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3685. The Politics and Socioeconomics of Space Exploration
How do politics, economics, culture, and space exploration affect each other?
Alfred Nash, Dr. Gregory Benford, Robert Mitchell Evans, Isabel Schechter
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Atlanta
3686. Queer Eye for Sci-Fi
There is a long and complex history of queerness in science fiction, from queer-coded villains in pulp novels to the more diverse spectrum of characterization in the last decade. Join panelists as they discuss the history of queerness within the genre, both the good and the bad.
Mark Oshiro, Martin Young, David Gerrold
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Boston
3687. Video Games and Twitter: Storytelling in the Modern Age
The world is changed and the way we tell stories is changing with it. We live the life of Captain Martin Walker, of Dovahkiin, and of Commander Shepard. We see stories unfolding in real time through our phones. Let's explore these mediums that compel us to dig into the story.
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, VGA
3694. Stitch and Bitch
Come by, stitch a bit and bitch if you wish. A selection of yarn, needles and patterns supplied if you haven't brought your own. Relax for a while and reenergize for the next event or workshop.
FRI 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Houston
3688. THE TOURISTS GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM
With New Horizons having visited Pluto the preliminary survey of the Solar System is complete. The images are stunning. From metal rich Mercury to icy, dynamic Pluto it is a fun neighborhood.
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 1
Tech: NOTE: Will need projector, screen and panelists who an explain spectacular images.
3689. Futuristic Fashions
William Shatner had to wear a corset for his Starfleet uniform. Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine infamously wore a catsuit. Futuristic fashions of yore seem to be either weirdly scaled down, or went a haute couture sort of way. What do today's producers of science fiction predict to be our future fashions? What would we like to wear to space, and what should we avoid? Shouldn't Starfleet uniforms have pockets?
Barbara Hambly, S.B. Divya, Geoffrey Mark, Aviya Amir, Taliesin Jaffe
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 2
3690. Introduction to Worbla (1 hour)
Demonstration about this thermoplastic material popular in many cosplayers techniques.
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 3
3691. Elvish Language Workshop
Get in touch with your inner Hobbit! Learn to read and speak Quenya, Tolkien's Elvish language.
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, New Orleans
3692. The path to fandom
The ways in which the relationship between creator and fandom have changed do to the sudden availability of creators and community on social media and how it has affected the way media is created, consumed and distributed...
Kevin Roche, Gregg Castro, Shannon Muir
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Saint Louis
3693. Parasol and Raygun Decorating
Make Kaylee's parasol or join the Parasol Protectorate. A child friendly workshop where participants can personalize a silk parasol and/or small raygun with LEDs and sound. Materials are $5 for the raygun and $10 for the parasol. Sharpies are used, so children must be old enough to safely use them.
FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Scottsdale
3695. Classics of Science Fiction - The Lanthanide Series: Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers (1959) was Robert A. Heinlein's second Hugo-winning novel; Stranger in a Strange Land (1961) his third. When asked how he wrote such contradictory books, he said ﾓIﾒm a science-fiction author. I make things up.ﾔ Troopers may get praise from those who feel drawn to its world, blame from those who feel repelled. Is that all there is?
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Atlanta
3696. Book Blogs: Are they Shaping How We Find New Reads?
Bloggers appear to be making impact with their social media influence in a variety of areas. Are they having any influence on people discovering new reads in the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres, or not? This discussion tackles the topic from a variety of angles.
Shannon Muir, Aviya Amir
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Boston
3697. Hardly Science?
Come join our panel of scientists and engineers as we separate the fact from fiction surrounding popular science fiction concepts such as Human Teleportation, Time Travel, Faster than Light Travel, Parallel Universes, etc.
Brad Lyau, James C. Glass, John DeChancie, Larry Niven, Kevin Roche
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
3698. Beam Forming for Power and Propulsion
Solar power satellites have been proposed to supply energy for the Earth. The power would be beamed to Earth in the form of low-density microwaves or laser light. Another application of beamed energy may be interstellar lightsail propulsion . High velocities for the sail, up to a quarter that of light, require that the sail be kept as low in mass as possible. Sail masses of one kilogram and one gram are considered, having diameters of a few to about thousand meters. The challenges are considerable, but such missions may be doable, given sufficient research.
Dr. Seth Potter, Dr. Gregory Benford
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 1
Tech: projector, HDMI, Microphone
3699. I have A Great Idea for A Story ﾖ Now What?
How do you ge that great idea for a few words jotted down in a notebook (or at the top of a document on your screen) in a fleshed-out plot development, storyline, outline, or screenplay? The panelists will share their muse, provided good tricks for you, including how to expand your ideas, from creating a framework to putting solid “meat on the bones” of your manuscript. How to craft both the physical and emotion elements of your work, including sounds, smells, sights, and more. Be prepared to be playful with your work, then learn simply and effective tools to complete the project, any project ﾗ on time and with joy!
