November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017

Reports




Event Descriptions - Sorted by Date/Time

(NOTE: All events are subject to last minute changes. Please check back often.)


Geek Chic

Time: Friday - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: C. Barkley, J. DeVore, R. Rucker (M)
Description: We don't have to hide anymore. When did it happen and how long will it last?


Play it Again & Again Sam

Time: Friday - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: E. Neely, F. Salvatini (M), A. Woolard
Description: From Peggy Sue Got Married to Ground Hog Day to Click, the classic do over theme is a familiar one. Would we all like to do things over and should we? What would the consequences be (if any).


Young Adult Fantasy & SciFi

Time: Friday - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: T. Cobb, F. Juergensmeyer (M), J. Miller, R. Neumeier
Description: Why are so many of today's popular stories/movies centered around Teens and Tweens?


DNA The Test Dejour

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: M. Brighe, J. Lund, G. Strayer, S. Weiner (M)
Description: How accurate is it? What are they doing with our information? How far do the release forms go? Is the world of Gattaca around the corner??


Dungeon Master 101

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: J. Betts, A. Komins, F. McDonald, K. Sonney (M)
Description: How to run the game your players want.


Faking It in Fandom

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: P. Anderson, L. Feimster, V. Massetti (M)
Description: Never seen the show or movie but know enough of the buzz words to get by. Are you a fan or a fake?


NASA Tech Not Just For Astronauts Anymore

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Boardroom
Panelists: B. Barnett, C. Johns, J. Plaxco (M)
Description: A discussion of everyday tech that used to be high tech. You'd be surprised. What are the new technologies being developed?


Signing To Music

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: D. Krause, J. Miller (M), T. Smith
Description: Many songs rely on feelings instead of words. How to convey this to a non hearing audience. When sign language becomes an interpretive dance.


The Best of the Worst

Time: Friday - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: N. Litherland, R. Martinek, J. Stockman (M)
Description: Popular villains. Yeah we know they're bad, but we love them anyway.


Cyberpunk Future

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: R. Rucker (M)
Description: It's “A history of cyberpunk writing/films and of the advent of our current computers-everwhere scene, leading to some fairly upbeat speculations about future trends.”


How to Podcast

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Boardroom
Panelists: N. Litherland, K. Sonney (M)
Description: Starting up & sustainability tips and tricks


Neuro Linguistic Programming

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: S. Burke (M), L. Darrow
Description: Real or psuedo science. What is it and how has it been used


Not Too Big to Fail

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: M. Mascari, J. Plaxco (M), T. Townsend
Description: Post Apocalypse Currency - What would you use if the economy collapsed? Is there something out there other than the barter system?


Things That Go Bump in the Bedroom

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: T. Jens, V. Massetti (M), P. Taylor
Description: With the current trend of romancing monsters are there any that won't wind up in the bedroom?


What Makes a Blockbuster a Blockbuster?

Time: Friday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: D. Cozort (M), S. Mead
Description: Either you love them or you hate them but what makes them a Blockbuster. Why do some make the grade when others should have?


Consent in fandom

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: M. Darnell (M), JP Kroschel, R. Scheeler
Description: People tend to touch and hug more at conventions then in their everyday life giving the appearance that consent may be less necessary. Join a discussion on the meaning of consent and how not to cross people's boundaries in and out of the convention setting.


Fermilab at 50

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: B. Higgins (M)
Description: West of Chicago, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is celebrating its 50th birthday. Its people have explored the tiniest particles and the most vast features of the cosmos, while developing remarkable technology in their quest. Fermilab has employed Bill Higgins for 39 of those years; with him as your guide, learn about the past, present, and future of particles beneath the prairie.


Hunting the Haunted

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: R. Martinek, P. Taylor (M)
Description: Instead of laughing now everyone is looking for ghosts, Bigfoot and more. Exciting TV or comedic relief?


Hypno Show

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: L. Darrow
Description: a non-embarrassing stage show using audience volunteers for an empowering and fun exploration into how hypnosis can put you in touch with your own inner comedic creativity. Performed by the man who has been the official hypnotist to Sandals and Beaches Resorts and who was the promotional hypnotist on WGN Radio for the Woody Allen movie The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.


LARPS Living the Dream?

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: J. Betts, N.F. Moritz, S. Weiner (M)
Description: Come and discuss the joys and benefits of acting out your role play in the real world instead of on graph paper. Are Live Action Role Players Living the Dream?


Tiny Homes Prep For Living in Space?

