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What follows is a listing of all events planned for Friday, March 30th. You can also download a program grid for Friday (32KB .pdf) or the full weekend (109KB .pdf).

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 28, 2018 @ 9:12 am.

Youth Craft and Art Contest
Olympic 1
8–10 a.m.
Submit your craft, costume, story, or art. Submissions will be judged in categories of type of submission and by age categories (Newest Fen 0-2, PreFen 3-5, Kid Fen 6-8, Young Fen 9-12) by our attendees. Items will be on display until Sunday, when awards will be given, and submissions will be returned to their creators.
Story Time With Kate Ristau
Olympic 1
9–9:30 a.m.
Bring your family over to Olympic 1 for some stories read by children’s author Kate Ristau.
Kate Ristau (M)
All-Ages Scheduled Gaming
Maxi’s Ballroom
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games 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, so we can be sure to meet your needs.
All-Ages Game Demos
Salon
9 a.m.–8 p.m.
All weekend there are dealers and game developers running demos of games in Maxi’s Salon. Come up and see the latest and greatest games and talk to game developers.
Pathfinder and D&D AL
Rotunda 1
9 a.m.–1 a.m.
Pathfinder Society and Dungeons and Dragons’ Adventurers League will be running games throughout the weekend. Check the gaming schedule for details.
Superhero Yoga
Grand 2
9:30–10 a.m.
Start off your super day! Gain strength and confidence from power poses, sometimes correlating to traditional yoga or martial arts, yet 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)
Artemis
Cascade 3
10 a.m.–midnight
Be the crew, report to the bridge! Artemis is a spaceship bridge simulator where players assume the jobs of captain, helm, science, communication, engineering, and weapon control. Together you operate your ship and defend the sector from evil aliens. Artemis simulates spaceship bridges by networking several computers together. One screen acts as the main screen of a bridge, while others serve as stations for the normal jobs a bridge crew might do. Artemis is a social game where several players work together on each bridge, and one player plays the captain, who doesn’t have a station but tells everyone else what to do. Multiple bridges can participate together in cooperative multi-ship missions.
Pattern Modification for the Rear View
Cascade 5&6
10–11 a.m.
Bum. Butt. Backside. Bottom. Commercial patterns are based on a “standard” body shape. What do you do if you have more junk in the trunk than they’ve assumed? Or less? Our costume pros will walk you through modifying a commercial dress, skirt, or pants pattern to properly fit the size and shape of *your* derriere.
Theresa Halbert (M), Melissa Quinn, Richard Stephens, Anita Taylor
Cultural Imperialism in Everyday Fandom
Cascade 7&8
10–11 a.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), Sheye Anne Blaze, Gabriel de los Angeles, J. F. High
Comic Book Adaptations
Cascade 9
10–11 a.m.
There have been so many good and bad comic book related movies and TV shows over the years. Let’s examine the best and worst comic book movies and TV shows, and what properties we would like to see adapted.
Dawn Vogel (M), Dylan Templar, Joseph Brassey
Genetic Manipulation and Made-to-Order Species: Biotech in SF
Cascade 10
10–11 a.m.
Genetic engineering is a common theme and plot device in science fiction. SF literature can introduce the public to ideas in current research and incorporate possible scientific advances before they appear in the public eye. The world is in the middle of a genetic debate. Can science fiction serve as a means of fleshing out this debate, teaching, and act as an example of the possible pitfalls of genetically modifying technologies? Is this really a brave new world?
Brenda Cooper (M), Nancy Kress, K. C. Alexander, Fonda Lee
Visiting the Weird West
Cascade 11
10–11 a.m.
Weird West fantasy is inherently genre-crossing with bits of fantasy, Western, steampunk, horror, and mystery all mixed together to varying degrees. This combination of genres demonstrates the versatility of fantasy and its ability to reinvent stories and tropes. The term is of recent coinage, but the idea of crossing genres goes back to at least the heyday of pulp magazines. What is the attraction to readers? Why are more and more writers making their way out to the Weird West?
Mark Teppo (M), Rhiannon Held, K.G. Anderson, Alexandra Renwick
Alien Biology
Cascade 12
10–11 a.m.
Wells had the Earth’s cold virus defeat the Martian invaders when we could not. What if it was the other way around?
Eva L. Elasigue (M), DameRuth, Jake McKinzie, Mathew Wedel
Literary Techniques for Genre Fiction: Writing Workshop
Cascade 13
10–noon
This class combines lecture, discussion, and in-class writing exercises designed to introduce a number of techniques for use in your own writing such as foreshadowing, alliteration, rhythmic device, allusion, etc. We will examine ways to test them out in short fiction as well as discuss when and where to use them. We look at several existing pieces to see how and why they work, and discuss why the author chose the techniques that are employed. The class concludes with a discussion of markets open to literary genre work and how to submit to them. Presented by Clarion West. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Cat Rambo (M)
Death and Rockets
Evergreen 1&2
10–11 a.m.
In 1967, the first fatality in spaceflight operations happened when the parachute of the Soyuz 1 spacecraft failed, killing its pilot, Vladimir Komorov. Apollo 1 had a fatal launch pad fire that, in retrospect, was avoidable. Both Challenger and Columbia suffered fatal accidents, killing 14 crew members. Apollo 13 escaped fatalities by the narrowest margin. What sort of engineering attitudes and philosophies are needed to safely fly in space? Have we really learned how to operate in space with a reasonable level of safety?
Dan Dubrick (M), Dan DeLong, Jack Skillingstead
Building Alternative Histories
Evergreen 3&4
10–noon
Come steal from history to develop new plots, apply themes, deepen characters, and predict outcomes. Write imagination-driven stories and scenarios. This two-hour interactive workshop, in small groups up to 10, will use time-tested scenario-writing tools to craft alternative, self-consistent historical timelines. We’ll cover methodology, how to produce viable timelines and present them. Warning: this process is addictive—you’ll never see history the same way again! This year’s topics are published in the Guidebook.
Russell Ervin (M), Adrienne Carlson, Spencer Ellsworth, Pat MacEwen, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Michael Ormes, V Whitlock, Peter Fuller, Clayton Mann
Programming With Lego Blocks
Olympic 1
10–11 a.m.
Come join your fellow robot overlords in Olympic 1 to learn how to build and program a Robot Minion through a maze built with Lego bricks. Participants will take home their own maze and programming cards (Legos will stay in in Olympic 1).
