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Friday Programming



Scheduled Gaming   6:00 a.m.         Cascade 11 & 12

Board games! Card games! Table top and live action roleplaying games! No matter what your game is, we have a place for you. If the game you want to play isn’t on the schedule, talk to one of our staff and we’ll get a table and signup sheet set up for you in the Cascade rooms.

Pro Roy


Open Gaming            8:00 a.m.         Rotunda 1 & 2

Board games! Card games! Table top and live action roleplaying games! No matter what your game is, we have a place for you. If you just want some table space to play with friends, the Rotunda is available for open gaming all weekend on a first-come first-serve basis.

Pro Roy


Pattern Alteration for the Luxury-sized Fan         9:00 a.m.         Cascade 5

A demo and Q&A session, with special techniques to create a great fit for your figure type.

Margo Loes, Molly Boone, Katrina Marier, Richard Stephens


Cities of the Future   9:00 a.m.         Cascade 6

More than half the human race now lives in cities but some are more successful than others. What will the cities of the future look like?

Chris Konker, Larry Lewis, Bridget Coila


Biotech of Interstellar Travel          9:00 a.m.         Cascade 7

Interstellar travel isn't like a jaunt around the park. Along with the engineering aspects involved in such a journey, there are a lot of biological things to think about, too. Cold sleep, radiation tolerance, recycling… the list goes on.

Jim Kling, G. David Nordley, Mary Rosenblum, Jeff Carlson, Bob Crichton


Writers Koffee Klatch           9:00 a.m.         Cascade 8

Come spend time with some very good writers in an informal setting.


Poets and Artist Koffee Klatch       9:00 a.m.         Cascade 9

Come spend an hour with some of our fine artists and poets in an informal setting.


Reading: John P. Alexander           10:00 a.m.       Cascade 3

I Bonita Big Witch on Campus – The adventures of an immortal witch on a modern university campus and across the centuries. – Rated PG

John P. Alexander


Breaking Into Comics and Cartooning      10:00 a.m.       Cascade 5

A hoary perennial but always of interest. The challenges of becoming a cartoonist, and how to break into the business. Everything from what brushes are the best, to how to get a Xeric grant.

Donna Barr, Larry Lewis


Clothing of the Middle Kingdom    10:00 a.m.       Cascade 6

Chinese culture goes back thousands of years and has undergone profound fashion changes, resulting in a collection of court garb that is as exotic as anything in a science fiction or fantasy film. Our panel takes you on a visual tour of some of the key fashion eras of ancient China.

Lori Edwards, Melissa Quinn, Katrina Marier


Creating Emotion-Driven SF/F        10:00 a.m.       Cascade 7

Speculative fiction is often called the fiction of ideas, but wonderful ideas will never see print unless they create an emotional impact. Learn to begin with emotion and then wrap the story around character to affect the reader.

Brenda Cooper, Jeff Soesbe, Alma Alexander, Grá Linnaea, Warren Hammond


Human Being: Do we have a future?         10:00 a.m.       Cascade 8

Where are we going with the genome? The news talks about what kind of good stuff could come of this... genetic diseases cured, depression gone, fat? But what comes with it? Can you design a human who will love flipping burgers all their life for pennies?

Greg Paddock, Matt Bamberger, Annie Morton, David Walton


Let’s Make a Movie Part 1 – Plan It!           10:00 a.m.       Cascade 10

You were there for part 0, right? Quick! Time travel! In part 1, we go over the plan, figure out the gear, work up a story, write the script, plan the shoot, and pretty much anything else we can think of. That's right, from soup to nuts, we're going to make an entire movie here at Norwescon. This is your chance to be a part of the annual fun and learn how to make a movie on a budget so tiny calling it "shoestring" would be an insult to shoestrings. The key to making a movie, of course, is good planning!

Edward Martin III, Brian Oberquell, Ryan K. Johnson, Eric Morgret


Filk 101           10:00 a.m.       Evergreen 4

A panel for those that really don’t know what we mean when we talk about filk, and are curious.

Beth Runnerwolf, David Nassett, Sr.


Lost Civilizations Workshop, Part 1           10:00 a.m.       Olympic 1

What would your own personal Lost Civilization look like? Create one using a variety of techniques.

Kim Poua


Butch Honeck: Lost Wax Casting  10:00 a.m.       Grand 2

Butch Honeck shows us the art of lost wax casting.

Butch Honeck


Reading: Harold Gross        10:30 a.m.       Cascade 3


Harold Gross


Reading: Rhiannon Held     11:00 a.m.       Cascade 3

Walks With Death – Urban fantasy novel – Rated PG

Rhiannon Held


Costume Project Management       11:00 a.m.       Cascade 4

Planning a large cast masquerade entry or designing costumes for a big stage show? This panel will help you with practical ways to budget time, money and people resources. We will also share tips to make sure everyone is still talking to each other at the end of the show.

Anita Taylor, Richard Stephens, JoAnne Kirley, Molly Boone, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Hall


Extending the Brain 11:00 a.m.       Cascade 5

Retinal implants, cochlear implants, cortical pacemakers, TMS stimulation. What will you have on your mind tomorrow?

Bluejack, Mark Teppo, Bridget Coila, David Walton


Priced to Sell 11:00 a.m.       Cascade 6

Pricing strategies and marketing tools to make the sale.

Russell D. Campbell, John R. Gray III, Butch Honeck, Rebecca Schumacher Cox


Writing Essentials: Common Problems with Submissions        11:00 a.m.       Cascade 7

... that dismiss you as an amateur. Panelists will share common writing and submission issues that can lead to immediate rejection. Includes submission flaws, ignoring market guidelines, poor spelling/grammar, pastiches, bad/desperate attitudes. Also, how to keep records, do follow-up, close unresponsive submissions, etc.

Janna Silverstein, L.J. Bothell, Wolf Lahti, Richelle Mead


Writing Magic 101     11:00 a.m.       Cascade 9

What rules do you need to establish when writing with magic in a story?

Renee Stern, Kevin Radthorne, Jennifer Brozek, Alma Alexander


Lost    11:00 a.m.       Evergreen 1

Here we go again: Is the new season worth the wait?

Judith Herman, Chris Nilsson, Jeff Soesbe, Leo Roberts


Norwescon Town Meeting  11:00 a.m.       Evergreen 2

You are a member of Norwescon. What, exactly, does that mean? What do you want it to mean? What would you like your convention to do/be in the future? Take an active role in a brainstorming session with the executive team to generate ideas for the next five years or even farther in the future.

Charlie Knoedler, Peggy Stewart


Expanding the Realms of Fantasy  11:00 a.m.       Evergreen 3

Fantasy literature is not confined to a pseudo medieval world with kings, princesses, elves and wizards. Find out what other kinds of rich fantasy literature is out there waiting for you to discover.

