FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5734. Basic Dyeing FAQs
We will cover the information that I wish was available when I first started to explore dyeing in 2002. After a brief overview, I will answer your dyeing questions. Panel by Carole Parker.
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5744. Sound in Space
If a ship explodes in space... should an audience hear it...? In science fiction films and other media... do you prefer scientific accuracy, or artistic license...? Join our panel of entertainment professionals for a lively discussion for-and-against... the pros-and-cons... of... SOUND... IN... SPAAAAACE!!! Moderated by David Raiklen and Steve Lee.
David Raiklen, Alexander James Adams, Steve Lee, Adrianne Grady, Tim Griffin
FRI 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
5753. Dyeing For Renters or Those With Limited Space Situations
You do not have to be a chemist to do dyework. We will review easy-to-use safe (even for kids) products that are readily available for the home dyer and what you can do with them. Items that have been dyed using these products will be available for inspection. Panel by Carole Parker.
SAT 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
5785. Building your own R2-D2 and other droids
The R2 Builders Club is world-wide with many Builders taking their completed droids to children's hospitals, charity events, local libraries and similar fund raisers where R2's presence can raise awareness and put a smile on faces. Some Builders simply build their R2 just to have in their living room as a media station. Either way, welcome to the club! The Builders are here at Loscon this weekend to discuss their droids and in this panel will cover the materials and methods, the time and costs involved with building your own, full-size R2-D2 and all of your other favorite Star Wars droids. Moderated by Tom Piedmont.
SAT 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
5796. Classic Days of Ridiculous Star Wars Rumors
Do you remember picking up the latest issue of Fantastic Films, Starlog, or even Star Warp, Space Wars, and StarBurst to hear the latest Star Wars news/rumors? In the late 70's/early 80's we saw headlines such as "Clone Wars Explained", "Mick Jagger is doing the score for The Empire Strikes Back" "Han Solo crosses lightsabers with Darth Vader." We will go over the most ridiculous rumors, and some that even hit close to home. Join Star Wars Historian Richard Woloski, from Skywalking Through Neverland podcast, plus special guests (we would tell you but that would also be a rumor). Moderated by Richard Woloski.
Richard Woloski, Craig Miller, Kevin Toft, Max Cervantes, Sarah Woloski, David Skale
SAT 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5809. From Apollo to the Space Shuttle & beyond
Moderated by Varoujan Gorjian PhD.
Arlene Busby, Chris Butler, G. David Nordley, Varoujan Gorjian_PhD, John Paterson
SAT 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5821. Women in STEM
This program at Loscon is devoted to the idea of encouraging girls and women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: STEM. Some would add the Arts to make this STEAM. How must we change as a society to make this happen? Moderated by Tim Griffin.
Jessica A. Brawner, Melora Larson, Rebecca Inch-Partridge, Tim Griffin
SAT 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
5830. 1980s Czech SF: Bradbury's Shadow
From mimeographed fanzines to bestselling books. Development of Czech science fiction from communist underground to bestselling genre. Moderated by Jaroslav Olsa, Jr.
Jaroslav Olša_Jr., Ivan Adamovič
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
5870. Classics of SF Discussion: C.L. Moore, Doomsday Morning (1957)
C.L. Moore, Doomsday Morning (1957)
Where others rant, this author lights a lantern: looking, as a Star Trek fan sang, at both sides now. Or more. Moore shows her fictional society, its fictional technology, through the human element; always the human element. And we learn why the actor-director protagonist is told he has to put on his play without changing the script even a little.
Moderator John Hertz will lead discussions of three Classics of Science Fiction panels at Loscon XLVIII, one discussion each. Come to as many as you like. You'll be welcome to join in.
Our operating definition is "A classic is a work that survives its own time. After the currents which might have sustained it have changed, it remains, and is seen to be worthwhile for itself." If you have a better definition, bring it.
Each of the three is famous in a different way. Each may be more interesting now than when first published. Have you read them? Have you re-read them?
SUN 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
5878. How Close are we to Warp Drive?
What is a "warp drive?" Does it even make sense, given Lorentz invariance? How much mass energy would it take to make some of these concepts and where would it come from? Moderated by Arlene Busby.
G. David Nordley, Timothy G. Cassidy-Curtis, Arlene Busby,