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What follows is a listing of all events planned for Friday, April 19th. Programming grids are getting the final touches, and will be added soon.

Schedules for the rest of the weekend are listed here, or jump directly to ThursdaySaturday, or Sunday.

We will be updating this list as major changes occur, until the convention opens. Last updated Mar 15, 2019 @ 8:09 am.

Adventure Quest
Evergreen 3 & 4
7:30–9 a.m.
Forget video games! In Adventure Quest, children and teens become the heroes of an incredibly fun and dynamic quest, working together to overcome interesting challenges, solve mystifying riddles, brainstorm unique solutions to puzzling dilemmas, and swashbuckle with foes. Participants experience the excitement and confidence that comes from banding together to defend their village, solve a perplexing mystery, or negotiate a peace treaty. Wielding safe foam Swasher swords, the participants play dueling games and act out challenges in an environment that teaches good sportsmanship, fair play, and respect for others. Then they exercise their minds as they try to piece together the clues in a coded riddle and follow a map to buried treasure.
Lydia Randall (M)
Youth Art and Craft Contest – Drop Off Starts
Olympic 1
8–5 p.m.
We will be accepting entries into the Norweskids Youth Arts and Crafts Show in Olympic 1 all day starting at 8 a.m. Entries will be accepted between panels and during all open house panels until 5 p.m. Friday. We are excited to see your creations!
Open Games
Rotunda 1
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Bring your own games and play in the open game area.
Organized Play – D&D AL and Pathfinder
Rotunda 2
8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Dungeons & Dragons Adventurers League and Pathfinder Society will be running games throughout the weekend. Check the games schedule for details.
Arts and Crafts Open House: Hitchiker’s Guide Theme
Olympic 1
9–10 a.m.
Need a towel? Is your flowerpot a bit cracked? Need a suitable container for a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? Stop by Olympic 1 for our drop-in crafting time. We will have materials on hand to create these and more! Space is also available for crafting your own creations.
Danielle Gembala (M)
All-Ages Game Demos
Salon
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
All weekend there will be dealers and game developers running demos of games in Maxi’s Salon. Come up and see the latest and greatest games and talk to the game developers.
All-Ages Scheduled and Open Games
Maxi’s Ballroom
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our GMs or check out a game from our lending library. We have RPGs, computer games, LARPs, card games, board games, and so much more! Need ADA access for a game? Please speak to our staff when you sign up and we will make sure to meet your needs.
Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, which sometimes correlate to traditional yoga or martial arts, straight from the panels or scenes. Breathe deeply. Relax and loosen those muscles like the hero you are. Go boldly into your Norwescon Friday energized for the day’s activities! Wear comfortable clothes. This is a low-impact physical activity.
Eva L. Elasigue (M)
Reading: Marta Murvosh
Cascade 3
10–10:30 a.m.
Marta reads from a work in progress—an excerpt from a novella which is an alternate history of the transcontinental railroad. Rated PG.
Marta Murvosh (M)
Painting a Diverse Picture with your Writing
Cascade 5 & 6
10–11 a.m.
Can white write black? Can black write white? Can straight write queer and rich write poor? If it is impossible to write outside one’s own experience, why is diversity encouraged in SF/F? If it is possible, where do new writers begin learning how to depict diversity well? Panelists will discuss inclusion in literature and the possible pitfalls and rewards of writing characters from outside your personal cultural viewpoint.
Nisi Shawl (M), Cheryce Clayton, G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast, Barth Anderson, Louisa Morgan
Trench Coats, Capes and Wraps: Elegant Outerwear in The Movies
Cascade 7 & 8
10–11 a.m.
Long, dramatic outerwear such as cloaks, trench coats, wraps, and various types of jackets are making a comeback in the movies. Join our lively panel as they discuss the various trends and the tricks of the trade for creating “the look” or repurposing items to achieve that super flash style.
Theresa Halbert (M), Deborah Strub, Richard Stephens
FOSTA-SESTA
Cascade 9
10–11 a.m.
Can a system designed to catch sex traffickers affect indie authors and publishers? It can! Find out how autobots and keyword searches can get an ISBN banned for good.
Sienna Saint-Cyr, Cat Rambo
NASA’s Unsung Heroes
Cascade 10
10–11 a.m.
Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the NASA mathematicians whose stories were dramatized in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, weren’t the only women and people of color who delivered distinguished service during NASA’s early decades. Come hear about the “Mercury 13,” Margaret Hamilton, Maj. Robert H. Lawrence Jr., and others who crossed the gender and color lines.
Mary Robinette Kowal (M), Peter N. Glaskowsky
What are RolePlaying Games and Where Do I Start?
Cascade 11
10–11 a.m.
An introduction to what tabletop role-playing games are and how they are played. Ideas and suggestions on how to get started in the hobby.
Bruce R. Cordell, Dylan Templar
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Cascade 12
10–11 a.m.
Peak oil production was reached in the United States in 1971, and the world in 2008. Globally we have been exploring alternative energy production and, just as importantly, have been building a framework where the source of energy doesn’t matter, as long as it can produce electricity. The third industrial age is ending, and the fourth is underway. Understanding this is crucial to understanding the world in 10, 20 and 50 years from now.
Dan DeLong (M), Brenda Cooper, Dr. Dana Andrews
Writing Class: Picture Book Basics for Aspiring Authors Lisa Mantchev
Cascade 13
10–11:30 a.m.
Put on your pointy thinking caps and learn the steps to plotting, pacing, and formatting a 32-page picture book with the award-winning author of Strictly No Elephants. Ages 18+. Space is limited, and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Lisa Mantchev (M)
Middle Ages Weapons & Armor
Evergreen 1 & 2
10–noon
See and feel how hand weapons and body armor changed and developed from late Roman times through the Renaissance. Various weapons, armor, and their evolution will be explained. Participants will have the opportunity to handle real pieces of armor and modern replicas. This experience is like a museum where you can touch the artifacts. Handouts will be provided.
Douglas Herring, Ann Shilling, Norman K. Moss, Maj. James Franklin (Ret.), Agathon McGeachy, Bill Gruner
The Science of Science Fiction
Grand 2
10–11 a.m.
Science Guest of Honor Dan Koboldt presents “The Science of Science Fiction.”
Dan Koboldt (M)
Baby And Toddler Social
Olympic 1
10–11 a.m.
Families with babies and toddlers are welcome to drop by and spend some time away from the hectic con scene. Older siblings are welcome as well.
Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark (M)
How to Paint a Happy Monster
Olympic 2
10–noon
Painting monsters. How do you show perspective? How do colors influence the viewer and the final product? Let’s discover the layers hidden behind some happy monsters. Bring your sketchbooks, pencils, and colors if you have them to follow along.
Jon Axlen (M)
Reading: Pat MacEwen
Cascade 3
10:30–11 a.m.
“Til Death Do Us Part” When the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, comes to Canterbury, it’s an occasion to celebrate—her 40th birthday, in fact! But a body turns up on the night of the mariners’ masque being held in her honor. Who is dead? And who has used magic to hide the corpse by making it invisible to mortal eyes? Is this part of another attempt on the Queen’s life? How and why are the Fae involved? This story will appear in the fantasy anthology Lace & Blade 5, released on Valentine’s Day, 2019. Rated G.