Cat Rambo, Tiffany Trent, Vladimir Verano, Mark J. Ferrari


Evolution of Families           11:00 a.m.       Evergreen 4

Many stories use points of evolution as a driving force, whether for plot or character. How do evolutionary factors affect relationships? How do they affect children? How do they interact with setting and across species?

Silven Read, Craig Figley, Annie Morton


G.Robin Smith: Ben Franklin          11:00 a.m.       Grand 2

A Slide Show of my Primary Research field trip to Philadelphia & Washington DC for work on alternate/unknown Histories of the American Revolution. What I learned from walls, walks, trees and taverns.

G.Robin Smith


Interview with R.A. Salvatore          11:00 a.m.       Grand 3

R.A. Salvatore, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens)


Scavenger Hunt        11:00 a.m.       Salon

Come participate in Norwescon's Scavenger Hunt. We will hand out the list of items you need to collect and explain the rules. The winner will get a membership to next year’s Norwescon.

Sheye Blaze


Reading: John A. Pitts         11:30 a.m.       Cascade 3

Jack Got His Self a Wife – Folklore – G

John A. Pitts


Reading: Julie Hoverson     Noon   Cascade 3

TBD – Rated PG

Julie Hoverson


Fannish Travel          Noon   Cascade 4

There are many cool places to visit for fen, and many are places that you shouldn’t visit alone: they are much more fun as a couple or group. Also, there are some cool places to visit that are full or semi full immersion experiences for fen. Let’s chat.

Michael Citrak, Kevin Standlee, Tim Walker, Eva-Lise Carlstrom


Lost and Found – If You‘re Not Sure, Just Call it a Religious Artifact…           Noon   Cascade 5

Come enjoy some of the most outrageous and/or amusing interpretations of historical artifacts made by historians and archaeologists, from Ancient Greek times to the present. Then fire up your imagination to give us your best shot at interpreting a selection of obscure artifacts. A great creative exercise for SF&F writers, as well as Humanities Students.

Cymbric Early-Smith, Jason Soles


Rejectomancy           Noon   Cascade 6

Our panelists will help you divine the meaning of different rejection letters and ways to deal with rejection.

Jennifer Brozek, L.J. Bothell, Lisa Mantchev, Jeff Carlson, Michael Ehart


Magic Realism VS Fantasy – Fight!            Noon   Cascade 7

Magic Realism is showing up more and more each year in the United States, usually thanks to foreign films and literature, but we finally seem to be getting it right for a change. Movies like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Big Fish, and TV show Pushing Daisies all are excellent examples of magic realism gone right. What differentiates magic realism from fantasy? Why do we perceive them as being different in the first place? We'll talk about the nature of each, give examples of each, and debate about which side of the scale we think different films fall on and why.

Mimi Noyes, Mark J. Ferrari, Mark Teppo, Grá Linnaea, Vladimir Verano, Bruce Taylor aka “Mr. Magic Realism”


Men's 18th Century Costuming Without Tears    Noon   Cascade 8

Making the elegant clothing of our founding fathers does not require a B.A. in sewing. Learn the basics of crafting well-fitted coats, drop-front breeches and vests. We will also share recommendations on period patterns, accessories, hats and wigs.

JoAnne Kirley, Margo Loes, Richard Stephens


Martial Arts in the Movies   Noon   Cascade 9

Kung Fu Panda and the Forbidden Kingdom took a comic look at the centuries old martial arts traditions. But how well do western writers understand the Eastern philosophy of fighting? What does Hollywood get right and where does it go royally wrong?

Tiffany Trent, Bob Crichton


Introduction to Armor          Noon   Cascade 10

Introduction to armor and protective clothing of the Middle Ages, including terminology, armor-crafting, and adapting modern materials to look authentic.

G.Robin Smith, Tugger, aka Robert Grey, Joseph Hill


Demo: Polymer Clay            Noon   Cascade 13

Come learn to work with polymer clay and make the creatures you love!

Jacqualynn D. Duram Nilsson, Rebecca Schumacher Cox


Herbal Remedies and Modern Science      Noon   Evergreen 1

From Ancient China to American Indians, Herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years, but got little respect from the Western Medical establishment. Now, science is beginning to take herbal medicines seriously, and research is being done on many traditional cures. Come find out what that modern research says about the ancient remedies.

Misty Marshall, Miki Garrison, Jim Kling


Working Metals in Ancient Times  Noon   Evergreen 2

How did they work metals before the modern age of steel and esoteric alloys?

Chris Konker


Writerly Friendship   Noon   Evergreen 3

What's it like to start and maintain a friendship with another writer? How about rivalry? Collaboration? What part is played by professional admiration? How about by alcohol? Can only another ink-stained wretch really understand?

Richelle Mead, Donna Barr, Brenda Cooper, Kat Richardson, Mark Henry


Writing a Song          Noon   Evergreen 4

Come and write a song with help from some pros.

Steven Dixon, Jeffrey Hitchin


Family Movie Previews        Noon   Olympic 1

Get the scoop on upcoming family-friendly sci fi, fantasy and animated movies.

Keith Johnson


The Art of Todd Lockwood Noon   Grand 2

A slideshow of Todd Lockwood's artwork, with the artist.

Todd Lockwood


Reading: Joshua Palmatier 12:30 p.m.      Cascade 3

Well of Sorrows – Fantasy Novel – Rated PG

Joshua Palmatier


Reading: Carol Berg            1:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Breath and Bone – Epic fantasy novel

Carol Berg


Women in Horror      1:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

Over the last several years the roles of woman in horror films has changed significantly, in some ways. How have woman’s roles in film changed since Ripley politely told the alien queen to get away from her…

Julie Hoverson, Jenna Pitman, Lorelei Shannon


Owls, Ravens and Swans – Birds of Magic          1:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

The gift of flight is only one magical power of birds – through the centuries certain species of birds have been feared or revered for their other special powers. Come see what other secrets our Avian friends possess.

Dave Butler, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Hall


Adventure Stories    1:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Swashbucklers, pirates, oh my? What makes an adventure story different from other science fiction and fantasy stories? And do most adventure stories get the action right?

Michael Ehart, MH (“Maggie”) Bonham


Women's 18th Century Costuming Without Tears          1:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

Panniers, corsets, hooped skirts, sacque back gowns, towering wigs and period surface embellishments will be highlighted in this show and tell panel that will demonstrate how you can create baroque beauty for yourself.

Margo Loes, Melissa Quinn, Lori Edwards, Julie Haehn


The Batteries of Baghdad   1:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

What were these ancient batteries used for?