Eric Snyder (M), KariAnn Ramoradorai
Life Drawing Workshop
Olympic 2
10–noon
Come and learn how to draw the human figure with the help of industry professionals using real live models.
Liz Courts, Galen Dara
Keith and Alan’s Movie News and Previews—Infinity Clips!
Grand 3
10–noon
Keith and Alan return for the first of two shows this year! Get up early and 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, challenges, and 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
Reading: Tina Connolly
Cascade 4
10:30–11 a.m.
Something new and different. Tina Connolly reads something you probably haven’t heard before. There may be marshmallows. Rated: PG.
Tina Connolly (M)
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
Cascade 4
11–11:30 a.m.
Red Waters Rising. The third Devil’s West novel—a North American alt-history fantasy. Rated: PG.
Laura Anne Gilman (M)
Cyborgs and Purple Unicorns: Gender in Science Fiction
Cascade 5&6
11–noon
How has SF influenced changes in gender perception and gender roles over the past half century? How have these changes been reflected (well and or not so well) in SF literature? As we look back to the work of writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin and John Varley in the ’60s and ’70s, what can we say about their impact and that of their heirs (Shelley Jackson, Charlie Jane Anders, Sunny Moraine) today?
Nisi Shawl (M), Eva L. Elasigue, keerawa
Fashions in The Last Jedi
Cascade 7&8
11–noon
There were so many cool costumes in The Last Jedi—what was your favorite? How has the latest chapter in the Skywalker saga added to the fashion lore of the Lucas universe and built on previous iterations?
Richard Stephens (M), Kathryn Brant, Bethany Roullett
Futurism 101
Cascade 9
11–noon
Futurism is hot, and, increasingly, being a futurist is a viable career option. This panel looks at techniques for separating signal from noise, developing ensembles of predictions, qualitative and quantitative tools for budding futurists, and the limits of looking into the future.
Peter N. Glaskowsky (M), Brenda Cooper, PJ Manney
Reading and Writing in a Time of Tumult
Cascade 10
11–noon
It’s hard to read (and write!) alternate history and post-apocalyptic fiction when it feels like the world is on fire. Sometimes there’s no escape in escapist fiction. Writers and readers are invited to discuss what books make for great history lessons, and what should hit the shelves next.
Lish McBride (M), Kate Ristau, Joseph Brassey, Fonda Lee
Formatting Faux Pas: Learn to Follow Guidelines
Cascade 11
11–noon
Submission guidelines are there for a reason, yet so many authors struggle to follow them. For larger presses (and even some smaller ones), not following the guidelines is an auto-reject. What are some good resources for learning how to format properly? Ask industry pros what their expectations are or how they go about formatting their submission.
Dean Wells (M), K.G. Anderson, Jeremy Zimmerman, Susan Chang
Whipping Out That First Draft
Cascade 12
11–noon
Getting that first draft down is sometimes the hardest part of writing a novel. Some get caught in the ever-falling state of “the research rabbit hole”. While others get too caught up in making a beautiful scene, then lose the writing flow. Learn how to fast track your draft, then add in descriptions and smooth out rough scenes in the second draft.
Tina Connolly (M), Jack Skillingstead, Jennifer Brozek, Scott James Magner, Nancy Kress
Sputnik and the First Race for Space
Evergreen 1&2
11–noon
Sputnik, the first spacecraft to orbit the Earth, set off the most intense and expensive technological race in history. Now, 60 years on, we examine the factors and work that led to the first satellite
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Dan DeLong, Dan Dubrick, Arthur Bozlee
Sensory-Friendly 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.
Kari Ann Ramadorai (M)
Interview and Q&A with Ken Liu
Grand 2
11–noon
Come join us for an interview with Norwescon 41’s writer guest of honor, Ken Liu, and get a chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A.
Andy Dudak (M), Ken Liu
Fanfic Meetup
Presidential Suite 1360
11–noon
Like fanfic? Want to share tips about navigating Ao3? Or, how to find the best stuff on Tumblr? Come geek out about your OTPs and favorite fic authors at this meetup.
Reading: Marta Murvosh
Cascade 4
11:30–noon
Recent fiction, to be announced. Rated: PG.
Marta Murvosh (M)
Reading: Jennifer Brozek
Cascade 4
noon–12:30 p.m.
To Fight the Black Wind. A doctor must save her patient… but at what cost? Listen to Jennifer read from her mythos inspired novella that delves deep in to the Dreamlands to discover what is real and what is fiction. Sometimes, there is more than the rational mind can perceive. Will Carolyn learn this lesson in time? Rated: PG.
Jennifer Brozek (M)
Creepy Little Bastards
Cascade 5&6
noon–1 p.m.
Gnomes, trolls, gremlins, goblins, evil dolls—they terrify us. But why are we scared of something smaller than a human toddler?
Jon Lasser (M), Emily C. Skaftun, Sandra M. Odell, Julie McGalliard
Writing Comics for the Younger Generation
Cascade 7&8
noon–1 p.m.
It seems to many that the younger generation are far more liberal than many of their parents, and they want a more intersectional comic experience. How does this affect how comics are written? Are there any no-fly topics?
Marta Murvosh (M), Adia, G. Willow Wilson
Fins and Tails
Cascade 9
noon–1 p.m.
This panel discusses ways to DIY your own fabric tail and fins, and what is available to buy online. We cover pattern-making and materials suitable to sew your own tail. Panelists will bring DIY fins to show what options are available. They will also bring a variety of bought fins and discuss the differences and how they work in the water. The audience is invited to take a closer look and try on tails at the end of the panel.
Orchid Cavett (M), Yl’luria WaterSong, Triton Mahtlinnie, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas
Using Real Places in Fantasy Settings
Cascade 10
noon–1 p.m.
Most places have the potential for extraordinary things to happen, so are there advantages to setting fantasy in a real place? Of course! It frees you from having to make up the rules and the setting; it allows you to look more closely than you might ordinarily do at the setting, and find magic in the interstices of a place the reader might have hitherto considered very ordinary indeed; and it allows you to use the reader’s own expectations and cultural assumptions, either to create the place in his/her mind, or blow it up. What are the challenges and pitfalls of using real settings? Given the advantages listed, why aren’t more fantasies given real world settings?
Django Wexler (M), Kat Richardson, Rhiannon Held, Randy Henderson
Hated It!
Cascade 11
noon–1 p.m.
Everyone loves geeky movies, TV series, comics, and games these days. Here’s a panel for the curmudgeon in all of us. Listen to pros tell you what they hate about Star Trek, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and more. No recording allowed.
