Program Schedule is currently operating in support of Loscon 43.

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

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.
Victor Frost
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.
Priscilla Atwell
FRI 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Houston

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.
Chris Butler
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.
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
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.
Will Morton
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.
Steve Frankel
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?
John Hertz
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
Tech: Microphone

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
Team TLX
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.
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
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.
Peri Charlifu
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
Tech: Microphone

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.
Team TLX
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
Tech: projector

3711. Live Throwing/Sculpting Demonstration
Join us for a live-throwing demonstration with our artist Guest of Honor, sculptor Peri Charlifu
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.
Lady Shadow
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Scottsdale
Tech: Microphones

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
Tech: Microphone

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

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

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.
Steve Frankel
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.
Victor Lockhoff
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.
Todd McCaffrey
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

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 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Atlanta

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 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Boston

3730. Nick Smith Q&A
Join us for a Q&A with our Fan Guest Of Honor Nick Smith, as we discuss what brought him to fandom and fan music.
Nick Smith, Michael Siladi
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Marquis 2

3731. Shotokan Karate Workshop
Participate in a class on the traditional martial art of Shotokan karate. This class is primarily for persons who have never trained, and consists of learning motion for one block, one punch, and one kick, which will be incorporated in faux kata and sparring. The curriculum is designed to be safe, with no contact involved, and an exertion level of low impact aerobics. Instructors are Dr. Keith G. Kato (4th dan) and Kenn S. Bates (3rd dan).
Keith Kato, Kenn Bates
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Marquis 3

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
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, New Orleans
Tech: projector, Microphone

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

3735. Escape the Reevers
You and eleven other people will have one hour to help Kaylee identify clues and solve the puzzles to escape from the Reevers.
Long_Beach Geeks
SAT 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Palm Desert
Tech: Sound

3733. Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Space Travel and Human Manifest Destiny
Is the expansion of humankind throughout space both justified and inevitable? Discuss.
Alfred Nash, Dr. Gregory Benford, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Richard Foss, Eric Atkinson, Gregg Castro
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Saint Louis

3734. How Do I Find It?: Doing Research
A librarian will show you research methods that will help you find that information you need as well as possible sources you may find helpful.
Val Ontell
SAT 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Scottsdale
Tech: Projector, Screen; WiFi

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 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Atlanta

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.
Bridget Landry
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Boston

3738. All about editing - and editors
Given that as much (or more!) time is spent editing as writing, what tips, tricks, and traps are there to be aware of as a writer? What's the difference between a developmental edit/editor, a line edit/editor, and a copy edit/editor? Where can aspiring writers find editors? Come hear our panelists' favorite tips, tricks, advice, and traps to avoid, during editing.
, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Laurie Tom, Richard Foss, Tim Powers, S.B. Divya
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Chicago

3828. Autographs
Dr. Gregory Benford, Debra Holland
SAT 11:30 am - 11:55 am, Dealers Hall

3739. Peri Charlifu Q&A
Join us for a Q&A with our artist guest of honor Peri Charlifu, including a brief overview of his works
Peri Charlifu, Michael Siladi
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Marquis 2

3740. Something Wonderful Right Away
Learn a series of Improv/theater games that can help you with developing character, public speaking and are really fun
E.E. King
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Marquis 3

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

3742. Forry J Ackerman's Centennial Birthday
As this year would have been the centennial of Forry J Acerman's birth, panelists discuss his life, work, and legacy in science fiction and fandom.
Charles Lee Jackson_III, June Moffatt, Thomas Khamis
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Saint Louis

3741. Star Trek Music and Sound
Beam behind the scenes and hear iconic music and innovative sounds of Star Trek:TOS and the Trek Universe. We'll explore how amazing sounds made history and live on today. Spock's Battle Theme will be played!
David Raiklen
SAT 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Scottsdale
Tech: Sound, Microphones

3829. Autographs
James C. Glass, Donald F. Glut
SAT 12:00 pm - 12:25 pm, Dealers Hall

3830. Autographs
Laura Frankos, Harry Turtledove, Eric Atkinson
SAT 12:30 pm - 12:55 pm, Dealers Hall

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 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Atlanta

