LosCon 37 — “A Celebration of Urban Fantasy, Steampunk and Science-Fiction Noir” — returns courtesy of the L.A. Science-Fantasy Society, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It's a far cry from those early days in which pivotal members — author Ray Bradbury, megafan Forrest J. Ackerman and Wonder Stories editor Hugo Gernsback — lobbied to keep interest in the society fresh even while its members were growing up and moving on. Steampunk, DVD and comic-con culture have given the society a much-needed shot in the arm, and this weekend's topics for discussion reflect the changing times. “Things That I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I Started,” a panel on professional speculative fiction writing, takes place alongside more heady symposia, like “The Future of Privacy,” and “Neurocinematics,” the study of the brain's response on MRI scans to imagery in movies and ads. Some attendees: Marv Wolfman, Buzz Dixon, Todd McCaffrey, Larry Niven. At the very least, the LASFS saved the original Star Trek from cancellation, so they'll always have karma to burn.

Fri., Nov. 26, 10 a.m.; Sat., Nov. 27, 10 a.m.; Sun., Nov. 28, 10 a.m., 2010

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