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What follows is a listing of all events planned for Saturday, April 15th. 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 ThursdayFriday, or Sunday.

We will be updating this list as major changes occur, until the convention opens. This list is current as of Mar. 21, 2017.

Pre-Masquerade Meeting
Grand 3
8–9 a.m.
If you plan to enter the masquerade, you must attend this meeting if you DID NOT attend the Thursday or Friday night meetings. You will be provided all the info you need to compete and we will be there to answer any questions you have. Please make sure to bring your music to turn in. We will also have a computer for you to sign up online to compete if you haven’t already done so.
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.
Saturday Morning Cartoon Pajama Party with Ready Jet Go!
Olympic 1
9–10:30 a.m.
Saturday morning cartoons and coloring in your jammies—ease into Saturday with PBS Kids! We’ll have cartoons on and character coloring sheets available, followed by a visit and photo opportunity from Jet Propulsion from Ready Jet Go! Courtesy of KBTC Public Television.
Danielle Gembala, Eric Snyder, Jet Propulsion
Pathfinder Society and D&D Adventurers League
Rotunda 1
9–2 a.m.
The Pathfinder Society and Dungeons and Dragons Adventurers League will be running games throughout the weekend. Check the gaming schedule for details.
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 game developers.
Reading: Carol Berg
Cascade 2
10–10:30 a.m.
Various Works: Epic fantasy through a personal lens. Rated G
Carol Berg (M)
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Film It!
Cascade 3&4
10–noon
After all the learning and planning and dreaming the dream, we yell ACTION! Come be a part of our two hour, frantically paced film shoot! Share the laughs and terror of cramming something Hollywood takes 3 months to do, all in two hours.
dQniel Kaufman (M), Ryan K. Johnson, Brian D. Oberquell, John Medlong
How to Get an Agent
Cascade 5&6
10–11 a.m.
How do you get a literary agent anyway? What are the best practices for querying? Our panel of professionals will discuss the query process and how to keep plowing forward despite rejection, as well as what agents do for authors and why you probably want one.
Adam Rakunas (M), James C. Glass, Jack Skillingstead, Tina Connolly, Gordon Van Gelder
Feminism in Fandom
Cascade 7&8
10–11 a.m.
The face of feminism has changed over the decades, from the suffrage struggles of the first wave, the women’s liberation movement of the second wave, and the intersectionality of the third wave. Women are well-represented in local fandom, but a lot of fan media is still a boys’ club. Then, there are comic book heroines with improbable poses and battle lingerie. What does this say about the future of feminism? How do we inspire the next generation of girls to love the same genres we do? How do we overcome representation issues?
Mickey Schulz (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Jude-Marie Green, Sheye Anne Blaze
The Fine Art of Description
Cascade 9
10–11 a.m.
There’s purple prose, there’s white room, and then there’s just right. How do you avoid the first two and arrive at the third? Discuss with our panelists how rich, colorful phrasing can be best utilized while avoiding tired and overwrought prose.
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Renee Stern, Peter Orullian, Tegan Moore, Kay Kenyon
Video Games
Cascade 10
10–11 a.m.
There are so many good games out there to play on different platforms. Is World of Warcraft still the top dog? Do I need a computer or can I just play on my phone? Let’s look at the different games out there, which are the best for different kinds of players, and what is needed to play them.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Donna Prior, Arinn Dembo, Veronica Hamilton
Creativity & Disabilities
Cascade 11
10–11 a.m.
Whether your problems are physical or psychological, there’s no denying that being creative and creating art is difficult to almost impossible when a disability stands in your way. Come learn how different artists and writers work with, past, or through their personal disabilities and limitations to create their art.
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lillian Cohen-Moore, Elizabeth Adams, Liv Rainey-Smith, Raven J. Demers
How to Make and Publish Your Own Ebook: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
10–11 a.m.
We all know that ebooks are a necessary component of sales, but how does one go about making one on their own? Can it be done? Yes, it can. This seminar will give you the basics of creating ebooks from scratch. We will crack an ebook open and look at the coding, talk about formats and what freeware to use, how to work with covers, testing, and where you can post your ebook for sale. Oh, and ISBNs. Presented by Clarion West. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Tod McCoy (M)
Victorian Ribbon Flowers—Workshop
Cascade 13
10–11 a.m.
Flowers made from ribbons and sewn on skirts, dresses, jackets, and hats were a popular form of embellishment during the Victorian era. Though very showy and glamorous, the techniques are not difficult and once you have the concept you can create all kinds of amazing botanical beauty. Space is limited—Please sign up in Cascade 1.
Anita Taylor (M), Melissa Quinn, Kathryn Brant
Generation Ships and Star Arks
Evergreen 1&2
10–11 a.m.
Let us assume that faster-than-light space travel really is impossible, and we are unable to develop artificial wombs or effective cloning technology. So we build star arks: biomes rich with Terran life that might take centuries to reach an inhabitable world. What kinds of problems would these generation ships likely encounter, and how might they be addressed?
Sar Surmick (M), Greg Bear, Manny Frishberg, Dr. Ricky
Communications After the Disaster
Evergreen 3&4
10–11 a.m.
In any disaster, whether natural or human caused, one of the things that suffers the most is communication. But there is an alternative: amateur radio. This panel will tell you the basics of what amateur radio is, how to get licensed, what the capabilities are, and how you can get started in this exciting field.
Susan R. Matthews (M), Bart Kemper, Peter N. Glaskowsky
Norse Sword, Shield, & Spear Tactical Combat
Grand 2
10–11:30 a.m.
Groups of 20+ participants, equipped with wooden swords, spears, and shields, will learn & practice basic Norse weapon combat skills in a safe, controlled environment. What is it like standing in the shield wall? Instructors will provide training swords, shields, and spears to be used by participants. The audience will play an important part in the experience.
Bill Gruner (M), Mark Chapman, Peter Fuller, V Whitlock, Norman K. Moss, Alan Andrist, Maj. James Franklin (Ret.), Joseph Malik
SFWA Meeting
Pro Suite
10–11 a.m.
Cat Rambo (M)
Reading: Dr. Rob Hoyt
Cascade 2
10:30–11 a.m.
Perihelion Burn: Four decades after alien probes streaked through the solar system, heralding an impending invasion, mankind has established a tenuous foothold throughout the asteroid belt. The Commonwealth Corporation leads the charge to build the defenses necessary to protect humanity. On a small, icy planetoid, volatiles prospector Tom Yeaton discovers what may be one of the alien probes. On Koronis Depot, the stronghold of Commonwealth’s defenses, the beautiful, troubled savant Alix Kenai finds that the Quantum Intelligence that manages the economy and defenses of the Outer System is going mad, and may be guilty of murder. Tom’s quest to decipher the mystery of the alien artifact and Alix’s mission to expose the forces driving the Quant insane will take them on a chase through the wondrous and strange frontiers of humanity’s future, leading them to an epic confrontation that threatens to ignite the entire solar system in war. Rated PG
Dr. Rob Hoyt (M)
Story Time for our Youngest Fen
Olympic 1
10:30–11 a.m.
Storytime and activities just for our youngest fen in Olympic 1. Ages 0-2 (older siblings welcome).
Dale Ivan Smith (M)
Reading: Greg Bear
Cascade 2
11–11:30 a.m.
War Dogs: A selection from this trilogy. Rated R.
