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Philcon 2004 by Jeff Linder (Con Chair)
Review by Ernest Lilley
The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, Event  ISBN/ITEM#: 0412Philco
Date: December 10-12, 2004 / Show Official Info /


Special GOHs Sargent and Zebrowski fend off the hordes of paparazzi in the dealer's room. Click on the picture to see more con photos. Official Site: Philcon 2004

Featured Guests: Brian W. Aldiss | Joe DeVito | Kevin Anderson | Rebecca Moesta | Steve Johannsen | Jolly Blackburn | Tom Purdom |

Unfortunately, Brian Aldiss was unable to travel to attend Philcon 2004 due to medical concerns - Pamela Sargent and George Zebrowski agreed to step in and serve as substitute Principal Speakers in Brian's absence

I can't tell you as much as I'd like about Philcon, even though I was there. It was one of those cons where I was working a table in the dealers room or off promoting SFRevu, and never actually saw much of the con itself. The program looked like fun, and the one panel I moderated, "When Does the Future Get Too Weird?" was just about SRO, even though it was held at 9 PM Saturday evening. The general consensus was, as I recall, that as long as the future contains human cultures, humans will be able to adapt to them, but if you add in seriously posthuman cultures, either gene/pharm mod or AI...all bets are off. I maintained that we've never been able to handle the truth, and the entire history of human culture has been about making up stories that we could deal with. Ty Draco and Tom Purdom helped me out with the panel and everyone seemed to have a good time. Take a look at the pictures in our gallery and I'll see I can rope folks who actually made it to the con to help out with some comments.

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