They've announced their draft panel list. Now, it is a draft, and is subject to change, but it's looking phenomenal. If you want an idea of the fantastic programming on offer this year, click this and browse the awesomeness that will be this year's Can Con.
I'm on a couple of panels myself, so far. These are:
Fantasy Novels - A Readers’ Panel:
Our panellists discuss what works of fantasy they’ve enjoyed and you may want to read. Panelists: Jonathan Crowe, Peter Halasz, S.M. Carrière, Nicole Lavigne, Linda Poitevin (m).
Backstories and the Development of Villains:
An evolution of the anti-hero has been the hero-izing of the villains, with backstories, deep motivations, and extensive inner worlds, as seen in Tim Burton’s Batman or TV’s Once Upon a Time. This opens up the possibility of more complex stories of hero vs villain, and the advent of the villain as the protagonist. Our panellists discuss the use of villains as the protagonist. Timothy Carter, Max Turner, Nicole Lavigne (m), S.M. Carrière.
Transport and Armament in the Ancient and Medieval World:
The ancients and medieval worlds had a range of fascinating tools for transport and protection (or offense). Our panellists are enthusiasts of the periods and discuss. Evan May, Ariel Bolton, S.M. Carrière (m).
Our monsters are our children. We create them from our imaginative realms and they reflect our fears, insecurities, anxieties, and even our desires. What do our monsters represent and why do we love them so much? How do we adapt our monsters to express new ideas, feelings, and thoughts? Sean Moreland, Sandra Kasturi, S.M. Carrière, Matt Moore (m).
Why call a planet “Fomalhaut b” when you could name it “Leisurely Fish” instead? Authors have been naming their planets for decades, but now the IAU is taking online votes to rename some exoplanets. Is this a good way to get people more interested in astronomy, or is it just a sideline? Do you have any ideas for names that should have been considered, but weren’t? Should we really take the chance of naming a pulsar “Rock’n’Roll Star?” What is the best way to name a planet, anyway? S.M. Carrière, Christina Vasilevski, Andrew Barton (m).
I will also be doing a reading from Human and I will be attempting to pitch Skyalrk. I say attempting because OH MY GOD I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING SOMEONE SAVE ME!
Anyway, do peruse the rest of the programming. It's really, really good.
Right, enough gushing. I have a tonne of work to do.