Program Schedule is currently operating in support of Loscon 43.

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

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