Pat MacEwen (M)
Reading: Chimedum Ohaegbu
Cascade 3
11–11:30 a.m.
“Toothsome Things.” A Red Riding Hood story that’s not unusually dark, but is a little weird and very angry. Publication is forthcoming in Strange Horizons. Rated R.
Chimedum Ohaegbu (M)
Science Builds!
Cascade 5 & 6
11–noon
Could science build the animals of fantasy? Could a dragon exist? Breath fire? Fly? Talk?
Jake McKinzie (M), Eva L. Elasigue, Charlotte Lewis Brown, Dr. Ricky
A Voltron Panel!
Cascade 7 & 8
11–noon
Take five space explorers, add a dash of royalty and a pinch of humor, stir well and form Voltron. This panel will take a look at the history of the franchise from its beginnings in 1984 to the reboot that’s taking the fandom by storm, plus all the versions in between. So activate those interlocks, connect your dynotherms, make sure your infracels are up, and point your mega-thrusters to go!
Adam Rakunas (M), Chris Wiswell
The Moral of the Story: Fantasy, Horror, Current Events
Cascade 9
11–noon
Escapist fiction is how many of us connect and interact with society’s mores and shortcomings. What responsibility do writers have when presenting a moral message, and how do editors help a story get it across without making every story an allegory?
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Joseph Brassey, Louisa Morgan, K.G. Anderson
Building Costumes & Props for Transport
Cascade 10
11–noon
Whether going to a local con or feast, or traveling around the globe to Worldcon, building costumes that will break down and fit into luggage and transport intact is a real challenge. We share various ways to plan your costume build as well as tricks learned the hard way for smooth transit.
Melissa Quinn (M), Joy Alyssa Day
Home Recording
Cascade 11
11–noon
Everybody wants to make a demo. What can you do with what you’ve got? If that won’t do—and it probably won’t—what do you really need to create a good demo? How little can you get away with? And once you have it, what do you do with it? How do you set it up? How do you use it to capture or create the best sounds you can? We’ll discuss software and hardware solutions both.
Dara Korra’ti (M), LEX the Lexicon Artist
An Introduction to Afrofuturism
Cascade 12
11–noon
The term Afrofuturism is only about 20 years old, but the movement is of earlier origin and includes science fiction (Delany, Butler), music (Sun Ra, Parliament Funkadelic), and many other subgenres including movies, comics, and games. Join our panel as they examine Afrofuturism as both a term and a movement.
K Tempest Bradford, Nisi Shawl
Thinking Outside the Writerly Tool Box
Evergreen 3 & 4
11–noon
From old-school LARPs and murder mystery parties to modern escape rooms, there are plenty of fun, interactive storytelling methods young adult authors can tap into for a fresh take on tension, characterization, and plot twists. Come get advice for putting non-linear and/or non-traditional narratives together just in time for the next family birthday party or library event.
Marta Murvosh, Glenn Dallas
Interview and Q&A with Mary Robinette Kowal
Grand 2
11–noon
Come meet our writer guest of honor, Mary Robinette Kowal, and learn about her work and process.
Elisabeth Van Every (M), Mary Robinette Kowal
Sensory Open House
Olympic 1
11–noon
Conventions can be overwhelming and difficult for everyone. Come by Olympic 1 for sensory-friendly activities and open space for stimming and being yourself.
Danielle Gembala (M)
Reading: Jon Lasser
Cascade 3
11:30–noon
Jon will be reading one or more short stories, selected with audience input. Rated PG.
Jon Lasser (M)
Writing Class: Dialogue, She Wrote with Curtis Chen
Cascade 13
11:30–1 p.m.
More than one editor has accused me of writing “good-ass banter,” and I’m okay with that. Many writers struggle with writing natural speech (reality is no excuse for fiction) or having characters talk their way out of trouble (looking at you, Scalzi!). We can also get into things like eye dialect, why not to italicize foreign language words, and non-traditional text notations (e.g., telepathy or screen displays). Presented by Clarion West. Ages 17+. Space is limited and sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Curtis C. Chen (M)
Reading: K.G. Anderson
Cascade 3
noon–12:30 p.m.
“Wishbone” and “Two Aunts and the Cornwall Horror.” “Wishbone” is a near-future political dystopian piece. “Two Aunts and the Cornwall Horror” is humorous horror, a mashup of Lovecraftian plot with Wodehousian prose. Rated PG.
K.G. Anderson (M)
Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Cascade 5 & 6
noon–1 p.m.
If you plan to enter the masquerade, you must come to one of the three pre-masquerade meetings (Thursday at 9 p.m. or Friday at noon for regular entrants, and Saturday at 5 p.m. for children) to get the information you need to compete and turn over your music. If you have not already registered online, a computer will be available for you to do so. If you are just curious and have questions, we have the answers.
Sancho (M)
I Went to Hell and It Wasn’t So Bad: Horror as Comfort
Cascade 7 & 8
noon–1 p.m.
It may seem strange, but many people find the horror genre unexpectedly soothing, as it provides catharsis or other controlled experiences of negative emotions. Our panelists discuss their favorite “comfort horror” and why it works for them.
Julie McGalliard (M), Eric Morgret, Cory Skerry, Brigid Nelson
Pitch Idol
Cascade 9
noon–1 p.m.
Much like First Page Idol, this is an opportunity to run your pitch past a group! Get feedback on how well your pitch is translating and if it will be successful—no need to submit your pitch online! Just come to the panel ready to share a few lines about your story and get instant feedback from the pros.
Barth Anderson (M), Spencer Ellsworth, Mark Teppo, Peter Orullian
LGBTQIA+ Representation in Games
Cascade 10
noon–1 p.m.
Come join a discussion of positive LGBTQIA+ representation in games. Our game pros talk about queer issues, themes, and experiences in the tabletop games hobby and industry.
Jaym Gates (M), Evan J. Peterson, Kiva Maginn
#OwnVoices – Representation & Tokenism in SF/F Fandom
Cascade 11
noon–1 p.m.
Representation is important in geek spaces, from guests to attendees. Being able to have your own voice represented matters, but sometimes marginalized people are used as tokens or pawns in a larger space they do not control. There are many varied reasons for this. We’ll discuss how to recognize this when it’s happening and what to do about it.
K Tempest Bradford (M), Jaime O. Mayer, J. F. High, Tess Wilder
The Rest of the World in Space
Cascade 12
noon–1 p.m.
Come hear news from the past year from the non-U.S. space agencies. With pictures! A perennial Norwescon favorite.
Dan Dubrick (M)
Creating Art in a Dark Time
Evergreen 1 & 2
noon–1 p.m.
PTSD, anxiety, depression, and the act of creating art: a panel on writing, painting, drawing, singing, and dancing through the dark.
Jason Vanhee (M), Sandra Swan, Shubzilla
Worldbuilding: Blue Prints for a Better Planet
Evergreen 3 & 4
noon–1 p.m.
Is worldbuilding an extension of plot or something separate altogether? How much time should go into the worldbuilding phase of writing a book/series? Panelists will discuss how they began creating distinctive worlds in their works, what they wish they had done differently, and what they wish they had known before they ever started.