Burt Webb


When Aragorn Sang…         1:00 p.m.        Cascade 10

Would Middle Earth have felt as real if Aragorn didn’t sing? Would Fandom be as enjoyable without Filks? But how often do contemporary SF&F authors work music or poetry into their stories? Learn how some of the richest writing of the genre does just that and the importance that music and poetry plays in various SF&F universes. We’ll be brainstorming strategies for using these important elements to inspire authors and educators alike.

Darragh Metzger, Wolf Lahti, Chris Konker


Artists’ Sci-Fi/Fantasy Pictionary   1:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

More than tried and true – generally hilarious.

Larry Lewis, Rob Carlos, Russell D. Campbell, Christine D. Winters


Science and Politics 1:00 p.m.        Evergreen 2

We have a new President, but what does that mean for science? Can we expect more research on stem cells? A longer delay in sending people to Mars? How does the new administration plan on handling the scientific questions that are important to us?

Mike Brennan, Miki Garrison, Bob Crichton, Shaharazahd Ehart


You’ve finished. Now make it better!         1:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

The pains and pleasures, whys, wherefores, and (occasional) rewards of re-writes. Gosh, this is starting to sound like work!

Leah R. Cutter, Ted Butler, Kat Richardson, Lizzie Shannon


Things That Time Forgot Sing-a-Long      1:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

Beth Runnerwolf, Juliana McCorison, Steven Dixon


Steampunk Fashion Show  1:00 p.m.        Grand 2

While journeying to the center of the earth or taking a flight to the moon, what does the well dressed steampunk wear? Join us and see the fashions of future past. Sky pirates, Chrononaughts, and more will strut their stuff and show off the latest technology. Feel free to bring your own steamy styles as well!

Diana Vick


Interview and Q&A with Geno Salvatore   1:00 p.m.        Grand 3

Geno Salvatore, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens)


The Tabloid Game (Ripped from the Headlines!) 1:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Our group of expert game masters will create a scenario before your very eyes using only a selection of tabloid newspapers. Come join in the fun and throw out a few suggestions of your own.

Erik Mona, Jeff Grubb, Andy Collins, Darrin Drader


Reading: Pat MacEwen        1:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

I, Mushroom – Seriocomic hard sf – Rated PG

Pat MacEwen


Reading: Jeff Carlson                                              2:00 PM          Cascade 3

Plague Year - first novel of the Plague trilogy - rated PG

Jeff Carlson


The Great Debate Continues: Oil or Acrylic, or Are They Both Obsolete?      2:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

As art continues to evolve, has digital media made all other mediums obsolete?

Christine D. Winters, Craig Figley, Cory & Catska Ench, Jeff Sturgeon


The Metaphor Game            2:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Writing challenges based on secret, randomly generated metaphors. Can you guess what everyone is really writing about? Bring your creativity and come play!

Eva-Lise Carlstrom, Wolf Lahti


Backups: Eternal Life or Eternal Death?   2:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

Let's say we could record a person's mind and play it back into a new body, so that the new person couldn't be told from the old. Would that lead to immortality? Or would it lead to an endless series of deaths followed by the creation of a new person who just thinks he's the old one? Essentially, what does it mean to be oneself?

David Shoemaker, Robert Sawyer, David Walton, Grá Linnaea, Bryce Walden


Getting Around Without a Car        2:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation — from hiking to scuba, horses to Mars rovers. Everything is fair game.

Silven Read, Carlton Rhoades, Chris Nilsson, Greg Paddock


The State of Card and Board Games         2:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

Board and card games certainly have changed since the early days of Monopoly and Candyland. Our board game experts will discuss the board and card games of the present and the future. We’ll look across the water to the games from Germany and France, discuss the renaissance of the American big-box publisher, and look at the independents on the fringes. Whether you just learned Risk or you’re an expert at Puerto Rico, this is the seminar for you.

Julie Haehn, Mike Selinker, Jeremy Holcomb


The Indie Film Factor           2:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

Everybody knows about the blockbuster movies that come out and thanks to the internet we're in touch with all of the fan made films and shows that are being made, but what about the Indie film industry? More and more filmmakers are taking on fantasy and science fiction films on a shoestring budget and making amazing movies that hardly anyone ever hears about. Come learn about some fantastic indie films that you may not know about, or share some that you've seen with the rest of us!

Eric Morgret, Edward Martin III, Lorelei Shannon, Mimi Noyes


Paleofilk: (SongsThatFilkersForgot)          2:00 p.m.        Cascade 10

Some of the history and early days of filk. A discussion of filk before the CD.

Beth Runnerwolf, Steven Dixon


Figure Drawing Workshop – Models in Costume            2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Cascade 13

Models in costume will do a variety of short and medium length poses (3 to 10 minutes). Everyone is welcome to come and sketch or paint. Please bring your own drawing and painting supplies.

Anita Taylor, Carmen Beaudry, Lori Edwards, Richard Stephens, David Tackett


Why I Write YA Books          2:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

Lisa Mantchev, Geno Salvatore, Richelle Mead, Ted Butler, Tiffany Trent


Early Computers       2:00 p.m.        Evergreen 2

Antikythera device, Babbage Engine, etc. A review of how our ancestors computed before the arrival of IBM.

Burt Webb, Jeff Soesbe


Star Trek: Phoenix   2:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

Star Trek: Phoenix began as an ambitious fan film and is now the largest production in the Seattle area and is the only series ever to be shot entirely in our region. Chat with Captain Avari and crew about everything from Trek history to life on the set of the upcoming Pilot episode.

Amanda Cherry, Jön Johnson, Leo Roberts, Ben Andrews


Costumes of the 501st Legion        2:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

A Star Wars show and tell: Belly on up to the Storm Trooper Table for all the Bad Guys you can handle.

Brander Roullett


Dead Con Scrolls      2:00 p.m.        Olympic 1

Create your own "ancient" scrolls using parchment paper and stencils.

Kim Poua


Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Comics          2:00 p.m.        Grand 2

A slideshow presentation about well known and not so well known SF and Fantasy spanning the medium's history.

Frank Hussey, Jeff Grubb


Bodacious Babes Clothing Exchange       2 p.m. – 4 p.m.           Presidential Suite

Attention all you Bodacious Babes! Yes, you! The Bodacious Babes Clothing Exchange is back with a fun new twist. Is there an item (or two) deep in your closet that you never wear, but also can’t bear to toss in the bag going to Goodwill or the Salvation Army? It is just too precious; either for sentimental reasons or the price you paid? Wouldn’t you like it to go to someone, just like you, who would wear it and enjoy it? Bring it to the Bodacious Babes Clothing Exchange at Norwescon! If each of us includes that one item we just can’t “purge from the closet” with our other trades, think how much fun it will be to find new treasures for yourself!!