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 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Boston

3746. How Game of Thrones Will End: The Influences Driving the Show and All the Paths It May Take
Game of Thrones takes its story from many influences: the War of the Roses, King Arthur, Norse and Celtic myth as well as modern classics. Will the story end like Lord of the Rings or completely invert it? How about Ragnarok with its three-year Winter of the Winds and Winter of the Wolf? Pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel examines the sources and predicts the likeliest Game of Thrones ending. By tracing the prophecies of the early books, which correspond directly to the steps of the heroineメs journey, Daenerysメs surprising path becomes clear as she will モwake the dragonヤ and harness a surprising magic. Is Jon Snow destined to be her lover, her nemesis, her sacrifice, or all three? And what of Bran? Or Tyrion? What does Varys really want? In the end, the key to salvation lies in the forgotten lore hidden at Oldtown and Dragonstone, in the words of the Faceless Men and the Red Priests. For the endless winter is dark and full of terrorsナand itメs coming. No show spoilers, but lots of speculation.
Valerie Estelle Frankel
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector

3831. Autographs
E.E. King, Mel Gilden, S.B. Divya
SAT 1:00 pm - 1:25 pm, Dealers Hall

3747. Stealing From The Best
From the adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" into "Forbidden Planet" and H. G. Wells's "The Time Machine" into "Time After Time", writers have been "borrowing" themes and situations from other writers and turning them into something new and different.
Jacqui Freas Baric, S.P. Hendrick, Harry Turtledove, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Laura Frankos, Tim Powers
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 2
Tech: projector, sound, HDMI, Microphone, Water

3748. The Traditional Thanksgiving David Gerrold Garage-Cleaning Charity Auction!
Here's how it works, David Gerrold will load up the car with several boxes of stuff he doesn't want anymore -- or stuff that other people have donated. Books, records, DVDs, tapes, toys, comics, scripts, galley proofs, manuscripts, stuff that piles up like old bones at the back of the dragon's cave. Then sometime on Saturday, the contents of those boxes will be spread out across several tables and David will auction them off until both he and everyone else in the room are emotionally and physically exhausted. The auction is always fun -- you don't have to buy anything. If you don't, we'll just hold you upside down by your ankles and shake the nickels out of your jeans and force you to take something home anyway. Then, David takes the money, cackles like a madman, and gives it to a worthwhile cause. This year it's the Science Fiction Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund. Remember, the more stuff that we clean out of David's garage, the more stuff we can put in yours!
David Gerrold
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 3

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

3752. Project Funway
See the description and FAQs for more information
SAT 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm, New York

3749. Pokeadventure!
Come join your fellow Pokemon trainers for a local Poke adventure. We will meet at the Pokestop on the patio and wander from there.
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Patio

3750. Convention Revival or Too Damn Many New Cons?
New conventions seem to pop up daily whether it be a new comic con or a media specific con or other niche con. Join us as we discuss how this relatively new trend has this impacted conventions decades old and how do we see this impacting our future fan demographics in the next few years.
Anastasia Hunter, Michael Siladi, Val Ontell, Isabel Schechter
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Saint Louis

3751. Preservation of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Fandom
How are fan collections and fan history stored today, and how will they be held in posterity in the future?
Nick Smith, Julia Ree
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Scottsdale

3832. Autographs
Barbara Hambly, Terry Madden
SAT 1:30 pm - 1:55 pm, Dealers Hall

3833. Autographs
Larry Niven, J.L. Doty, Taliesin Jaffe
SAT 2:00 pm - 2:25 pm, Dealers Hall

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 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Atlanta

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
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Boston
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone

3755. The Changing Face of Comics: How Diversity Makes More Fans
The panel is meant to discuss how the inclusion of characters in the hero space that are not traditionally seen is helping to spread fandom.
Nikia Chaney, , Valerie Estelle Frankel, Gregg Castro, Taliesin Jaffe
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone

3834. Autographs
S.P. Hendrick, Daryl G. Frazetti
SAT 2:30 pm - 2:55 pm, Dealers Hall

3756. Space Command
Preview screening of first the episode with cast.
Doug Jones, Mira Furlan, Marc Zicree, Ron Thornton, David Raiklen
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 2
Tech: projector, sound, HDMI, Microphone

3757. Life in the current middle ages
Do you go to the renaissance fair every year? Consider Mediaeval Times a fun dinner out? Do you own multiple copies of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and/or The Princess Bride? / Then you should consider the SCA. / We recreate all aspects of the middle ages and renaissance, including armored and rapier combat, and will be demonstrating add much add we can at Los Con. Stop by and see what it's all about.
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 3

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

3759. Is Digital art cheating?
The trend in art, especially at convention art shows, seems to be moving to the digital medium. Is push button art cheating, or is there more to it then that? Can a monkey do digital art, or does it still take skill, knowledge and creativity? This is a good panel for other artists to sit in on
Peri Charlifu, Victor Frost, Chris Butler
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Saint Louis

3758. Krypton_Radio Acting Workshop
Guests will read scenes from Krypton_Radio's new science fiction radio series, "Halfway Home: Adventures in the Asteroid Belt". Learn how radio dramas are produced, how voice over artists work in production, and get a taste of this great new radio series. Be prepared to have fun and learn something in the process!
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Scottsdale
Tech: Sound, Microphones, Power for computers, mixer. We have our own mixer.

3835. Autographs
Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers
SAT 3:00 pm - 3:25 pm, Dealers Hall

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 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Atlanta

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.
Bridget Landry
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Boston

3762. Where is my flying car?! Asks a New Generation
Science fiction promised us the stars in the 21st century... well, we're here and I don't even own a single jetpack! What gives? In this panel, we'll talk about all the sci-fi technology that didn't happen and the ones that, surprisingly, did.
Victor Frost, S.B. Divya, Chris Holcomb, Shannon Muir
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA

3836. Autographs
Doug Jones, Mira Furlan, Marc Zicree, Ron Thornton, David Raiklen
SAT 4:00 pm - 4:25 pm, Dealers Hall

3763. DC Nation
DC Entertainment has launched an Extended Universe. Flash, Arrow and Supergirl are very well recieved successes. The Movies are making a space for themselves while Marvel Phase 3 plays out. The Animated Universes are growing and expanding. Join us as we discuss the future of the DC film and television universe.
Marv Wolfman, Taliesin Jaffe, Donald F. Glut, Valerie Estelle Frankel
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 2

3764. Belly Dance Workshop
Learn Tribal Belly Dance and release your Geek
Lizet Madeira, Madeira_Moon_Belly_Dance_Troupe
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Marquis 3

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

3765. Classics of Science Fiction - The Lanthanide Series: The Sirens of Titan
Inventive, check. Novel about the meaninglessness of it all, check. The Times Literary Supplement said モHe is doing something unique to science fiction.ヤ This may be true. No one else seems to have done anything like this to us. Extra credit: more, or less, didactic than Troopers? Than Andromeda? Why?
John Hertz
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Saint Louis

3766. Preparing a portfolio for the beginning artist
Preparing a portfolio and approaching shops and galleries. You donメt have to spend a fortune to make a professional looking portfolio! We will talk about what to include, the tricks and ideas from an artist who has been there!
Peri Charlifu
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, Scottsdale

3837. Autographs
Maria Alexander, Steve Barnes
SAT 4:30 pm - 4:55 pm, Dealers Hall

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 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Atlanta

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 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Boston

3769. NOBILITY Producer's Cut Screening
Come see the Remastered Producer's Cut of this epic love note to Sci-Fi featuring the Heroes you're NOT looking for - but the ones Humanity needs. This star-studded action/adventure story is the perfect mash-up of Action, Drama, and Comedy! In the tenor of Farscape & Doctor Who, Nobility stars Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1), Darren Jacobs (Royal Shakespeare Company), Torri Higginson (Stargate Atlantis), Ellen Dubin (Lexx), and James Kyson (Heroes).
E.J. De la Peña, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Grant McAlpine, Mary Jane De la Peña, James Ganiere
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone

3770. Science Fiction Poetry
Speculative poetry is a rising professional field in our infinitely diverse genre! The Science Fiction Poetry Association elected Bryan Thao Worra as its new president; new markets have arisen offering professional rates for cutting-edge poetic forms; new stars are coming out of the poetry field exploring the speculative in what is a very experimental form. Find out more about where you can read such works and where the field might head into next!
Bryan Thao Worra, Jaymee Goh, Nikia Chaney
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Marquis 3
Tech: Microphone

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 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, New Orleans

3771. How to Panel at Conventions!
Have you ever thought about doing a panel at a convention but didn't know where to start? Well, now you can learn how from a man who, arguably, does too many. He may have a problem, but his problem is your solution! Join your host Victor Frost as he teaches you How to Panel at Conventions!
Victor Frost
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Saint Louis

3772. Rogue Read & Critique
Bring 1200-1500 words of a work in progress. In a supportive environment we'll listen and give feedback.
Robert Mitchell Evans
SAT 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm, Saint Louis

3773. Breaking his Rocky Horror Cherry, Live
Somehow, there's a gay man who has NEVER SEEN ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. He was apparently raised in a windowless room in a basement in Rancho Cucamonga. Crys and Chris are Bitches & Money, and they take podcasting very seriously. Join them live as Money processes this bananpants cult classic in real time, unfiltered, with the comedy stylings that only these two can bring.
Crys Pretzman, Chris Holcomb
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm, Scottsdale

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 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Atlanta

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 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Boston

3776. Let's write a film!
Help us make better sci-fi movies. LosCon attendees are some of the smartest, best read people in the world, and we would like your input in the films we're making. This panel is a kind of pre-production focus group/round table. It is completely interactive - a back & forth discussion about the ideas we're working on. There will be a trailer and we will "pitch" ideas to the audience. We absolutely welcome the audience to shout "CLICHE" when they hear one and also clap if they hear something they like. All input & ideas are welcome!
Geoffrey Mark
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Chicago
Tech: Sound, Microphones

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
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, New Orleans
Tech: Microphone

3778. Religious Drinking, or, The Modern Dionysios!
Discussion of ecstasy and exhaltation whether sensual, drunken, sacred or all three. Panelists should be brewers, drinkers and religious thinkers.
Mark Poliner, Darnell Coleman, Martin Young
SAT 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Scottsdale

3779. The History and Culture of Mead
From Babalyon and Beowolf to Hogwarts and beyond, come explore the historical and cultural aspects of mead. Drinks of the Gods, Kings, and Wizards.
Mark Poliner, Mike Geesing, Margo Geesing
SAT 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm, Scottsdale

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
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Atlanta
Tech: Microphone

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.
Victor Frost
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Boston
Tech: projector, VGA

3783. NaNoWriMo Write In Saturday 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
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Philadelphia

3784. Have you paid your dues? Alternative market place: Where to sell your art outside doing cover art
Letメs face it, itメs a tough world for the artist and even tougher for the artist trying to break into the magazine and book cover world. Let our Panel of professionals give you some hints about other ways to make it big in the art world!
Peri Charlifu, Geoffrey Mark
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Saint Louis

3785. Roddenberry's Forgotten Dreams
From the TOS episode "Assignment: Earth" until Star Trek: The Motion Picture Gene Roddenberry attempted to launch a number of SF television programs that never progressed beyond an aired pilot. Join us as our panel discusses the shows that might have been.
Robert Mitchell Evans
SAT 9:00 pm - 9:50 pm, Saint Louis

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
SAT 10:00 pm - 10:50 pm, Boston

3726. 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.
Todd McCaffrey
SAT 10:00 pm - 11:59 pm, Chicago
Tech: It needs a separate room, not too late at night, not too early.

