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Paul Carlson

Paul Carlson is an avid reader who grew into a fan and eventually into a published author. He's been married to the lovely Fujiko for 41 years, and traveled the globe enough to get some idea of diverse cultures and lifestyles. For a day job Paul was a delivery-truck driver, one of a handful who've become a voting member of the SFWA. He leads an online writers group, which hosts a popular resource web page. He is now retired, and moved to small-town Kansas to help raise his grandchildren. 

09:00 AM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Interior Courtyard - Atrium

Koffeeklatch

Join panelists in the hotel breakfast area for intimate conversation. BYO coffee, please.

Moderator: -

Panelists: Mark Alfred, Daniel Erickson, Carolyn Kay, Mike Kennedy, Craig Wolf, Liz Campbell, David Rike, Sally Hamilton, Paul Carlson, Shai Fenwick, C.C. Caldwell, Kimber E Chessmore, Mel White, Madilynn Dale, Ela Evella, Kathleen M. O'Brien, Chaz Kemp, vickey malone kennedy, Elijah Farmer, Demi Gray, Brenna Deutchman

Tracks: Meetup, General Interest, Professional Development

11:00 AM | Location: Sooner A

Star Trek Today

There's more Star Trek on TV today than ever before. Two animated series and three live-action series for 2024 and 2025. Hope and tolerance shown in many places and ways. What attracts us to space, the final frontier?

Moderator: Busty Springfield

Panelists: Busty Springfield, Evan T. Wardwell, Sally Hamilton, Paul Carlson, Tim Chessmore, Neal Hallford

Tracks: Science Fiction, Film & TV, Pop Culture & Entertainment

10:00 AM | Location: University B

Hollow Humanism?

Some happy futures like Asimov’s projections or Star Trek assure us that eventually we'll all get along and be polite. Does this square with humanity’s nature? Would material prosperity, a healthier climate, and better collaboration bring peace to the world?

Moderator: Brian A. Hopkins

Panelists: Craig Wolf, Joshua Caudill, M.A., Paul Carlson, M. Scott Carter, Neal Hallford

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment, Comics, Film & TV

11:00 AM | Location: Boomer A

Build Your Own Pantheon

How to create your own array of gods and goddesses for a new world. Will you have a god of hiccups, or a goddess of lint? How will your divinities be served or worshipped? What is their role and how does a religious system enhance the worlds fantastic?

Moderator: Chaz Kemp

Panelists: David Carrico, Lisa Smedman, Paul Carlson, Selina Rosen, Chaz Kemp, Laura J. Underwood

Tracks: Fantasy, Writing & Publishing