Ren Cummins (M), Yilin Wang, Ian McDonald
Interview and Q&A with Yanni Kuznia
Grand 2
noon–1 p.m.
Come meet the managing editor and chief operating officer of this year’s Spotlight Publisher, Subterranean Press.
Martin A. Stever (M), Yanni Kuznia
Keith and Alan’s Movie News and Previews – Infinity Clips!
Grand 3
noon–2 p.m.
Keith and Alan return for the first of two shows this year. Join them for the latest previews, news, and rumors—the hot topics and the latest trends—out of Hollywood. They highlight the latest info, innovations, and challenges and the wider entertainment culture: TV shows, home video, theme parks—the whole gamut! Grab your seat early for all the latest.
Keith Johnson (M), Alan Halfhill
Meet the Mers
Olympic 1
noon–12:30 p.m.
Bring the family to meet some mermaids, get a photo with them, and learn about their lives under the sea.
Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Yl’luria, Merdragon Michele, Ellieanna Naiad
Treating Wounds – Workshop
Olympic 2
noon–2 p.m.
Not for the faint of heart or squeamish. This workshop offers hands-on experience treating wounds with needle and thread, splint, and bandage, perhaps even removing an arrow embedded in muscle. Groups of participants will move thru a series of stations dealing with bodily injuries presented in a realistic manner—an absolute must for authors trying to write authentic prose!
Clayton Mann (M), Bill Gruner, Maj. James Franklin (Ret.), Alan Andrist, Adrienne Carlson
Costume Guild Meetup
Presidential Suite 1360
noon–1 p.m.
Host: Richard Stephens.
Richard Stephens (M)
Reading: Sandra M. Odell
Cascade 3
12:30–1 p.m.
The Lobster’s Dilemma. “All sentience feeds the sentience of all” is the motto of The Consortium Kitchens, a gathering of the greatest races of the galaxy where diplomacy is based on food. When first contact is made with a new sentient species, it is up to Chef Lena Proust to determine if they are welcome at the Consortium tables. All she has to do is cook an exquisite diplomatic meal, prevent an intergalactic war, and figure out who wants her dead. A tall order by any standard. Rated PG.
Sandra M. Odell (M)
Kookie Klatche with Nancy Pearl
Olympic 1
12:30–1 p.m.
Enjoy some milk and cookies while our youth pros interview Special Guest of Honor Nancy Pearl.
Adia (M), Danielle Gembala, Nancy Pearl
Reading: Cat Rambo
Cascade 3
1–1:30 p.m.
You Sexy Thing. Former space marine Niko Larsen and her crew think they’ve escaped the ranks of the Holy Hive Mind and successfully set up a restaurant on the space station TwiceFar. But when a mysterious package arrives and things begin exploding, they find themselves drawn back into a plot that will leave Niko confronting her deadliest and most implacable foe—who happens to hold her long lost love – as a hostage. Rated G.
Cat Rambo (M)
Visual Storytelling
Cascade 5 & 6
1–2 p.m.
How do illustrators create compelling narratives using only the visual medium of art? Panelists will discuss techniques such as eyelines, value, and composition that are used to create successful illustrations.
Douglas Herring (M), Bryan Syme, Julie McGalliard
Story Starts: In the Beginning
Cascade 7 & 8
1–2 p.m.
Why do novelists spend so much time working on those first 50 pages of their books? What must writers take into account when crafting them? What is “baiting the hook” versus “setting the stage”? In this panel, we’ll also talk about great first lines, first paragraphs, first chapters, and what makes them wonderful.
Adam Rakunas (M), Jack Skillingstead, Peter Orullian, Louisa Morgan
Maximizing Your Masquerade Rehearsal
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
How to get the most out of your limited rehearsal time at the Con. Our veteran competitors and masquerade directors talk about the do’s and don’ts for this extremely important preparation experience.
Melissa Quinn (M), Richard Stephens, Bethany Roullett, Bronwyn
What Makes It Horror?
Cascade 10
1–2 p.m.
One of the eternal ongoing debates among horror fans is what actually makes something horror. Is it setting, mood, story, attitude, emotional effect, philosophical position? A certain ineffable “I know it when I see it” something? How do we classify horror-ish genres like dark fantasy, paranormal noir, and gothic?
Jon Lasser (M), Eric Morgret, Chimedum Ohaegbu
Diversity in Media: Why is it Important?
Cascade 11
1–2 p.m.
From heartbreaking videos of “The Doll Test” to both young children and adults who feel they can’t be accepted as they are—why is it important that our books, media, games, and cultures are diverse? Why isn’t the status quo good enough? The goal is to empower people of all stripes and diverse experiences and to show characters and role models that help us all to feel like we can be a part of both that world and fandom.
Brenna Clarke Gray (M), Lee Moyer, J. F. High, Crystal Frasier
Big AI, Little Ai. Ai, Ai, Ai!
Cascade 12
1–2 p.m.
Seems like every time you turn around lately, you are being bombarded by news about AIs. However, this term, while heavily used, actually is used to mean a lot of different things, from predictive learning systems to chatbots to financial systems to full-blown general AIs. Join our panelists as they discuss the many faces of artificial intelligence.
Peter N. Glaskowsky, Brenda Cooper
Writing Class: Writing Etiquette and Professionalism with Sienna Saint-Cyr
Cascade 13
1–2:30 p.m.
When it comes to the publishing industry, writing is only one of the skills needed to be successful. How we present ourselves matters. Unless we’re bestsellers right out of the gate, chances are we’ll need to do a lot of leg work to get folks aware of our writing and experience. While it can be tempting to take a giant leap ahead, each step forward offers a beauty of accomplishment that can only be achieved through experience and action. Join author Sienna Saint-Cyr as she shares a “best methods” approach to being a professional in the industry and why earning your way is the best way. Presented by Cascade Writers. Ages 18+. Space is limited, and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M)
Cascadia’s Got Talent!
Evergreen 1 & 2
1–3 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to gain the appreciation of our audience and panel of fan and celebrity d/r/u/n/k/s/ judges? Find out! Bring your song, work-in-progress, shtick, stand-up act, freak show, your whatever—bring your talent to our free form talent show! You have eight minutes, two songs, or until the gong gongs, whichever is shorter. Show us what you got!
Dara Korra’ti (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Kiri S. Callaghan, C0splay
Ask a Scientist
Evergreen 3 & 4
1–3 p.m.
You got questions? Our top-notch science minds have your answers. But you may not like them…
Jake McKinzie (M), Brian Haas, PhD, Stephen L. Gillett, Dr. Ricky, Pat MacEwen, Charlotte Lewis Brown, Daniel Koboldt
The Art of Tran Nguyen
Grand 2
1–2 p.m.
Artist Guest of Honor Tran Nguyen shows us her art and talks about how she got into the business.
Tran Nguyen (M)
Family Open House
Olympic 1
1–2 p.m.
Olympic 1 will be free for play, reading, crafts, and lounge time.
Kate Ristau, Danielle Gembala
Reading: Patrick Swenson
Cascade 3
1:30–2 p.m.
