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(1) A Feature of Conventions

The panel, a program item during which a group of experts discuss a topic in front of an audience, is the principal type of programming at most sf cons. The subject matter can be anything.

The speakers, usually three to five people, may be fans, pros or a mix. Only prosucking concoms and for-profit gate shows program professionals only. In many cases, fans are more knowledgeable about the field, whereas some pros, especially neopros newly arrived from mundania, can only talk about their own work.

Occasionally, mundane experts, such as scientists, are brought in to participate. (Ditto, the fanzine-oriented con, has brought in speakers from the U.S. Postal Service.)

Typically, a moderator leads the discussion. Sometimes a panel will be part of a subject-matter track.

(2) A Fanzine by John Benson

Panels is a fanzine published by John Benson.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 1979

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