The Redemption con is a biannual, strongly fan-focussed convention with lots of panels on general SF topics, 23-25 Feb in the Midlands. I believe it is not too late to buy a ticket. I'll be helping in the panels on:
Elections and politics in SF
What is a singularity and will it ever happen
SF and gender roles
Creating an alien culture
Killing and torturing for a cause: Right or wrong?
Would love to see you there.