Rivets & Robots Weirdnesday Blog: Introductions and Revamp

Hello everyone and welcome back to the Weirdnesday blog! We are a day late (well many days) and today's blog won't be too long. What we will be doing though is introducing the revamped version of the blog to everyone. We are looking forward to this new format and building interest for JordanCon2018!

It is Always April Here (General News)
In Science Fiction we can envision time in a non-linear fashion. So in the blog it is always April and JordanCon is just around the corner! Here we will talk about news specific to the track (and/or the convention).
Today I am happy to announce that Nancy McCullough has come on board as the Assistant Director for Rivets & Robots! Nancy has been a great panelist the last two years and she will continue to do that. However, Nancy will be offering her considerable insight and imagination to making the track better. If you have not done so already, please welcome Nancy on board.
One of the ideas Nancy and I will be tackling is how to make the panels more interactive and offer up a different kind of experience to the members coming to Rivets & Robots panels.

Science News
As the Science of the Science Fiction track is important to us and you, we want to keep the members up to date on items we find interesting. Today is a story on satellites tracking gravitational waves from the Science Tracker blog over at Science News.

Science Fiction Bang
The most common question I receive from members deals with where to begin diving into SF. That can be a tough question as I am of the opinion that those who do not like reading (or watching SF) really have not read or seen the right SF for them. In general, The Wheel of Time itself is a soft intro to SF as there are definite science fiction bits that can be picked out. However, in the SF Bang I will offer up two authors and two other media for you to sink your teeth into to get a start into SF.
Frank Herbert wrote Dune, which is a seminal work in SF. Dune is pure space opera and it is heavily political with a good dose of religious conflict and consciousness altering drugs.
Octavia Butler's Dawn, the first of the Xenogenesis trilogy, is a pretty fantastic book from a writer who deserves more attention from the modern audience.
Stanley Kubrik's 2001: A Space Odyssey is the beginning of the modern SF movie, moving it from rockets and alien war lords to a distinctive SF that asks heavy questions that the viewer must answer for themselves. OR you can read the 2001: A Space Odyssey novel written by the venerable Arthur C. Clark. I recommend doing both.
If you have not seen the original Planet of the Apes, then do so.
AND as a bonus, if you can find it, check out the BBC show Blake's 7. This year is our British Invasion after all.

If you have any SF news, comments, or suggestions feel free to let us know at: sciencefiction@jordancon.org