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FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3729. What's New in the World of Dinosaurs?
Join writer, director, and amateur paleontologist Donald F. Glut in a discussion of what's new and interesting in the world of dinosaurs and paleontology
Donald F. Glut
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3737. Mars in Focus
In orbit around Mars since 2006, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking high and low-resolution images of the surface, along with radar information of the near subsurface and infrared measurements of the surface and atmosphere. Come and hear the latest discoveries and plans for new investigations from a former member of the operations team.
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3744. Climate Change: Fact & Fiction
Come discuss the best (and worst) of climate change fact and fiction with our panelists.
, Alfred Nash, Will Morton, Keith Henson
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3754. Writing for Rookies: Your First Steps Toward the Industry
This panel addresses the question every aspiring writer wants answered: "How do I break into the business?" Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, ThunderCats), the panel includes Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Living Single), and Tony Puryear ( Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser). Topics will include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.
Brandon Easton, Geoffrey Thorne, Erika Alexander, Tony Puryear
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
3761. Dawn, A Tale of Two Bodies
An unprecedented mission that orbited the two largest bodies in the main asteroid belt, Dawn was also an engineering pioneer, using an ion engine to make the whole mission possible. Listen to a former member of the flight team describe both observation targets, what we learned about Vesta and Ceres during this unique mission, and what remains to be done.
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
3768. The Delphic Oracle
4-6 panelists answer questions from the audience, one person at a time, one word at a time until an answer is given or everyone goes insane.
, Laura Pearlman, Martin Young, Harry Turtledove, S.P. Hendrick, Geoffrey Mark
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3775. How to design a spaceship.
When designing a spaceship, function and purpose should directly influence form, but do they? As a society we've spent years imagining vessels for space travel, but in the age of commercial space travel
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Dr. Seth Potter, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Richard Foss, Alfred Nash
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm
3781. The Book Doesn't Matter!
Oh, the movie was good, but it skipped so many things in the book"! So goes the cry of the source-material evangelists. Well, who cares? In this exercise of painting a target on himself, YouTuber Victor Frost will tell you why movie adaptations need not be faithful to the source and, in fact, are probably better if they aren't.
Tech: projector, VGA
SAT 10:00 pm - 10:50 pm
3782. Preparing for Radical Change - PokeMon becomes real
LOSCON introed real VR in the early '90's, and, a decade later, the Makers and then the roboticists. PokeMon is just the first major sample of what's to come. How will we aging technonerds keep up? How many of us really know how to use the current SmartPhones, much less the enhanced AR in the works? Like Steve Barnes' Life Coaching, will we need special educational services to make it possible just to conduct our daily lives?
Steve Barnes, Steve Frankel, Martin Young
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3787. It WAS Science Fiction But
Star Trek and other science fictional works have inspired great inventions. The power of imagination spurred by science fiction has gone on to create wonderful things in our material reality. What are some of these inventions? What are some social changes that have come because we dreamed better in our fiction?
Eric Atkinson, Isabel Schechter, Mark Oshiro
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3796. The Social Politics of Romantic Fantasy
Romantic Fantasy is often characterized not just by sword and sorcery, but a focus on social structure and geopolitical intreigue. How have romantic fantasy stories changed in response to shifting sociopolitical climates?
Laura Frankos, Barbara Hambly, Valerie Estelle Frankel, Leslie Ann Moore
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3804. Colleagues as Family
Former and Current GoHs discuss the close relationships that develop in the SF community
David Gerrold, Harry Turtledove, Barbara Hambly, Michael Siladi
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3814. People of Color In Spaaaaaaace!
You can hate on the idea but we'll be there! What kinds of spaaaaace stories do we want to see ourselves in? What would make a POC-in-space story be different, aside from skin colour? What stories have we read recently that is about non-white people in space that we really liked, and which makes us look forward to the future?
Gregg Castro, Eric Atkinson, Isabel Schechter