Jason Vanhee (M), Liz Barlow, Shubzilla
Reading: Ethan Siegel
Cascade 12
noon–1 p.m.
Treknology. My new/latest book, Treknology, is about the real-life science behind the technologies in Star Trek. Reading and Q&A about the technologies featured inside! Rated: G.
Ethan Siegel (M)
How to Spark Your Creativity and Keep It Charged: Writing Workshop
Cascade 13
noon–2 p.m.
Imagination is a muscle that needs to “work out” if we want it to work for us under a deadline. In this workshop, we’ll recharge our imaginations with writing prompts, mind-maps, creative exercises, and discuss long-term strategies for keeping our imaginations healthy and energized. An inspiring workshop for beginning and established writers alike. Bring a fresh notebook and your favorite pen. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Barth Anderson (M)
Identities and Terminology Are Important
Evergreen 1&2
noon–1 p.m.
Why is the terminology of marginalized identities so important? How does this play into representation in fandom and SF/F media? Asexual, transgender, pansexual, biromantic, gay, lesbian, queer, cisgender and many more. Why is it important to have terms like “full spectrum” or “quiltbag” that are more inclusive than the previous LGBT? Come learn about new terms and experiences! *Norwescon has a “no outing” policy toward sexual identities. Each person gets to decide when they’re ready. So, just don’t do it.
K Tempest Bradford (M), Sheye Anne Blaze, Gabriel de los Angeles, Caren GS
Writing and Story Development for Games
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
Story development can affect game system design, character design, and environments. Our game industry pros will discuss how a great story needs to also fit in the design of the game system. Maybe you need a different system for your story? Do you write the story and fit the design around it? Or do you start with the design and weave a story through it?
Amanda Hamon Kunz (M), Crystal Frasier
Bead Embroidery Workshop
Olympic 2
noon–2 p.m.
This two-hour, hands-on workshop will cover the basics of bead-embroidery, supplies needed, and options for fabric, stabilizers, needles, and thread. In addition, we can discuss where you can use bead embroidery and how to apply, from costumes, to broaches, to bags and quilts. You’ll get hands-on experience with at least three different bead embroidery stitches. Worksheet and supplies will be provided. Limited to 20 participants. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Theresa Halbert (M), Kathryn Brant
Flip-top Heads, Air-filled Bones, and Teenage Pregnancy: How the Biggest Dinosaurs Got So Big
Grand 3
noon–1 p.m.
Dinosaurs got big. How’d they do it? What’s the biggest dinosaur, and how do we know? Learn about the surprising adaptations that allowed dinosaurs and whales to become giants, and find out who wins the dino vs. whale slugfest for biggest animal of all time.
Mathew Wedel (M)
Reading: Andy Dudak
Cascade 4
12:30–1 p.m.
“Love in the Time of Immuno Sharing.” In a time of fast-evolving engineered pathogens, survival means sharing immunity with others, and loving it. Rated: R.
Andy Dudak (M)
Art and Craft Open House: Minecraft Theme
Olympic 1
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Drop by for Minecraft-themed crafts and activities for our young members.
Danielle Gembala (M), Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark, Kari Ann Ramadorai
Reading: Fonda Lee
Cascade 4
1–1:30 p.m.
Jade War. Fonda Lee’s epic gangster fantasy novel Jade City (Orbit) has been described as “a gripping Godfather-esque saga of intergenerational blood feuds, vicious politics, magic and kung fu.” Fonda will read a short excerpt from the book followed by a teaser from her work-in-progress, Jade War, the second book in the Green Bone Saga. Rated: PG.
Fonda Lee (M)
Dystopian Biology
Cascade 5&6
1–2 p.m.
The dark side of “the best we can make ourselves.” If it can make you better, can it make you worse? Docile? Subservient? A slave? Stories abound. Consider the Piers Anthony novella In the Barn as an extreme or The Handmaiden’s Tale as a lesser version. Could humans be made livestock? Breeding stock? What are the limits? What is the likelihood?
Jake McKinzie (M), Charlotte Lewis Brown
How Do You Fanfic?
Cascade 7&8
1–2 p.m.
Many hurdles faced by fanfic authors are familiar to all writers: Where do you get your ideas? What, and how much, research should you do before writing? How do you keep the spark alive and write to the end? How do you find readers? In addition, fic writers face unique challenges, demands, and fears specific to the subculture. Learn tips for dealing with all these issues, and say to yourself, “I *will* write the thing!”
Berlynn Wohl (M), Mimi Noyes, keerawa, Tanya D.
Representation in Games: Supporting Marginalized Creators and Players in Games
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
What challenges do women, LGBT individuals, and PoC face in the gaming industry? Does the gaming community dissuade marginalized folks from gaming? What are some examples of game companies supporting diversity in game design, and how can game companies continue to improve?
Gabriel de los Angeles (M), J. F. High, Crystal Frasier, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Bad to the Bone: Villains in SF&F
Cascade 10
1–2 p.m.
Satan was his favorite to create, said John Milton, and it’s easy to see why. Who has more fun, Joker or Batman? Hannibal Lecter or Clarice Starling? Join in as authors “dance with the devil in the pale moonlight,” discussing treasured villains in their own work and others. What makes a villain engage/repulse us? What fails to? Who is the very best villain of science fiction canon?
Julie McGalliard (M), Lee Moyer, Joseph Brassey, Scott James Magner
Relationship Advice From Imaginary People
Cascade 11
1–2 p.m.
Characters from fandoms like Homestuck and Steven Universe are breaking new ground in gender/sexual diversity just in time for today’s teens. Come meet the fun cosplay folks who are ready, willing, and able to answer your questions about love and life while remaining in character. Snacks provided!
Lisa Mantchev (M), Amélie Mantchev, Rey, Iron Man
Undersea Warfare
Cascade 12
1–2 p.m.
Comprehensive overview of the undersea battlespace. How technical and scientific progress impact engineering development and submarining culture. What is today’s state of the art; what do we expect in the future? How to write about the submarine community, including its unique culture and get it right. Bring your questions for a rich, interactive session with undersea warfare experts.
Russell Ervin (M), Mike Brennan, Randy Westhaus, Peter Fuller
How to Build a Spaceship Company
Evergreen 1&2
1–2 p.m.
Say you just won a multi-megabuck lottery and you decide you really want a spaceship company. Who do you hire? What sort of person do you want? Where would you set up shop? Fine questions but they have been answered, some of them as much as a century ago. More important is what sort of thing do you want to avoid at all costs?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Arthur Bozlee, Dan DeLong
Write and Record a Room Song Part 2
Evergreen 3&4
1–2 p.m.