Greg Bear (M)
Comics for Younger Readers
Cascade 5&6
11–noon
Ms. Marvel, Princeless, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, and others are specifically seeking to engage younger readers, in particular younger female readers. What comics do our panelists recommend for your teen and pre-teen readers?
Marta Murvosh (M), Spencer Ellsworth, Adia, Minim Calibre, Brenna Clarke Gray
Worldbuilding: Gods, Religion, and Mythos
Cascade 7&8
11–noon
What makes for a compelling mythos? How do they develop or define characters? What do they say about the setting and world? Join our pros as they discuss implementing these elements in a fantasy setting.
Catherine Cooke Montrose (M), Peter Orullian, Kate Ristau, Christopher Bodan
The Reality of Augmented Reality
Cascade 9
11–noon
Pokémon Go introduced millions of people to augmented reality, where virtual reality leaks into real reality. How did that first mass experience work? How did it not? What do we have to look forward to in the future?
Kurt Cagle (M), David Shoemaker, Sean Hagle, Vickie Bligh, Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix
Cosplay for Real Bodies
Cascade 10
11–noon
Body shaming is rife in cosplay circles, with constant cries for bigger fans to play “body appropriate” characters… because there are so many of those to choose from? What do you do if you don’t have the body type of your favorite character? We’ll show you why it’s okay to be a plus size Wonder Woman, Power Girl, or Superman.
Richard Stephens (M), Theresa Halbert, Kat Marier, Raven J. Demers, Bethany Roullett
Court Couture
Cascade 11
11–noon
At different times and in different countries, there were RULES for how one would dress when in the presence of the royal sovereign. Our panelists will take us on a guided tour through time and around the world to splendid, opulent courts to showcase how one would dress to impress and not be embarrassed in the royal presence.
Tammie L. Dupuis (M), Carmen Beaudry, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Deborah Strub
Making Up Stories—And Making Them Better: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
11–noon
In this workshop, kids will begin to write a story, and every few paragraphs we will learn how to make it better by writing good description, using strong verbs, adding characters’ thoughts, and thinking up exciting things to happen in the story. Worksheets will be provided. Ages 8-11. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Nancy Kress (M)
Interview and Q&A with Cory and Catska Ench
Evergreen 1&2
11–noon
Sonia Orin Lyris (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench
Why Editors Pass
Evergreen 3&4
11–noon
What makes an editor pass on a story instead of buying it? What are common writing mistakes that make editors lose interest? What can you do to improve your chances of selling your work? Editors and other pros who’ve been around the block will discuss what works for them and what makes them stop reading.
Wendy N. Wagner (M), Gordon Van Gelder, Marc Gascoigne, Patrick Swenson, Shannon Page
Kookie Klatch with Bridget Landry
Olympic 1
11–11:30 a.m.
Our Youth Pros will interview Bridget Landry, chemist and planetary scientist, on her work in STEM, followed by an open discussion and questions from our young audience.
Amélie Mantchev (M), Bridget Landry, Eric Snyder
Puget Sound Star Trekkers Meetup
Olympic 2
11–noon
Remember when? We used to meet up all the time in 1970s and 1980s. Come join us to reminisce or learn about the good old days. Fandom has changed since the new early days, it’s more main stream now and I have an electronic device I carry with me that allows me to argue with strangers and to share pictures of cats. What’s up with you?
Michael Citrak
Koffee Klatch: Cat Rambo
Pro Suite
11–noon
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Cat Rambo (M)
Koffee Klatch: David Fooden
Pro Suite
11–noon
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
David Fooden (M)
Reading: Brenda Cooper
Cascade 2
11:30–noon
POST: What if the Pacific Northwest survived world-wide troubles (climate change, economic collapse, illness) and began to rise from its challenges? How would that would feel to a sheltered teen who hid through most of the troubles? What would she do to help and what dangers would she encounter? Rated G.
Brenda Cooper (M)
Monster Mash for the Budding Bioengineer
Cascade 13
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Every budding mad scientist needs to start somewhere… and this is where! We will take cute fluffy stuffed animals and hack them into pieces only to reassemble them into marvelous monsters and creative chimera! Please bear in mind that to attend this workshop, one must be capable handling scissors and needles safely and if you cannot personally sew together your monster’s various bit and pieces you must bring a minion (aka “parent”) to do the dirty work for you! The only skills required are rudimentary sewing skills (plush is very forgiving) and a sick sense of humor. There will be a $5 materials fee per participant to cover the cost of DNA splitters, splicers, and experimental specimens. WARNING! Only adults serving as minions will be allowed to attend!
Mimi Noyes (M)
Roman Legionary Gladius and Scutum Tactical Combat
Grand 2
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Teams of 20+ participants, each equipped with wooden gladius (sword) and regulation scutum (shield), will learn & practice basic Roman Legionary combat skills in a safe, supervised environment. Learn what it is like to stand in the Roman line. Instructors will provide training swords and shields, to be used by each group of 20+ participants. The audience will play an important part in the experience. Legionaries might expect to be attacked by barbarians.
Bill Gruner (M), V Whitlock, Norman K. Moss, Mark Chapman, Peter Fuller, Michael Ormes, Maj. James Franklin (Ret.)
Jet Propulsion!
Olympic 1
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Do you love things that are fast? Do you love to go? Come learn about the science of propulsion and build some model jets, experiment with jet propulsion, and meet our friend Jet Propulsion from the PBS Kids’ Ready Jet Go! Jet’s appearance courtesy of KBTC Public Television.
Danielle Gembala, Eric Snyder, Jet Propulsion
Reading: Kay Kenyon
Cascade 2
noon–12:30 p.m.
At the Table of Wolves. This new series is paranormal espionage set in 1936 England, an alternate timeline where the psychic trauma of WWI has caused people to develop extrasensory abilities (Talents). Book one, At the Table of Wolves, introduces Kim Tavistock, who uses her talent for hearing the truth to uncover a Nazi plot to subdue England with a mysterious power over cold and ice. Rated G.
Kay Kenyon (M)
Single Pattern Contest: Judging
Cascade 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
Entrants in the competition will register and present their entries to the panel of judges. Entries are all based on the same pattern.
Fen Eye for the Mundane Guy
Cascade 5&6
noon–1 p.m.
What can the mild-mannered Science Fiction Fan do to his or her wardrobe to spice it up in a way that lets those in the know know that you know, too? Our panelists offer suggestions both for the Con and for your “real life”, if they are not the same thing.
Astrid Bear (M), Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Melissa Quinn
Names and Created Languages
Cascade 7&8
noon–1 p.m.
Shakespeare got away with making up his own vocabulary because the people of his day didn’t know any better. Your readers do. Creative words and names can enhance the mystique of your setting and characters, but sloppy naming and a tin ear can detract from them just as easily. What goes into effective names and vocabularies, without them looking like a cat walked across your keyboard?
Carol Berg (M), Andrea Howe, Canticles Productions, Susan diRende
Cooking in Space
Cascade 9
noon–1 p.m.
No matter how exotic a space mission might be we cannot get away from some earthbound habits. Like three square meals a day. So what do you eat in space, how do you cook it, and where are the best French fries in the solar system found?
Cathy Plesko (M), Jon Rogers, Arthur Bozlee
Hand me the Superwrench ConnectorThingy
Cascade 10
noon–1 p.m.
The technological hurdles of SF are often addressed via the special gadget. Our panelists discuss classical examples, imagined things now a reality, and which hurdles they struggle with in their own work.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Raven Oak, David D. Levine, Elliott Kay
Artists’ Jam
Cascade 11
noon–1 p.m.
