON 2 Guest Adam Roberts
SofaCON 2 Guest Adam Roberts
 
Dr Amy H. Sturgis
SofaCON 2 Guest Speaker Dr Amy H. Sturgis
SofaCON 2 Guest Speaker Dr Amy H. Sturgis
 
Gareth Powell
SofaCON 2 Guest Gareth Powell
SofaCON 2 Guest Gareth Powell

 Pat Cadigan
SofaCON 2 Guest Pat Cadigan
SofaCON 2 Guest Pat Cadigan
 Stupefying Stories
SofaCON 2 Quiz Contestants
SofaCON 2 Quiz Contestants
 
Geeks Guide To The Galaxy
SofaCON 2 Quiz Contestants
SofaCON 2 Quiz Contestants
 
Paul Di Filippo
SofaCON 2 Guest Paul Di Filippo
SofaCON 2 Guest Paul Di Filippo
 
Bruce Bethke
SofaCON 2 Guest Bruce Bethke
SofaCON 2 Guest Bruce Bethke
 
Marc Laidlaw
SofaCON Guest Marc Laidlaw
SofaCON Guest Marc Laidlaw
 

Risks and challenges

I will keep our funders up to date with progress of SofaCON 2 with updates. If any problems do come up, I'll share them with all SofaCON 2 supporters.

All SofaHuddles will be down to the writer to arrange the date. This might be or might not be around the time of the SofaCON 2. The dates for these private huddles will be all down to the individual writers.

A couple of notes about the Tuckerizations:

1. No guarantee as to in what capacity (or even what book) the character features, and 2. writing books and publishing them takes years -- while the AUTHORS will endeavour to use the name of the character somewhere, it may have to wait until a novel in an appropriate genre is due.

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    Thank you + link to watch SofaCON 2 after the event has finished. This will be a link so you can watch SofaCON 2 on YouTube or Vimeo after the event. Link to be given out at later time.

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    Two day Ticket to SofaCON 2 + SofanautHuddle with Joe Haldeman. Special online video group Kaffeeklatsch with Joe Haldeman at pre arranged date with Joe.

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    Two day Tickets to SofaCON 2 + ALL of Above from Reward #10 + Sponsorship of the whole SofaCON 2 event. Your company logo will be incorporated into all SofaCON 2 backdrops throughout the event + logo will be designed into all PR material used to promote SofaCON 2 + verbal shout outs throughout two day event ie... "SofaCON 2 is sponsored by Bla Bla Bla." + signed SofaCON 2 ALL Guest List special signature plate.

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    Two day Tickets to SofaCON 2 + ALL of Above from Reward #10 + Sponsorship of StarShipSofa podcast for 1 year. Your company logo will be placed in a prominent location on StarShipSofa + verbal shout outs each week on StarShipSofa. "StarShipSofa is sponsored by Bla Bla Bla." + signed SofaCON 2 ALL Guest List special signature plate.

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