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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!
Academic Program Track

The academic track of the 2013 Worldcon takes the form of a single day conference, to be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Our call for papers particularly encouraged submissions related to the work of the LoneStarCon 3 Guests of Honor, as well as papers on Steampunk, Old West/frontier themes, and Spanish language SF. Science fiction has long benefited from works of criticism and scholarship from those outside the academy, a tradition that GoH Dr. James Gunn helped encourage. Paper proposals from both academics and non-academics (fans) have therefore been equally welcome.

Queries should be sent to the head of the academic track, Karen Burnham, at

Academic Papers Schedule

The schedule comprises six distinct one hour sessions spread throughout Saturday, and including a two-hour break for lunch.

Each session is led by an expert moderator and includes two individual paper presentations as well as an open Q&A.

The full schedule with abstracts for the whole track can be downloaded in PDF format. In summary, the sessions are as follows.

  • Adapting Folklore in Speculative Fiction: Brazil and Space Opera
    Saturday 10:00 - 11:00
    Moderator: David Farnell

  • Finding Ourselves and our Aliens in Graphic Media: Will Eisner and Jack Arnold
    Saturday 11:00 - 12:00
    Moderator: Michael Page

  • Digital Future, Martian Future: Digital Fandom and the Changing Narratives of Mars
    Saturday 14:00 - 15:00
    Moderator: Christopher Couch

  • When Do We Give Up What Makes Us Human? Cyborgs and Monstrous Utopias
    Saturday 15:00 - 16:00
    Moderator: Karen Burnham

  • Cartography of Genre: Space Opera and the Academic Legacy of Jim Gunn
    Saturday 16:00 - 17:00
    Moderator: Christopher McKitterick

  • Robert E. Howard: The Weird, West, and Worms
    Saturday 17:00 - 18:00
    Moderator: Donald M. Hassler