ApolloCon 2010

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ApolloCon 2010 Programming Schedule Descriptions
Programming Links
Programming Descriptions
Title
Day
Time
Room
Participants Description
 
75 Years of DC Comics
Sunday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Seattle I
A.T. Campbell III, Chuck Coshow, Scott Cupp (M), A. Lee Martinez, Katy Pace In the past 75 years, DC comics has introduced some of the most iconic characters in our culture today. Are you a Superman Fan or a Batman Fan? Is there a better villain than Lex Luthor? Our panelists discuss the history of DC, its memorable characters, and its impact on modern pop culture.
 
ALAMO, Inc. Board Meeting (open to the public)
Saturday
10:00AM - 12:00PM
BR 5 = Rm #418
Open to the public.
 
Angels: Beyond the Harp and Halo
Friday
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Scottsdale
Rosemary Clement-Moore (M), Alexis Glynn Latner, Stina Leicht, Julia Mandala, Lawrence Person These days, it seems the angels have fallen out of Heaven and onto our bookshelves. Our panelists discuss the wealth of angelic lore, angels and the Apocalypse, and how you turn an unearthly being into a believable character.
 
ApolloCon 2010 Dance
Saturday
10:00PM - ??
Seattle Ballroom
Join us for our Saturday dance
 
ApolloKids: Krav Maga
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Tucson
K. Hutson Price K. Hutson Price demonstrates the basics of Krav Maga for the ApolloKids. Ages 6 to 12. Advanced signup and waiver required.
 
ApolloKids: Origami for Kids
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
BR 1 = Rm #217
Ahliana Byrd
 
ApolloKids: Test Your Tastebuds
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
BR 1 = Rm #217
Lola Allison
 
Arduino Workshop
Saturday
3:00PM-5:00PM
BR 3 = Rm #318
David H Brummel, Barrett Canon Want get started in making your own gadgets using Open Source Hardware? ApolloCon's resident geek and one of the co-hosts of 90.1 KPFT's Technology Bytes join forces to lead you in building the most popular OSH platform, the Arduino, and show you the basics of programming it to drive the circuits of your own gadgets. Attendees will leave with their own Arduino, documentation, and parts for some simple circuits. Limited Attendance. There will be a Materials Fee of $40. No Soldering Required. BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP.
 
Art Demo: Fantastical Robots (2hrs)
Saturday
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Various Locations
Keith Thompson Art Guest of Honor Keith Thompson takes you through the design and drawing of an original robot.
 
Art GoH: Slideshow and Q&A
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Seattle I
Keith Thompson Our fabulous Art Guest of Honor Keith Thompson displays his portfolio and discusses his technique.
 
Artist Reception
Friday
9:00PM - 11:00PM
Various Locations
Teddy Harvia, Bill Hodgson, Rocky Kelley, Cathey Osborne, Patti Prevett, Keith Thompson, Victory Mingle with ApolloCon's artists while enjoying the goodies. Hosted by local artists Anita Haddock, Machael Foegelle, Patti Prevett, and Alison Parker.
 
Autographs: Bennie Grezlik, Lee Thomas, and Lou Antonelli
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Autograph Table
Lou Antonelli, Bennie Grezlik, Lee Thomas Your chance to get your books and memorabilia signed and to chat with our guests. Please, if the line is long, limit the number of items signed to 3. (We reserve the right to enforce the limit.)
 
Autographs: Catherine Asaro and Keith Thompson
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Autograph Table
Catherine Asaro, Keith Thompson Your chance to get your books and memorabilia signed and to chat with our guests. Please, if the line is long, limit the number of items signed to 3. (We reserve the right to enforce the limit.)
 
Autographs: Julia Mandala and Rie Sheridan Rose
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Autograph Table
Julia Mandala, Rie Sheridan Rose Your chance to get your books and memorabilia signed and to chat with our guests. Please, if the line is long, limit the number of items signed to 3. (We reserve the right to enforce the limit.)
 