Two sessions of making a song with our musicians! We’ll have beat options, melody options, song subject options. If you can play an instrument, bring it! We’ll try to capture it. This is a great opportunity for us to make something with our fellow attendees. Will it be a metal song about pirates? Or a filk song about… pirates? WHO KNOWS!?!
C0splay (M), Dara Korra’ti, Bill Beats
ICG Meetup
Convention Lounge
1–2 p.m.
Do you like to make costumes? Want to talk with others about costume guilds or where to find the best fabric? Come meet up with the International Costumers Guild, Seattle chapter.
Reading: E. Lily Yu
Cascade 4
1:30–2 p.m.
Work to be determined. Rated: PG.
E. Lily Yu (M)
Reading: Kat Richardson
Cascade 4
2–2:30 p.m.
Title is still pending (damn it). SF police thriller (or it might be an historical paranormal noir, if things fall apart). Rated: PG.
Kat Richardson (M)
Character Illustration
Cascade 5&6
2–3 p.m.
Panelists will discuss the art of creating iconic characters. From costuming and props to colors and poses, learn how artists create endearing and interesting characters.
Bryan Syme (M), Adam Vick
Fandom in Daily Life
Cascade 7&8
2–3 p.m.
Are you weird, geeky, or a total nerd, and proud of it? Do you express your fannishness in daily life, or do you tone it down for your day job? Come participate in a discussion and share how you show your fannish colors.
Brenna Clarke Gray (M), Liz Courts, Berlynn Wohl, Shubzilla, Brian D. Oberquell
The Historical Context of Opium
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
Some substances can do great good as well as great harm. Opium has alleviated pain and caused terrible addiction. What is its history?
Adrienne Carlson, Carmen Beaudry
The Specter of Apocalypse
Cascade 10
2–3 p.m.
History and fiction are full of apocalyptic events. If you’ve ever admitted to yourself you don’t know what that is, but it doesn’t sound good… then here is your opportunity to explore historical examples of what makes an apocalypse, and how to handle the military aspect of an apocalypse as a writer.
Cathy Plesko (M), Ken Alexander, Randy Westhaus
First Page Idol
Cascade 11
2–3 p.m.
Feeling brave? Want to see how your first page holds up in a cold read? Send the first page of your manuscript to idol@norwescon.org to have it anonymously read aloud and critiqued by a panel of pros.
Curtis C. Chen (M), Tina Connolly, Mark Teppo, Cory Skerry
Speculative Poetry
Cascade 12
2–3 p.m.
Speculative poetry is a genre of poetry that focuses on fantastic, science fictional, and mythological themes. It is also known as science fiction poetry or fantastic poetry and is distinguished from other poetic genres by being categorized by its subject matter, rather than by the poetry’s form. If there are no rules about form, what are the guidelines and best practices in speculative poetry? Published poets in the genre will share their experiences and best practices.
Brenda Cooper, Cat Rambo, Alexandra Renwick
The Fine Art of Description: Writing Workshop
Cascade 13
2–3:30 p.m.
It’s one thing to say what you see—another thing entirely to describe it so that others may see it as well. But that is what the writer is called upon to do, every page: to create a world that is visible to the reader, without them being aware that it is being described to them. Noted for her clear and evocative worldbuilding, Laura Anne Gilman will share experiences and exercises that will help you deepen and strengthen your work. Come prepared to write! Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Laura Anne Gilman (M)
Remembering Jerry Pournelle
Evergreen 1&2
2–3 p.m.
Jerry Pournelle recently passed away, leaving behind a massive contribution to not just speculative fiction but to the aerospace industry and the political policy driving space efforts. This is a retrospective of his work and contributions.
Peter N. Glaskowsky (M), Dr. Dana Andrews, Arthur Bozlee
Interview and Q&A With Galen Dara
Evergreen 3&4
2–3 p.m.
Join us for an interview with Norwescon 41’s artist guest of honor, Galen Dara, and get a chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A.
Lee Moyer (M), Galen Dara
Kookie Klatsch: Charlotte Lewis Brown
Olympic 1
2–2:30 p.m.
Enjoy some milk and cookies while our youth pros interview paleontologist Charlotte Lewis Brown.
Charlotte Lewis Brown, Adia
Build Your Own Backyard Space Program
Olympic 2
2–3:30 p.m.
Ever want to launch your own rockets? Our workshop will show you how and will even give you a free rocket to assemble and fly! Open to the young and young at heart! Space is limited to 24 participants. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Dave Davis (M)
Concert – Mike Votava
Grand 3
2–3 p.m.
Mike Votava is an artist from Seattle. He writes songs, plays music, and does a bunch of other fun stuff, hilariously. Lots of people say they are creative. But simply being creative is not enough. You must also create. And creating is what Mike does best. http://mikevotava.com/blog/
Dr. Owl (M), Mike Votava
Mersonas
Poolside
2–3 p.m.
How do you create your personal storyline once you’ve decided to become a mer folk? Legends and myth, place of origin—all of these build a richness and depth of character that makes your mer-self more complete.
Orchid Cavett (M), Yl’luria WaterSong, Triton Mahtlinnie, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas
Reading: PJ Manney
Cascade 4
2:30–3 p.m.
(ID)ENTITY. Book 2 in the Phoenix Horizon series. Pirates attack a seastead in the Pacific Ocean, capturing one of Major Tom’s allies. A mysterious group wages a secret war. Major Tom must first regain his own humanity and somehow save a species he no longer identifies with, and which seems determined to destroy itself. Rated: PG.
PJ Manney (M)
Young Artists Alley
Olympic 1
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Young artists can sign up for space in Olympic 1 to display, make, and sell/swap their art and crafts. Space will be limited and a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Youth Track lead Danielle Gembala ddmgembala@gmail.com for questions and information.
Danielle Gembala (M)
Reading: Brenda Cooper
Cascade 4
3–3:30 p.m.
Wilders. Wilders explores a future where climate change is even more real than today, Seattle has a far more dramatic seawall, and the land between Seattle and Spokane has mostly been emptied. Come explore one view of the Emerald City fifty years from now. Rated: G.
Brenda Cooper (M)
You’re Only as Good as Your Tools
Cascade 5&6
3–4 p.m.
Artists discuss the tools they use to create in both digital and traditional mediums.
Liz Courts (M), Joy Alyssa Day, Galen Dara
The Math and Science of Costuming
Cascade 7&8
3–4 p.m.
