WORLDCON IS HERE….Back on April Fool’s Day I wrote a post mentioning that the world science fiction convention would be held this year in Anaheim, just a few minutes away from Chez Drum. I wondered aloud if I should go.

Well, I’m going. In fact, to make the whole April Fool’s theme really appropriate, the organizers of the con decided that my fan base was so enormous that I should speak on a few panels. With some trepidation and a bit of coaxing, I agreed.

Now the time has come: LACon IV is next week, running from Wednesday through Sunday. I’ll be there from Thursday through Saturday (yes, I’ll have guest bloggers filling in here) and if you’re attending I urge you to validate the good sense of the convention organizers by attending my sessions. I’ll also be wandering around the show and attending other program sessions throughout the day, so if you see me be sure to tap me on the shoulder and say hi.

As with any convention, you should check the schedule after you register to make sure there haven’t been any last minute changes, but at the moment here are the three panels I’ll be on. I promise you that I didn’t pick the session titles:

Thursday, 8/24, 1:00 PM
Title: KEVIN DRUM ON POLITICS & THE FUTURE
Participants: Kevin Drum, Warren Adler (Moderator)

Friday, 8/25, 1:00 PM
Title: BLOGGERS AS PUBLIC INTELLECTUALS
Participants: Cory Doctorow (Moderator), Kevin Drum, MaryAnn Johanson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Phil Plait

Saturday, 8/26, 4:00 PM
Title: COPING WITH CELEBRITY
Participants: Kevin Drum, Craig Newmark, Eric S. Raymond (Moderator), J. Michael Straczynski