11.13.21 PhilCon 2021 Schedule

Come find me at PhilCon in Cherry Hill, New Jersey from Nov. 19-21! I’ll be paneling, partying, reading and selling.

Here’s my schedule (subject to change)

Friday, Nov. 19, 6:00pm – 6:25pm (Readings)
Randee Dawn Reads
Yikes, they gave me a reading slot! Tell me in the comments what you want to hear (see my books section for excerpt ideas; I can choose from any of those stories, or I can read from my upcoming novel, Tune in Tomorrow). Also, please stop by! I’ll sell and sign books there as well.

Friday, Nov. 19, 7:00pm – 7:50pm (Crystal 2)
What’s So Funny?
Many authors, including John Scalzi, T. Kingfisher and Rudy Rucker, have written humorous SF. Can a story combine humor and serious speculation? What are the pitfalls?
Also scheduled to appear: Hildy Silverman, Michael A. Ventrella, Chuck Rothman, Dena Leacock

Saturday, Nov. 20, 1:00pm – 1:50pm (Plaza 5)
Producing Movies & Television During a Pandemic

Movies now go to streaming in addition to theaters, and Scarlett Johannssen sued to receive streaming royalties. The way things are filmed is changing, with few extras, different set design, and other changes. How has this changed the stories being told? Which of these changes will persist when restrictions are lifted and society finds its new normal?
Also scheduled to appear: Matt Black

Saturday, Nov. 20, 4:00pm – 4:50 p.m. (Readings)
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
My fellow Broads and I will share selections from our stories and novels, and possibly give away some books!
Also scheduled to appear: Kathryn Sullivan, Carol Gyzander, Roberta Rogow and Sally Wiener Grotta

Saturday, Nov. 20, 5:00pm – 5:50pm (Plaza 2)
The World of Thomas M. Disch (1940-2008)
Disch was one of the most brilliant and sometimes controversial writers of his day. He began in the New Wave. He wrote everything from science fiction to darkly comic horror novels to children’s books such as The Brave Little Toaster. He was also a first-rate poet, a critic, and a Hugo winner. His celebrated essay on “The Embarrassments of Science Fiction,” did not please everyone, yet most SF writers who grew up reading him regarded him as a master. Let’s explore his work and legacy.
Also scheduled to appear: Michael Swanwick, Darrell Schweitzer, Samuel R. Delany

Sunday, Nov. 21, 11:00am – 11:50am (Plaza 5)
A New Dune

A new film adaption of Frank Herbert’s Dune has recently been released. There have been two previous versions, and of course the book is one that invented many of the tropes we’re familiar with. What does this latest film add or do differently?
Also scheduled to appear: Barna William Donovan, Lawrence Kramer, Bob Hranek, Ian Randal Strock

Sunday, Nov. 21, 1:00pm – 1:50pm (Plaza 2)
Whose Fairy Tale Is It?
Re-thinking and rewriting fairy tales and other traditional stories is a vibrant literary strategy now, and often involves focusing on secondary characters. Madeline Miller’s Circe, A.C. Wise’s Wendy, Darling, Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, and even Maria Dahvana Headley’s analysis accompanying her new translation of Beowulf, all reimagine traditional stories with new attention to the women who were secondary characters respectively in the Odyssey, Peter Pan, “Rumpelstiltskin,” and Beowulf.
Also scheduled to appear: Barbara Purdom, Christine Norris, Vikki Ciaffone

Hope to see you there! Be sure to reach out and say “hi”!


  1. Sally WienerGrotta on 11/14/21 at 8:03 am

    See you there!

  2. Ef Deal on 11/30/21 at 12:36 pm

    I’ll be looking for you!