The Ultra Long Goodbye. Patrick will read a non-spoilery excerpt from his work-in-progress, the third novel in his Ultra series. Rated G.
Patrick Swenson (M)
Reading: Brenda Cooper
Cascade 3
2–2:30 p.m.
The Making War. Rated G.
Brenda Cooper (M)
The Business of Art
Cascade 5 & 6
2–3 p.m.
Beyond the art. Panelists will discuss what it takes to be a professional artist in today’s market from contracts, pricing, and copyright law, to getting work and interacting with art directors and clients.
Joy Alyssa Day (M), Christen N. Sowards, Beatrice Pelagatti, Bryan Syme
Catharsis and Fear in Fantasy
Cascade 7 & 8
2–3 p.m.
Some stories can reinforce real-world imbalance and destructive behaviors towards marginalized populations in fiction, while others give catharsis to those populations and make them feel empowered and valued. What voices and safe spaces do the best storytellers give to marginalized people? How do they use fantasy to explore those spaces?
Gabriel de los Angeles (M), Elliott Kay, Joseph Brassey
The Movie Year in Review
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
What did you see? What did you miss? Our movie experts will give you a down-and-dirty breakdown of every single fantasy, science fiction, and horror genre film that has come out since last year’s Norwescon. It’s gonna be fast, it’s gonna be furious, but most of all, it’s gonna be fun!
Mimi Noyes (M), Fonda Lee, Chris Wiswell
Super Hero Costuming For an Un-heroic Body
Cascade 10
2–3 p.m.
Let’s face it—most of us are not built like the Son of Krypton or Odin, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to emulate our heroes. Come examine design choices, fabric selection, and construction techniques that flatter and work with what you’ve got to make you look super cool or super villainous.
Melissa Quinn (M), Bethany Roullett, Richard Stephens
Salyut and Skylab: Humanity’s First Homes in Space
Cascade 11
2–3 p.m.
After the U.S. won the race to the moon, the Soviet Union launched the first space station in 1971. The Salyut program included six stations that hosted a total of 32 crews. Skylab, a much larger station, hosted three crews before delays in the space shuttle program resulted in its unplanned reentry in 1979. Come discover what the world learned from these pioneering missions.
Peter N. Glaskowsky (M), Arthur Bozlee, Dan DeLong
All About the Philip K. Dick Award
Cascade 12
2–3 p.m.
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the P.K. Dick Award and its legacy.
Gordon Van Gelder (M), Jason Hough
Why We Like The Books We Like
Grand 2
2–3 p.m.
Special Guest of Honor Nancy Pearl dives into why we like the books we like, and why that’s just fine.
Nancy Pearl (M)
All-Ages Fandom Sing-Along
Olympic 2
2–3 p.m.
Bring your musical instruments and enthusiasm for an all-ages-welcome singalong including selections from Labyrinth, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Steven Universe, Hamilton, and much more! For the finale, we will attempt to recreate the famous “Mad About Me” (Cantina Band Song) from Star Wars!
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Adia, Amélie Mantchev
Mermaiding Safety, Tips, and Tricks
Poolside
2–3 p.m.
You’ve all seen the viral videos online and heard about pools banning tails. Come learn about how to safely swim as a merperson, and find out how to do some extra nifty FUNderwater tricks! It’s a whole new world when you have a tail, so come get your flukes wet, develop good practices (no matter your age or level of experience) and try some backflips, bubble rings, breath holds, and more! Tails are welcome, but not required.
Yl’luria (M), Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas
Photo Op with Krampus and Santa!!
Registration Lobby
2–4 p.m.
All dressed up in your finest costume? Come memorialize your look for the holidays by having your photo taken with Santa and Krampus. All proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest. Look for our holiday heroes in the Photo Area in the main Lobby.
Reading: Audrey Schulman
Cascade 3
2:30–3 p.m.
PK Dick Nominee Audrey Schulman reads from Theory of Bastards. Rated G.
Audrey Schulman (M)
Writing Class: The Magic of Plotting with Kay Kenyon
Cascade 13
2:30–4 p.m.
How do you develop a novel’s plot? Is it luck, trial and error, or are there classic approaches you can use to bring out your best story? Learn to bring forth the magic within your creativity–and give it form in the world: your story! Kay Kenyon is the author of 14 SFF novels, including a new fantasy trilogy from Simon & Schuster/Saga. She will focus on idea generation, rising action, and the interplay of major character and antagonist. Ages 13+. Space is limited, and sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Kay Kenyon (M)
Stories Under the Sea
Olympic 1
2:30–3 p.m.
Come along on an undersea family adventure! We will hear stories, sing songs, and learn undersea facts with the mers.
Kate Ristau (M)
Reading: Scott James Magner
Cascade 3
3–3:30 p.m.
Landfall. Book 2 of the Homefront Trilogy. Rated PG.
Scott James Magner (M)
The Ingenuity of Complete Fools {{HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE LARP EVENT}}
Cascade 5 & 6
3–4 p.m.
Get ready to throw yourself at the ground and miss, because you’ll have to fly all over Norwescon to complete our Hitchhiker’s Guide-themed LARP! Have your towels handy, avoid any Vogon poetry slams, and be ready to make new friends and weird enemies as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance… or it could be the fate of breakfast. You never know with these things. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Glenn Dallas (M), Amélie Mantchev, Lisa Mantchev
Cultural Imperialism in Everyday Fandom
Cascade 7 & 8
3–4 p.m.
How does the imperialism of American and Western culture affect our fannish lives? How can we branch out into non-Western fandoms without fetishizing another culture? How do we express our appreciation of other cultures through costumes and everyday activities without negatively appropriating from other people and groups?
Cheryce Clayton (M), Gabriel de los Angeles, Tess Wilder, J. F. High
Fanfic Rec Party!
Cascade 9
3–4 p.m.
One of the great things about fanfiction is its sheer volume. There’s something for everyone, and more get posted every day! Unfortunately, it can be hard to keep up, and inevitably good stories can get missed. Our panelists will bring their own rec lists to share, and everyone is invited to take part—by the end of the hour, we should all have something new to read and enjoy.
keerawa (M), Lee Douglass
Oops, I Did It Again
Cascade 10
3–4 p.m.
This panel covers dealing with mistakes, disagreements, and controversy without ruining your life or your career. Topics Include how to share a real apology and protect yourself from fan harassment.
Jaym Gates (M), Sarah Gulde, Crystal Frasier, Kiva Maginn
Women in Tech
Cascade 11
3–4 p.m.
The fields of technology, information science, and scientific research have traditionally been fairly hostile to women. Women still find it difficult to get tenured positions, critical research funding, and articles adjudicated in peer-reviewed journals, which can stifle their careers. This panel looks at the state of women in technology and information science and what can be done to improve the situation.
Cathy Plesko (M), Adrienne Carlson, Julie McGalliard, Alexandra Samuel
Writing Class: Where to Sell Your Ebook with Tod McCoy
Cascade 12
3–4:30 p.m.
