Craig Miller, program
L.A.con IV is looming larger and larger on the horizon and it's time we get all of our ideas and plans into sharper focus.
We've already had early confirmations from, in addition to our Guests of Honor, Anne McCaffrey, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, George RR Martin, Harry Turtledove, and Greg Benford. They'll all be attending L.A.con IV and will be on the program. Invitation letters will be going out later this year to hundreds of other writers, filmmakers, scientists, artists, costumers, filkers, etc. to participate in the program. [More have confirmed since this was written. See our updated Confirmed Participants page for the list so far. -webmaster]
There's a lot we have planned for 2006. But our arms and minds are also open to ideas from far and wide.
To that end, you'll find a form (see right) you can fill out with any ideas you have program items. We're open to any kind of idea on any subject of interest to science fiction fans. We believe that the Worldcon is for fans from all over the world and for all the worlds of science fiction. So if you have an idea for something about short stories as a form, about how to break in as a writer, about movies or television, about anime, about science or space, about filking, costuming, comics, or anything else germane to this convention, we want to hear it. And not just ideas for panels. We'll be having them, of course.
Most of the program will be panel discussions. But we're open to other types of program items as well. Last time out, we introduced Debates (from a suggestion by George R.R. Martin), which seemed to be pretty well received. We'll be doing them again. And we're going to be having a number of plays and performances. But we're looking for still more ideas for different types of program items we can have. Do you have an idea for a new form a program can take? Even if you don't have a program item to go with it, we'd like to hear about it. Please, the only way this will be the best Worldcon program it can be is if you get involved. Share your ideas with us. We don't guarantee to do everything people suggest (some things are just not physically possible) but we'll consider every suggestion we get. We're open to as many suggestions as you want to make.
Craig Miller, Programming