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Boardroom
Panelists: J. Lund, M. Mascari, J. Plaxco (M)
Description: Is the current trend of people buying tiny homes good preparation for living in off world habitats.


Where Do I Kick??

Time: Friday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: A. Cerney, C. Horne, C. Koterba, J. Nathan, X. Sobecki, H. Wilper
Description: Basic self defense and how it should differ based on the various biological differences between species. "You can't kick the nads if you can't find them".


Not Your Mother's D & D

Time: Friday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: J. Betts, N. Litherland (M)
Description: Dungeons and Dragons the roll playing game created in the 70's for all us geeks has grown up and out into something else. What is it now and where is it going?


Parenting a non-binary child

Time: Friday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: D. Abzug (M), R. Waterson
Description: Come discuss the pleasures pitfalls and challenges of parenting a non-binary child in today's world.


The Obligatory Vampire Panel

Time: Friday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: D. Fabi, J. Stockman (M)
Description: Good, Bad, tragic, Cursed come discuss your favorite undead.


Topography & Characters

Time: Friday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: R. Garfinkle (M), R. Martinek, N. Silk
Description: How do you use the topography and climate of your alien world to affect your characters?


Dorsi Irregular Business Meeting

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: C. Gobeyn


Global Warming Hello Down There!

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: B. Barnett, C. Moritz, W.A. Tomasson (M)
Description: With the polar ice caps melting and ocean levels rising should we be exploring underwater living?


GoHs Discuss their favorite books

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: D. Abzug, T. Letts, J. Miller, E. Neely, R. Rucker, P. Taylor, H. Wilper
Description: GoHs Discuss their favorite books


Is Science Fiction as Thrilling As It Used To Be?

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: E. Flint, N. Rest (M), K. Strait, J. Zakem
Description: Gary Wolfe, in the May Locus, wrote that after perusing the year's best anthologies, doesn't find as many stories as earth shaking as he did 20 odd years ago. All the work is excellently written, but just not as exciting. Is there any truth in his observation? Are we stuck in a rut? Or are we heading out in new directions in unprecedented ways, though perhaps not in a fashion recognizable by older or more traditional readers of science fiction?


Living on the Spectrum

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: M. Brighe, L. Darrow, JP Kroschel (M)
Description: a discussion of living with ADD ADHD and Autism Spectrum issues.


NBC Preparedness

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: A. Cerney, R. Devault, B. Good, J. Phillips, Dr. Brin Schuler
Description: Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Preparedness. What you need to know in order to survive.


Overlooked Writers

Time: Saturday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: F. Juergensmeyer, R. Martinek, V. Massetti, R. Neumeier
Description: Even with Google you may not have heard of these writers or stories.


Better Living Through Chemistry?

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: L. Darrow, J. Miller, H. Wilper (M)
Description: ADD, ADHD, Depression, etc. What are the pros and cons of our increasing use of drugs?


Bring out Yer' Dead

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: A. Cerney, R. Devault, B. Good, J. Phillips, Dr. Brin Schuler
Description: How do we deal with sudden mass of bodies? Contrary to popular TV shows they're not just gonna walk away. Is Soylent Green the answer?


Creature Comforts

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: C. Barkley, J. Guggenheim (M), C. Moritz
Description: What would you miss the most? Ice, TV, Chocolate etc.


Integrating Instrumentalists

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac A
Panelists: A. McNally, J. Neerenberg
Description: When inviting an instrumentalist to join you, what so you need to know to handle that collaboration gracefully? Lyrics? mp3s? Chord charts? Or even a [gasp] rehearsal in advance? Hear from two folks who have been requested to play with many and diverse groups of performers about what makes them say “Yes, I’d love to play with you!”.


Making it Yourself

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: J. Betts, J. Higgins, T. Letts (M), M. Silver
Description: What are the best tools for your project? Old School - Wood, nails and glue. Or maybe New Age a 3D pen or printer. Scissors or Laser cutter. Which is best? You decide.


Science Fiction on Broadway!!

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: T. Bogolub, J. DeVore, E. Hull, T. Smith, K. Strait (M)
Description: Why does scifi not show up on the stage more often? It's on TV and in the movies why not the stage?


Who Doth Smite Me?

Time: Saturday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: A. Komins, R. Martinek (M), D. Munro
Description: Creating a deity/religion for your world.


Character Development

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: F. Crook, P. Eisenstein, T. Jens, P. Taylor
Description: No you don't have an appointment with your guidance counselor. How to develop well rounded characters for your story. Giving depth and motivations to your secondary characters.