Whether you’re a publisher or a self-published author, you will eventually have to address the realities of eBook distribution. Let’s explore the digital landscape. Where do you send your eBook? What should you expect? What are the technical requirements? What do you need to upload it? What should you include in the eBook? We will explore the different outlets around the country and around the world. Presented by Clarion West. Ages 18+. Space is limited, and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Tod McCoy (M)
Stop Trying To Make “Fetch” Happen
Evergreen 1 & 2
3–4 p.m.
Calling all teen attendees and authors of all ages for an interactive discussion about what older folks mess up worst in their representation of youth culture. We’ll tackle topics including clothing and hairstyles, school subjects and extracurricular activities, and how the use of slang can go so very wrong, so very quickly.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Marta Murvosh, Jaime O. Mayer, Lisa Mantchev
Negotiating Contracts
Evergreen 3 & 4
3–4 p.m.
Do you have to accept a contract as-is or you won’t get a book deal? This is where agents, lawyers, and good old-fashioned negotiation come in handy! In what areas might you have wiggle room and where should you leave things be?
Cat Rambo (M), Patrick Swenson, Yanni Kuznia, Jack Skillingstead
Kinetic Sculpture Building
Olympic 1
3–4 p.m.
Each contestant will be issued a kit from which a kinetic sculpture may be assembled. In the following hour, there will be a race. Anyone can participate, but young people must bring an adult to share the fun with. Home-built sculptures are welcome! Email the moderator before the event for rules at sitdownbike@yahoo.com.
Agathon McGeachy (M)
Mermaid Encounter Free Swim
Poolside
3–4 p.m.
Ever wanted to swim WITH a mermaid? This is your chance! Guests of all ages, genders, sizes, and abilities are welcome to come swim with the mermaids, as long as they can safely swim and navigate the pool on their own. Children must have a parent/guardian immediately present. No formal panel structure here, just a fintastically mermaidy free swim with merfolk in their true element There will be a short discussion of proper mermaid encounter etiquette at the start, to ensure everyone has a safe and happy experience – including the mermaids.
Yl’luria, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas
Reading: Curtis C. Chen
Cascade 3
3:30–4 p.m.
Cloudmakers. A standalone novel about computers taking over the world! Rated R.
Curtis C. Chen (M)
Monster Mash for Families
Olympic 2
3:30–5:30 p.m.
For families with younger kids. We start with stuffed animals hacked to pieces and work together, with your parents, to assemble the pieces to create your own glorious creature using the materials of your choice (thread and needles, duct-tape and pins). There is a $5 materials fee per family to cover the cost of supplies.
Danielle Gembala (M), Kate Ristau, Spencer Ellsworth, Adia
Reading: Ian McDonald
Cascade 3
4–4:30 p.m.
PK Dick Nominee Ian McDonald reads from Cake or a piece from Hopeland. Rated R.
Ian McDonald (M)
Loving the Alien: Sex and Romance with Monsters
Cascade 5 & 6
4–5 p.m.
The horror genre is chock full of people having intimate relationships with monsters. If you do it classy enough, you might even win an Oscar. Let’s talk about some of our favorite pairings and explore just what it means when a human loves a monster.
Jon Lasser (M), Patrick Hurley, Evan J. Peterson
Science Fiction/Future Now
Cascade 7 & 8
4–5 p.m.
Science fiction has always been the inspiration of technological advances, but now ideas can be achieved almost as soon as they are thought up. So how do writers stay a step ahead? How do writers handle the truth of real science and the fiction that is needed for writing their stories? Is it a crisis for the writer’s imagination, or does it serve to inspire?
Brenda Cooper (M), Mary Robinette Kowal, Jason Hough
Welcome to Slush
Cascade 9
4–5 p.m.
We all hear about the dreaded slush pile, but is it really something to be dreaded? What are some tips and hints to get your story pulled from the slush and sent up the ladder?
Jaime O. Mayer (M), Coral Moore, Cory Skerry, Neil Clarke, Yilin Wang
Metals of the Ancient and Medieval World
Cascade 10
4–5 p.m.
Learn what metals were available before the 17th century, how they were extracted, refined, purified, and alloyed. Examples will be provided to see and handle them in various stages of refinement.
Norman K. Moss (M), Maj. James Franklin (Ret.), Alan Andrist, Bill Gruner
The US Space Force – Smart Strategy or Dumb Idea?
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
President Trump surprised the Pentagon in June 2018 by proposing a U.S. Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces. The idea wasn’t new, but previous proposals never got off the ground. Will it happen, and what will happen if it does? Join us to discuss the role of the military in space.
Mike Brennan (M), Michael Mammay, Kurt Cagle, John Schlick
Writing Class: Punch and Stab Your Way to a Better Story with Joseph Brassey and Fonda Lee
Cascade 13
4–5:30 p.m.
Fight scene aficionados Joseph Brassey (author of the Drifting Lands series, the Mongoliad books, and practitioner and instructor of historical European martial arts) and Fonda Lee (author of the Green Bone Saga, the Exo duology, and black belt in karate and kung fu) interview each other about writing fight scenes. They will share principles and pitfalls for writers wanting to improve the art and craft of portraying combat, break down what makes a great fight scene, and answer your questions. Presented by Cascade Writers. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Fonda Lee, Joseph Brassey
Norwescon Friday Fashion Show – Feathers in Fashion
Evergreen 1 & 2
4–5 p.m.
Birds of a feather will strut together at the Friday Fashion Show showcasing the magic, the beauty and the rich possibilities of feathers in fashion. Shake a tail feather and be cock of the walk, cuz the bird is the word—feathers of all shapes and colors to inspire you. Jointly presented with the Beyond Reality Costumers Guild.
Richard Stephens (M), Theresa Halbert, Bronwyn
Eugenics, Evolution, and Ethics
Evergreen 3 & 4
4–5 p.m.
Possibly eliminating deafness has caused an outcry of a loss of deaf culture. Iceland has a plan to eliminate Down syndrome from the population pre-birth, and you have all heard of plans for ‘master races’ and selective breeding. All of these things bring an emotional, possibly ‘moral’ response, but if a genetic trait limits the human SPECIES potential for survival, should we allow it to persist? Consider narrow female hip structure and C-sections: without modern medicine, this is a death sentence for both mother and child.
Jake McKinzie (M), Brian Haas, PhD, Dr. Ricky, Pat MacEwen, Dan Koboldt
Shubzilla in Concert
Grand 3
4–5 p.m.
Shubzilla and Bill Beats began working together in 2011. Originally rivals in past vocalist/producer challenges, Shubz and Bill chose to join forces and work together regularly, starting with the single “Wonderful World” for Bill Beats for President Vol.1. The EPs Dinner and A Movie and BOOMERS have been exceptional products of their collaboration. They have appeared together at Emerald City Comic-Con, MAGfest 2018, and The Day Jobs Mini-Tour: West Coast Edition, along with performances at Norwescon, the PAXWest Nerdcore Showcase, and many others. With Shubzilla’s frank and aggressive lyrics and Bill Beats’ penchant for samples and bass-heavy compositions, they do not disappoint.
Dr. Owl (M), Shubzilla
Kinetic Sculpture Racing
Olympic 1
4–5 p.m.