Making costumes is creative, but it also takes math and science! Math is essential to pattern design, engineering keeps pieces together, and materials science helps in picking the best products for your creations.
Elizabeth “Liz” Vann-Clark (M), Torrey Stenmark, Melissa Quinn, Bridget Landry
SF/F Battle Royale
Cascade 9
3–4 p.m.
Who would win in a fight? A fast-paced, bracket-style, breathtakingly unscientific showdown to determine this year’s Ultimate Fictional Champion. Ready…? Fight!
Erik Scott de Bie (M), Dawn Vogel, Brian D. Oberquell
Military in the Homeland
Cascade 10
3–4 p.m.
Deploying military assets in the homeland is NOT simple. There are well-defined legal restrictions. Learn about Title 10 and 32 Forces—the difference between regular army and national guard… when and how each can be used. What are the constitutional protections against deploying U.S. military assets for law enforcement actions and when they can be used to support domestic emergency management missions.
Elliott Kay (M), Russell Ervin, Ken Alexander, Tom Olsen, Clayton Mann
Diverse Voices in Horror
Cascade 11
3–4 p.m.
Horror is for everyone, and awesome horror is being created by everyone. If you’re reading Stephen King but not Tananarive Due, you’re missing out. Who should we be reading/watching? How can we make the genre more inclusive?
Nisi Shawl (M), Caren GS, Sandra M. Odell, Cory Skerry, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Diversity and Representation in Youth Literature/Media
Cascade 12
3–4 p.m.
How writers for the next generations are fighting the “cis-het-white default” on the publishing front, from picture books to novels.
Marta Murvosh (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Susan Chang, Kate Ristau
Critique Groups, Writing Workshops, and Higher Ed
Evergreen 1&2
3–4 p.m.
Crit groups and workshops can significantly help an author hone their craft. For some, a critique group works best, and for others, workshops offer the range of development they need. What are the benefits of each? Are there skills necessary for being in a writers group or workshop? What if you’d like to take your education to the next level? Panel includes representatives from Cascade Writers, Clarion West, Fairwood Writers, and Stonecoast MFA program.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), David Anthony Durham, Renee Stern, Kat Richardson, Tod McCoy
Interview and Q&A with Green Ronin Publishing
Evergreen 3&4
3–4 p.m.
Come join us for an interview with the representatives from Norwescon 41’s spotlight publisher, Green Ronin Publishing. You will have a chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A.
Chris Pramas, Jaym Gates, Crystal Frasier, Malcolm Sheppard
Movie News Talk
Convention Lounge
3–4 p.m.
There’s so much more to talk about than we can ever fit in one (or even two) Movie News and Previews shows, but we couldn’t hold back! Come join our afterparty, where we’ll talk about things we didn’t have time for in our Friday show.
Concert – Celt Check
Grand 3
3–4 p.m.
Celt Check is a Celtic folk band in western Washington providing “full frontal harmonies.” They are regular performers at the Seattle Scottish Highland Games. They’ve done weddings, parties, taverns, pubs, fairs, and more. Sweet and gentle to rolickin’ and raucous, Celt Check! does it all!
Dr. Owl (M), Re
Mermaid Swim
Poolside
3–4 p.m.
Join the mer folk in the Doubletree pool for some swimming fun. Stop by even if you don’t have a fin and enjoy!
Orchid Cavett, Yl’luria WaterSong, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Triton Mahtlinnie
Reading: Kay Kenyon
Cascade 4
3:30–4 p.m.
At the Table of Wolves. In 1936, when psi-talents have come into the world, a woman who is drawn into the shadow world of espionage uses her gift for hearing the truth to uncover a Nazi plot to subdue England with a mysterious power over ice and cold. Rated: G.
Kay Kenyon (M)
Point of View Colors Everything: Writing Workshop
Cascade 13
3:30–5 p.m.
One of the most important aspects of story is point of view. Diving deep into a character’s head and heart will bring a story to life more than anything else. Point of view informs character, setting, motivation, and so much more. Learn the importance of point of view with this workshop filled with examples, scenarios, and writing exercises designed to demonstrate how much point of view colors everything in fiction. Ages 15+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Patrick Swenson (M)
Young Fen Filk and Sing-Along
Olympic 1
3:30–4 p.m.
Sing along with music from our favorite shows with your fellow young fen. Dancing is encouraged.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Adia
Reading: Spencer Ellsworth
Cascade 4
4–4:30 p.m.
Something new!! An exciting new original piece. Better come see what it is. Rated: PG.
Spencer Ellsworth (M)
Using Tarot to Create Characters
Cascade 5&6
4–5 p.m.
Like Jung’s psychological types and the Myers-Briggs’ test, tarot is a handy method for outlining and describing human personality types. Using tarot’s 16 court cards for inspiration, writers can tap into motivation, flaws, vulnerabilities, and strengths for their cast of characters. Join our panelists as they share ways to brainstorm traits and build characters using tarot cards (or even a regular playing deck!).
Eva L. Elasigue (M), Barth Anderson, Jon Lasser
What is Epic About Epic Fantasy?
Cascade 7&8
4–5 p.m.
We all know what we mean by epic fantasy, but definitions are slippery things. Scale, length, story type, setting, and more figure in the various definitions. Our panel of experts will discuss the quintessential elements of epic fantasy in a quest to settle the matter once and for all.
David Anthony Durham (M), Fonda Lee, Ken Liu
Electronic Money Comes of Age
Cascade 9
4–5 p.m.
Credits have long been a staple of science fiction, but lately cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are taking these into the realm of modern commerce. This panel looks at what cryptocurrencies are, what blockchain is, and the implications of such currencies for society in general.
Kurt Cagle (M), Russell Ervin, PJ Manney, Django Wexler
Writer Talk: Rejection is a Harsh Mistress
Cascade 10
4–5 p.m.
From an honest writing group critique to having your series cancelled by a major editor, rejection is an unwelcome but constant part of a writer’s life. Thick skins and strong wills are integral to submit work, receive editorial requests/demands, and to receive reviews on your published work in the end. Hear from writers who have been there, done that, and have the battle scars to prove it, while also learning about why it’s so important to keep trying, keep submitting, and KEEP WRITING!
Rhiannon Held (M), Jack Skillingstead, Andy Dudak, E. Lily Yu
Intersectionality and Comics
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
In spite of ever more vocal detractors, comics are being pulled kicking and screaming into an intersectional present. Why is intersectionality important? Why should established fans need not feel threatened?
