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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!
Program - Classics of Science Fiction

By John Hertz

We'll discuss three classics at LoneStarCon 3, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You'll be welcome to join in. We'll start with "A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself." One author from Switzerland, three from the United States; one woman, three men; one outside our field, three among us. Each may be more interesting today than when first published. Have you read them? Have you re-read them?

Herman Hesse - The Glass Bead Game (1943; sometimes called Magister Ludi)

The first and for fifty years the only Nobel Prize science fiction novel, recently (July 2013) among "100 Greatest Novels Ever" in Entertainment Weekly, here is the author's last and crowning work, one of the rare science fiction masterpieces from outside our field, a satire, a story, a character study, poetic even in translation, we hope not prophetic, searchingly profound.

Henry Kuttner and Catherine Moore - Vintage Season (1946)

Haunting, careful, penetrating, often anthologized, it's been attributed mainly to Moore, but both said that after they married they wrote everything together; for this one they used the name Lawrence O'Donnell. Men, women, mavericks, martinets, all come under the lens, all right, all wrong, all tragic.

Jack Vance - The Dying Earth (1950)

Translated into Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, Russian, the author's first novel - maybe; Mike Resnick said "If Kirinyaga is a novel, The Dying Earth is a novel" - may be his best known work. Robert Silverberg said "Its prose is measured, taut, controlled, mesmeric." It may be science fiction.