Each participant has built a kinetic sculpture in an earlier panel. A round-robin drag race will be held, and the top eliminator will receive a trophy. Spectators are welcome, and so are home built kinetic sculptures! Home builders, please email the moderator before the event for rules.
Agathon McGeachy (M)
Movie News Talk!
Presidential Suite 1360
4–5 p.m.
There’s so much more to talk about than can ever fit in one (or even two!) Movie News and Previews shows, and it can’t be held back! Come join the after-party, where Keith and Alan will talk about things they didn’t have time for in their Friday show.
Keith Johnson (M)
Writing Class: Writing Fiction with Empathy, Insight and Hope with Cat Rambo
Cascade 12
4:30–6 p.m.
The focus is on questions of pressing importance in today’s world. How do we craft stories that inspire, encourage, and above all, shape the future by teaching? How do we use writing to expand our knowledge and understanding of the world? How do we avoid being didactic, while still using our art to address the needs and concerns of today? This is a lecture and discussion; participants will get a handout with resources and writing exercises. All ages. Space is limited, and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Cat Rambo (M)
Reading: Sienna Saint-Cyr
Cascade 3
5–5:30 p.m.
“Trust and Healing.” A nonfiction piece from Kintsugi: Powerful Stories of Healing Trauma, on healing and regaining sexual agency through a dominant/submissive relationship. Rated R.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M)
Cosplay, Consent, and Other Convention Vocabulary
Cascade 5 & 6
5–6 p.m.
Park your butt here for a speedy introduction to appropriate behavior in the hallways, at panels, during photo ops, and at evening gatherings. Our panel of experts is here to answer all your weird/tough/potentially embarrassing questions and to ensure you have the best possible experience as a Norwescon youth attendee.
Kiri S. Callaghan (M), Melissa Quinn, Amélie Mantchev
Why Nerd Community Matters
Cascade 7 & 8
5–6 p.m.
How does nerd community make our lives better? What has it given us, and how do we help to keep that going and giving back to others as well? How do we do maintain that community and support marginalized communities as well?
Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark (M), Sarah Gulde, Brenna Clarke Gray, J. F. High
Fictional Religions in Fantasy
Cascade 9
5–6 p.m.
Real-life religions often aren’t internally consistent. How can a writer give a fictional religion the depth and humanity needed to convey a compelling narrative?
Carol Berg (M), Caroline M. Yoachim, Rhiannon Held, John (J.A.) Pitts
Representation Matters
Cascade 10
5–6 p.m.
Let’s embrace race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and neurodiversity. We are in an age where we are seeing more stories focused on people beyond the traditional Western paradigm of able-bodied, cis, white, and male, from Black Panther to Mad Max: Fury Road to The Shape of Water. It’s essential that these depictions are accurate and respectful. Let’s talk about films that succeed in being inclusive, films that have failed, and what representation we want to see more of.
Gabriel de los Angeles (M), Jasmine Silvera, Tess Wilder
The Undiscovered Country: In Memorium
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
A place of meditation and discussion, contemplation and thought for those who have passed since the last Norwescon. Honor those who have passed on with a thought, a memory, or a simple prayer to whatever you wish. Leave the name of someone you remember.
Salt
Story Middles: Meanwhile…
Evergreen 1 & 2
5–6 p.m.
Why do the middles of stories so often menace writers? How do writers lose track of what happens next in their own stories? We’ll talk about raising stakes, thematic development, reversals, plot twists, and the strongest ways to set up your story’s big finish.
Kay Kenyon (M), Scott James Magner, Jack Skillingstead, Peter Orullian
Entropic Costuming
Evergreen 3 & 4
5–6 p.m.
Learn how to age and distress your costumes to give them that long-lived-in look and create “antique-chic.”
Theresa Halbert (M), Adrienne Carlson
Celt Check in Concert
Grand 3
5–6 p.m.
This Celtic group provides “full frontal harmonies.” Celt Check are regular performers at the Seattle Scottish Highland Games, and have done weddings, parties, taverns, pubs, fairs, and more. From sweet and gentle to rollickin’ and raucous, Celt Check! Does it all!
Dr. Owl (M), GregRobin Smith, Gareth Davis, Ari Stolar, Darcy Davis
Young Artists Alley Friday
Olympic 1
5–6:30 p.m.
Young artists may sign up for space in Olympic 1 to display, make, and sell or swap their art and crafts. Space is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Contact youth track lead Danielle Gembala at ddmgembala@gmail.com for questions and information.
Tricia Diaz (M)
18+ Fanfic Meetup
Presidential Suite 1360
5–6 p.m.
Join Carnation Books for an anything goes, adults only fanfic meetup. All fandoms, ships, and recs welcome! 18+ only.
Lee Douglass (M), DameRuth
Reading: Cheryce Clayton
Cascade 3
5:30–6 p.m.
Surviving the TransHuman Mechaphilia Riots. Cyberpunk noir. Rated PG.
Cheryce Clayton (M)
Writing Class: Making Monsters and Villains with Evan J. Peterson
Cascade 13
5:30–7 p.m.
Having trouble creating original yet believable monsters and villains? Monsterologist Evan J. Peterson will take participants through a crash course in creating fearsome and antagonistic characters and beasts. Tap into what disturbs you and use that to flesh out provocative characters. Ages 13+. Space is limited, and sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Evan J. Peterson (M)
Reading: Cheryl Dyson
Cascade 3
6–6:30 p.m.
Come hear an excerpt from an upcoming novella release about an elven FBI agent living in Seattle and working in the Human Liaison Office. It would be easier if she didn’t hate humans. Rated PG.
Cheryl Dyson (M)
How to Start a Writers Group
Cascade 5 & 6
6–7 p.m.
What are writers groups and critique circles, and how do they help writers? What are some of your own experiences with writer groups? This panel will discuss best practices and share the good, the necessary, and maybe even the ugly of starting writers groups and critique circles.
Tod McCoy (M), John (J.A.) Pitts, Cory Skerry, Kat/K.R. Richardson
Feminism in Fandom
Cascade 7 & 8
6–7 p.m.
The face of feminism in fandom has changed over the years, with some very visible situations in fandom events in very recent times. Our panelists will talk about representation, intersectionality, harassment, and what both the now and the future of feminism is for fans.
Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark (M), Sarah Gulde, Brenna Clarke Gray
Stepping Behind the Screen: Overcoming GM Anxiety
Cascade 9
6–7 p.m.
“It’s easy.” “Just do it.” “We won’t judge you.” Blah, blah, not actually helpful! In this panel, we acknowledge that GM anxiety is a thing and that it prevents people who want to tell stories from doing so. What can you do to craft a game that works for you (system-wise, set-up-wise, and story-wise)? Discover tricks to run the game, employ players to help (you’re not in this alone), while at the same time not relinquishing your soapbox.
Bruce R. Cordell (M), Kiva Maginn, Lee Moyer, Christen N. Sowards
Erotic Fanfiction as Social Commentary
Cascade 10
6–7 p.m.
What do you do if you aren’t seeing the kinds of romantic relationships you want in mainstream media? For fanfic authors the answer is write it yourself! In the process, consciously or not, many adult-rated fanfics explore their subjects in a way that recasts and reexamines social attitudes and behavior through a transformative lens. 18+ only.