Everyone participates in this extravaganza. Bring your questions for the professionals and materials with which to create art on the spot. Everyone paints, draws, sketches, and blabs about art.
Jeff Sturgeon (M), Todd Lockwood, Russell D. Campbell, Elizabeth Adams, Laura Tempest Zakroff, Vandy H. Hall
Fantastic Foldies for the Comic Creator or Zine-ster In All of Us: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
noon–1 p.m.
All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can make an unfolding mini-comic that doesn’t need staples, has hidden surprises and gets your story out into the world fast. Once you’ve created your original piece, foldies are one of the fastest and cheapest zines to get out in the world as all you need is one page B&W double sided printing. This workshop is suitable for anyone who wants to play around with visual storytelling, from people who aren’t sure how to draw stick figures, writers who want to collaborate better with artists, to visual artists looking for a different way to play with the form. Some art supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring pencils, pens, or erasers. Presented by Cascade Writers. Ages 13+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Liz Argall (M)
Interview and Q&A with Ian McDonald
Evergreen 1&2
noon–1 p.m.
Tod McCoy (M), Ian McDonald
Sea Shanties Sing-A-Long
Evergreen 3&4
noon–1 p.m.
We’re going out to C! Or sea? BOTH, when it’s sea shanties! Come fill your lungs like bellowing sails and sing along to some favorite songs used on ships for work and entertainment. Don’t know the difference between a capstan and a haul shanty? That’s okay; we’ll show you the ropes!
Jessica F. Hebert (M)
Mer-ing 103
Poolside
noon–1 p.m.
Hold your breath and open your eyes under the water… With your MERsona on the way, let’s talk swimming! Strategies? Safety? Tail? How do you breathe!? (Please enter poolside from Concourse 2.)
Mermaid SIF (M), Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Zir0, Triton Mahtlinnie, Cuddlefish
Koffee Klatch: Lisa Mantchev
Pro Suite
noon–1 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Lisa Mantchev (M)
Koffee Klatch: Randy Henderson
Pro Suite
noon–1 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Randy Henderson (M)
Reading: Wendy N. Wagner
Cascade 2
12:30–1 p.m.
An Oath of Dogs. Kate Standish has been on Huginn less than a week and she’s already pretty sure her new company murdered her boss. When curiosity drives her to investigate, she connects a secret chemical test site to a nearly forgotten disaster in Huginn’s history, revealing a conspiracy that threatens the whole town and Standish herself. Corporate flunkies, loggers, eco-terrorists, and even the dogs are out to get her… if they’re really dogs. Rated PG.
Wendy N. Wagner (M)
Sensory Friendly Open Time
Olympic 1
12:30–1 p.m.
Olympic 1 will be filled with sensory-friendly items and activities for our neurodivergent members and their caregivers to drop-in to a safe space to slow down, stim, or just be themselves.
Reading: Todd Lockwood
Cascade 2
1–1:30 p.m.
The Summer Dragon: First Book of The Evertide. Maia’s family breeds dragons for the Empire’s armies and each summer the Dragonry comes to claim their babies. This year she and her brother Darian hope for dragons of their own to add to the family’s stable of breeding parents. But the Dragonry’s needs dash her hopes. When the rare and fabled Summer Dragon makes a brief appearance, her world is changed forever. In her fight to preserve everything she knows and loves, she uncovers secrets that challenge her understanding of her world and of herself. Rated G.
Todd Lockwood (M)
Single Pattern Contest: Show & Share
Cascade 3&4
1–2 p.m.
Come and see the competition entries as the competitors introduce their entries. Your votes will decide the winner of the Fan Favorite award.
Deconstructing the Hero’s Journey
Cascade 5&6
1–2 p.m.
The Hero’s Journey is a metaphor for the human experience. In this panel, we will explore each stage of the Journey and examine its roots in Jungian archetype and the collective consciousness.
Frog Jones (M), Evan J. Peterson, Kat Richardson
Hosting a Game Event
Cascade 7&8
1–2 p.m.
Want to run a game day, house con, or console party? Need some tips and ideas about how to make this a fun venture instead of a giant headache? Come and discuss the ins and outs of community game organizing.
Donna Prior (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Matt Hammond, David Shoemaker
Today’s Warfighting Platforms
Cascade 9
1–2 p.m.
How do today’s militaries project power into harm’s way? We’ll provide a basic review of the current land, sea, air, and space platforms from which warfare is conducted. We’ll briefly examine the evolution which brought us to this point and what we expect in the near future. This will be a ‘101’level introduction to weapons systems, fire control systems, and the state of the art for engineering systems. Especially useful for those with limited or no exposure to the military.
Joseph Malik (M), Bart Kemper, Alan Paulsen, Russell Ervin
Star Trek Turns 50
Cascade 10
1–2 p.m.
To boldly go where no man has gone before. These immortal words spoken 50 years ago gave rise to the Star Trek Franchise. Let’s talk about the TV show, movies and Star Trek’s impact on popular culture.
Jason Bourget (M), Tim McDaniel, Astrid Bear, Scott James Magner, Shannon
Technical Sci-Fi
Cascade 11
1–2 p.m.
The balance between technical details and story are discussed as our panelists dive into the junction between being specific and still captivating the audience.
Curtis C. Chen (M), Dr. Rob Hoyt, John Cramer, PJ Manney
Jumpstart Your Novel: Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
1–3 p.m.
What’s the easiest thing about being a writer? Sitting in a chair! What’s the second easiest thing about being a writer? Putting your hands on a keyboard! What’s the hardest thing about being a writer? Making words come out of your brain! It doesn’t matter if you’ve just started thinking about writing a novel or have done a dozen of them; getting started on a new project is always the hardest part. Learn a technique that will help you outline an entire novel in a little under two hours. Idea stacking, plot spinning, pants wearing: all of these tools will be at your disposal as you settle into that writing chair and start your brain fire! Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Mark Teppo (M)
Interview and Q&A with Ethan Siegel
Evergreen 1&2
1–2 p.m.
Mickey “Meowse” Phoenix (M), Ethan Siegel
Ask the Experts: Biology
Evergreen 3&4
1–2 p.m.
Our panelists will take your questions about biology, evolution, language, medicine, and more!
Dr. Ricky (M), Greg Bear, Jessica F. Hebert, Jake McKinzie, Vickie Bligh
Pirate Training
Grand 2
1–2 p.m.
What does it really take to be a pirate? Learn basic exercises and activities needed to make it as a pirate on the high seas. Open to pirates of any and all genders. Brought to you by Swords for Scribes.
Kim Switzer, Matthew Howden
Baby Lounge and Quiet Hour
Olympic 1
1–2 p.m.
Need a quiet place where you can release your babies from confinement and let them socialize while you relax? Drop in for an hour and let your little ones roam free in the room.
Mini-fig Enthusiasts Swap
Olympic 2
1–2 p.m.
Have some mini-figs to trade? Want to share stories about finding the Holy Grail of mini-figs? Have tips about how best to find the ones you want? This is the group for you!
Anne-Marie
How do Mermaids Walk?
Poolside
1–2 p.m.
Face the realities of having no legs in the human world and glimpse the “less than lovely” sides of Mer Life. (Please enter poolside from Concourse 2.)