Willow Clark, Jessica Maheaux


Reading: Christopher Bodan          2:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

Closet Monsters – Short story – Rated PG

Christopher Bodan


Reading: Jak Koke   3:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Edge of Chaos – Fantasy – Rated PG

Jak Koke


Fantasy as Social Commentary      3:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

Fantasy and SF have long provided "safe" ways for authors to discuss the real world they lived and struggled in. Examine fantasy realms and lift the thin veil to look at social critique on racism, sexism, religion, politics and more.

Michael Ehart, Cat Rambo, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Spencer Ellsworth


Fairy Tales – Deconstructing Life Lessons           3:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Fairy tales have been a centuries old tradition to pass along vital life lessons to our children. Today we can reexamine these tales through many filters and find new truths. See what happens when classic tales are viewed from a post modern, feminist, Freudian or even Marxist point of view.

M.K. Hobson, Eva-Lise Carlstrom, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens), Julie Hoverson


Buying Art At Conventions 3:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

What you should look at when comparing the different art work available.

John P. Alexander, John R. Gray III, Jacqualynn D. Duram Nilsson, Russell D. Campbell, Pat Booze


Fannish Housekeeping        3:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Share the horror and the awe. Tips on maintaining a typical fannish household with ever-expanding collections/accumulations of books, art, costumes, media, and other assorted stuff.

Michael Citrak, Joseph Hill, Silven Read, Julie Zetterberg


Whose Story is it, Anyway?            3:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

Now that you’ve learned to use viewpoint properly, which of your characters get to be viewpoint folks? What do you owe them? A cautionary approach to choosing and respecting points of view.

Renee Stern, Greg Cox, Kevin Radthorne, Carol Berg


Writer Beware           3:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

How to tell if you’re being scammed or not when trying to get published. Sites, such as SFWA’s, that can help you with determining valid publishers, agents, etc. The idea of this business is money comes to the author, not the other way around. When to run, not walk away, when people ask you for money to get you published.

Pat MacEwen, Lizzy Shannon, Mary Rosenblum, Jim Fiscus


From Purple Crayon to Magic Wand          3:00 p.m.        Evergreen 2

From Harold and his Purple Crayon to Harry and His Wand – magical themed books have unlocked the imaginations of children around the world. Share your favorite authors and titles for children’s fantasy reading – from Early Readers to Young Adults –and tell us why they should be considered vital parts of a child’s Fantasy Syllabus.

Lisa Mantchev, Dierdre Phoenix, Tiffany Trent


And They Pay Me for This, Too!    3:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

There are jobs; careers, even, that are so geeky they satisfy even a hard-core SF/F type personality. Our panelists have such jobs, and are happy to share the hows and whys and what-the-hecks about them.

L.J. Bothell, Mike Brennan, Andy Collins, Tugger, aka Robert Grey, Jim Kling


Costumes of the Rebel Alliance     3:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

A Star Wars show and tell. 

The ball's in their court now and the Rebel Scum get in their fashion shots.

Brander Roullett


Carlton Rhoades: Minimize the Asteroid Threat in Three Easy Steps  3:00 p.m.        Grand 2

Slide Show Presentation

Carlton Rhoades


SJ Tucker & Friends Concert: In the Stacks, Off the Map          3:00 p.m.        Grand 3

Tricky Pixie frontwoman SJ Tucker performs pirate songs and manticore's lullabyes with cellist Betsy Tinney and guest band mates Vixy & Tony, with appearances by Palimpsest author Catherynne M. Valente and Ravens in the Library editors Phil Brucato and Sandra Buskirk.

SJ Tucker, Betsy Tinney, Vixy & Tony, Catherynne M. Valente, Phil Brucato, Sandra Buskirk, Kevin Wiley, Dmitri Zagidulin


Reading: Brenda Cooper     3:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

Reading the Wind – Science Fiction Novel – Rated G

Brenda Cooper


Reading: A.M. Dellamonica 4:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Indigo Springs – Novel – Rated PG

A.M. Dellamonica


Scholarship: Documentation vs. Re-creation       4:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

The value of historical re-enactment in the world of traditional "what they wrote" research. This panel will include a discussion of various re-creation groups from around the world.

Cymbric Early-Smith, G.Robin Smith, Margo Loes, Tugger, aka Robert Grey


Handsewing Workshop       4:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Come practice these totally important skills you need for making killer costumes. Why let the robots have all of the fun?

Terri ‘Sprite’ Specht, Carmen Beaudry, Joseph Hill


The Evolution of Marriage   4:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

In SF/F marriage has seen many shapes and forms, just as it has in the real world, counter to what the “save the marriage” crowd think or feel. Which SF/F authors have toyed with different forms of marriage and family in ways that you think could be helpful for us to consider in the real world? All Ages

Loree Parker, Rachael Kenoyer


What is Goth?           4:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Why is denying that you're Goth the most Goth thing you can do? What is up with all you freaks in black anyway? Are you really as spooky as you look?

Alexia Roy, Elisabeth Van Every, Doug “DJ Eternal Darkness” Carter, Nicole Stavenau, Andrew Herington


Women in Gaming    4:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

Our all-female panel of gaming professionals discusses the growing presence / awareness of women playing and designing games, and what that means for the future of the Gaming Industry.

Julie Haehn, Shelly Mazzanoble, Donna “Danicia” Prior, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Jennifer Brozek


Plot, Setting, and Characters: Who's on First?    4:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

Do you create wonderfully realistic characters, but then find your plots wandering around lost, searching for a resolution? Are the worlds you create lush and vibrant, but your characters speak like they're all clones? Come for a hands-on discussion of how to find the proper balance that will bring everything together in your stories.

Kevin Radthorne, Ken Scholes, Erin A. Tidwell, Wolf Lahti, Alma Alexander


Myth, Legends and Fairy Tales                               4:00 p.m.        Cascade 10

We generally think these stories form the basis of fantasy stories, but are they also the basis for science fiction and horror stories, too?

Dave Butler, Vladimir Verano, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Hall, Mark Teppo


Monster Mash           4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.             Cascade 13

Don your best Mad Scientist outfit and come create marvelous monsters and creative chimera along with Dr. Meme Noy/Yes, Master Monster Maker. We will take cute fluffy stuffed animals, hack them into pieces, and then reassemble them in wholly unnatural ways. WARNING! NOT FOR THE EASILY DISTRESSED OR CHILDREN! We will be working with scissors and needles and as such only mature Mad Scientists will be allowed to participate. The only skills required are the most rudimentary of sewing skills (plush is very forgiving) and a sick sense of humor. There will be a $5 materials fee per participant to cover the cost of DNA splitters, DNA splicers, and experimental specimens.