Leslie Ann Moore, S.P. Hendrick, Justin Robinson, Russell Nohelty,
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 2
3700. World of Weapons
Dustin Breiter of TLX hosts their popular Weapons Combat panel, showing you the ins and outs of using weapons in stage and screen combat, as well as the differences to their real life application
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 3
3701. Form follows fiction
How did fictional representations of the internet shape what the internet has developed into? What examples of depictions of cyberspace/networked computers/etc. can we find from before the internet existed, how have they been changed in the "real" internet? Also, what fictional internets have not ended up happening, and could we still create them/would we want to?
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Michael Siladi, Taliesin Jaffe, E.E. King
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, New Orleans
3702. Costuming for Real Figures
How to take those outfits you want and make them look great on the figure you have.
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Saint Louis
3703. Getting started! Selling your work at conventions
This is a general overview on how to sell and market your work at conventions. This can be applied to artists participating in art shows, artist alleys, and in dealers rooms. It covers finding your focus, searching for and dealing with art shows (Et al. at conventions), Your look, professionalism, things you will need to be successful, pricing strategies and more. This is an overview of what it takes t be a successful artist on the circuit. It is also good for non- artist to understand what artists charge what they do, why its important to support artists and how we enrich the (Geek) culture.
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Scottsdale
3704. Sound Effects in SF&F Film and TV
Hear how the sound effects were created on many classic SF&F films & TV shows from experts in the field
Steve Lee, Richard Anderson, Mark Mangini
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Atlanta
Tech: sound, We can provide a free-standing audio player for the FX examples.
3705. Reboots, Reimagining and Fandom
In recent years, fan favorite properties such as STAR TREK, VOLTRON, and others have received revivals that re-envisioned the concepts to varying degrees. What are the impacts on fandom, old and new?
Shannon Muir, Laurie Tom, Steve Frankel, Aviya Amir
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Boston
3706. What's new in science?
Hear about recent advances in science from our panel of experts
James C. Glass, Alfred Nash, Dr. Seth Potter, Keith Henson
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Chicago
3707. David Gerrold Q&A
Join us for a Q&A with our Writer Guest of Honor David Gerrold, Hugo award-winning science fiction screenwriter and novelist,
David Gerrold, Michael Siladi
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 1
3708. A Shot Rang out
Improvised storytelling under pressure of time and madness. See us invent stories and characters too bizarre for fiction just so we can set up random lines the audience picked for us.
, E.E. King, Joyce McCarthy, John DeChancie, Laura Pearlman, Craig Miller, S.P. Hendrick
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 2
3709. Stunt 101
TLX comes to talk about the ins and outs of the Stunt industry and demonstrate the basic techniques of stunt combat and more.
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 3
3710. The Pantheon among Hogwarts Professors
The Hogwarts teachers as they sit along their long table reflect the ancient mythologies, from Dumbledore, Zeus to Professor Sprout as Demeter or Hathor. Argus Filch is guardian of the gates at Hogwarts, Minerva is its font of wisdom. Dour Snape, always excluded, has many correspondences to Hades as he lurks underground. But which archetypes are missing from the ﾓHogwarts Pantheonﾔ? Are they just reenacting the Roman gods, or are there other, closer correspondences? Exploring all these archetypes can deepen our understanding of the characters when the Hogwarts pantheon is revealed as a chorus of quibbling gods and Harry their appointed hero.
Valerie Estelle Frankel
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, New Orleans
3711. Live Throwing/Sculpting Demonstration
Join us for a live-throwing demonstration with our artist Guest of Honor, sculptor Peri Charlifu
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Palm Desert
3712. Great SF Literature - Reading Aloud!
Listen as great scifi literature is read aloud to you - the very same stories which will be featured in John Hertz's discussion panel, plus others.
, Yvonne Morton, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Jamie Cassidy-Curtis, John Hertz
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Saint Louis
Tech: sound, Microphone, The ability to project a book page would be desirable but not required.
3713. Corsets and Cosplay
A lecture on filtering through the various online cosplay/costume corset and corsetry accessories sellers to help cosplayers be wise corset purchasers and wearers; how to care and maintain their corset and more importantly, how to play and stay in your corset during Cosplay.