Mermaid SIF (M), Zir0, Melissa “Merlissa” Thomas, Triton Mahtlinnie, Cuddlefish
Reading: Patrick Swenson
Cascade 2
1:30–2 p.m.
Rain Music. Rated PG.
Patrick Swenson (M)
Reading: Mark J. Ferrari
Cascade 2
2–2:30 p.m.
TWICE (The upcoming on-line serial!). Matt Rhymer was a 50-year-old man the night he… may or may not have been beaten to death by a troll while trying to save a teenage girl’s life in a downtown alleyway. In the final moments of THAT life, he made a rather hastily considered dying wish—of sorts. Not until the next morning did he realize his wish had not been as academic as he’d thought, or nearly as thought through as it should have been. Rated PG
Mark J. Ferrari (M)
The Pen Is Mightier
Cascade 3&4
2–3 p.m.
Not every great hero or villain reaches their prominence by means of the proverbial sword. Join our panelists as they discuss characters who use attributes other than physical prowess to best their opposition.
Kurt Cagle (M), Kristi Charish, Kay Kenyon, Django Wexler, Kate Ristau
The Fear of God(s)
Cascade 5&6
2–3 p.m.
In which we discuss religious themes in horror, from demons and devils to possession and the apocalypse. This blessed and ordained panel will lead you to the gates of Hell and back in one short hour.
Evan J. Peterson (M), Jaym Gates, Arinn Dembo, Shannon
White Comics Creators, You’re Embarrassing Us
Cascade 7&8
2–3 p.m.
From Luke Cage’s hackneyed “jive talking” to artists drawing Riri Williams, a 15-year-old girl, like an adult woman, white cis het male comics creators have had a bad habit of blowing it when it comes to representation, even when they mean well.
Mickey Schulz (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Ogre Whiteside, Minim Calibre
How Big a Fish Do You Need to Be?
Cascade 9
2–3 p.m.
You’re an independent writer. You’re an independent musician. You’re an independent artist. You make indie games. How big do you need to be to make a sustainable living? The traditional track to success has involved the large imprints and labels, but that’s not working so well anymore, particularly not for musicians. Is there a way forward? Come listen to our independent creatives talk about forging new paths in their industries.
Jonny Nero Action Hero (M), Stephanie Weippert, Dara Korra’ti, Alexander James Adams
Great Military Leaders: Non-combatant Military Commanders
Cascade 10
2–3 p.m.
The role of the military commander has evolved from kings, pharaohs, and generals leading from the front of an army and sharing the risk of the battlefield, to those making corporate and bureaucratic decisions from the protection of bunkers, often far behind the lines or in headquarters on distant continents. We’ll review the shifting center of command and leadership styles around the world, and analyze the impact on military culture. We’ll review partial case studies of Grant, Pershing, Marshall, Eisenhower, Powell, and Petraeus.
Russell Ervin (M), Bart Kemper, Maj. James Franklin (Ret.)
Toxic Masculinity as Villain
Cascade 11
2–3 p.m.
Masculine tropes are commonly used in the depiction of heroes, but toxic masculinity is increasingly being explored as well. What is toxic masculinity, and how does it lend itself to the writing of villainy and evil?
Joseph Brassey (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Elliott Kay, Marta Murvosh
Ready, Aim, Release! Make a Bow
Cascade 13
2–3:30 p.m.
Participants will be able to make and take archery bows formed from prepared PVC (3/4” sch40) bow staves. Using low temperatures from heat guns, each person, working as part of a team, will be able to custom form a bow over an array of curved wooden forms, then fashion a simple Dacron bowstring and measure the draw weight of the finished bow. Examples of different types of bows will be provided. (Although temperatures should not exceed 150 degrees F., and there are little to no plastic fumes generated, individuals with any kind of respiratory sensitivity might choose to avoid this workshop.)
Bill Gruner (M)
The Rest of the World in Space
Evergreen 1&2
2–3 p.m.
A concise summary of the most significant events in space operations from the rest of the world. This is a perennial Norwescon favorite so be sure to get your seat early!
Dan Dubrick (M)
Tribute? Celebration? Cultural Appropriation?
Evergreen 3&4
2–3 p.m.
You want to do a historic costume from a culture that is not your own. What are the considerations an ethical costumer employs to make sure one does not cross over to cultural appropriation? What is the difference between a tribute celebration and tacky lifting of cultural motifs for fashion plunder? When doing recreation, what about make-up to change ethnicity and do the rules of cosplay apply to historic recreation and vice versa?
Tammie L. Dupuis (M), Kat Marier, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Deborah Strub
Autograph Session 1
Grand 2
2–3 p.m.
Our attending professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Nancy Kress, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Carol Berg, Alex Irvine, Annie Bellet, Caroline M. Yoachim, Curtis C. Chen, Dean Wells, Greg Bear, Jack Skillingstead, James C. Glass, Jeff Sturgeon, John Cramer, Kat Richardson, Lee Moyer, Nathan Crowder, Nisi Shawl, Peter Orullian, Randy Henderson, Scott James Magner, Todd Lockwood, Tori Centanni, Wendy N. Wagner, PJ Manney, Julie McGalliard, Crystal Connor, David D. Levine, Susan diRende, Claudia Casper, Kristy Acevedo
Concert: PDX Broadsides
Grand 3
2–3 p.m.
The PDX Broadsides have been playing music together since 2011. Accidentally formed as an a capella pirate shanty group, they soon branched out into their own original compositions. The Broadsides love things, and as a result many of their songs are about the things they love. Turns out those things are basically nerdy.
Christian Lipinski, Jessica Hebert, Hollyanna McCollom
Kookie Klatch with Cat Rambo
Olympic 1
2–2:30 p.m.
Interview by our youth pros with Cat Rambo, writer, editor, and current president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. Followed by a short reading and an open discussion and questions from our young audience.
Amélie Mantchev (M), Cat Rambo, Eric Snyder
Reading: Laura Anne Gilman
Cascade 2
2:30–3 p.m.
A selection from the Devil’s West universe. Rated PG
Laura Anne Gilman (M)
Kookie Klatch with Tina Connolly
Olympic 1
2:30–3 p.m.
Chat with author and podcaster Tina Connolly and our youth pros about her work, followed by a short reading and an open discussion with our young audience.
Adia (M), Tina Connolly, Eric Snyder, Spencer Ellsworth
Reading: Joseph Brassey
Cascade 2
3–3:30 p.m.
Skyfarer. The Axiom Diamond is a mythical relic with the power to show its bearer any truth they desire. Men have sought it across many continents for centuries, but in vain. When trainee sorceress Aimee de Laurent’s first ever portal-casting goes awry, she and her mentor are thrown into the race to find the gem on the skyship Elysium. Opposing them are the infamous magic-wielding knights of the Eternal Order and their ruthless commander, Lord Azrael, who will destroy everything in their path!
Joseph Brassey (M)
Fantastic Clothes and Where to Find Them
Cascade 3&4
3–4 p.m.
Fantastic Beasts brought us a new look at the wizarding world and a glimpse of the couture looks of American witches and wizards in the early twentieth century. We review our favorite fashion finds and how we would create our own magical looks.
Kat Marier (M), Tammie L. Dupuis, Kathryn Brant, Melissa Quinn
Running Your Author Business
Cascade 5&6
3–4 p.m.
No matter how you’re published, if you want to make writing into a career you need to treat it like a business. This panel will discuss best practices for keeping track of finances and royalties, the nitty-gritty of contracts, and how to run your small business without letting it take over the creative side of writing.
