Programming Ideas

Listed below are some of the programs scheduled for this years con. Location and Times will be listed later. Subject to Change

Building Character – How to Write Fictional Heroes and Villains
What happens if you’re trying to write a story but your characters seem flat and boring? If you’re lucky, you sell a best-selling vampire books series (ba-dum!), but for the REST of us, you get help. Never fear! The brother/sister writing duo of Tangent Artists give attendees a high-spirited lecture on the art of character creation, from simple conception to the third dimension. Perfect for all types of writers, be it prose, script, comic, or haiku! (Okay, maybe less so with the Haiku, but you get the idea.)

Business of Writing Workshop
So you’ve written, edited, and finally finished your novel; now what?! Kim Headlee’s workshop covers the business aspects of publishing – from ISBNs to Incorporations and everything in between!

Casting Your Galactic Vote: What reality and SF can tell us about interplanetary governance
Science fiction contemplates a variety of forms of governments once humanity leaves Earth. This session will review some of the forms presented in SF, contrast them with real-world examples, and evaluate which forms may actually be viable for humanity’s future among the stars. Will humanity follow a melting pot emigration model? Does the harshness of space mandate an autocratic authority structure? Will underrepresented populations find more opportunities in space? The questions raised by humanity’s eventual move to the stars represent an interesting conversation for those of us still struggling with our earthbound forms of governance.

Character Designs for Comics
Monica Marier has been designing Characters for over ten years for Animation and Comics. She’ll go over the basics of shapes, body-type, age, posture, which includes the turn-around sheet and the expression sheet. She’ll also address questions like “where do I get costume ideas?” “what does my color pallet say about my character?” and “should I go detailed or simplified?” Bring your sketchbook and pencils and let’s draw some characters!

How Much Science Should a Science Fiction Writer Know?
There are many famous and highly successful works labeled science fiction that have little to no grounding in actual science. Faster than light travel, humanoid aliens capable of interbreeding with humans, telepathy… audiences seem willing to accept highly dubious premises if it leads them to a good story. Does this mean that there are no real rules? Is an author free to edit known science to better suit his or her story?

The Mary Sue Complex
Exactly what is so bad about Mary Sue? Panelists discuss how to craft well-rounded female characters

More Deadly than the Male
From Kipling to Weaver to Once Upon a Time, female power is thrilling and sometimes borders on dangerous; just what makes it so enticing?

Sci-Fi’s Effects on Gender Perception
Science Fiction has, over the years, changed the way the public perceives the roles of men and women. Join panelists as they discuss the most influential works and how their own perceptions have been shaped by sci-fi.

SETI: Are They out There?
Do aliens exist? Do we really want to find out? Panelists discuss the latest in scientific discoveries and theorize about who or what could be out in the black.

So You Want to Play the Theremin
Sarah Clemens teaches the audience how to play the theremin!

Women in the Honorverse
Officers of the Royal Manticoran Navy discuss women in the worlds of David Weber’s novels