Program Schedule

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New Orleans

Scheduled as of 2016-11-25 03:00:00

FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3691. Elvish Language Workshop
Get in touch with your inner Hobbit! Learn to read and speak Quenya, Tolkien's Elvish language.
Will Morton

FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
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 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
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

Tech: projector

SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3732. The Heroine's Journey
You know all about the classic heroメs journeyラnow learn about the heroineメs! Weメll chart the heroineメs journey step-by-step from ancient myths to modern reimaginings like Coraline and The Force Awakens. Rather than a sword, the questing heroine wields magic slippers, a mirror, a chalice. Only after she has defeated her dark side, the wicked witch, can she grow into a bestower of wisdom in this beloved pattern favored by fantasy readers and writers. Like the heroメs journey, this pattern is useful for those who enjoy reading and analyzing literature, and also those who want to write it, especially fantasy and coming of age stories. Today the heroine is gaining power as big budget films like the Narnia and The Hunger Games series fill the screens. Itメs an important reminder that fantasy is not just for boys.
Valerie Estelle Frankel

Tech: projector, Microphone

SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3823. From Imagination to TREK Reality
, Harry Otto, John Chichester, Tim Earls

SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3824. The Visual Language of STAR TREK
Casey Bernay, Geoff Mandel, Mike Okuda, Clint Shultz

SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3825. Inside the Roddenberry Vault
Mike Okuda, Denise Okuda, Roger Lay_Jr.

SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3826. Visualizing the TREK Future
Brian Murray, Nathan Schroeder, Rick Sternbach, Tom Southwell

SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
3827. The Art of Rick Sternbach
Rick Sternbach

SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
3745. What if Star Trek Had Never Existed?
For the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, Wired posed this very question. What would sci-fi, fandom, technology, and society look like? Join authors, scientists, and fans in a discussion of an alternate universe without the federation, phasers, and the legacy of the USS Enterprise.
Brad Lyau, David Raiklen, Steve Frankel, Brian K. Lowe, Michael Siladi

SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
3777. YA: What's the Word on Lit for Kids?
Discussion of the latest in YA literature and how that genre is changing (or not).
Maria Alexander, Mark Oshiro

Tech: Microphone

SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3793. Working without an agent
Do you really need an agent? Hear what you can do without one.
James C. Glass, Mel Gilden, Valerie Estelle Frankel, S.P. Hendrick, Maria Alexander

SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3801. The New Hybrid Author Model
Two highly successful authors, whose original successes came through self-publishing, and are now also traditionally-published, discuss the evolution of the new hybrid author model. With plenty of ups and downs, successes and failures, self-publishing has upended all of the traditional thinking regarding the writing and publishing paradigm, and to be successful, today's writer must be flexible and innovative.
J.L. Doty, Debra Holland

SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3810. It SHOULD Be Science Fiction But
There are some pretty terrific things out there which one might think would be science fiction. There are also some pretty horrific things out there which one might think should be science fiction, but is not. From scary animals, to incredible technological advancements, what are your favourites of things that one would think would be science fiction or fantasy, but are not?
Laura Pearlman, David Raiklen, Laura Frankos, Brad Lyau