Berlynn Wohl (M), keerawa, Elliott Kay, Dara Korra’ti
What is the Future of Driverless Cars?
Cascade 11
6–7 p.m.
In 2017, driverless cars seemed practically ready to drive themselves right off the dealer’s lot. Today, that belief’s taken a battering as some high-profile failures and challenges have pushed the horizon of self-driving cars well in the late 2020s, if not beyond. Join our panel to find out what’s happening in that field.
Dan DeLong (M), John Schlick, Agathon McGeachy, Dr. Seungwhan (Shane) Moon
Q&A with Imaginary People
Cascade 12
6–7 p.m.
Characters from up-and-coming fandoms are breaking new ground in gender/sexual diversity, and just in time for today’s teens. Come meet fun cosplay folks who are ready, willing, and able to answer your questions about love and life while remaining in character.
Lisa Mantchev (M), Amélie Mantchev, Kiri S. Callaghan, Melissa Quinn
We’re Ready to Go… But Where?
Evergreen 1 & 2
6–7 p.m.
Elon Musk wants humanity to colonize Mars within the next decade. Boeing’s CEO famously predicted that the first person to land on Mars would get there on a Boeing rocket. NASA wants to build a “Deep Space Gateway” in lunar orbit first. There are also Lagrange points, asteroids, and infinite orbits to consider. Once we’re ready to go somewhere, where should we go?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Cathy Plesko, Alan Boyle, Stephen L. Gillett
Alexander James Adams in Concert
Grand 3
6–7 p.m.
From the Land of Fae comes the Faerie Tale Minstrel with songs and stories of days gone by and futures yet to come. Guitar and fiddle support a voice that enchants the ear and comforts the heart. Jigs and reels, lust and lullaby, the magic and music are there for those who believe.
Dr. Owl (M)
Monster Mash for Mature Mad Scientists
Olympic 2
6–8 p.m.
Don your best mad scientist outfit and come create marvelous monsters and creative chimera! We will take cute, fluffy stuffed animals and hack them to pieces to reassemble them in wholly unnatural ways. Warning! Not for the easily distressed or children! We will be working with scissors and needles, so only mature mad scientists may participate. Only rudimentary sewing skills are needed (plush is very forgiving). A sick sense of humor is a plus. $5 materials fee per participant.
Mimi Noyes (M)
Reading: J. F. High
Cascade 3
6:30–7 p.m.
To be determined. Rated G.
J. F. High (M)
Human Evolution: What Does That Really Mean?
Cascade 5 & 6
7–8 p.m.
Maybe you don’t understand evolution. We can help with that!
Alan Boyle (M), Julie McGalliard, Coral Moore, Charlotte Lewis Brown
Getting Paid
Cascade 7 & 8
7–8 p.m.
Getting paid sounds easy, but in an industry filled with varying levels and types of payment, when is it okay to accept a trade of services? Or take part in a “for the love” project? Will putting work out really gain you more attention as an author? Learn from pros when may be a good time to say yes and when it might be better to walk away.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Cheryce Clayton, KJ Kabza
Evolution of the State Secret Police
Cascade 9
7–8 p.m.
There was once a time when you were only watched by your neighbors, your priest, and the seneschal. With the rise of cities and social and economic dissatisfaction, the church and aristocracy began to hire professionals to watch their fellow citizens. These watchers evolved into organized agencies to police crime, coerce, report, and suppress dissidents. How did an informal beginning evolve into a tightly controlled system that by the 19th century was monitoring everything from personal mail to social clubs?
Bill Gruner (M), Spencer Ellsworth
Magical Alt-History
Cascade 10
7–8 p.m.
Alternate history and fantasy: What if we were us, but with magic? New alternate histories are being written all the time, from Daniel Jose Older’s Dactyl Hill Squad featuring a civil war with dinosaurs and Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon for Napoleonic wars with dragons to Mary Robinette Kowal’s Glamourist History series set in Regency England. What are the questions that we’re seeking to answer in our fantastical alternate histories, and what are some of your favorites?
Mark Teppo (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Kay Kenyon, Jason Vanhee
Cyborgs, Androids and other Machines as Characters in Science Fiction
Cascade 11
7–8 p.m.
In this panel, we will explore sentient machines of all types in science fiction. What roles do “human” machines play in SF, and why do we as writers and readers find this archetype of human-as-machine/machine-as-human so valuable? As the line between human being and machine dissolves with looming advances in medical, biotech, AI, and virtual reality tech, how will this archetype (and stories portraying it) change?
Jon Lasser (M), K Tempest Bradford, Alexandra Samuel, Rhiannon Held
Use Reference, Dammit!
Cascade 12
7–8 p.m.
Often one of the most overlooked artistic necessities, good references are essential to any serious artist. You can’t draw something if you don’t know what it looks like. Here panelists will discuss the importance of references and where to find them.
Agathon McGeachy (M), Beatrice Pelagatti, Sandra Swan, Bryan Syme
Intro to Lace Tatting
Cascade 13
7–9 p.m.
Create your own lace by learning the beautiful art of tatting. Master costumer Joy Day will supply your shuttle and thread and guide you through how to make your own lace and trim. Add extra-delicate detail work to your costumes and jewelry, and also develop a calming and beautiful handwork hobby. $10 materials fee paid to instructor. Limited to 12 participants—sign up in Cascade 1. Additional seats are available for those who wish to watch only.
Joy Alyssa Day (M)
Writing Is Like Having Homework (Until You Die)
Evergreen 1 & 2
7–8 p.m.
Movies, TV shows, and yes, even books romanticize the writing process, but for most of us, it’s like being back in school. But who’s teaching the classes? Who’s grading the papers? And who assigned this group project no one wanted? Come hear what writers actually have to do to make the grade in the publishing industry, and why your B- might be someone else’s A+.
Fonda Lee (M), Lisa Mantchev, Jaime O. Mayer, G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast
Philip K. Dick Awards
Grand 2
7–8:30 p.m.
The Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States is presented annually at Norwescon with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, and the award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society. Come hear readings from the nominated works. Dessert is provided.
Wm Sadorus, Gordon Van Gelder, Abbey Chung , Audrey Schulman, Ian McDonald
Kids Dance Party
Olympic 1
7–8 p.m.
A family-friendly dance party in Olympic 1!
Cindy Fangour (M), Kate Ristau
Nerdy Belly Dance Show
Evergreen 3 & 4
7:30–9 p.m.
Sinful Sisters Productions presents an evening of sci-fi inspired belly dance. Grab your towel, don’t panic, and enjoy the ride. Each belly dance will feature different characters from sci-fi TV, movies, and (maybe) games. The emcee is Arthur Dent.
Tiphany Starr, Deidra, Maysun Ryia, Savannah Demers, David Demers
Avengers Dis-assemble
Cascade 5 & 6
8–9 p.m.
Half the population of Earth is gone. Those of us who remain can talk about superhero garb and the best alien looks in the Marvel Universe.
Adrienne Carlson (M), Torrey Stenmark, Bethany Roullett
The New Doctor Who
Cascade 7 & 8
8–9 p.m.