Minim Calibre (M), Marta Murvosh, Donna Barr, Gabriel de los Angeles
Choose-Your-Own Adventure
Cascade 12
4–5 p.m.
Audience participation mayhem ensues as your troupe of fearless authors guide you through writing the world’s fastest three-act melodrama. Learn a little something about archetypes, plot devices, and hoisting oneself with ones’ own petard along the way.
Lisa Mantchev (M), Amélie Mantchev, Lish McBride
Dawn at the Asteroids
Evergreen 1&2
4–5 p.m.
The Dawn spacecraft is now in orbit around the asteroid Ceres after completing a survey of the asteroid Vesta. What makes Dawn a unique vehicle and what have we learned about the dwarf planets it has visited? Are the asteroids really a possible place for human habitation, like in the old novels?
Cathy Plesko, Bridget Landry, Lilith Dawn
All About the Philip K. Dick Award
Evergreen 3&4
4–5 p.m.
Administrators and nominees for this year’s award discuss the PK Dick Award and the legacy of Philip K. Dick.
Gordon Van Gelder, Meg Elison, Carrie Vaughn, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Mur Lafferty, Tim Pratt
Picking Up the Pace in YA: Writing Workshop
Olympic 2
4–5:30 p.m.
Fast-paced is the current calling card of best-selling young adult novels. But how do we pick up the pace without leaving the reader in the dust? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll discover how dialogue and description can work to keep your reader engaged. Presented by Willamette Writers. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Kate Ristau (M)
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Cookbook Meetup
Convention Lounge
4–5 p.m.
Like to cook? Like to cook the foods you’ve read about or seen on screen? Come join fellow aficionados and swap recipes!
Concert – Alexander James Adams
Grand 3
4–5 p.m.
Alexander James Adams is a singer, musician, and songwriter in the Celtic and World music genres. He blends mythical, fantasy, and traditional themes in performances, switching between instrumental fiddle and songs accompanied by guitar, bodhrán, and fiddle playing. Aja is a popular and influential artist in the field of filk music and has won multiple Pegasus awards.
Dr. Owl (M), Alexander James Adams
Reading: Cat Rambo
Cascade 4
4:30–5 p.m.
Hearts of Tabat. Cat Rambo reads from her latest fantasy novel, Hearts of Tabat (Wordfire Press). Rated: G.
Cat Rambo (M)
Meet the Mers
Olympic 1
4:30–5 p.m.
Children are welcome to come and try on tails and hear sea based stories/songs. Coloring sheets and sea treasure are provided for each child. Parents who bring their own cameras can get their children’s pictures taken with the mer-folk.
Orchid Cavett (M), Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Yl’luria Watersong
Reading: Julie McGalliard
Cascade 4
5–5:30 p.m.
Stripping Down to Scars. From Stripping Down to Scars, the sequel to Waking Up Naked in Strange Places. Rated: PG.
Julie McGalliard (M)
…But It Was Always So Awesome! (Liking Problematic Things)
Cascade 7&8
5–6 p.m.
Suddenly it seems like the media you loved before is betraying you with sexism, racism, homophobia, and ableism. How do you reconcile your love of a problematic fave? How do you still enjoy media once you’ve become aware of everything that’s wrong with it? Our panelists have been through it and have some tips for you.
Sarah Gulde (M), Sheye Anne Blaze, K Tempest Bradford, Brenna Clarke Gray, Cheryce Clayton
Documenting Your Project
Cascade 9
5–6 p.m.
Whether you’re blogging, posting to social media, or talking to the workmanship judges, it can be nice to have a record of your costume project. It’s also particularly nice when you want to remake a piece or reuse a skill years later. We’ll talk about how we keep track of projects throughout planning, construction, and wearing.
Anita Taylor (M), Torrey Stenmark, Deborah Strub
Telling a Good Historical Tale
Cascade 10
5–6 p.m.
How do you tell a good story that is based on historical fact? How can you blend elements of other fiction genres together with history?
Adrienne Carlson (M), Kay Kenyon, John Lovett, Renee Stern
Lyric Writing 101
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
How many bars in a verse? How many stanzas should my song have? How do I write a hook, chorus, intro, and bridge that will stick in the audience’s memories? Song lyrics aren’t just poetry and prose. There is a lot to consider when matching word and melody. These performers will discuss how to make more compelling lyrics, not only with tune and tone but with word selection, metaphor, verbosity, and concise simple language.
C0splay (M), Shubzilla, MC3P0
Con Crud: What is the Reality?
Cascade 12
5–6 p.m.
Last year, there was an outcry over the professional statement that “con crud” did not exist. Most of us have dealt with it, so what is going on? Is medical science wrong? Do we know better?
Jake McKinzie (M), Brian D. Oberquell
The Best Comedy Workshop You’ve Ever Attended: Writing Workshop
Cascade 13
5–6:30 p.m.
Do you want to write funny stories? Or would you prefer to be a wry storyteller? What’s the difference between jokes and humor? (Don’t say one’s a liquid. DON’T SAY ONE’S A LIQUID.) Tegan Moore and Curtis Chen explain it all. No props, no animals, no hyperbole, no refunds. Presented by Clarion West. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Curtis C. Chen, Tegan Moore
The Rise and Fall of Suborbital Space Tourism
Evergreen 1&2
5–6 p.m.
In October 2004, SpaceShipOne rocketed into space to win the $10,000,000 Ansari X-PRIZE. It was the last of three flights to over 100 kilometers altitude and was the first spaceship designed, built, and financed without government support. The future for suborbital tourism appeared bright. There has not been another privately crewed spaceflight since. What happened? What took the shine off such a bright future? Today three companies are active in developing the capability. One has had two fatal accidents claiming four lives, the second is secretive to the point of obsession, and the third probably will be, by the time of the convention, dead. What went wrong and when will space open up to the masses?
Arthur Bozlee (M), Dan DeLong, Ethan Siegel
Hobby or Career?
Evergreen 3&4
5–6 p.m.
Many writers start out treating their writing as a hobby. Only writing here and there, not keeping track of expenses, and not introducing themselves as authors. When you begin making sales, how do you move to the next level? Find out from the pros how they transitioned from hobby to a writing career.
Randy Henderson (M), Fonda Lee, Lisa Mantchev
Tech Careers for Young Fen
Olympic 1
5–6 p.m.
The is an opportunity for people thinking about their personal future, and what careers they might follow allowing them to embrace their inner nerd and still buy a house and nice toys. We don’t have all the answers, but we perhaps have some useful questions.