Mimi Noyes


Vampiric Lore and the Twilight Phenomenon      4:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

Vampire stories have always been about sex, the domination of the victim, the exchange of bodily fluids. And then along comes the Twilight series with these romantic but chaste characters. How does Twilight fit into the modern Vampire Mythos and how might it influence future vampiric lore?

Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix, Mark Henry, Richelle Mead


Invaders!        4:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

Dust storms bring deadly fungi across the ocean, where they infect everything from trees to dolphins. Jellyfish wash up on beaches in the thousands, rodents are destroying the southern swamps and Japanese kudzu has taken over gardens all across the US. Come learn about invasive species- where they come from, how they take over, and what can be done about them.

Larry Lewis, Jim Kling, Bridget Coila, Annie Morton


(Sci-Fi/Fantasy) Films That Time Forgot   4:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

B-movie classics and special effects that were cutting-edge for their time – what are your favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy Films that everyone else might not have heard of? What elevates a genre flick to "classic" status?

Chris Nilsson, Andrew Migliore, Spring Schoenhuth, Phillip Brugalette, Craig Figley


Reading: Jenna Pitman        4:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

Sisterhood – A young noblewoman is forced to choose between her sister by blood and her future sister-in-law to save her country, her family's honor, and the man she loves. Rated PG

Jenna Pitman


Movie Previews         4:30 p.m.        Grand 2

Keith Johnson


Reading: Mark J. Ferrari      5:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Twice – My next, (since The Book of Joby from TOR last year), upcoming novel is the tale of a man who may or may not have been beaten to death by a troll in an alleyway one night, and survives – sort of – to get everything he wishes for – though he didn’t realize anyone was listening to his wish – much less planning to grant it. As so often happens in such stories, getting what you wish for can be very, very problematic – if awfully interesting too. – Rated PG

Mark J. Ferrari


Single Pattern Contest – Judging  5:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Closed Judging session for entries in the Single Pattern Contest.

Terri ‘Sprite’ Specht, Richard Stephens, Melissa Quinn, Garth Stubbs


A Surface is Not Just Color            5:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

Textures make the look.

Rob Carlos, Cory & Catska Ench


The Science of Superheroes           5:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

From the mild to the wild, what are humans really capable of? Can a mutation make someone fly, or do we need jetpacks for that? What about controlling things with the mind or gaining super strength? Come find out what superheroes will really look like when changing our DNA and adding personal modifications into our bodies becomes a possibility.

Silven Read, Greg Paddock, Annie Morton, Misty Marshall, Elton Elliott


It’s Hideous! It’s Gruesome! It’s…Perfect!            5:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

What makes a truly great monster in a game? Our panelists discuss the best of the best in the gaming menagerie (or the worst of the worst, depending on your perspective), with an emphasis on the monsters themselves and not on any particular game systems statistics, and give their expert advice on how to come up with your own creations to set upon those special adventurers in YOUR campaign.

Erik Mona, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, James Jacobs, Jason Soles, Jennifer Brozek


Alternate Prehistory 5:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

Do new discoveries in paleontology offer ideas for alternate history? Is this prehistory an untapped resource for alternate history?

John P. Alexander, Robert Sawyer, Pat MacEwen, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Vladimir Verano


Breaking In    5:00 p.m.        Cascade 10

Author, agent, and editor talk about how to get that first novel sold.

Lisa Mantchev, Gordon Van Gelder, Janna Silverstein


Dr. Horrible and the Triumph of On Line Geeks  5:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

With the success of Joss Whedon's on line mini-series, Dr. Horrible, will Hollywood take notice? What new possibilities might this mean for genre adventures?

Chris Nilsson, Ryan K. Johnson, Amanda Cherry, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens)


Playing with History – Wheeee!      5:00 p.m.        Evergreen 2

“Alternate Timelines”, “Quantum Universes” or just plain-old Time Machines – All of these concepts create a way for an author to ‘play with history’. This is an interactive panel where the audience chooses a few significant events in human history; come up with alternatives – and their consequences. The follow-up discussion will focus on how Historic Fantasy can be used to inspire an interest in History/Humanities studies. A lively dialogue always ensues – Come join us!

Cymbric Early-Smith, Chris Konker, Jason Soles, Miki Garrison


So You Want to Record a CD          5:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

The nuts and bolts of laying down your tracks.

Steven Dixon, Juliana McCorison


The Pyramid Builders          5:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

Sonic waves, hydraulic lifts, ramp, etc. Just how DID they build those pyramids?

Burt Webb, Andy Quinn


Adventure Story Hour          5:00 p.m.        Olympic 1

LouAnna Valentine


Poker Tournament   5 – 7 p.m.        Rotunda 1

Haven't made the final table yet? Then you better bring your best poker skills, as the only way to make it is to win one of these qualifying rounds.

Mariah Johnson


David Walton 5:30 PM         Cascade 3

A Glimpse Inside a Captive Mind - David Walton will read excerpts from his Philip K. Dick nominated novel, Terminal Mind.  Come find out what the fuss is all about. - Rated PG

David Walton


Reading: Andrew Dolbeck  6:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Magic Jack's Last Quest – Young Jack is lucky. He owns his own fantasy world, made just for him. But everyone has to grow up sometime, and his last adventure will include some harsh lessons. – Rated PG

Andrew Dolbeck


Online Journaling     6:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

Why do we live our private lives in public places? Are we merely emotional exhibitionists or are we continuing (in a different form) the venerable art of journaling? Sure, it's also a great way to network but what can journaling do for you? Or, to you? As more and more people do it everyday, is it turning into a problem?

MH (“Maggie”) Bonham, Rhiannon Held, Leah R. Cutter, M.K. Hobson


Mech Tech Revisited            6:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

How to create mechanical equipment and technology that is believable in your art.

Ed Cox, Craig Figley


Volunteering at Conventions Can Be Fun 6:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

From helping an hour at the con to volunteering all year round, it can be fun! No, really. And Norwescon couldn’t survive without volunteers. Let’s chat about how to break in and move from volunteer to staff to department head and, eck, chairman.

Karen Rall, Beth Runnerwolf, Shaharazahd Ehart


What I Wish Someone Had Told Me           6:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Established SF & F writers talk about lessons they learned the hard way that they wish someone had told them about when they were first starting out.

Joshua Palmatier, Mike Shepherd Moscoe, Lizzy Shannon


Elizabethan Elegance           6:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

This demo will include pointers on successfully reproducing Elizabethan fashions and where to purchase good patterns, appropriate materials and trims, and finding or making those indispensable accessories.

Lori Edwards, Margo Loes, Anita Taylor, Molly Boone


Gender Roles Redefined by Sci-Fi and Fantasy   6:00 p.m.        Cascade 9

Genre literature freed up women long before the ERA – how has Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature redefined gender roles, both for men and women? Is Dr. Frankenfurter the Man of the Future?

