I began, notably, with my first science fiction convention panel ever. Fortunately I had good and interesting company on it, including la_marquise_de_ and desperance. The topic was technically "Re-creating History", but we took our madate liberally, exploring the interrelations of history, fiction, and world-building. I don't think it's possible to build a world without it having history. I also had never before been struck by how very odd it is that one of romance science fiction's three subgenres is one in which the background is specifically background; futuristics are novels in which the romance is central and the science fiction is window dressing. Surely, this is the only vaguely formal subset of SF/F in which background as set is a feature, not a bug. The panel was very well-attended: standing room only at the back!
After that, I could gradually relax. No more running late. No more being caught in traffic. No more needing to be in front of the audience until Sunday. I had a lovely (and very inexpensive) dinner at the hotel with friends, saw lots of even more rarely-seen friends around and about at the hotel, and ended up at more panels and talks than I'd intended to: world-building was dominated by Stress and Doctorow. "The Faces of the Moon" was a history of artwork of the moon in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century by the artist guest of honor. The marketing panel had a lot of people with great job titles on it, and did a decent job at an ungainly topic. One of them writes blurbs for a living which, at least in theory, is really neat profession to have!
I haven't even looked at the program for tomorrow. For tonight, a tweak or two more to my slides, and a brief browse of something Hugo-nominated before sleep.
Thought: Is it possible to write didactic SF/F for adults, or does being didactic automatically label a book as young adult?