Autographs: Kimberly Frost and A. Lee Martinez
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Autograph Table
Kimberly Frost, A. Lee Martinez Your chance to get your books and memorabilia signed and to chat with our guests. Please, if the line is long, limit the number of items signed to 3. (We reserve the right to enforce the limit.)
 
Autographs: Rhonda Eudaly and Patrice Sarath
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Autograph Table
Rhonda Eudaly, Patrice Sarath Your chance to get your books and memorabilia signed and to chat with our guests. Please, if the line is long, limit the number of items signed to 3. (We reserve the right to enforce the limit.)
 
Behold! A Pale Horse!
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Seattle I
Lou Antonelli (M), Rhonda Eudaly, Gabrielle S. Faust, Stina Leicht, Derly N. Ramirez II In this world, nothing is certain but Death and taxes. The Pale Horseman has been stalking the pages of literature and art since the very beginning, and will go on well after we meet our mortal ends. Our panelists discuss our fascination with Death as a character, and how our views of dying have changed Death's portrayal in Spec Fic.
 
Belly Up to the Spec Fic Bar
Friday
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Scottsdale
Melanie Miller Fletcher, Bart Kemper, K. Hutson Price, Kathy Thornton, Dave Weingart Scotty had his Scotch. Zaphod Beeblebrox made a mean Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Captain Picard loved his Earl Grey. Our favorite Spec Fic characters love their drinks as much as we do. How will the drinks we love evolve in the future? Can you grow coffee beans in zero-g? Will 'Earthiness' have a totally new meaning at future wine tastings?
 
Bring Out Your Projects!
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
BR 2 = Rm #218
Gather with other fans as you spend quality time at an old-fashioned stitching circle!
 
Charity Auction
Saturday
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Various Locations
Derly N. Ramirez II, Kathy Thornton Who says Charity begins at home? Numerous donors including our guests and artists have provided luscious loot for our silent auction! Charity begins at ApolloCon. Proceeds to Youth Advocates. (Some special or highly contested items may be sold by voice auction during the Art Auction.)
 
Citizen vs. Serf: Our Obsession With Feudal Fantasy
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Scottsdale
Rob Balder (M), C. J. Mills, Ethan Rose, Dave Weingart Western nations have evolved into admittedly imperfect yet reasonably democratic systems of government. Why then, do we seek escape in fantascial stories with feudal overlords?
 
Clothing Cultures: Dem Bones
Sunday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Scottsdale
Cathey Osborne (M), Rie Sheridan Rose, Kathy Thornton, Val Villarreal When did skulls stop being scary and start being fashion? Panelists discuss the skull as fashion accessory and personal statement.
 
Collaboration: Artists and Authors Building a Shared Vision
Sunday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Seattle II
Rob Balder, Bill Hodgson, Rocky Kelley, Cathey Osborne, Keith Thompson (M) Two minds. Two approaches. One project. Our panelists discuss the collaboration of author and artists, from the melding of work styles to creating a cohesive concept.
 
Con Season is in the Air: When a Young Fan's Mind Turns to Flirtation
Friday
8:00PM - 9:00PM
Scottsdale
Teddy Harvia, Cathey Osborne, K. Hutson Price (M), Kathy Thornton Anyone who says geeks don't get any love has certainly never been to a convention! From the flirtatious wink to the stolen kiss, our panelists discuss fun, flirtation, and the possibility of a lasting connection
 
Concerts: Rob Balder
Saturday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Scottsdale
Rob Balder Rob Balder Performs!
 
Ghost of a Rose
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Scottsdale
Ghost of a Rose Ghost of a Rose performs a 50 minute concert.
 
Cons Across Texas
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Scottsdale
Kim Kofmel Texas is a big state with a big and burgeoning con scene. Representatives of fan-run sf cons around the state give you the low-down on who, what, where and when, all on the up and up.
 
Deepwater Horizon: Beyond the Spill
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Tucson
Bart Kemper, Katy Pace (M), Krista Wohlfeil The entire world is horrified by the Deepwater Horizon spill and the potential decades of cleanup and recovery. Our panelists discuss the the spill, the realities of offshore oil production, and how we can prevent future environmental catastrophes.
 