3821. Sunday Services
Darnell Coleman
SUN 9:00 am - 10:00 am, Atlanta

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 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Atlanta

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 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Boston

3788. Frank Kelly Freas: Tales of an Artist
Enjoy a conversation with Jacqui Freas Baric, daughter of Frank Kelly Freas, on his life and career. Enjoy original examples of his artwork, from NASA to Star Trek.
Jacqui Freas Baric, Joyce McCarthy
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone

3789. Hair flower and other accessories workshop
Hands-on approach to making these fun accessories for either costume or real life use. Some materials provided
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Houston

3790. The Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017: When, Where, and How to see it
On Aug. 21, 2017 (next year!), the US will experience its first solar eclipse visible to the full continent since 1979. Where can you go see it? How long will it last? How do you view it safely? We've got all your answers!
Trina Ray
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Marquis 1

3791. Military Science Fiction - A Retrospective
A look back at Military SF, from Wells to Weber, and including the current state of the genre, as seen from both some of the top authors in the genre, as well as a real world military veteran.
Christopher Beilby, Dr. Jerry Pournelle, Corporal Joseph Slackie_RMMC
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Marquis 2
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, Microphone

3792. Tai Chi Workshop
Join us for an hour of the Chinese health system with our resident expert, Steve Barnes. Open to all levels, wear loose clothes and a playful attitude.
Steve Barnes
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Marquis 3

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 10:00 am - 11:15 am, New Orleans

3795. 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.
Victor Lockhoff
SUN 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Saint Louis
Tech: Power strips.

3794. Klingon Language Workshop
Learn to speak the language spoken by the Klingons of Star Trek
Will Morton
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am, Scottsdale
Tech: Projector, Sound, Microphones, Ability to show Power Point charts and You Tube videos

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 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Boston

3822. 50 years of Star Trek props: Star Trek: TNG/DS9 and more
Discuss Star Trek props and their stories with two of the prop fabricators who created many of the iconic props for the 80's series and it's spin offs, movies and webisodes.
Bear Burge, Max Cervantes
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Chicago

3797. The Odds of Gods (in Spaaaaaaaace!)
We assume that the future must be secular, because we assume science is incompatible with religion. This might not be the case! From alien religions, to the demystification of the divine, to the evolution of human religions, portrayals of religion in the distant future are present in science fiction. Let's discuss some of these portrayals and what we think about them from a variety of perspectives.
Gregg Castro, Aviya Amir, Isabel Schechter
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Houston

3798. Big Wheels on Mars: Curiosity and Mars 2020
Curiosity is the largest rover yet sent to Mars, and has a large suite of instruments to investigate the atmosphere, the surface, and what lies beneath. In its years on the Martian surface, it has travelled far and revealed fascinating insights. Mars 2020 will be a rover in the same style, with new instruments to investigate other facets of the Red Planet, collecting and caching samples along the way. Kim Steadman, an operations team member on both will give you the low-down on both missions, what we have learned from them, and what more we hope to learn.
Kim Steadman
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Marquis 1

3799. Writing Your Story as a Novel vs. Writing a Screenplay
It sounds easier to craft a 120 page script than a 350 page novel. But each field is equally demanding with a unique skillset, which is why most authors only write novels, while others only screenplays. This panel will discuss the skills necessary to survive and prosper in each field. Important for novelists and screenwriters of all levels.
Tony N. Todaro, David Gerrold, Joel Eisenberg, Whitney Davis, Craig Miller
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Marquis 2

3800. Art Show Auction
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Marquis 3

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 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, New Orleans

3802. Captain's Log, Stardate 16112527
A flash fiction writing exercise! Let's pretend we're on a 5-year mission to discover new worlds and write our star logs. Be inspired by each other! Writing materials will be provided.
Jaymee Goh
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, Philadelphia

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.
John Hertz
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Atlanta

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 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Boston

3805. How to Build your props like a pro
Tips, tricks, tools and advice from professional prop fabricators Bear Burge and Max Cervantes
Bear Burge, Max Cervantes
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Chicago

