I'm going to be participating at CONvergence - a science fiction and fantasy with associated skeptic/science panels. This is my first generic Science Fiction type convention. I've done Star Trek once. GSA is really like a giant geology convention. This will be interesting.
Since I'm apparently the type who can't do anything halfway, I'm going to be talking on three panels. The first will be thursday at 3:30 where I get to hang out with a bunch of authors (including the always metasomatic Kelly McCullough) and pretend I know something about literature and fantasy maps. Friday morning I get to do a bunch of Magnet demos with Matt Lowry (from Skeptical Teacher). And then, if that weren't enough, I'm on a panel with PZ Myers and Greg Laden, talking about evolution.
I'm not sure exactly how I managed to land on that last panel. I feel like I'm far too mild mannered a rookie to share panel space with Paul and Greg. At least that's my reaction right now.
I think this quote by Kelly McCullough sums up the general state of pre-planning involved: "I'm bringing caffeine, alcohol, and pants. The rest isn't really planned."