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Scottsdale
3714. A Primer on Worldbuilding
Authors of science fiction and fantasy discuss how they build the worlds in which their stories and characters live
David Gerrold, Larry Niven, Ken Burnside, Laura Frankos, Debra Holland, Eric Flint
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Atlanta
3715. Social Media and Fandom
What impact has the rapid explosion of social media outlets had on science fiction and fantasy fandom? Does it bring more fans together or scatter them into specialized groups? Are some forms of social media more effective than others? A diverse panel shares their thoughts and experiences.
Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Joyce McCarthy, Mark Oshiro
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Boston
3721. Ethics and art: When is it OK to push the limits
How do ethics effect the artist, we will talk about different ideas and situations, including pricing, copy right infringement, stealing ideas, borrowing themes, payment from art shows, taxes and how we treat each other!
Peri Charlifu, Victor Frost, Martin Young, Maria Alexander, Gregg Castro
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Chicago
3716. Solar System Resources
A path to space development must incorporate the properties of the bodies that make up our solar system. These properties present both challenges and opportunities. When assessing locations from which to obtain resources, both energy and time requirements must be considered, as both have an economic cost. The properties of solar system bodies will be discussed as a means of guiding future researchers in charting a path toward space development and resource utilization.
Dr. Gregory Benford, Will Morton, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Dr. Seth Potter
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, HDMI, Microphone
3717. Science, Fiction, and Politics: Shaping Reality
Come join our panel of people working in science and science fiction for a discussion of how science, and science fiction affects politics - and vice versa.
S.P. Hendrick, Harry Turtledove, Robert Mitchell Evans, Brad Lyau, E.E. King
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Saint Louis
3718. People of Color Dinner
Meet other fans of color and celebrate infinite diversity in infinite forms together! Hostesses Isabel and Jaymee will make sure you don't feel alone on the big spaceship. Meet in the lobby and we'll head out to dinner together. Everyone pays for their own meal, so bring some money.
Isabel Schechter, Jaymee Goh
FRI 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Lobby
3719. Trivia for Chocolate
Come demonstrate your knowledge of all things Fannish.
FRI 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm, Chicago
3720. Fun Fermentations: Beer, Cider and More
Since Neolithic times people have transformed grains, water and yeast into beverages with increased vitamin and nutritional value. These products also had a pleasant side-effect: a feeling of euphoria that quickly made them the drink of choice for thousands of years. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in making home-brewed beverages, and an increasing sophistication in the choices available to the consumer. At this panel you will learn about the history and culture of homebrewing, and how you can make it in your own home or garage.
Wolf Foss, Mike Geesing, Margo Geesing
FRI 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm, Scottsdale
3722. Artemis Bridge Simulator Tournament
Put you crew together and compete against others in the fun Bridge Simulator game. Hardware and Software will be provided, just bring your best skilled Captain, Pilot, Science Officer, Navigator, and Communications Officer to LosCon and sign up! Sign-ups are available on Friday, the Bridge opens at 10am on Sunday for competition slots where Crews will be put through a constant siege of an ever increasing number and difficulty of enemies for 20 minutes or until they perish. Scores will be tabulated by the amount and type of enemies destroyed at the end of each round, and Extra credit will be given to crews in any space-fearing costume/uniform. / There is limited space for a gallery, if you just want to watch.
FRI 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm, Saint Louis
Tech: Power strips.
3723. Spec Fic Smut: Erotica in Science Fiction
The erotic and the speculative have come together in many ways, some camp, some deliberately hot and sexy! From Phil Foglio's XXXenophile comics, to indie webcomics like Oglaf and Chester 5000, to the popular Iron Circus Smut Peddler comics anthologies, and SFF erotica publisher Circlet Press, there is a wide variety of smutty science fiction and fantasy for all body types and multiple sexualities.
Jaymee Goh, Amelia G
FRI 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, Microphone, I mean, not really, but it would be gr8 to have a projector
3724. Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcasts
Join our panelists for a discussion of the most popular Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcasts available today. Come learn and share favorites for listening to stories, reviews, advice for writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy culture.
Shannon Muir, Laura Pearlman, S.B. Divya
FRI 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Scottsdale
3725. Todd McCaffrey hosts: Are You A Werewolf?
It's not a panel, it's a game. But it includes Fluffy (the village rooster) and the Angels of Death for fun and frolicks in the Middle Ages.
FRI 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm, Chicago
Tech: It needs a separate room, not too late at night, not too early.
3727. NaNoWriMo Write In Friday Night
You haven't finished your 50K yet? No problem, come write at Los Con with me. We will hold Word Wars and Sprints to help push you through those last pages that you need to have to win. Turn off your internal editor and get that first draft out. You can do it. Come join me and we will win together.
Karen (Toni) Nelson, Carl Nelson, Alexander (Xander) Bennett
FRI 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm, Scottsdale