Kim Ritchie, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens), Rosemary Clement-Moore


Historical Research  6:00 p.m.        Cascade 10

If you are not a world-renowned researcher/expert, how do you get good research opportunities? Historical Artists, re-creators, and writers give tips for where to go, who to ask and how to pull together historical research for your project.

G.Robin Smith, Ogre Whiteside, Alan Paulsen


Young and Queer in Society and Fandom            6:00 p.m.        Cascade 13

Attitudes have changed a lot in the last twenty or so years, but how is it for those struggling with their identities and sexualities? We encourage young people with questions about their sexual identity and place in society and fandom to come to talk and share strength with each other and older fen who’ve been through it themselves. ALL AGES

Loree Parker, Dierdre Phoenix, Ciarán Cain


Going Green  6:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

Obama wants to use Green Jobs to spur the economy out of this mess and to cut our hunger for middle-east oil. Is Green ready to step up to the plate and deliver?

Misty Marshall, Mary Rosenblum, Russell D. Campbell, Elton Elliott


Richard Glover and Stephanie Wieppert   6:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

Filk Concert

Rich Glover, Stephanie Wieppert


Best Comics Panels EVAR!            6:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

Presenting for your callow mockery the aged distillation of comics past. Did you know they've made some ridiculously weird and/or stupid comics? We'll be displaying and reading (dramatically!) the best gems of all time for your cynical amusement. Includes Jimmy Olsen, Ritchie Rich, and Rex the Wonder Dog!

Frank Hussey


Reading: Ted Butler 6:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

Pandora Project – Adventure – Rated G

Ted Butler


Reading: Elton Elliott           7:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

The Prince of Europe – newly published novel – Rated G

Elton Elliott


Costume Imperialism           7:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

How can a costumer respectfully glean from another culture's historic fashion traditions without demeaning or degrading it? What is the difference between recreation/ homage and stereotype, or just plain poor taste?

Richard Stephens, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Hall, Molly Boone


Influence of Goth Subculture on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Mainstream Media    7:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

The Goth aesthetic has moved out of the horror realm and become more prevalent in other genres the past two decades. Join us for a discussion of how this developed and the impact it has had on media and culture.

Elizabeth Van Every, Bryan Lovely, Mickey Schulz, Andrew Herrington, Alexia Roy


What Will Original Art Look Like in the Digital Age?       7:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

With the proliferation of digital art as the medium of choice, what will original art be, and what will we hang on our walls?

Rob Carlos, Douglas Herring, Cory & Catska Ench


Gender and Sexuality in SF/F         7:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

Does SF/F have a responsibility to work outside the gender norms? How do SF/F authors play with gender and sexuality in their works? Are the works of the early authors who played with gender such as James Tiptree still relevant? Up for discussion are the works of Tiptree, Jacqueline Carey and others. ALL AGES

Loree Parker, Wolf Lahti, Grá Linnaea


Playing God, Part I: World Building           7:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

A world created in seven days? Yeah, right. Not in the gaming industry. Come hear what our industry professionals have to say about the back-breaking labor involved in shaping the huge backdrop that is a game’s setting.

Darrin Drader, Richard Baker, James Jacobs, Sean K. Reynolds, Teeuwyn Woodruff


Pre-Masquerade Meeting    7:00 p.m.        Cascade 13

To enter the masquerade you MUST attend either this meeting or the Saturday morning pre-masquerade meeting. You will be told the important information that you need to know to compete. This year, we are asking for everyone's music by the end of this panel even if you can't stay for the panel. If you haven't already gotten your masquerade forms at the information table, you can get them here. Please turn in your completed entry forms by the end of this panel or you can turn your forms in at the Saturday morning panel, but the sooner the better. The hard deadline for both is Saturday morning at 10 a.m. If you have questions about entering or aren't quite sure you want to, come to the meeting and all your questions will be answered.

Trent Lum


Deconstructing Mary Sue    7:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1

Could Mary Sue be the most useful literary concept of our Me Millennium? We'll discuss myriad examples, from fanfic, flicks, and major SF works that should be ashamed of themselves. You see, in the classic Mary Sue story, a character happens to be amazingly like the author, except said MS is incredibly more attractive, accomplished, and most of all accepted - nay beloved - than anybody outside of a blatant wish fulfillment.

Rhiannon Held, Kim Ritchie, MH (“Maggie”) Bonham, Rosemary Clement-Moore


Single Pattern Contest – Fashion Show    7:00 p.m.        Evergreen 2

Awards and Fashion Show for the Single Pattern Contest.

Terri ‘Sprite’ Specht, Melissa Quinn, Garth Stubbs


Vixy & Tony   7:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

Filk Concert

Vixy & Tony


PK Dick Awards Ceremony and Reception          7:00 p.m.        Grand 2


Reading: Kevin Radthorne  7:30 p.m.        Cascade 3

The Pool of Shikama – Excerpts from the latest novel in the Tales of Tonogato series – Rated G

Kevin Radthorne


Reading: Mark Henry           8:00 p.m.        Cascade 3

Road Trip of the Living Dead – Zombie comedy/urban fantasy – Rated PG

Mark Henry


Themes of Dreams – Costume Show & Tell         8:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

Morpheus beckons you to explore the realms of the sub-conscious as our costume professionals showcase original designs interpreting dream imagery. From dreams of the sublime, absurd, and erotic, to the dark visions of nightmares, see how the illusive magic of dreams has been interpreted in fabric, design, and detail.

Melissa Quinn, Lori Edwards, Margo Loes, Richard Stephens


The Answer is "No" Because You'll Die    8:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Authors, come ask our panel of resident sexual deviants questions about your kinky sex scenes. Are they plausible? Would it require someone of a supernatural constitution to survive it? Why would someone do that anyway? 18+

Mickey Schulz, Matt Bamberger, Tugger, aka Robert Grey, Russell Harmon


The Next Generation of Writers: What Are They About?           8:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

What’s put fire in the belly of some of the newest writers in our genre?

Ken Scholes, Paul Melko, Warren Hammond


Future Technology of the Past       8:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

I was told there would be flying cars. Let’s compare “future tech” from our sci-fi past (food pills, space stations, A.I.s, flying cars) that were supposed to be around in the early 2000's with the technology that we do have today (cell phones, kindles, GPS...)

Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix, Brenda Cooper, Craig Figley, Brian Oberquell


Playing God, Part II: Gods and Religion    8:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

Part of world building is designing the pantheon responsible for the whole thing. Our game experts discuss how they go about filling the cosmos with deities worthy of a hero’s worship, and how they manage to stay upright on such a slippery slope as religion in gaming.