There’s a new Doctor in town, and she’s a woman! Finally! Let’s talk about the roles of women in Doctor Who, from the good to the bad. Where did they get it right, where did they go terribly wrong, and what does our new Doctor bode for the future of Doctor Who and its representation of women?
G.S. (Gabrielle) Prendergast (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero
Putting the Romance back in Necromancy: Sex in Horror
Cascade 9
8–9 p.m.
Sexy vampires and shirtless werewolves and brooding necromancers all have their place, sure, but where else do we find sex in horror? Is it really the kiss of death to be the non-virgin in a horror film?
Jasmine Silvera (M), Julie McGalliard, Jon Lasser, Patrick Hurley
Nerdcore Hip Hop: Rapping With Your Towel at Your Side
Cascade 10
8–9 p.m.
What is nerdcore, how did it get started? Why are they rapping about video games and Star Trek? Can you learn more, right here, at this very convention? Come meet our nerdcore artists and learn where this came from and what it is all about.
C0splay (M), Kadesh Flow, Bill Beats, LEX the Lexicon Artist
Drawing Away From the Trope
Cascade 11
8–9 p.m.
What can artists and illustrators do to promote diversity in the fantasy and sci-fi genres? How and why we should incorporate different cultures and people into the medium?
Lee Moyer (M), Bryan Syme, Christen Sowards
The Uniform Code of Military Justice
Cascade 12
8–9 p.m.
Military vs. civilian law. Judge Advocate General (JAG) Officers will provide the common heritage and fundamental differences between these two bodies of law. We’ll assess how to employ them to make your writing more authentic.
Clayton Mann (M), Matt Muenchrath
“Never Tell Me The Odds!” {{STAR WARS-THEMED ESCAPE ROOM EVENT}}
Olympic 2
8:30–10 p.m.
Whether you’re Jedi or Sith, Alliance or Imperial, Twi’lek or Wookiee, test your puzzle skills and Star Wars knowledge in a challenge to escape from either an Imperial brig or the ship of a dangerous bounty hunter! Any weapons/props you bring will be available for use in-game at a certain point, but not at the start. There has to be some challenge for you Force-sensitive types! Sign up in Cascade 1.
Glenn Dallas (M), Matthew Moore
Scrubbing Fic: From Fanfic To Original Works
Cascade 5 & 6
9–10 p.m.
Your fanfiction has gone through a lot of changes—so many it’s starting to look less like fic and more like an original story. Can you cut ties to the source material and publish it as original work? Come learn about “scrubbing” a story of its fanfic origins, and we’ll demonstrate the process in real time, with a bit of improv.
Lee Douglass (M), Victoria Shaffer, Berlynn Wohl, Laura Anne Gilman
Putting together an Album
Cascade 7 & 8
9–10 p.m.
So you’ve got some songs, huh? Maybe you’ve done a show or two? Well, how the heck do you put together a collection of music? Deciding whether to release songs one at a time, via EP or via LP has a lot of factors. Should it go on the album, does the music makes sense together, is there a theme, or is this a journey? These are all important considerations. Let our artists walk you through it.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Dara Korra’ti, Bill Beats, LEX the Lexicon Artist
Working with Worbla
Cascade 9
9–10 p.m.
Learn tips and techniques for using Worbla in your costumes and props. Worbla is a thermoplastic that is thinner than Wonderflex and handles curves better than Sintra. It is non-toxic and doesn’t need special tools. You use hot air, water, or steam to shape the plastic however you want. There’s no waste because your scraps can be conditioned and 100 percent re-blended.
Melissa Quinn (M), Torrey Stenmark
Asteroid Mining: Gold Mine or Black Hole?
Cascade 11
9–10 p.m.
Asteroid mining has been a staple of hard SF for decades. Private companies such as Planetary Resources are seriously investigating the prospects. But is mining an asteroid really worth the trouble? Is the technology ready?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Mike Brennan, Stephen L. Gillett, John Schlick
Best of the Anglophile Film Festival
Cascade 12
9–midnight
Anglicon’s Anglophile Film Festival featured indie films from filmmakers based out of Commonwealth countries. Come see some of the best short films from the 2017 festival. Hosted by Shawn Marier.
Transphobia: Just don’t do it.
Cascade 13
9–10 p.m.
An entry-level discussion on some of the facets of transgender identities. We’ll discuss terminology, pronoun usage, whether there’s a difference between sex and gender, and when it’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. Suggested pre-panel Googling: Not Your Mother’s Trans 101, Gender Binary, Silencing Tactics.
Kiva Maginn (M), Sandra M. Odell, Cheryce Clayton
Doors Open for Burlesque
Grand 2 & 3
9–9:30 p.m.
Come and get a seat!
Stitch and Bitch
Olympic 1
9–midnight
Bring your sewing/yarn project and join the fun!
Joy Alyssa Day, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas
21+ Scheduled and Open Games
Maxi’s Ballroom
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our GMs or check out a game from our lending library. We have RPGs, computer games, LARPs, card games, board games, and so much more! Need ADA access for a game? Speak to our staff when you sign up and we will meet your needs. 21+, photo ID required.
Fancy Friday Games (All Ages)
Evergreen 1 & 2
9:30 p.m.–2 a.m.
The Norwescon games department is cooking up some fun games and activities, including Fancy Friday Game Night! Put on your fancy duds, costumes, tiaras, or all of the above, and join us for an excellent time playing games on Friday night, right next door to karaoke!
Karaoke
Evergreen 3 & 4
9:30 p.m.–1:30 a.m.
Do you enjoy quality singing? Do you sing with quality? Neither of these things matter. Join us to both give and receive the gift of music! Well, at least singing (or something close enough).
Katie “McBoringperson” Haas (M), DJ CraigCraig
Oh No, Not Again: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Burlesque
Grand 2 & 3
9:30–11 p.m.
The Guide has this to say about burlesque: It is a performance art evolved from another performance art derived from a literary art that mocks other art forms while occasionally providing social commentary and otherwise simple frivolity and silliness. In later evolutions, burlesque commonly involves a performer attempting to seduce the audience by making humorous reveals through the use of brightly decorated and sparkly battle clothing. This proceeds through a deterministic co-evaluation principle, leading to greater and larger reveals, often to humorous or other emotional effects. Burlesque performances to Vogon poetry, for safety reasons, are not recommended. A previous attempt at interpretive dance to one of the Azgoths of Kria’s poems resulted in the death of four audience members from internal hemorrhaging. Oh No, Not Again features performances from bi-pedal life forms such as Foxxy Squires, Bella La Blanc, Mandy Flame, Morgue Anne, Miss Violet DeVille, and more!
Miss Violet DeVille (M), Irish Lashes, Mandy Flame, Reverend Spooky LeStrange, Foxy Squire, Bella La Blanc, Beau NusHole, Morgue Anne, Aurora Darling
Friends of Bill W.
Cascade 3
10–11 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grand 3
11:30 p.m.–2 a.m.
You know the deal. The bridge is out; I guess we’ll have to spend the night. Damn it, Janet! Let’s do the Time Warp again. Join a live cast performing this classic on our backstage screen. (Keep audience participation clean, we don’t want to ruin our relationship with the hotel.)