Raven Oak (M), Annie Bellet, Tori Centanni, Jak Koke
Wolf in the Fold: Enduring Allure of Shapechangers
Cascade 7&8
3–4 p.m.
Many cultures around the world have their own stories of shape-changers. From the Skinwalkers of the Navajo to the Loup Garrou of the French or the Hindi Rakshasa, shape-changers are an enduring part of world culture. Our expert panel will discuss their historical roots and how they grew to influence modern horror.
Alex C. Renwick (M), Crystal Connor, Julie McGalliard, Arinn Dembo
What Is It With Batteries?
Cascade 9
3–4 p.m.
Batteries used to be dull, if pretty important. Now they are even more important, and as exciting as your pants on fire. What has put the spark in batteries, and where will the currents of technology take portable electricity?
Adrienne Carlson (M), David Shoemaker, Peter N. Glaskowsky
Is Fandom More Diverse & Accepting?
Cascade 10
3–4 p.m.
The idea that fandom and SF/F is more accepting and diverse is often bandied around. Is that true? How do we move beyond oppressive tropes and what can we do to be aware of creating a truly accepting environment?
Elizabeth Adams (M), Nisi Shawl, J. F. High, Sheye Anne Blaze
But I’m Too Busy to Write
Cascade 11
3–4 p.m.
Creativity takes time and energy, and life has a way of eating up both. Pros will discuss how they juggle chores, children, pets, day jobs—and all the other things that suck up time like a vacuum—while still getting words on the page. Includes tips on time management, organization, and how to say no to things that keep trying to encroach on your writing time.
Adam Rakunas (M), Jack Skillingstead, Randy Henderson, Shannon Page, Kristy Acevedo
What Went Wrong with the Space Shuttle?
Cascade 12
3–4 p.m.
The Space Shuttle was hailed as the cheap, routine road to space. Yet in the 30 years of the program it proved far more maintenance intensive, far more dangerous to fly than anyone thought, and it costs a staggering amount for each launch. What went wrong? Why did the reality diverge so radically from the theory? And why did the Soviet Union only fly its shuttle once and then drop the program?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Arthur Bozlee, Dan Dubrick
Bad Book Cover Art Hall of Fame
Evergreen 1&2
3–4 p.m.
Learning from the tragic past (and e-book present), this panel will hope to prevent future crimes against authors and readers alike.
Jeliza Patterson-McGuire (M), Lee Moyer, Jeff Sturgeon
SF/Fantasy Battle Royale
Evergreen 3&4
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!
Matt Youngmark (M), K. M. Alexander
Art Show Tour with Vandy Hall
Grand 1
3–4 p.m.
Vandy Hall talks in depth about her work in the show and shares her thoughts about selected other works as well. Come enjoy an artist’s perspective on the Norwescon Art Show!
Vandy H. Hall (M)
Autograph Session 2
Grand 2
3–4 p.m.
Our attending professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Hayley Stone, Sonia Orin Lyris, Rhiannon Held, Stephen L. Gillett, Michael Armstrong
Concert: Celt Check!
Grand 3
3–4 p.m.
Celt Check! is a dynamic quartet providing “full frontal harmonies”! They are a family band, with father, Gareth Davis, daughter, Darcy Davis, significant other, Ari Stolar, and long-time family friend, Finn McFaire. Gareth plays 6-string and 12-string guitars and vocals, and has been performing music in various venues for most of his life. Darcy plays recorder and vocals and has been singing and performing for over 25 years. Ari is their percussionist, playing bodhran, and made his stage debut in the summer of 2015. Finn McFaire plays 12-string guitar, doumbek, tin whistle, and vocals, and has also been performing music in various professional venues for most of his life. They have extensive lists of Celtic songs from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, varying from authentic Celtic ballads to toe-tapping tavern pieces, and contemporary rock and folk songs of the 20th century. Slow-and-sweet to rock-the-bar, Celt Check! does it all!
Children’s Masquerade Parade Workshop
Olympic 1
3–4 p.m.
Our fantastic costume pros will help families create a one-of-a-kind costume for the Children’s Masquerade Parade using the items you bring and the accessories and bling we have on hand!
Danielle Gembala (M), Astrid Bear, Theresa Halbert, Anita Taylor, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat, Bridget Landry, Bethany Roullett
Evolution for Kids Meetup
Olympic 2
3–4 p.m.
Come meetup to discuss evolution and the book Grandmother Fish. We will also have the game Clades, the Evolutionary Card Game.
Jonathan Tweet
Reading: Scott James Magner
Cascade 2
3:30–4 p.m.
Behind the Lines; Empire of Night. Scott James Magner reads from the next installments of his novel series The Transgenic Wars and The Hunters Chronicle. Rated PG.
Scott James Magner (M)
Reading: Tod McCoy
Cascade 2
4–4:30 p.m.
Tod McCoy reads a pair of short stories. Rated PG
Tod McCoy (M)
Prop-Making Contest: Judging
Cascade 3&4
4–5 p.m.
Cosmic Ash Studios presents: The prop contest. Theme: future tech. Sci-fi weapons and gear: You want to build a ray gun to blast those pesky aliens? Hand-held radar to track down precious and scarce metals? All that and more will qualify: this contest is looking for the weapon, gear, gadget of the future. You will be judged by the quality of construction, story, and how coherent the piece is. The first 10 entries will receive a free pack of materials to get you going, from TAP Plastics (Worbla, InstaShape and foamed PVC). First register, first serve. Registration is live on our website. Awards will be announced at the end of the Masquerade.
Behind the Stereotypes of Women: Ancient & Medieval Times
Cascade 5&6
4–5 p.m.
Whether one was born a baroness or a tavern wench, an abbess or a farm wife, people in current times have formed impressions of the characteristics and roles that women had in their societies. May women of the past be seen more clearly?
Adrienne Carlson (M), V Whitlock, Ann Shilling, Carmen Beaudry
Storytelling in Electronic Gaming
Cascade 7&8
4–5 p.m.
Video games have evolved from dots and lines mimicking sports and war, to graphic adventures that explore worlds and themes. Some games even forego intensive gameplay for immersive narrative. Our panelists will discuss the rise of deep storytelling in electronic gaming and where this trend will take us.
Alex Irvine (M), Jonny Nero Action Hero, Veronica Hamilton, Frog Jones
Dueling Easels
Cascade 9
4–5 p.m.
After hearing a short passage, two artists compete to come up with a cover for the story, and the audience gets to cheer them on.
Lee Moyer (M), Todd Lockwood
The Art and Science of Writing Operational Orders (OPORDs)
Cascade 10
4–6 p.m.
Back by popular demand: New and Improved! We are extending the one-hour panel to a two-hour workshop. Come away with an intimate understanding of the Operational Order format and how to build one from first principles through “signature ready.” Receive small group interaction with OPORD experts. When completed, we’ll run an exercise to demonstrate its completeness and show you the holes in your plan and how to correct them.
Bill Gruner (M), Joseph Malik, Bart Kemper
Songwriting 101
Cascade 11
4–5 p.m.
Come one and all, and bring ideas! We’ll work on creating a song in the panel!
Jessica F. Hebert (M), Dara Korra’ti
Worldbuilding: Layer Like an Onion Writing Workshop
Cascade 12
4–5 p.m.