3806. Revisiting Themes and Tropes vs. Being Lazy
Some writers re-visit the same themes over and over again in order to tell new stories. Other writers, uh, recycle themes and their stories rely on the same themes and tropes that they've practically told the same story, just with different characters. Let's compare and contrast writers and works that do either, and talk about what the key differences are.
Mark Oshiro, John DeChancie, S.P. Hendrick, J.L. Doty
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Houston

3807. Cassini - Science Highlights and The Beginning of the Grand Finale
For over 12 years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn with amazing scientific revelations. In late 2016, Cassini begins the first phase of its final mission, the Ring Skimming Orbits, and in April 2017, the Grand Finale Orbits. With highly inclined orbits that take it over the north to south over both poles, the spacecraft will make amazing unprecedented observations. Cassini swan song will be a final plunge into the gas giant planet itself. This talk will highlight recent scientific results and the unique scientific objectives of the mission.
Trina Ray, Scott Edgington
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 1

3808. How Authors Make Money From Audio Books
Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle De share samples of material and discuss what makes an audio book a money maker
Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle De_Cuir,
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 2

3809. Dueling in the Honorverse
A participatory workshop on personal duels in the world of Honor Harrington covering both the Dreyfus and Ellington protocols. Participants will simulate actual duels, in both protocols, with the use of Nerf pistols.
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Marquis 3
Tech: The Royal_Manticoran_Navy ( is the official Fandom Organization for David Weber's Honor Harrington books.

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
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, New Orleans

3811. Make Your Own Steampunk Medal
Learn some basic sewing and assemblage skills as you create your very own steampunk medal that you can proudly pin on your chest and wear for the rest of the weekend!
Anastasia Hunter
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Philadelphia

3812. The Do's and Don'ts of Humorous Writing
Stand-up comedian Will Morton shares tips of what works and what doesn't in writing humorous genre literature. Audience participation will occur!
Will Morton
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm, Scottsdale
Tech: Projector, Sound, Microphones, The ability to project Power Point charts and You Tube videos

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
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Atlanta
Tech: Microphone

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
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Boston

3815. The Sci-Fi YOU Want To See!
Are the big studios delivering what you, the fans, truly want? Are big budgets and effects filling the space that stories deserve? Is honoring tradition more important than fresh takes on old character arcs? Join creators and actors of your favorite projects to discuss the current state of Sci-Fi, and how independent projects are filling the void to deliver stories that fans crave.
E.J. De la Peña, Tim Cassidy-Curtis, Grant McAlpine, Mary Jane De la Peña, James Ganiere
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Chicago
Tech: projector, sound, VGA, HDMI, Microphone, table microphones

3816. Building your costume with foam vs vacuumform plastic
Professional prop fabricator Bear Burge discusses the pros and cons of these 2 building materials, their longevity,ᅠ how one is a stepping stone to the other and answers the questions:ᅠ what exactly is vacuuforming and why you should consider it!
Bear Burge
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Houston

3817. Pluto: What We've Learned in a Year
Over a year ago, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto and its moon. Many expected an icy, cratered body with little or no activity. The images returned by New Horizons wowed both professional astronomers and the public alike. Pluto was revealed to be a complex, geologically active world with a モheartヤ. After a brief history of Pluto, the latest, amazing scientific results will be presented.
Scott Edgington
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 1

3818. Best Advice I Never Got
Come join our panel of authors to find out what advice they wish you had gotten, but didn't, when they started their writing careers.
, Larry Niven, Laurie Tom, Laura Frankos, Harry Turtledove, Maria Alexander, Steve Barnes
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Marquis 2

3819. Yarn Hair Falls workshop
Build a set of costume hairfalls from yarn. Some yarn, elastics and scissors provided, if you have a favorite color, bring a skein of yarn with you.
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Philadelphia

3820. Presenting your work!
Learn how to take a finished piece and get it ready for presentation. Most art shows will not take a piece of work that is not at least matted. Learn how to mount, mat and frame your work. Youメre a 3D artist? You need to know how to present that as well.
Peri Charlifu
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm, Scottsdale