Eric Snyder (M), Cathy Plesko, Mike Brennan, Melissa Quinn, Charlotte Lewis Brown
Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Grand 3
5–6 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., Friday at 5 p.m. or Saturday at 8 a.m.) to get all the information you need to compete and to turn over your music. If you have not already registered online, we will have a computer available for you to do so. If you are just curious and have some questions, we will have the answers.
Reading: Steven Barnes
Cascade 4
5:30–6 p.m.
Twelve Days. A doomsday cult threatens a single mother and her autistic child. Rated: PG.
Reading: Sandra M. Odell
Cascade 4
6–6:30 p.m.
“Godfall.” Tully and other scrappers are in a race against the clock to harvest as much as they can from a fallen god before the scavengers arrive, bringing madness and death. Rated: R.
Sandra M. Odell (M)
Qd3 Presents: Queering Your Setting
Cascade 5&6
6–7 p.m.
Join our panelists as we explore ways and reasons to add queerness to your setting. We’ll look at different setting perspectives on queerness, at the place of queerness in differing cultures, and ways to introduce queer NPCs without resorting to tokened or othered caricatures.
Crystal Frasier, Tanya D., Kiva Maginn
Historic Patterns
Cascade 7&8
6–7 p.m.
To recreate historic looks there are now a wide selection of pattern companies to choose from. We compare several lines to help you discover which ones are accurate and useful with good fit and which lines you should avoid. Many of these historic patterns can be easily modified to give you a great fantasy or sci-fi look.
Carmen Beaudry (M), Deborah Strub, Kathryn Brant, Richard Stephens
My Editor Wants What?!
Cascade 9
6–7 p.m.
You’ve finally found an editor for your novel! Except there’s one little stipulation: you must rewrite a huge part of the storyline. While your editor has made this suggestion for good reason, how do you know when to say no to these changes? What risks might come along with rejecting changes?
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Patrick Hurley, Patrick Swenson, Spencer Ellsworth
Make a Villain: Sci-fi Edition
Cascade 10
6–7 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Join our panelists as they work with the audience to create a relatable, compelling antagonist.
Barth Anderson (M), Scott James Magner, PJ Manney, Andy Dudak
Social Horror
Cascade 11
6–7 p.m.
Jordan Peele, whose recent social horror movie Get Out was both a critical and commercial success, says “The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings.” What are other examples of social horror? What are the possibilities in this emerging genre?
Caren GS (M), Jaym Gates, Gabriel de los Angeles, Jennifer Brozek
Son of “Hanford, Back in the Day”
Cascade 12
6–7 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Hanford was a technological garden in the desert, bringing huge numbers of people, cutting edge science, and blanketing security together to make plutonium, one atom at a time (sort of). Today things are a little different. Come listen to some old fogies tell tales of the strange old days.
Cathy Plesko (M), Arthur Bozlee, Adrienne Carlson, Mike Brennan
Voyager: Visit to the Outer Darkness
Evergreen 1&2
6–7 p.m.
The Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft have been in space for 40 years. They performed the first survey of the outer planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their complex systems of rings and moons. Both Voyager spacecraft are still operating and sending back data as they make their way out of the solar system on their infinite voyage to the stars. What wonders did these remarkable robots uncover and what is their fate?
Bridget Landry (M), Ethan Siegel
Miniatures Painting 101 Workshop
Olympic 2
6–8 p.m.
Learn the basics on how to get started painting miniatures. Paints and miniatures will be provided for 24 people. Advance sign-up required in Cascade 1.
Barry Wilson (M), Dylan Templar
Reading: Emily C. Skaftun
Cascade 4
6:30–7 p.m.
“Melt with You.” After the apocalypses, things were going okay for the souls reincarnated into lawn ornaments… until the gnomes arrived. Rated: PG.
Emily C. Skaftun (M)
Reading: keerawa
Cascade 4
7–7:30 p.m.
“Like a Dragon in a China Shop.” When Holmes’ investigation into a series of murders in Chinatown reaches an impasse, Watson must call upon an old acquaintance for help. A Sherlock Holmes/Temeraire pastiche. Rated: G.
keerawa (M)
Taking Control of Humanity’s Future
Cascade 5&6
7–8 p.m.
If we control our future, how will we make humans better? DNA editing? Bio-technology? Human/machine interfaces? What are the possibilities?
Vicki Wedel (M), Jake McKinzie, Sar Surmick
Diversity in Media: Why is It Important?
Cascade 7&8
7–8 p.m.
From heartbreaking videos of The Doll Test and 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.
K Tempest Bradford (M), Gabriel de los Angeles, Sarah Gulde
Future Fashions of the Rich and Famous
Cascade 9
7–8 p.m.
From the courts of Dune to the casinos of Canto Bight or Fhloston Paradise, sci-fi has given us some high-end fashion eye candy. We peek into the past to look at the future to see how the 1% dress to impress—what they wear, and what it says about the society they depict.
Kathryn Brant, Bethany Roullett, Richard Stephens
Putting Together an Album
Cascade 10
7–8 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 requires considering a lot of factors, such as what should go on the album, whether the music makes sense together, if there is a theme, or if this a journey. Let our artists walk you through this.
C0splay (M), Alexander James Adams, Dara Korra’ti, Bill Beats
Anthology’s Joy
Cascade 11
7–8 p.m.
Authors who thrive on writing short fiction may visit websites that list open calls ranging from flash to novelette length stories. Short stories can help authors hone their craft, but when they’re ready to publish, what considerations go into an anthology? Do editors just pick the best stories or is there a rhythm they follow to tell a larger story overall?
K.G. Anderson (M), Jennifer Brozek, Jaym Gates, Dawn Vogel
The Business of Art
Cascade 12
7–8 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, Adam Vick, Kent Hamilton

Short Film: DRONE
Evergreen 1&2
7–8 p.m.
In the year 2197, Ridley, the “first” true sentient robot, wakes up in a desert. He’s stranded and must find his omni drive, a device that stabilizes his emotions and enhanced capabilities, before scavengers destroy it, or worse, before his jealous brother D2 finds it. Director Matt Esteron will be available to answer questions after the film.
Philip K. Dick Awards
Grand 2
7–8:30 p.m.
Presented annually at Norwescon, with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust, for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. The award ceremony is sponsored by Norwescon and the Northwest Science Fiction Society.
