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FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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
Tech: sound, We can provide a free-standing audio player for the FX examples.
FRI 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3728. Why Manuscripts Arrive Dead On Arrival, and How to Increase Your Odds for Success as an Author
A panel of science fiction and fantasy literary agents and veterans will discuss the steps to take to prepare your manuscript for success and how to avoid having it thrown in the trash and never published.
Marci Baun, Paul S. Levine, Whitney Davis,
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3736. Redshirts and Bodycount
Star Trek, with its many generations and recent reboot, gives us the opportunity to consider the way stakes and violence have been portrayed in media from the 60s until today. Is it possible to have high stakes without violence? Is the threat of death always necessary? How does an exceptionally nonviolent movie like Star Trek IV hold up today? Is sanitized violence in fact more offensive than 'honest' violence? And is there actually any reason to strive for nonviolence, if the audience is enjoying it?
Aviya Amir, Mel Gilden, Thomas Sipos, Robert Mitchell Evans, Brad Lyau
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3743. Geeks Got Your Back!
We probably all know about various grassrooots efforts against harassment at cons efforts against harassment at cons, such as Cosplay is Not Consent or Backup Ribbon Project. But what else can we do to keep each other safe at cons?
, Ben Massoglia, Victor Shapero, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Justine Reynolds
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3753. Are You Kidding?
The audience provides; person (or job), place, and thing. The moderator creates a story and dumps the next panelist into it, then that panelist continues the story, dumping the *next* panelist into it in round-robin fashion.
, David Gerrold, Harry Turtledove, Craig Miller, E.E. King, Joyce McCarthy
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
3760. Writers of the Future - Contest News
The Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests host a 4 day workshop for winners annually as part of the gala celebration. Hear from winners themselves what they learned during the workshop. They will share stories of the various essays from L. Ron Hubbard on writing that they study and also the advice received from the various judges.
Larry Niven, Tim Powers, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Todd McCaffrey, Dr. Gregory Benford, Terry Madden,
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
3767. Editing your MS, and when to turn it over to a professional editor
You've written your book manuscript. Your job is done, right? Not so. In this hyper-competitive book selling climate, it is vital to bring out well-edited, finely tuned books -- much of which you can do yourself. In this workshop, you will hear the most important steps to editing, refining and polishing your manuscript -- whether for print or e-book, or both -- to a fine, publishable shine. (Bring 5 copies of ﾠ2-3 pages of a manuscript in progress, roll up your sleeves, and enjoy the editing process!)
Leslie Ann Moore, Russell Nohelty, Whitney Davis, Deanna Brady
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3774. What might be missing??
In the mid-20th Century it was demonstrated that if you linked aged and young rats blood systems, the aged rats got younger and the young ones aged. Only within the past year has any real attempt been made to follow up. Was Heinlein right? Is there a health/wealth/intelligence ("limitless?") elite? Where's my pass? This paragraph was never written.
Steve Barnes, E.E. King
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm
3780. Love Is Real, True Buckaroos! The Chuck Tingle Panel
Chuck Tingle was a joke nomination for the Hugos, but his presence in self-publishing unabashedly explicit gay science fiction erotica with space dinosaurs, unicorns, and anthropomorphized issues of the day has taken the world by storm! Let's talk about the mysterious, quixotic figure that is Chuck Tingle, his audacious work, and how we all can help prove love is real like true buckaroos.
Mark Oshiro, Jaymee Goh, Martin Young
SUN 9:00 am - 10:00 am
3821. Sunday Services
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3786. Starting The Story
Arguably one of the worst parts of writing, starting a story stumps many young writers, and even some veteran writers. How do writers deal with the problem of starting the story? How do we stop procrastinating and just write the darn thing? What are some problems in story-starting that are unique to science fiction and fantasy, if any?
, Barbara Hambly, Harry Turtledove, Laura Frankos, John DeChancie
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3803. Classics of Science Fiction - The Lanthanide Series: Andromeda Nebula
Poetic, lyrical. Sold 20 million copies. Changed Soviet science fiction. A thousand years in the future when Earth is a Communist paradise, starships at 5/6 the speed of light meet alien challenges and we struggle against Time. Published in Russian 1957, G. Hanna tr. (as Andromeda) 1959, M. Kuroshchepova tr. 2014.
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3813. The Evolution of Gaming: What Next?
From tabletop and RPG, from console to handheld, from PBM to the MMOG, to newer trends like augmented and virtual reality, let's discuss the rich history of gaming and where the future might go.
Shannon Muir, Taliesin Jaffe