Layering information for plot and clue development and world building. See examples of how Kat layers clues and information into her timelines and outlines to create an arch and achieve follow through. This method will help whether doing traditional worldbuilding or in cases of mysteries, “where the clues make the story,” to ensure that each clue hits its intended marker. Attendees will be able to ask questions after the lecture portion and get input on ways to layer their own information throughout their story/novel. Presented by Cascade Writers. Ages 18+. Space is limited and advance sign up is required in Cascade 1.
Kat Richardson (M)
Model Rocket Construction Workshop (for Adults)
Cascade 13
4–5 p.m.
Learn the basics of model rocket construction and build a rocket of your very own to fly! Materials supplied.
Dave Davis (M), Mark Chapman
Interview and Q&A with Nancy Kress
Evergreen 1&2
4–5 p.m.
Nancy Kress, Leslie Howle
Singularity
Evergreen 3&4
4–5 p.m.
Join our panelists as they discuss the concept of the singularity, both as a scientific principle and an element in fiction.
Django Wexler (M), PJ Manney, Curtis C. Chen, John Cramer
Concert: Vixy & Tony
Grand 3
4–5 p.m.
Vixy & Tony’s lighthearted folk/rock musical style combines with science fiction and fantasy lyrics to tell engaging and beautiful stories. Their energetic performances can be enjoyed by both sci-fi fans and mainstream music fans alike, earning them the Best Performer Pegasus Award in 2008. Michelle “Vixy” Dockrey and Tony Fabris have joined forces with cellist Betsy Tinney and violinist Sunnie Larsen to form a “four-person duo” with a lush, amazing sound. Their music can be found at VixyAndTony.com
Stories Under the Sea
Olympic 1
4–4:30 p.m.
Bring your guppies over to Olympic 1 for some Fintastically magical stories, and possibly songs and games.
Mermaid SIF (M)
Koffee Klatch: Alexander James Adams
Pro Suite
4–5 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Alexander James Adams (M)
Koffee Klatch: Laura Anne Gilman
Pro Suite
4–5 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Laura Anne Gilman (M)
Reading: Nisi Shawl
Cascade 2
4:30–5 p.m.
Everfair. Everfair is a steampunk adventure set primarily in Congo during King Leopold II of Belgium’s reign. Rated PG.
Nisi Shawl (M)
Art and Craft Open Time
Olympic 1
4:30–5:30 p.m.
Drop by for crafts and activities for our young members.
Danielle Gembala (M), Russell D. Campbell, Adia, Eric Snyder
Harry Potter Meetup
Olympic 2
3–4 p.m.
Are you a rabid Harry Potter fan? Do you routinely correct people when they get HP facts wrong? Wear your house colors and come to this magical meetup!
Cheryl Dyson
Reading: Evan J. Peterson
Cascade 2
5–5:30 p.m.
The PrEP Diaries. The PrEP Diaries is a safe(r) sex memoir about life in the new era of Truvada, a daily pill that blocks HIV transmission. What was considered science fiction for three decades is now science fact; Peterson’s book chronicles flirting, dating, and hooking up in the rapidly changing culture of apps, social media, and non-lethal, frequently non-contagious HIV. Rated PG.
Evan J. Peterson (M)
Children’s Masquerade Pre-Meeting
Cascade 3&4
5–6 p.m.
If you have a little one who wishes to enter the Children’s Masquerade, please come to this panel where you will get your little one signed up and lead you all down to the masquerade when the time is right. Children go on first to accommodate their early bed times.
Comic RPG Smackdown
Cascade 5&6
5–6 p.m.
Bring your favorite comic characters in mind, and our crack team of comic know-it-alls will develop stats for them to battle it out in an RPG Comics Smackdown to End All Smackdowns!
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Erik Scott de Bie, Matt Youngmark, Adia
Games as Art
Cascade 7&8
5–6 p.m.
Art and games are linked in ways both obvious and subtle, from graphics and illustration to more ephemeral concepts like narrative and form, but many people overlook the concept that a game in and of itself can be art. If art is something that evokes feeling and has meaning by its intent, then games can certainly be art. Join our panelists in this discussion of what art is, what games are, and how the two are not mutually exclusive.
Lee Moyer (M), David Fooden, Arinn Dembo, Alex Irvine
First Page Idol
Cascade 9
5–6 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), Wendy N. Wagner, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo
Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest
Cascade 11
5–6 p.m.
The Pacific Northwest is home to a dazzling variety of life, from tide pools to old-growth forests, from rainforests to the Scablands. Our panelists will talk about the rich diversity of our part of the world, and where you can go to see them.
DameRuth (M), Triton Mahtlinnie, Catska Ench, Cory Ench
Advanced Beading and Appliqué
Cascade 12
5–6 p.m.
The court costumes of Westeros feature stunning examples of beadwork and appliqué. Our experts take you through some of the techniques employed by the outstanding design team that make the Game of Thrones costumes the best looking fantasy costumes on television.
Carmen Beaudry (M), Theresa Halbert, Kathryn Brant
Miniatures: Paint & Take
Cascade 13
5–7 p.m.
Come paint a miniature with expert advice from our panelists. Paint, brushes, miniatures, and other supplies provided free, and you get to take your figure home at the end!
Barry Wilson, Dylan Templar
What’s New at Angry Robot
Evergreen 1&2
5–6 p.m.
Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood
The Changing Face of Space Movies
Evergreen 3&4
5–6 p.m.
Only 12 years separate Forbidden Planet from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The two films look like they come from different ages. How did the space movie transform from a simple straightforward story (granted a very well told one) to one of the more difficult to understand if not one of the most controversial films in cinema history? And will we ever see a film as radically different as 2001 again?
Shannon (M), Greg Bear, Jon Rogers, Scott James Magner
Koffee Klatch: Brenda Cooper
Pro Suite
5–6 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Brenda Cooper (M)
Koffee Klatch: Adam Rakunus
Pro Suite
5–6 p.m.
A small, informal social gathering for coffee and conversation. Space is limited. Sign up in Cascade 1.
Adam Rakunas (M)
Reading: Kat Richardson
Cascade 2
5:30–6 p.m.
Scattered Objects. In this upcoming science fiction police thriller, a mass murder in an ethnic ghetto sparks racial and political tensions that could lead to genocide or civil war on a corporate-controlled planet. A controversial detective and his rookie partner face opposition on all sides as they race toward a solution that could be more lethal than the crime itself. Rated PG.
Kat Richardson (M)
Open Read and Critique
Baker & Rainier
6–8 p.m.
Here is an opportunity for you and your peers to read the first 750 words of your stories aloud (approximately 3 manuscript pages, 5 minute time limit), then critique each other’s work in a round-table marathon moderated by one of our pro writers. Space is limited, advanced sign-up required.
Dean Wells (M)
Fandom in Academia
Cascade 3&4
6–7 p.m.
Building on last year’s lively “Fandom in Daily Life” discussion, this panel will explore what fandom looks like in the academic world. From teaching students to embrace their own fandoms, to the pleasures and pitfalls of teaching science fiction and horror to undergraduates; we will discuss the many ways in which academics express and promote their fannish passions, whether in the classroom or the lab.
Jason Bourget (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Cathy Plesko, Jessica F. Hebert
Why Do Villains Look Like That?
Cascade 5&6
6–7 p.m.
Is there a reason that, when they become bad guys, characters like Loki and the Riddler seem to be drawn smaller, more slender, and dare I say, more fey? Why do we use stereotypically feminine traits to code for villainy in comics?