Everything Old is New Again

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: L. Antonelli (M), J. Nikitow
Description: Remember 1967's The Time Tunnel? Well Time Travel is back on TV. How has time travel on TV changed?


ISFIC Board Meeting

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: ISFiC Suite
Description: ISFIC Board Members


Old & Gone??

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: C. Johns (M), F. Salvatini, T. Townsend
Description: Past SciFi topics like lost cities, ESP, and Martian invaders are not used much anymore. Are any old topics worth reviving? If so which ones and how would you like to see the revived.


The Walking Dead

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: J. Betts, J. Guggenheim, M. Munro
Description: No it's not a fan after a 5 day Convention but one of the most popular shows on TV. Where is it going? When and how will it end?


Water Purification

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: A. Cerney, R. Devault, C. Horne, C. Koterba, J. Nathan
Description: Water, Water Everywhere, not a drop is safe to drink.


Worldcon 2022 Bid

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: D. McCarty, H. Montgomery


You Know Nothing John Snow

Time: Saturday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: C. Barkley, P. Hahn, V. Massetti
Description: Game of Thrones is very popular but there is a division between show fans and Song of Fire & Ice reader fans. Can we bring peace to the 7 Kingdoms or at least the 2 fandoms?


Dystopian Humor

Time: Saturday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: D. Fabi (M), E. Flint, D. Munro, F. Pyter
Description: Dystopian doesn't always have to be depressive, repressive and bad. Some people have made fun with it.


Hollywood You Missed One!

Time: Saturday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: M. Brighe, L. Darrow (M), V. Massetti
Description: With Hollywood bombarding us with constant sequels and prequels bring your list of books or short stories they could make instead.


Mental Health Round Table

Time: Saturday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: J. Nikitow, F. Salvatini, J. Stockman (M)
Description: A round table discussion of mental health in fandom in general and types of help that may be available


Survival 101

Time: Saturday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: R. Devault, C. Horne, C. Koterba, J. Nathan, L. Parchomenko
Description: What do you want to survive? Hurricane, War, Zombie Apocalypse? The preparations are more similar than you think.


VillianCon Submissions

Time: Saturday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: L. Antonelli, S. Burke (M), C. Gerrib
Description: What if writers of dystopian stories are really submitting their world domination plans for peer review?


Alien Unexplained Cultures

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: J. Cowan, P. Hahn, JP Kroschel, M. Malnekoff (M), N. Silk
Description: How did the Huts gain power on Tatooine? Are there any secrets on Betazed? With all their women naked do Ferengi men get jealous? What are the ER Statistics after Klingon mating rituals?


Developing a Language (Texters need not apply)

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: L. Antonelli, S. Burke (M), R. Martinek, D. Murphy
Description: Since your work is being read here we know it'll probably be in English but your world may have it's own unique slang, terms, or profanities (we won't ask). How to acquaint your reader to this language without interrupting the flow of you narrative.


Dystopian Books

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A
Panelists: E. Flint, R. Frencl, R. Rucker (M)
Description: A discussion of favorite dystopian novels with others


Dystopian Childhood

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: T. Cobb, N. Litherland, D. Munro, R. Neumeier (M)
Description: When did it invade children's literature and why is it so popular.


Going off the Grid

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: D. Cozort, J. Stockman (M), U. Vernon
Description: What are the government regulations regarding living off the grid. What are our rights? Do we have to live the way the government says is we're not hurting anyone?


How to Build Worlds

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: D. Abzug, L. Erlick, M. Mascari, S. Mead (M), P. Taylor
Description: No we don't need the question for the answer 42. The science around building a world for your science fiction story. What are the possible pitfalls in building a whole new world?


Ye Ol' Corner Book Group

Time: Saturday - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: V. Massetti (M), N.F. Moritz, J. Zakem
Description: With the demise of the Corner Book Store and digital on the rise come here and share your favorite books and authors with others. An open discussion for the purpose of finding new books and authors to read.


911 The Apocalypse Is Now

Time: Saturday - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: B. Barnett, D. Murphy, M. Unger (M)
Description: How do Doctors, EMTs and first responders see the beginning of the end?


Drones - Is Big Brother Here??

Time: Saturday - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: R. Martinek, J. Stockman
Description: Is Big Brother Here?? - With micro-technology and HD cameras do we really have privacy or is Big Brother watching us right now?