Do SF&F Have a Background Music?
Sunday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Seattle II
Catherine Asaro, Rosemary Clement-Moore (M), Keith Thompson, Dave Weingart It's not just movies that have soundtracks; many writers and even many readers describe conceptual "soundtracks" for their books. Our panelists discuss how and why music influences the writing, reading, and the creation of art in Spec Fic.
 
E-Readers--Trading in Pulp for Pixels
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Seattle II
Bill Crider, Scott Cupp (M), Teddy Harvia, C. J. Mills, K.M. Tolan While some folks cling to dead tree editions, more and more readers are embracing the slimmer, lighter cousin. What are the effects of the growth of the e-Reader market on buying trends? Which device is right for you? And is the experience the same without the feel of paper and that 'new book smell'?
 
Fan Guest of Honor:
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Seattle I
Kim Kofmel, Pat Virzi
 
Fan GoH Pat Virzi: Everything That's Fit to Print
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Various Locations
Pat Virzi Fan Guest of Honor Pat Virzi presents a demonstration on creating an effective publication, giving hints and tips gathered through her years in publication design.
 
Feedback Session
Sunday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Seattle I
Come out and tell the concom about your ApolloCon 2010 experience. Help us improve for 2011!
 
Filk GoH Concert:
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Shift Space
One hour concert featuring our Filk Guest of Honor!
 
Frankenstein: 100 Years on Screen
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tucson
Scott Cupp (M), Keith Irish, Stina Leicht, Derly N. Ramirez II It's been a century since Mary Shelley's creation first lumbered across the silver screen. He's undergone many transformations, gotten a wife, made some monster buddies, and even donned a top hat and tails for a little soft shoe. Our panelists discuss the enduring appeal of Frankenstein's monster, and his impact on society, culture, and how we view the dangers of science.
 
Friday Concert & Show
Friday
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Seattle I
Catherine Asaro, Rob Balder, Dave Weingart, Donald Wolcott Help kick start the weekend with our Friday night concert featuring music, dance, and spoken word performances.
 
Friday Science:
Friday
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Kansas City
 
Fruit of the Lone Star Vine
Friday
10:00PM - 11:00PM
BR 3 = Rm #318
Tammy Coxen Tammy Coxen leads participants through a tasting to the best of Texas wines. Advanced signup required.
 
Future of the Space Industry (Q&A)
Sunday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Seattle I
Paul Abell (M), David H Brummel, Scott R. Padget With the end of the shuttle program and the successful SpaceX launch, the future of manned space flight is more uncertain than ever. Is privitization the answer? Or does government still have a role in humankind's reach for the stars?
 
Greening the Future by Recovering the Past
Sunday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Scottsdale
Mark B. Hall (M), Alexis Glynn Latner, Ethan Rose, Dave Weingart, Krista Wohlfeil They just don't make things the way they used to! Our panelists discuss the concept that recycling isn't just for aluminum cans and plastic bottles. The greenest solution may be to renovate, reuse, and recycle.
 
Guest of Honor Reading: Catherine Asaro featuring Donald Wolcott
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Scottsdale
Catherine Asaro, Donald Wolcott Guest of Honor Catherine Asaro reads (and sings) excerpts from her newest work, 'Diamond Star'.
 
Guest of Honor: Interview with Catherine Asaro
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Seattle I
Catherine Asaro, A.T. Campbell III A. T. Campbell III interviews Guest of Honor Catherine Asaro.
 
Herbs in History & SF/Fantasy
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Tucson
Marianne Dyson, C. J. Mills (M), Rie Sheridan Rose, Robert Stikmanz Medicine is more than little pills made by big pharmaceutical companies. Midwives, healers, witches, and medicine men operate in fantastical and historical fiction without billion dollar R&D budgets. Our panelists discuss the use of herbal remedies and homeopathy in Spec Fic.
 