Gordon Van Gelder, Meg Elison, Carrie Vaughn, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Mur Lafferty, Tim Pratt
Reading: Erin Wagner Tidwell
Cascade 4
7:30–8 p.m.
TBD. Rated: G.
Erin Wagner Tidwell (M)
Reading: J. F. High
Cascade 4
8–8:30 p.m.
Drag Down the Sun. An excerpt from the novella Drag Down the Sun. Rated: R.
J. F. High (M)
Filing off the Serial Numbers: From Fanfic to Original Works
Cascade 5&6
8–9 p.m.
Your fanfiction has gone through a lot of changes – so many it’s starting to look less like fanfiction and more like an original story. Can you cut ties to the source material and publish it as original work? It’s more common than many people think, although recent high-profile examples (*cough*fiftyshades*cough*) are popularizing the idea. And, in the case of “pastiches,” especially material now in the public domain, you may not have to change anything! Come learn more about the process, and what your options may be.
Berlynn Wohl (M), Liz Barlow, DameRuth
Successful Masquerade Competition
Cascade 7&8
8–9 p.m.
Winning a masquerade is more than spending the most money or having a sewing MBA. Our veteran pros share with you the key elements behind a successful masquerade presentation and how basic planning and preparation can help ensure your success.
Joy Alyssa Day (M), Bethany Roullett, Torrey Stenmark, Melissa Quinn
Sex in Horror
Cascade 9
8–9 p.m.
Vampire fiction is often highly sexualized, but what about other types of horror? Is it possible to have both sex and violence without having sexualized violence?
Jon Lasser, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Sandra M. Odell, Patrick Hurley
Tenth Fleet, Royal Manticoran Navy Awards Ceremony
Cascade 10
8–10 p.m.
Join the Royal Manticoran Navy’s Tenth fleet for their awards ceremony and the Change of Command of HMS Andromeda, TRMN’s Edmonds Chapter. Come learn about who we are, and after, repair with us to another location for socializing. TRMN is a Science Fiction Fan Club and Service Organization celebrating David Weber’s Honorverse.
Song Melody 101
Cascade 11
8–9 p.m.
Whether you’re a DJ mixing tracks across vinyl, a producer sampling WAV files, a singer-songwriter cobbling together a tune on an acoustic, or a classically trained cellist, you have to understand what works in melody. What is the history of song melody in the West? This will introduce you to scales, resources, and proper understanding.
Alexander James Adams (M)
Drawing Away from the Trope
Cascade 12
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.
Bryan Syme (M), Adam Vick, Meris Mullaley, Christen N. Sowards, Kent Hamilton
Printmaking
Olympic 2
8–10 p.m.
Try your hand at the oldest copier technology around: Prints! You’ll learn about the different kinds of printmaking that are out there, carve a block of your own, ink it, and see how easy it is to make multiples! Come prepared with either a drawing or some ideas of what you would like to make. Materials fee of $5 will be collected by the instructor. Space is limited: advance sign-up is required in Cascade 1.
Mimi Noyes (M)
Reading: Cheryce Clayton
Cascade 4
8:30–9 p.m.
Surviving the TransMechaphilia Riots. Cyberpunk Noir. Rated: PG.
Cheryce Clayton (M)
Invisible Disabilities
Cascade 5&6
9–10 p.m.
Not every disability is apparent at a glance, nor is anyone’s personal health anyone else’s business. From mental illness to chronic disease to a variety of syndromes and impairments too lengthy to list, we’ll discuss the difficulties of living with chronic health conditions, the stigmas associated, what progress has (or hasn’t) been made in reforming public perception, and strategies on getting other people to mind their own blasted business.
Sar Surmick (M), Yl’luria WaterSong, Cheryce Clayton, Dylan Templar
An Intro to Punching Up
Cascade 7&8
9–10 p.m.
When you’re going to hit out at something, you need to pick a target, which brings us to “punching up.” Our panelists will discuss what the concept means in writing and media, how you can figure out which metaphorical direction is “up,” and how to do your very best to avoid punching down (and why it’s bad).
Jason Vanhee (M), Sheye Anne Blaze, Brenna Clarke Gray, Cory Skerry
Hyping Hyperloop
Cascade 9
9–10 p.m.
Big players are putting big money into Hyperloop. What is it? How will it change the way things are? Come join our panelists as they circle in on yet another way the method you use to travel may change.
Kurt Cagle (M), Dr. Dana Andrews, Ethan Siegel
B Cubed Press Reading
Cascade 12
9–11 p.m.
Writers from the Alternative Truth series read their work from this best-selling political satire series.
All-Ages Scheduled Gaming
Evergreen 1&2
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games 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 so we can be sure to meet your needs.
Karaoke
Evergreen 3&4
9 p.m.–2 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).
Stitch & Bitch and Costume 911
Olympic 1
9–midnight
Bring your projects and join us. Bring your challenges, your hang ups, and your creative blocks. Our seasoned costume veterans can help get you back on course to completing your ensemble.
Carmen Beaudry (M), Bridget Landry, Bethany Roullett, Triton Mahtlinnie
21+ Scheduled Gaming
Maxi’s Ballroom
9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Come sign up for a game run by our DMs or check out games 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 so we can be sure to meet your needs. 21+ ONLY WITH PHOTO ID
Burlesque: Death Aboard the ICS Golden Thong
Grand 3
9:30–11 p.m.
The captain and her crew thought it was a wonderful day to start another trip to Seti Ralpha V aboard the prestigious interstellar cruise ship, the Golden Thong. And it was, until someone got themselves murdered. If that wasn’t bad enough for our intrepid captain, it threatened to blossom into a galactic scandal! Will Captain Smirk figure out who the murderer is before the quadrant erupts into war? Will Ensign Crusher ever get the respect she deserves? Will the rubber headed alien look even remotely convincing? Will Security Officer Starbooty look good on set? Answers to these questions and more at Death Aboard the ICS Golden Thong, a burlesque whodunnit set upon the final frontier, an homage to every bad mystery trope, complete with a butler droid! Morgan La May stars at Captain Smirk, Bella La Blanc as Ambassador Lube-wanna Troi, and Nikolai Knight as Security Officer Starbooty! Also staring Sophie B. Fawkins, Candy Apples, Mandy Flame, Tawdry Quirks, Lola Moondust, Whisper De Corvo, Wicked Scarlett, and special guest star Lilith Van Dyke. Restricted to Norwescon members 18 years of age and older. Doors open at 9 p.m.
Friends of Bill W.
Cascade 4
10–11 p.m.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Grand 3
midnight–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).