Fantasy Remakes

Time: Saturday - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: R. Frencl, T. Letts (M), S. Mead, N. Rest
Description: With computer animation reaching new levels of sophistication soon Hollywood will be able to remake & recast any movie with any star. Join a discussion of if they should and what would you like to see redone.


Once Upon a Time There Was A Grimm

Time: Saturday - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: V. Massetti (M), M. Munro, K. Sonney
Description: Fairytales reimagined on television, good or bad.


Will They Get It?

Time: Saturday - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: L. Antonelli (M), E. Distad, R. Garfinkle, A. Woolard
Description: When and what popular culture references/jokes can you write into a story or novel and how can you be sure your reader will understand them.


Don't Try This at Home

Time: Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: JP Kroschel, N. Rest, S. Weiner
Description: Experiments and projects the should not be done by amateurs.


Grandma techy's retirement Palace

Time: Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: J. DeVore, B. Higgins, F. Juergensmeyer, D. Krause, K. Sonney (M)
Description: With the increasing number of retirement homes and communities springing up around us what would the perfect place for the retired tech-Centric fan look like? Come help design the perfect retirement home for fantasy and tech fans alike.


Green Technology

Time: Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: D. Cozort (M), J. Lund, R. Martinek
Description: Where are we now and what are the latest solar, wind and green technologies


Star Trek & Star Wars Money is Honey

Time: Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: J. Cowan, F. Crook, E. Distad, R. Granstaff, S. Mead (M)
Description: How many times and in how many different ways is Hollywood going to milk these franchises for money? When will they go too far or have they already reached it.


The Future of Civilization

Time: Saturday - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: L. Erlick, J. Plaxco, G. Strayer, H. Wilper (M)
Description: Where will science and evolution take us? Will we survive our pollution excess?? Is there a future??


Bill Surrett Memorial

Time: Saturday - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: ISFiC Suite
Description: Bill Surrett Memorial


Art Auction

Time: Saturday - 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Description: Come bid on art and support local artists, Windycon and our charity. Take home a beautiful piece of art for yourself or as a gift.


Bugout Bags

Time: Saturday - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: C. Horne, C. Koterba, J. Nathan, J. Oswald, L. Parchomenko
Description: What's in your bag? Are you ready? What should be in everyone's bag?


Living On or Off the Grid

Time: Saturday - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: B. Higgins, E. Neely, J. Stockman (M), K. Strait
Description: Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs oh my!!! Should every detail of our lives be online? How is this affecting our everyday lives? Companies are hiring technicians to hack online accounts of the people they interview. Facebook posts are used in our courts. When is enough, enough??


Who Is Spiderman This Week?

Time: Saturday - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: D. Abzug (M), T. Bogolub, M. Munro
Description: From Toby McGuire to Tom Holland and beyond. How many times are they going reboot Spiderman, and when is enough, enough.


Writers & Donuts

Time: Saturday - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: ISFiC Suite
Panelists: R. Chwedyk
Description: An opportunity for writers to meet and network. Looking for a critique group, class, info on writers, publishing/self-publishing, editing connections? Or just a place to talk shop? Come on over...........There will be donuts!


Writing for Kids

Time: Saturday - 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: L. Antonelli, R. Frencl, U. Vernon (M)
Description: An Adult discussion about sharing ideas with our youth.


Dystopian Recipes

Time: Saturday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: S. Burke, T. Townsend, S. Weiner (M)
Description: Have a good idea for a womp rat dish? Do rats make good meatloaf as well as burgers? A discussion of cooking with alternative proteins.


The singular they.

Time: Saturday - 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: M. Brighe (M), T. Cobb, JP Kroschel, F. McDonald
Description: What is living a non-binary lifestyle? A discussion of pronouns and the other things big and small that affect you living a non-binary life how is this different in fandom?


50 Shades of BS

Time: Saturday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: N. Litherland, V. Massetti (M), F. McDonald
Description: If you haven't read it, you've heard about it or seen the so called movie versions. What E.L. James got right and wrong about BDSM.


Off the Grid Gourmet

Time: Saturday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: B. Good, J. Oswald, L. Parchomenko, J. Phillips, Dr. Brin Schuler
Description: Growing, raising, storing and preserving our own food is quickly becoming a lost art. Could you eat after your favorite grocery store is gone.


Sex Sells

Time: Saturday - 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: T. Jens, R. Neumeier (M)
Description: Vampires, Werewolves, Shapeshifters and even Zombie fighters are having sex. Do you really have to put platen sex into everything to make it sell.


Are Corporate Villians Overdone??