Horror: Breaking the Rules
Sunday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Seattle II
David B. Carren, Gabrielle S. Faust, Derly N. Ramirez II, Lee Thomas (M) Don't split up. Never buy a house built over an old cemetery. Never read a book of demon summoning aloud. These are rules to surviving until the end, even though our dashing heroes and heroines don't always follow them. Our panelist discuss the rules, how they evolved, and how they can be turned on their heads to create a thrilling story.
 
HSFA Meeting
Sunday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Seattle II
Clif Davis, Mark B. Hall, Bill Parker Who and what is the Houston Science Fiction Association? Find out who we are and what we do by attending the public meeting of the HSFA/FoF, the people who bring you ApolloCon!
 
Hurricane Preparedness 201: The Post-Ike Lessons Learned Story
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Seattle II
Sam Cooper, Kimberly Frost, Bart Kemper (M), Alexis Glynn Latner, Kathy Thornton, Victory With hurricane season well underway, panelists discuss the lessons learned during Hurricane Ike. From evacuation to cleanup (and everything in between), they'll give you tips for surviving Mother Nature's wrath.
 
Iron Artist
Saturday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Tucson
Teddy Harvia, Bill Hodgson, Rocky Kelley (M), Cathey Osborne, Victory Come see our artists vie for the title of 'ApolloCon Iron Artist'.
 
LARP: Cthulhu
Saturday
10:00PM - ??
Tucson
Mythos Houston Cthulhu LARP
 
LARP: Firefly LARP
Friday
9:00PM - ??
Seattle II
Houston Browncoats Firefly LARP
 
Main Gaming
Saturday
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Phoenix
 
Marked for Life: Body Mods in Spec Fic
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Seattle II
Gabrielle S. Faust, Cathey Osborne (M), Lawrence Person, Amy Sisson Tattoos and piercings, brands and surgical procedures. Humanity has developed many ways to improve on the factory original. Our panelists discuss the body mod in Spec Fic. Are they marks of individuality or marks of tribal unity? As we move into the future, how will genetic manipulation affect our ability to stand out in a crowd?
 
Masquerade Muster
Saturday
7:00PM - 9:00PM
Scottsdale
Masquerade entrants gather in advance of the Masquerade for last minute paperwork, workmanship judging, and all the usual back-stage hoo-haw. Last chance to register for the masquerade.
 
Media Round Up 2010
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Scottsdale
Catherine Asaro, A.T. Campbell III (M), David B. Carren, A. Lee Martinez, Derly N. Ramirez II Panelists discuss the best and the worst of spec fic television and movies since ApolloCon 2009. Were there any movies besides Avatar? How does the demise of Lost and Heroes affect the television landscape?
 
Miss Manners for the Information Age
Saturday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Seattle II
Rhonda Eudaly, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Keith Irish, Kathy Thornton (M), Krista Flame wars! Trolls! Flagrant 1337 abuse! With the face-to-face being replaced by the avatar-to-avatar in modern communication, common courtesy and tact seem to be hit-and-run victims on the Information Highway. How can we remind ourselves that there are actual people behind the snarky userpics? What can we do to help foster a culture of courtesy in the Digital Age?
 
Music GoH Concert: Dave Weingart
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Scottsdale
Dave Weingart One hour concert featuring our Music Guest of Honor, Dave Weingart!!
 
Muster Photography
Saturday
7:00PM-8:30PM
Tucson
 
No excuses! Writer's Boot Camp
Sunday
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Seattle II
Michael Bracken, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Rhonda Eudaly, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Patrice Sarath (M) You'd right that best-seller if you just had time, right? But with your spouse, your kids, and your job, you just can't find a minute for yourself. Not anymore! Our panelists discuss how to break the excuse habit, and trade in for an addiction to writing.
 
Of Round Tables and Enchanted Swords
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Scottsdale
Rosemary Clement-Moore (M), C. J. Mills, Cathey Osborne, Katy Pace You know the story, right? A kid pulls a sword out of a stone and one of the most enduring heroes in memory is born. Our panelists discuss the roots of Arthurian legend, from ancient Welsh myths to French literature to the modern portrayal of the Once and Future King.
 
