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  • Aug 24, 2013 - added a new page with maps and navigation information for the convention site.
  • Aug 23, 2013 - expanded the travel and parking pages.
  • Aug 22, 2013 - you can now access program and other convention information from our mobile applications.
  • Aug 21, 2013 - Press Release #32: LoneStarCon 3 Thanks Publishers for Supporting Public Libraries in San Antonio.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - our interactive program guide is now online, with details of all 945 program items!
  • Aug 20, 2013 - the Pocket Program can now be downloaded in PDF format from the publications page.
  • Aug 20, 2013 - Press Release #31: LoneStarCon 3 Partners with Ustream to Broadcast 2013 Hugo Award Ceremony.
  • Aug 19, 2013 - our Restaurant Guide can now be downloaded from the publications page.
  • Aug 13, 2013 - the overall convention schedule is now available including service hours and program highlights.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - Progress Report 5 is now available.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - there will be a ghost walking tour of San Antonio on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
  • Aug 12, 2013 - our animation program will be showing a wide range of anime and cartoons.
  • Aug 8, 2013 - published initial agenda and materials for the WSFS Business Meeting.
  • Aug 7, 2013 - Press Release #29: LoneStarCon 3 to Feature Author Jay Lake with Film Premiere and Special Exhibit.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - every day is special with our Theme Days in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Aug 1, 2013 - John Hertz will be leading book discussion groups on The Glass Bead Game, Vintage Season, and The Dying Earth. Read them, and then join in!
Toastmaster - Paul Cornell


LoneStarCon 3 Toastmaster Paul Cornell is a New York Times #1 Bestseller writer of SF and fantasy for prose, television and comics, the first person to be Hugo Award nominated for all three media. He's written Doctor Who for the BBC, and Action Comics and Batman & Robin for DC Comics. His stories have appeared in Asimov's, Interzone, The Times and The Daily Telegraph. His SF novels are Something More, British Summertime, and most recently London Falling, an urban fantasy novel. He has also co-authored several non-fiction books on television, including The Guinness Book of Classic British TV, X-treme Possibilities (a guide to The X-Files), and The Discontinuity Guide (a humorous guide to Doctor Who).

Paul Cornell on the web:


Paul Cornell - An Introduction

By Graham Sleight (originally published in Progress Report 4)

I can’t remember when I first met Paul Cornell, but I do remember what he said to me. It might have been at a BSFA pub event where I was interviewing him; it might have been at an Eastercon; it might have been at some Doctor Who event. What he said was, "You're Graham, aren't you? What can I get you to drink?" Which might not seem significant, except that it embodies a lot about Paul: his default state is generosity and friendliness. His default assumption seems to be that if he's kind to people, they'll repay the compliment.

You might, of course, know him from the work he's done for Doctor Who - as a writer of the New Adventures, or as someone who's brought emotional force and complexity to the new series. You might know him from his increasing profile in the world of comics like Demon Knights, Saucer Country, Captain Britain, and Wolverine. You might know him from novels like London Falling or British Summertime. Or you might have heard him as one of the unfailingly enthusiastic (and now Hugo-winning) SF Squeecast collective.

Paul comes from fandom, of course - specifically, Doctor Who fandom. I've heard him speak disparagingly of his work on Licence Denied, an anthology of fanwriting by others from Who zines. It seems to me, though, one of the most Paul-ish books he's done: full of unselfconscious enthusiasm for its subject, revelling in the joyous playfulness of the best kind of fandom. Although he's very very far from being just a Who writer these days, he remains a (considered, thoughtful) enthusiast.

To speak in the first person again, I vividly remember a dinner with Paul and half a dozen other friends on the last night of the Chester Eastercon in 2007. Paul confessed that he'd given up reading Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow - several times, I think - because of the sequence a few pages in where the giant cocaine-fuelled adenoid gland threatens to take over London. He felt this was in some way implausible; and from there escalated a series of fantasias about adenoid glands - sentient, cocaine-fuelled, and otherwise - about which I can remember nothing except that I've never laughed so hard in my life. I somehow doubt that he will talk about adenoid glands, but I'm sure he'll do a wonderful job hosting the Hugos. So look after Paul while he's in Texas. And maybe offer to buy him a drink.