Erik Mona, Wolfgang Baur, Sean K. Reynolds, Jeff Grubb


Faires Out There       8:00 p.m.        Cascade 13

An overview of Faires, Festivals, Troupes, Fire Companies (not the brass pole folks, fire breathing, etc.) Camlann Faire, Western Renaissance, Shrewsbury Faire, Ashland, Ursulmas, June Faire, Highland Games. How to find them, how to enjoy them, how to join them, how to get started.

G.Robin Smith, Alan Paulsen, John Moore



Reading:  Donna Barr                                              8:30 PM          Cascade 3

AFTERDEAD – Desert Peach, Stinz, Bosom Enemies comic - Rated PG

Donna Barr


Poker Tournament   8:30 p.m.        Rotunda 1

With only a limited number of seats at the final table, you will need to win one of the qualifying rounds .

Mariah Johnson


Friends of Bill W.      9:00 p.m.        Cascade 3


French Horror           9:00 p.m.        Cascade 4

J-horror has faded but the French are ripping up the screen with hard-hitting visceral horror. Are they the next wave of horror?

Mark Henry, Eric Morgret, Lorelei Shannon


The Art Directors’ Challenge          9:00 p.m.        Cascade 5

Random adjectives and nouns are written down by the audience. Three words are then drawn and given to the panel who have two minutes to sketch out a concept rough. Each artist must then present their concept to the audience as if selling to an art director.

Michaela Eaves, Christine D. Winters, Cory & Catska Ench


Gothic Fashion for Men       9:00 p.m.        Cascade 6

There's no reason to leave the gents out! Find where to get a great wardrobe, how to create your own look, the difference between a fop and a dandy, and why the male goth is a bastion of style in an increasingly casual society.

Kevin Matthews, Bryan Lovely, Doug “DJ Eternal Darkness” Carter, Andrew Herrington


The Future of the Future     9:00 p.m.        Cascade 7

The future looks different to many of us now than it did just a few years ago. To what degree is the concept of an open, freely-imagined future under attack in our own culture, from either the right or the left? To what degree have larger cultural currents affected the SF portrayal of the future? And how does SF imagine its own future? (Or is it, too, stuck in a cycle of recurrence, of hankering for a restoration of its own Golden Age?) What is the outlook for the future?

Brenda Cooper, Bridget Coila, Elton Elliott


Best Board Games you’ve never heard of…yet   9:00 p.m.        Cascade 8

So you’ve played Monopoly, Life, Trivial Pursuit. Maybe you’ve played Risk, too. You’re a department store kind of person when it comes to games. You walk into a game store and all you see are games you’ve never heard of…or maybe you’ve seen the tables at the con with the European games laid out on them and you’ve heard the names, but you’re not sure which game is right for you and are too shy to ask. Our board game experts will show you a variety of the best games from here and abroad and give you a better idea of what new game may be your next!

Frank Hussey, Julie Haehn, Jeremy Holcomb, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Mike Selinker


Lazer Tag       9:00 p.m.        Cascade 9 & 10

Join us for another exciting night of Lazer Tag action. We have equipment for use; it is compatible with the Tiger Lazer Tag system, not the Team Ops system. For those players who are under 18, you must have a parent or guardian present at the arena. Lazer Tag is a live action, NON-CONTACT sport.

Scott Perrin, Elizabeth Fellows


Smoooooth Shui-ing – Designing the ideal creative environment- for you or your students            9:00 p.m.            Cascade 13

Some artists claim they can create anywhere; others follow very specific rituals in order to complete a work. For most of us – artist or author – our surroundings have an undeniable affect on our creativity. Following some of the most basic and intuitive tenets of the ancient practice of Feng Shui, you can improve the environment where you work and create – as well as advise students about their own creative space.-- whether that’s a broom closet or an entire studio.

Cymbric Early-Smith, SunnyJim Morgan


Fannish Fetish Fashion Show        9:00 p.m.        Evergreen 1 & 2

Fashion! Turn to the left! Fashion! Turn to the right!

The Fannish Fetish Fashion Show is back again this year. We have a number of fantastic designers presenting their collections for your viewing pleasure. We even have a totally new designer fresh to the Fannish Fetish Fashion Show along with a few of your favorite designers. Let me just say Mmmmm latex. ;-) 

This year there is a contest to create your own Fannish Fetish fashions based on the Weird Tales Magazine cover art of Margaret Brundage. Brundage's art frequently featured damsel in distress in various states of full or partial nudity*; her whipping scenes were especially noteworthy and controversial. Her first cover appeared on the Sept. 1932 issue; she created covers for 39 straight issues from June 1933 to August 1936. Her last original cover was for the Jan. 1945 issue, for a total of 66 original-artwork covers. This should be a very exciting contest to watch!

The Fannish Fetish Fashion Show is 18 and over only.

Laurie Reynolds, emcee – Betty Rage


Spooky Songs Sing-a-Long            9:00 p.m.        Evergreen 3

Several of our artists get together to sing songs about the things that go bump in the night.

Steven Dixon, Beth Runnerwolf


Match Game  9:00 p.m.        Evergreen 4

Get ready to match the stars! In this SF/F-themed version of the classic Match Game game show, contestants will be randomly selected from the audience to compete in guessing how our panel will complete fill-in-the-blank questions such as 'Captain Kirk has the biggest ____ in Starfleet!' Prizes include book packages worth more than $100, gift certificates to selected Norwescon dealers, and a membership to next year's Norwescon. All contestants will also receive Lovely Parting Gifts.

Kevin Standlee, Mimi Noyes, Jön Johnson, Ben Andrews, Lisa Hayes


Costumers' Coffee Klatsch 9:00 p.m.        Olympic 1

A Costumer’s meet and greet, stitch and bitch, knit-in, and last minute masquerade hand-sewing opportunity. Fun, fun, fun. The evening will begin with the “What a Croc Challenge.” Everyone is invited to show their fantasy footwear creations using Crocs as a base. Come share your costuming horror stories. There might even be munchies...

Melissa Quinn, Molly Boone, Terri ‘Sprite’ Specht

Stardance: The Music that Time Forgot    9:00 p.m.        Grand 2 & 3

DJ Marier is back this year and he plans to play a selection of music from all the dances he has run over the last 25 years. Expect to hear some great music you may not have heard in years.

DJ Marier


LARP: Lord Voldemort and the Wizards' Summit                       9:00 p.m.        Maxies Ballroom

Dawn was just breaking on the horizon when the owl arrived with the morning mail. Among the various letters was your confirmation from the New York Concillium.