Once Upon a Time: A Storytelling Game
Friday
10:00PM - 11:00PM
Tucson
Keri Bas The story goes where the cards (and your imagination) take you!
 
Open Filk
Saturday
10:00PM - 11:50PM
Scottsdale
"Pick, Pass, or Perform" circle. Listeners as well as performers welcomed.
 
Open Source Hardware
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Various Locations
David H Brummel, Barrett Canon You've probably heard of Open Source Software; you probably use some every day. But what is Open Source Hardware? ApolloCon's resident geek and one of the co-hosts of 90.1 KPFT's Technology Bytes join forces to explain the concepts, survey the main players, and engage in a bit of Show and Tell. In the future, we can make our own gadgets...
 
Opening Ceremonies
Friday
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Seattle I
Catherine Asaro, Kim Kofmel (M), Keith Thompson, Pat Virzi, Dave Weingart Celebrate science fiction and fantasy! Join the concom, our Guests and the Guests of Honor in the official opening of ApolloCon 2010.
 
Origami for Geeks
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
BR 3 = Rm #318
Ahliana Byrd Ahliana Byrd demonstrates origami projects that go beyond the paper crane and into the realm of the Geek.
 
Paper, Pixels, Podcasts
Sunday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Tucson
Michael Bracken (M), Melanie Miller Fletcher, Frank Scheers, Pat Virzi, Mel. White The fan community has come a long way from handwritten letters and mimeographed fanzines. Has the world of techno-options at our fingertips changed how we communicate? How will new technology affect the fan community?
 
Quel Fromage! Cheese Tasting
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
BR 3 = Rm #318
Cathey Osborne Cat Osborne leads participants through a tour of cheese, from the soft to the stinky, all of it is tasty!
 
Readings: A. Lee Martinez and Lee Thomas
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
BR 2 = Rm #218
A. Lee Martinez, Lee Thomas Kicking off our reading series.
 
Readings: Rhonda Eudaly and Julia Mandala
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
BR 2 = Rm #218
Rhonda Eudaly, Julia Mandala
 
Readings: Bennie Grezlik and Patrice Sarath
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
BR 2 = Rm #218
Bennie Grezlik, Patrice Sarath
 
Readings: Kimberly Frost and Rie Sheridan Rose
Saturday
4:00PM - 5:00PM
BR 2 = Rm #218
Kimberly Frost, Rie Sheridan Rose
 
Readings: Alexis Glynn Latner
Sunday
12:00PM - 01:00PM
Tucson
Alexis Glynn Latner
 
Saturday Night Masquerade & Show
Saturday
8:00PM - 10:00PM
Kansas City
Catherine Asaro, Rob Balder, Dave Weingart (M), Donald Wolcott Our Big Show combining the talents of many! Order of show with approximate start times: Introduction (8pm), Music with Dave Weingart (8:10pm), Masquerade (8:20pm), Music with Catherine Asaro and Donald Wolcott, Awards (9:30pm). Doors open for seating at 7:45pm (approximately, please be patient)
 
Scenario Paintball: LARP That Shoots From the Hip
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Kansas City
Bobby Goedecke, Bobby Gogolin, Karey Gogolin, Chance Rushing, Frank Scheers Gaming, Science fiction, Fantasy, sports. Find out what ties all these things together in one little ball flying at you at nearly 300 feet per second. Join Bobby "Darkman" Gogolin, his wife Karey, Chance 'Clearush' Rushing, and more as we introduce you in
 
Scientific Advancement vs. Social Stigma
Sunday
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Seattle I
Lou Antonelli, Kimberly Frost (M), Teddy Harvia, Alexis Glynn Latner, Mel. White For as long as there has been science, there has been the bleeding edge--progress at odds with social norms. Centuries ago, no one believed the earth rotated around the sun. For years, the concept of 'zero' was a religious heresy. Today society balks at the thought of cloning and artificial intelligence. How do we balance our cultural identity and values with our ingrained curiosity and desire for progress?
 