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: R. Martinek, V. Massetti (M), S. Mead
Description: We used to fear Martian invasions now we fear big business. Are we blowing things out of proportion?


Critter Crunch

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom A


History Crosses Over

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: F. Crook, E. Flint, A. Komins, E. Neely, P. Taylor (M)
Description: What is our fascination with other times and other worlds.


Living off the game

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: D. Abzug (M), N. Litherland
Description: You love the games. You play the games. Now you want to work on designing the games or in the game industry. But how do you break into the field? Come enjoy a Frank discussion on how to break into different levels of the gaming industry.


Measure of Sentience

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: L. Erlick (M), J. Plaxco, H. Wilper
Description: At what point does your program get rights. A discussion regarding when an A.I. becomes a person.


My Favorite Podcasts

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: J. Guggenheim, K. Sonney (M)
Description: A discussion of our favorites. We'll bring ours and you bring yours


Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

Time: Sunday - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: C. Barkley, C. Johns, W.A. Tomasson (M)
Description: A lot of today's technology was yesterday's science fiction. Join a discussion about that past and what might be tomorrow's tech.


Beginning Home Recording

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac A
Panelists: E. Distad, J. Distad, T. Smith
Description: Learn the basics of quality home recording from the pros who do it, who know what works, and what doesn’t.


Book Tour Horror Stories

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: F. Crook, D. Krause (M)
Description: Authors discuss stories from their book tours.


Do You Remember?

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Junior Ballroom BC
Panelists: V. Massetti (M), N. Silk, J. Zakem
Description: Classic sci fi and fantasy from the early days of the genre.


English As A Dead Language

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: T. Cobb, J. Cowan, F. Juergensmeyer, J. Miller (M), K. Strait
Description: With texting being the new communication and cursive writing no longer being taught in school is English going to become a dead language.


How RFID/NFC works

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: L. Antonelli, J. Higgins, R. Waterson (M)
Description: How Radio Frequency IDentification / Near Field Communications work how they fit into our everyday life.


Let's Circle Back

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: E. Flint, S. Mead, W.A. Tomasson, U. Vernon (M)
Description: When Elder Gods Re-Appear - What if the older Gods came back? What if they ALL came back now?


The Obligatory Doctor Who Panel

Time: Sunday - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: C. Barkley, K. Brown, R. Granstaff, P. Hahn (M), M. Silver
Description: Come discuss fandoms favorite Doctor.


Dick's Worlds

Time: Sunday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: L. Erlick, L. Feimster, V. Massetti (M)
Description: With the ever increasing Hollywood films based on the works of Philip K. Dick from Blade Runner, Next, Minority Report thru the Blade runner Sequel to the upcoming American release of Electric Dreams. Panelist discuss the works of this prolific author.


Is Gaming Addiction Real?

Time: Sunday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: D. Abzug (M), F. McDonald, E. Neely, K. Sonney
Description: World of Warcraft, Eve, Knights of the Old Republic can you get addicted to online gaming?


Living the Cartoon

Time: Sunday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: JP Kroschel, T. Letts (M), M. Munro
Description: Live action animation remakes. What cartoons would you like to see be made in live action and who would you cast?


We Need A Bigger Flyswatter. Super Bugs & You

Time: Sunday - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: J. Cowan, J. Lund, J. Nikitow, M. Unger (M), H. Wilper
Description: What happens when all the bacteria become "super bugs" and are resistant to antibiotics?


American Sign Language in Space

Time: Sunday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac B
Panelists: J. Cowan, D. Krause, J. Miller (M)
Description: Can you sign in Klingon, Vulcan or Wookie? What would be the challenges or obstacles to overcome?


Dystopian Movies

Time: Sunday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac C
Panelists: E. Distad, D. Fabi (M), F. Pyter
Description: A discussion of favorite dystopian movies with others


Tarot & Divination

Time: Sunday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Maple
Panelists: K. Brown (M), L. Darrow, M. Silver
Description: Withstanding the test of time. Our fascination with knowing the future.


This Must End

Time: Sunday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Lilac D
Panelists: M. Munro, G. Strayer (M), W.A. Tomasson, U. Vernon
Description: Panelists discuss the most inventive ways to end the world.


Will The Internet Survive the End Times?

Time: Sunday - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Category: Panels
Location: Grand Ballroom H
Panelists: L. Antonelli, C. Johns (M), F. McDonald
Description: Only the Nodes know for sure. Could the internet technology evolve to survive the end of times?