Welcome to reCONvene 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
11:00 am – 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Your one-day virtual convention
for science fiction & fantasy fans!
When you can’t come to fandom,
fandom comes to you.
Let’s reCONvene online in 2020!
reCONvene is an online convention, organized for science fiction and fantasy fans by fans. In addition to featuring traditional content such as panel discussions, solo talks, and demos, we are also taking advantage of the online environment to try a few new things that aren’t normally possible at in-person conventions. We look forward to having you join us. Be sure to review the instructions on how to Get Into the Convention.
Explore Our Program
Lively discussions & exciting topics.
reCONvene’s program is a mix of dynamic discussions, talks, and demos that bring an exciting selection of topics into your home, including science, science fiction, fantasy, horror, writing, and more. Be sure to also check out the readings, panels, and kaffeeklatches. Memberships are required to attend and all discussion take place via Zoom.
Science & Science Fiction
The AI Among Us
AIs are here, slipping through our everyday world, crunching numbers, sorting data, and learning at an exponential rate. However, general artificial intelligence still remains a far off digital dream. Has AI failed us? Has innovation stalled? What can researchers learn from science fiction regarding sentient AI systems? What grains of innovation inspiration might still remain untested within the pages of novels and will increased computing power help us to bridge that uncanny gap?
Participants: Ted Chiang, Alastair Reynolds, Karl Schroeder, Martha Wells, R.W.W. Greene (M)
Fantasy & Mythology
Modernizing Fairy Tales and Myths
Fairy tales and myths are a part of cultures around the world and they provide some of the richest inspiration for fantastic fiction. Each generation revives these stories, bringing them into modern times, repurposed and remade to reflect today’s issues and concerns. In this remaking, do they retain their original purposes or are these tales too changed? What can they tell us about for past or future selves? Moreover, why does our love of these stories never grow old?
Participants: Victor LaValle, Rebecca Roanhorse, Catherynne Valente
Writing & Craft
Worldblending in Speculative Fiction
Speculative fiction is full of worlds that draw upon features, customs, people, and places that are blended together to create fictional worlds that retain a sense of familiarity while feeling fresh and new. Let’s discuss how blending worlds work, how it can go wrong, and use some great examples of outstanding worlds that have captured our literary imaginations.
Participants: P. Djèlí Clark, Aliette de Bodard, Carlos Hernandez, Cerece Rennie Murphy, Ellen Kushner (M)
Register for reCONvene 2020
reCONvene Memberships $10.
Registration for reCONvene 2020 is now closed. Thank you for thinking of us, and we hope to see you next year.
Look Who’s Coming!
Here’s your sneak peek at some of this year’s speakers.
- Joe Abercrombie
- Jenn Brissett
- Ted Chiang
- P. Djèlí Clark
- Brother Guy Consolmagno
- Aliette de Bodard
- Les Johnson
- Aleron Kong
- Ellen Kushner
- Cerece Rennie Murphy
- Mary Ann Mohanraj
- Alastair Reynolds
- John Scalzi
- Karl Schroeder
- Melinda Snodgrass
- Charles Stross
- Adrian Tchaikovsky
- Eric Wilkerson
- Terri Windling
- More participants are being added.
When fans can’t go to the con, the con must come to the fans. reCONvene with your friends and other like minded entities. Our one day convention is the perfect online escape. We’ve got the coolest scientific ideas, exciting speculative artists, top authors, and more!
Date & Time
Saturday, August 15, 2020
11:00am-5:00pm (US Eastern Time)
From the comfort of your home.