Julie McGalliard (M), Jeremy Zimmerman, Jaym Gates, Erik Scott de Bie
Have You Seen My Pager?
Cascade 7&8
6–7 p.m.
Urban fantasy often seeks to connect with a contemporary audience; however, the speed of technology can quickly date those setting nuances. Join our pros as they discuss ways to include a contemporary world without it being outdated.
Tori Centanni (M), Manny Frishberg, Kristi Charish, Frog Jones
How to Be an Author on the Internet
Cascade 9
6–7 p.m.
And how not to be. Navigating social media as a professional can be challenging, but it can also be a fun way to bring a human face to your brand—as long as you don’t come off like a spambot trying to sell your book. Our experts talk about common mistakes and pitfalls authors make on social media and how to avoid them, as well as best practices for utilizing social media, email, and blogs, and creative ways to help you connect with—not alienate—readers.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Stephanie Weippert, Caroline M. Yoachim, Lisa Mantchev, Shannon Page
Over the Hills: SFF Landscapes
Cascade 10
6–7 p.m.
Alien and fantasy landscapes are essential to SFF art; what strategies go into creating them, and what landscapes here on Earth influence the landscapes we create?
Jeff Sturgeon (M), Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Mark J. Ferrari, Vandy H. Hall
Space Elevators: Fantasy or a Real Possibility?
Cascade 11
6–7 p.m.
The door closes and the car shoots upward. Next stop: Space! A science fiction dream or a real engineering possibility?
Dr. Dana Andrews (M), Peter N. Glaskowsky, Dr. Rob Hoyt, Stephen L. Gillett
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Editing!
Cascade 12
6–7 p.m.
Crafting your film begins and ends with a good edit. Editing can and does make or break films. You can craft the story with editing, you can make a bad actor a good actor with editing, or you can create a jump scare or wind up tension out of nothing. We’re going to concentrate on the craft of editing, not any specific software, as there’s a ton of good, free software at your fingertips. Don’t believe those other guys, editing really is the single most important step in filmmaking! Come learn how master it!
dQniel Kaufman (M), Ryan K. Johnson, Eric Morgret, John Medlong
Find Your Instrument
Evergreen 1&2
6–7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how people figure out what kind of musical instrument they want to play? Several of our pros have volunteered to bring their instruments and introduce them to people. This is a hands-on workshop; after an introduction of the instruments, participants will be able to try out various instruments, and be given brief introductions on how to play them, by their owners. This panel is aimed at teens and adults; kids are welcome, but must be of an age and attitude appropriate to handle other peoples’ musical instruments!
Dara Korra’ti (M), Wednesday Phoenix, Norman K. Moss
Doors Open for Masquerade
Grand 2
6–6:30 p.m.
Come on in and find a seat.
Robot Warm-Down
Olympic 1
6–6:30 p.m.
Ever get wound up and have a hard time getting ready for bed? Are you overclocked and your wires crossed? Come join your fellow Robots in Olympic 1 for a cool-off and wind-down at the end of a busy day.
Kate Ristau, Danielle Gembala
Reading: Crystal Connor
Cascade 2
6:30–7 p.m.
The Darkness: “Do you remember me? I used to call you Mommy.” Rated R.
Crystal Connor (M)
Masquerade
Grand 2 & 3
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Join us at the pinnacle event for Saturday evening, the Norwescon 40 Masquerade. Come and watch our fabulous contestants perform for your entertainment. Will your favorites match the judges’? Whether they do or not, we know the show will blow you away. So come and join us as the doors open at 6:00 p.m. The show begins with the Children’s Masquerade. After the show stay around as we present the winners of the Single Pattern and Props competitions, and finally stay in your seats to learn who our GOHs for next year will be.
Reading: Erin Wagner Tidwell
Cascade 2
7–7:30 p.m.
TBD Rated PG
Erin Wagner Tidwell (M)
Let There Be Light!
Cascade 3&4
7–8 p.m.
We’ve been making light since before we were humans so you’d think it would be a mature technology. Not so. Help our panelists peer into the dark corners and murky future of light.
Lillian Cohen-Moore (M), Manny Frishberg
The Changing Landscape of Worldbuilding
Cascade 5&6
7–8 p.m.
Nature is rewriting the once immutable rules of worldbuilding. There’s liquid water on Mars. Who knew? Dinosaurs had feathers. Exoplanets exist in defiance of everything we knew about planetary mechanics. What does it mean for today’s writers when the building of credible landscapes is proving a much more organic and free-flowing process than once believed?
Brenda Carre (M), K. M. Alexander, Raven Oak, Esther Jones
Slavery in the Ancient and Medieval Times
Cascade 7&8
7–8 p.m.
Torn from your home, beaten, starved, humiliated, you probably face a life of toil and degradation in a strange land. From earliest times, the strong or rich have used the weak in any way they desire. What was slavery like in the ancient and medieval world? Who were the masters and who the slaves? How did slavery flourish and change over two thousand years?
Alan Andrist (M), Arinn Dembo, Bill Gruner, Peter Fuller
The Evolution of Star Wars
Cascade 9
7–8 p.m.
Let’s look at Star Wars over the last 40 years and what is in store for the future. Movies, comic books, TV, and books.
Spencer Ellsworth (M), Dylan Templar, David Fooden, Mike Underwood, Rob Stewart
Flirting 201: Advanced Flirting
Cascade 10
7–9 p.m.
You completed Flirting 101, did the homework, and are ready for more advanced topics. Bi, poly, pan, no-labels, typicals, and aliens are all welcome to this advanced session. Certificates awarded to those who attended both workshops, completed homework, and took the final exam.
Sonia Orin Lyris (M)
Norwescon Filmmaking Workshop: Post-Production!
Cascade 12
7–8 p.m.
Once your film is edited, you’re almost done! You just need to adjust the color, mix the sound, and then figure out how to export it for eager eyeballs. Come learn all the final steps in getting your movie ready for the masses!
dQniel Kaufman (M), Eric Morgret, John Medlong
Jeff Sturgeon Painting Demo
Cascade 13
7–8 p.m.
Get a glimpse into artist Jeff Sturgeon’s innovative techniques and distinctive style.
Jeff Sturgeon (M)
The Year is 2067
Evergreen 1&2
7–8 p.m.
From the tablet to cell phones, we live in an era forecast long ago in science fiction. Our panelists look ahead 50 years and extrapolate on what the current stories of today may forecast for tomorrow.
Sean Hagle (M), Ethan Siegel, Brenda Cooper, Matt Hill
Reading: Renee Stern
Cascade 2
7:30–8 p.m.
Winds of Danger: In Spain at the turn of the 15th century, the Church hunts fey with magic of its own. Risking discovery, a young Jewish fey runs away from home to find freedom at sea with his best friend. Rated PG.
Renee Stern (M)
Reading: Sienna Saint-Cyr
Cascade 2
8–8:30 p.m.
“Debase.” An erotic BDSM story about a woman who loves humiliating men, until those tables turn and she finds herself in the hot seat of humiliation. Nothing will ever be the same for poor Emma, or any of the men in her office. Rated R
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M)
Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading
Cascade 3&4
8–10 p.m.
A fast-paced reading featuring excerpts from stories and novels written by Broad Universe members. Come and find your new favorite author. Broad Universe is a nonprofit organization that accepts members from all genders and has supported women writing, editing, and publishing speculative fiction since 2000. We will have chocolate and a drawing for books and other giveaways.