Scotch Tasting Circle: Surveying the Speysides
Saturday
11:00PM - 12:00AM
BR 3 = Rm #318
Paul Abell, David H Brummel, Mark B. Hall Our intrepid trio of Scotch geeks want share their private caches of Scotch to present a survey of single malt whiskies from the Speyside region of Scotland.
 
Scotch Tasting Circle: Whatcha got there?
Friday
11:00PM - 12:00AM
BR 1 = Rm #217
Paul Abell, David H Brummel, Mark B. Hall Our intrepid trio of Scotch geeks want you, yes YOU to share your gems of the Water of Life with them. Limited attendance.
 
Sex, the Young Adult, and the YA novel
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Seattle II
Rosemary Clement-Moore, Melanie Miller Fletcher, K. Hutson Price, Amy Sisson (M), Lee Thomas YA fantasy is broaching some very intense subjects: politics, sex, violence, sadism. Does this reflect a broader trend in fantasy or one in YA fiction in general? What are the ramifications and repercussions?
 
SF Civil Rights Scorecard
Saturday
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Seattle I
David B. Carren, Alexis Glynn Latner, Julia Mandala, Patrice Sarath, Lee Thomas (M) Spec Fic writers and fans pride themselves on being forward thinking in our approach to things like technology and exploration. Does that forward thinking extend to how we treat our fellow humans? Our panelists discuss how SF/F literature and media deal with women's issues, racial groups, sexual orientation/gender identity, and other civil rights issues.
 
Shall We Play a Game?
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Seattle II
Rob Balder, Julia Mandala, A. Lee Martinez, K. Hutson Price (M) Care for a game of 3D chess? Are you ready for the next Tri-Wizard Tournament? Our panelists discuss the use of games and sports in Spec Fic. We only have one piece of advice: let the Wookie win.
 
Shiver Up Your Spine
Friday
10:00PM - 11:00PM
Seattle I
Michael Bracken, David B. Carren, Gabrielle S. Faust, Stina Leicht (M), Lee Thomas It's the tingle on the back of your neck hours after the hero has vanquished the monster. It's the way your heart pounds when the killer jumps out from behind the door in your favorite book. The well-told horror story can bypass our rational mind and tap right into our primitive fears. Our panelists discuss this phenomenon, and how horror writers tap into our lizard brain.
 
Soapbox Panel: Get it off Your Chest
Friday
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Tucson
Lou Antonelli, Rosemary Clement-Moore (M), Derly N. Ramirez II, Pat Virzi Wanna find out what our panelists REALLY want to talk about? Watch them grapple for the soapbox to make their chance to talk about the subjects concoms never seem to put on the schedule.
 
Starbase Houston Meeting (open to the public)
Sunday
12:00PM-2:00PM
BR 1 = Rm #217
 
Starbase Houston Trivia Challenge!
Saturday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Various Locations
Starbase Houston presents the Starbase Houston Trivia Challenge! Three random contestants put their trivia skills to the test for fun and prizes in this Jeopardy-style SF trivia challenge.
 
Steam Heat
Saturday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Seattle I
O.M. Grey, Rocky Kelley, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Alexis Glynn Latner (M), Scott R. Padget Steampunk has been described as Goth for people who have discovered brown. In reality, it is much more than that. Our panelists discuss the key literary and visual elements of Steampunk, and how these elements have helped Steampunk gain such popularity.
 
Taking One for the Team: Memorable Supporting Characters
Friday
9:00PM - 10:00PM
Tucson
Rhonda Eudaly, Kimberly Frost (M), Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, A. Lee Martinez, C. J. Why do some supporting characters, good and evil, stick in the reader's mind? Who are these characters? What do such characters contribute to their story?
 
The E-Book Revolution?
Friday
8:00PM - 9:00PM
Tucson
Bill Crider (M), O.M. Grey, Lee Thomas, K.M. Tolan, Mel. White The past year has seen controversy abound in the realm of the e-book. Our panelists discuss the how the changing revenue and distribution models will affect the variety of materials on your electronic bookshelf.
 