Greetings advisor:


We thank you for your response to the invitation for the coming Wizards Summit on December 31st, 1979. We look forward to meeting with you and receiving your analysis on the Voldemort situation developing across the Atlantic. The summit will occur in the floating city, the Eye of Daedalus. This modern wonder of wizarding craft will provide us the sanctuary for our deliberations during its dedication. As you know, the Eye of Daedalus was constructed by the Artificer's Guild and the Technocratic Union as the first wizard made transient geomantic point to help stabilize the Great Comprise Spell of 1884.

For everyone's safety and security, no apperation is allowed to or from the Eye of Daedalus. Please contact your local concillium for port key locations and times.


Filomina J. Euripides

High Auror


Stranger Concepts presents a live action role-playing event in a time before the birth of the boy who lived, when the Dark Lord was rising in power and the western hemisphere set about to gather the best minds to develop a plan to deal with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Participation in this event is by preregistration and limited space will be available at the convention for walk-on parts. This LARP is geared for players 18 and older.

Rory Clark, Jim Sullivan


Reading: Warren Hammond            10:00 p.m.      Cascade 3

Ex-KOP – Future Noir – Book 2 of KOP Series – Rated R

Warren Hammond


The Use and Misuse of Violence in SF and Fantasy        10:00 p.m.      Cascade 4

Lawrence Block once noted that sex and violence in fiction are the best ways to get people's attention. But on the flip side, there's a point at which such things become gratuitous. When is violence absolutely necessary in a story? When does it become gratuitous, or simply in the story for its own sake? And how much is too much?

Carol Berg, Jenna Pitman, Joshua Palmatier, Michael Ehart


Great Players Make Great Games  10:00 p.m.      Cascade 5

Experienced players and GMs gather to talk about what makes a good player and how to become one. Learn simple and advanced techniques to make your gaming experience better for yourself and your fellow gamers.

Sean K. Reynolds, Christopher Bodan, Dylan S., Randall N. Bills


Goth Fashion on a Budget  10:00 p.m.      Cascade 6

Not just corsets, hair dye, and Nice Boots, but also finding a style that's truly your own. How not to break the bank to look great, and why gothic style is about much more than just wearing black.

Alexia Roy, Elisabeth Van Every, Mickey Schulz, Nicole Stavenau, Bryan Lovely


Why REAL Authors Write Poetry (Or Should)      10:00 p.m.      Cascade 7

Does writing poetry improve your prose? If not, this will be a very short panel, but our panelists plan to be here the whole hour, so they probably think it does. See if you agree with them.

G.Robin Smith, Andrew Dolbeck, Mike Brennan


Heroes            10:00 p.m.      Cascade 8

Should we forget this last season? Where can they go from here?

Judith Herman, The Reverend en Fuego, Leo Roberts


Mad Scientist Evil Laugh Contest  10:00 p.m.      Cascade 13

As Dr. Horrible recently reminded us, in order to be a truly villainous villain, you have to have a memorable laugh. It's about standards! Our panel of expert villains and mad scientists hereby challenge the attendees of Norwescon to come and compete to see who has the most evil laugh! Each maniacal offering will receive a thoughtful critique, pointers, and a final score. Just how evil is YOUR evil laugh? Come and find out!

Spring Schoenhuth, Larry Lewis, David Nassett, Sr.


Friday Night Filk Circle        10:00 p.m.      Evergreen 3

Steven Dixon, Vixy & Tony


Reading: G. David Nordley  10:30 p.m.      Cascade 3

To Climb a Flat Mountain – In the far future, a group of astronauts are marooned on a very strange world. One of them is a sabateur and murderer. – Rated PG

G. David Nordley


Reading: Jeff Soesbe           11:00 p.m.      Cascade 3

Various Shorts – Stories of Love: cars, cats and fairy tales – Rated PG

Jeff Soesbe


Sci-Fi Urban Myths – Bad Science in Science Fiction     11:00 p.m.      Cascade 5

As our knowledge of space and physics gets better and better, what bad science from popular films do we need to purge and redress?

Rosemary Clement-Moore, Gwendolyn F.M. Kestrel, Archivist Shu Xiandi-Shuangxin (Ciandi Stephens)


Women Who Broke Ground in Underground Comics     11:00 p.m.      Cascade 6

Robert Crumb was not the only person creating outrageous, hilarious sexy underground comics back in the early 1970s. Lots of women were pushing the creative envelope as well, as both creators and as publishers, and some are still creating significant work today! Learn more about this important history. Images have adult content.

Roberta Gregory


BDSM 101      11:00 p.m.      Cascade 7&8

Interested in BDSM? Want to find out what it’s all about? What are these “limits,” “boundaries” and “play” people keep talking about? Come to BDSM 101 and we will endeavor to answer your questions, or if we can’t, we’ll point you to a resource that can. We will also discuss BDSM etiquette and resources for you to find out more. 18+ ONLY WITH ID

Mickey Schulz, Matt Bamberger, Ogre Whiteside, Russell Harmon


Philosophy of the Undead   11:00 p.m.      Cascade 13

Philosophy has long been fascinated with death--Socrates argued that philosophy is the way to prepare the soul for death, while Heidegger claimed that humans were "beings unto death." But has philosophy ignored the issues surrounding our living impaired peers? Join a panel of some of Central Washington University's finest Philosophy and Religious Studies Club members as they debate ethical,epistemic, and metaphysical issues surrounding zombies and vampires. No background in philosophy is required and questions are more than welcome!

Christian Meecham, Greg Lotze, Patrick O'Brien, Mike Derheimer


Midnight Movie – Rocky Horror Picture Show     11:30 p.m.      Evergreen 1 & 2

The Vicarious Theatre Company returns to give you a night of live action Rocky Horror Picture Show that you will never forget. Seating starts at 11:30 p.m. so don't be late!

Vicarious Theatre Company


Poker Tournament   11:30 p.m.      Rotunda 1

Have you secured yourself a seat at the final table yet? If not you better do it soon.

Mariah Johnson


Midnight Critic Readings     Midnight         Cascade 4

Bring your manuscript. Read it to the wide eyed audience who show. Listen to their comments. At the last con we did this at, it didn't close down until after 3. We go in the order of whoever volunteers first, or in the case of a tie, shortest to longest.


Sci-Fi/Fantasy Mad Libs      Midnight         Cascade 6

This is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy version of this fun word substituting game.  Provide the reader with key words to fill in the blanks, and then listen to your short stories.  Will the result be fit for publication?

Richard Stephens


Binding People         Midnight – 2 a.m.      Cascade 13

How do you tie someone up safely? How can you tie someone up securely? Which positions can be held for hours? Which for only a few minutes? Where do you get that stuff anyway? A useful resource for people who are curious about BDSM or maybe just want to use it in a story or piece of art. 18+ ONLY

Matt Bamberger, Russell Harmon, Tightbound Tom