Marta Murvosh (M), Brenda Carre, Carol Berg, Jude-Marie Green, Cat Rambo, J Tullos Henning, Chrysoula Tzavelas, Dawn Vogel, Krista Wallace
The Problem with Horror Movie Endings
Cascade 5&6
8–9 p.m.
Horror has a formula, especially in cinema. Our expert panel will discuss horror movie endings, where they fall down, and how they can be better.
Julie McGalliard (M), Jason Bourget, John Lovett
War and Gender
Cascade 7&8
8–9 p.m.
Come for a lively review of the history of men and women’s roles in combat. We’ll look at different cultures from past and present, going beyond Amazons, women Samurai, and Joan of Arc to the experience of the Russians, Chinese, and Israelis. We’ll examine science fiction writers, such as Heinlein and Starship Troopers to speculate on changing gender roles in future military structures. This is especially timely as the U.S. military moves towards opening all combat roles to women.
V Whitlock (M), Jaym Gates, Elliott Kay, Adrienne Carlson
Dungeons & Dragons and Pop Culture
Cascade 9
8–9 p.m.
How has the king of role playing games influenced popular culture? D&D has left its mark on movies, TV shows, comic books, and video games. Let’s talk about our favorites, and some of the ways that Dungeons & Dragons has imprinted on our popular media.
Rob Stewart (M), Matt Hammond, Matt Youngmark, Jake McKinzie
Creating the Socially Conscious Comic
Cascade 12
8–9 p.m.
You want to create a hero for the masses! The unrepresented! The downtrodden! How do you do that without putting your foot in it big-time? Tips and tricks for writing people who are not you, or to help you know that maybe you are not the person to write this and is there someone you could support who could do it better?
Mickey Schulz (M), Jeremy Zimmerman, Ogre Whiteside
Hanford, Back in the Day
Cascade 13
8–9 p.m.
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), Mike Brennan, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Arthur Bozlee
Saturday Dance: Mos Eisley Cantina Night
Evergreen 3&4
8–2 a.m.
DJ teeebone presents Mos Eisley Cantina Night. Now that the Force has been awakened, the Rogue One is on the loose! Returning to Norwescon from a galaxy too close for comfort, DJ teeebone will be serving up his unique blend of classic rock, pop, mashups, and con favorites Star Wars style! So drop in after the Masquerade (in costume or not) and dance the night away!
Reading: Raven Oak
Cascade 2
8:30–9 p.m.
Bits & Pieces: Join SF/F author Raven Oak as she reads a snippet from her upcoming book, Amaskan’s War, or possibly a cat short story. Honestly, she’ll read whatever the audience wants her to read. She’s bringing several possibilities, including a video game player’s guide if that’s what you really want (I kid, I kid!). Either way, it’ll be fun and there will be chocolate! Rated PG.
Raven Oak (M)
Reading: Kim Ritchie
Cascade 2
9–9:30 p.m.
“Rabbit Hole.” Rated G.
Kim Ritchie (M)
Location, Location, Location: Horror’s Unsung Character
Cascade 5&6
9–10 p.m.
A returning panel from last year where we discuss the importance of setting in a horror narrative, complete with favorite settings from our panel of horror professionals.
Jaym Gates (M), K. M. Alexander, Nathan Crowder, Evan J. Peterson
More than a Stimpack
Cascade 7&8
9–10 p.m.
A discussion regarding elements of a dystopia that bring realism to a fallen world, without being mired in details that fail to move the story forward. Join our panelists as they discuss these elements and their implementation into dystopian storytelling.
Manny Frishberg (M), Kristi Charish, Christopher Bodan, Frog Jones
The Language of Gender
Cascade 9
9–10 p.m.
English is one of many languages that uses pronouns that distinguish between male and female persons. In the last couple of decades, a number of non-gendered replacements have been proposed, from singular “they” to entirely new words. Our panelists will discuss these pronouns and why they matter.
Sar Surmick (M), Triton Mahtlinnie, Sean Hagle, Kurt Cagle, Jason Bourget
Check your Writer Privilege
Cascade 10
9–10 p.m.
Writers have been wrong before and they’ll be wrong again. A bad blog post, a great tweet— it’s part of the job to take risks. But even if you’re writing well, you’ll make mistakes. Join us as we discuss potential appropriation issues and how to handle these writing and professional snafus, both within yourself and your audience, and how to grow from the experience.
Jason Vanhee (M), J. F. High, Jude-Marie Green, Laura Anne Gilman
Building Better Maps
Cascade 12
9–10 p.m.
Interested in creating digital maps for your campaign, book, or board game but not sure where to even start? Let me show you some tips and tricks I have learned over the years on how to create digital maps. From where to start, available cartography programs, source material, mapping communities to show and discuss your work, and some common hang-ups and how to get through them.
Kyle Parker-McGlynn (M)
Screenwriting 102
Cascade 13
9–10 p.m.
Already know the basics? It’s time to put it to use. Each individual in this class-like panel will go through a step-by-step process to write a five minute short film they can shoot themselves! We’ll delve into the depths of dialogue, how to drive a scene, and how to tell a story from beginning to middle to end in only five minutes. (Please feel free to bring your laptop or notebook and pen; we’ll have paper and pens available as well.)
Canticles Productions
All-Ages Scheduled Gaming
Evergreen 1&2
9–2 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.
Nerf Zombie Maze
Grand 2
9–2 a.m.
Can you survive the Zombie Maze? Make your way through solo or in groups, armed with a Nerf Blaster and your wits, with zombies just around the next corner. This is played only in the provided area. Those underage players must have a parent present to play. Equipment is provided at the play area.
21+ Scheduled Gaming
Maxi’s Ballroom
9–2 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, MUST MEET HOTEL DRESS CODE TO BUY DRINKS IN THE BAR.
Reading: Erik Scott de Bie
Cascade 2
9:30–10 p.m.
Mask of the Blood Queen. Two adventurers set out across the frozen tundra, one seeking to atone for past mistakes, one pulled by the call of a stolen birthright. Set in the apocalyptic fantasy World of Ruin. Rated R.
Erik Scott de Bie (M)
Concerts: Nathaniel Johnstone Band and Friends
Grand 3
9:30 p.m.–midnight
The Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, Washington, led by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone (violin, banjo, and guitar). Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of rock, jazz, surf, and folk with a penchant for storytelling and myth-bending. Joining the band on stage is world-renowned bellydance fusion artist Tempest, adding another incredible level to the band’s dynamic stage show. All together, they provide an incredible audio-visual experience that delivers solid, reliable music and high-quality entertainment—all while getting folks up and dancing!
Friends of Bill W.
Cascade 3&4
10–11 p.m.
Advanced BDSM
Cascade 10
10–11 p.m.
So you know the basics of BDSM, maybe you’ve engaged in play or had a kinky relationship. Where do you go next? And what exactly is edge play, anyway? We’ll explain all that, and give suggestions on how to do the edgier things more safely and sanely. 18+ only, please.
Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Mickey Schulz, Ogre Whiteside, Sar Surmick
Saturday Night Open Filk
Grand 3
midnight–3 a.m.
It’s the last open filk of Norwescon 40! After you’ve partied around a bit, and after the concerts are over, come sing or play whatever you want, alone or with friends, to the most supportive crowd you will ever run into ever, anywhere. Bring your instrument, bring your voice, and put some of that participation into participatory culture!