The Sentience Quotient: Defining Intelligent Life
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Seattle II
Marianne Dyson, Bennie Grezlik, Teddy Harvia (M), Robert Stikmanz, Mel. White What is sentience? How can we say for certain that one creature is intelligent and another is not? Is true artificial intelligence possible? Our panelists discuss the age-old problem of defining just what (and who) constitutes intelligent life.
 
The Sporting Geek
Sunday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Scottsdale
Lola Allison, Larry Friesen, K. Hutson Price (M), Patrice Sarath Contrary to popular belief, many geeks exercise more than their razor sharp wits and mouse hands. Our panelists describe their forays into the world of sport, and how it has impacted their geek life.
 
There's an App for That: Fan-Friendly Smartphone Apps
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Various Locations
Rob Balder, David H Brummel, Barrett Canon From tracking solar flares to fighting off zombies with Elizabeth Bennet, smartphone apps have something for the geek in all of us. But what exactly is an 'app'? How are they created? And what cool apps are out there for fans to download and enjoy?
 
Things that go Boom!
Sunday
1:00PM - 2:00PM
Seattle I
Larry Friesen (M), Teddy Harvia, Keith Irish, Bart Kemper, Bill Parker From nuclear bombs to fireworks, dynamite to gunpowder, explosives have left an indelible mark on our lives. Our panelists discuss the hows, the whys and the whos of explosives in history and fiction.
 
Though a Lens Darkly
Sunday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Seattle I
Lou Antonelli (M), David B. Carren, Gabrielle S. Faust, Bennie Grezlik, Stina Leicht, Lawrence Person Why are so many current Spec Fic movies so darn dark and depressing? Where are the happy futuristic societies and the peaceful pastoral fantasies? Is the dystopian world a better setting for dramatic tales, or are we just in a dark and gritty phase?
 
Urband Legends: From Bloody Mary to the Hook Man
Saturday
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Tucson
Lou Antonelli (M), Bill Crider, Stina Leicht, Mel. White Maybe it happened to a friend of a friend. Or your aunt's hairstylist's sister's boyfriend. It was horrific, fantastical, and it totally happened. Our panelists discuss these modern day folk tales, and what they say about us as a culture. Oh, and make sure you check the backseat for a serial killer before you leave. We saw it in an email.
 
Walk on the Wild Side: The Attraction of the Anti-Hero
Saturday
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Seattle I
David B. Carren, Rosemary Clement-Moore (M), Gabrielle S. Faust, Lawrence Person, Derly N. Ramirez II They lie. They cheat. They steal. They kick people through engines. And yet we still love them. Our panelists discuss the attraction of the anti-hero, and how we reconcile their moral ambiguity and questionable acts with our own ethical beliefs.
 
What they know now that they didn't know then.
Friday
10:00PM - 11:00PM
Scottsdale
Lou Antonelli, Scott Cupp, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Bennie Grezlik (M), Patrice Sarath Geosynchronous satellites, yes; the Segway, maybe not. Our panelists discuss pieces of technology that SF authors past didn't quite envision.
 
Who is Mary Sue and what does she want?
Saturday
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Seattle II
Rhonda Eudaly, Melanie Miller Fletcher, Lawrence Person, K. Hutson Price (M), Mel. She's seventeen and holds three PhD's. She is part human, party werewolf, and part elf. Her eyes are a sparkling purple. She can solve any problem she comes across and get any lover she wants. She may or may not smell of strawberries. Everybody loves her. She is Mary Sue. Our panelists discuss this Mary Sue and her brother Gary Stu, and their lives in fiction and fan fiction.
 
Writers Workshop A
Saturday
9:00AM - 12:00PM
BR 3 = Rm #318
Patrice Sarath (M) Round-robin peer-critique workshop. (Pre-registration in advance of the con required.)
 
Writing 101
Saturday
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Seattle I
Michael Bracken, Bill Crider (M), Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, Stina Leicht, Julia Is your mind whirling with questions like "where do ideas come from?" or "when can I quit my day job?" then this panel is for you. Pros and emerging pros give the skinny on the art and business of writing.
 
Programming and guests subject to change without notice

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