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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. Westercon 36 - Page 22. July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 18, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/605.

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West Coast Science Fantasy Conference. (July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983). Westercon 36 - Page 22. Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1984_003/item/677/show/605

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Title Westercon 36
Creator (LCNAF)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
Date July 1, 1983 - July 4, 1983
Description A program book for Wetsercon 36/Westerchron.
Donor Leiber, Fritz; Leiber, Justin
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Science fiction conventions
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Science fiction
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Leiber, Fritz
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Tenn, William
  • Austin, Alicia
  • Knight, Damon
Subject.Name (Local)
  • West Coast Science Fantasy Conference
  • Whitmore, Tom
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • San Jose, California
Genre (AAT)
  • brochures
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Location ID 1984-003, Box 57, Folder 34
ArchivesSpace URI /repositories/2/archival_objects/5306
Original Collection Fritz Leiber Papers
Digital Collection Fritz Leiber Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention Flyers & Programs
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/1984_003
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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File Name index.cpd
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Title Page 22
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Transcript PROGRAMMING The concept behind the program for Westerchron is the exploration of consciousness, human or otherwise: the perennial Great Frontier. The mind of man seems to be designed to reach out and explore that which surrounds him, and this is reflected in speculative fiction. One continually encounters the theme of the search. Always, in some sense, there is a pushing back of frontiers, a testing of limits, either of the explorer or the explored. Time is a common thread in many of these explorations and quests. It appears to be at once both friend and foe, sometimes pressing (and occasionaUy oppressing), sometimes providing a needed period of resolution and rest. Time travel, into both the future and the past, has been a mainstay of speculative fiction throughout much of its history. Human consciousness itself appears to rely upon time for a great deal of its functioning. The nervous system requires a finite period to respond to a stimulus, and thus is bound to time as a factor in its operation. Even our language (assuming one speaks one of the Indo-European languages) reinforces our focus on time, both through the usage of tense and in our concepts of past, present, and future. With this much emphasis on time it comes as no surprise that there is a rich body of speculative fiction dealing with time. To speculate is to attempt to perceive an answer to the question, "What if... ?" My particular view of speculative fiction is as part of a class of what I call "fantasy sharing systems": media and techniques for sharing imaginary pasts, presents, or futures. I include in this class such things as the dramatic arts, music, film, video, print, and role playing games. In creating the program for Westerchron, I have attempted to explore the concepts most often addressed in speculative fiction, as well as the media in which they are presented. The selection of panel topics, films, and presentations was designed around the idea of time as a common point of focus from which to conduct this exploration. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Diana Paxson, our SFWA Uaison and panel coordinator, for her help in putting together the program. Without her help it probably wouldn't have happened. I hope you enjoy the program as much as we enjoyed putting it together. —Lynx Crowe £_ Program Director 22 WESTERCHRON